Katatonia announce new album details
Katatonia, the Swedish purveyors of dark rock/metal, have announced that their ninth studio album, due August 27th on Peaceville Records, will be entitled Dead End Kings. A continuation of 2009’s inspired & acclaimed Night is the New Day, as well as a leap forward into the unknown, Dead End Kings sees the quintet conjure yet another milestone in audial melancholy & angst. Recorded at Ghost Ward Studios & The City Of Glass, the album was produced by Anders Nyström & Jonas Renkse themselves, & mixed by David Castillo, known for his prior work with the band, as well as Opeth & Bloodbath. Artwork is once more supplied by long-time visual collaborator Travis Smith.
Dead End Kings sees the recording debut of guitarist Per Eriksson for Katatonia, as well as recent bassist Niklas Sandin. Additionally, the band are joined once again by Frank Default & his invaluable expertise on sampling & atmospherics, plus a special guest appearance by Norwegian vocalist Silje Wergeland of Dutch legends The Gathering.
Jonas (vocals) comments on the album title:
Dead End Kings is about the corridors of our mind from where there is no return. Be a king or queen in your own right in these hallways, even at the dead end. Carry your burden with pride. That's what we are doing, twenty years and counting. Kings, because we believe in what we are creating, in our own disturbing faith.
This album has doors revolving into many different genres of music but remain disguised within the Katatonia trademark. We have walked the fine line between attempting not to repeat ourselves but also not to distance us away from what people know and love. We're now ready to hand over the evidence and whatever the direction this has taken is now for you to decide. We're confident the creativity and passion on this album is something that will be echoing even beyond the dead end.
Tracklisting for Dead End Kings (not in final running order);
The Racing Heart
The One You Are Looking For Is Not Here (With Silje Wergeland)