Katatonia‘s last record, 2009’s Night Is The New Day, was my shamefully late introduction into the band and their melancholic flavor of progressive metal. Starting out as a death/doom powerhouse, they’ve gone the way of fellow Swedes and best bros Opeth and have grown into a much calmer and melodic flavor. Ever since its release, I’ve been a fan of post-death/doom Katatonia and have been yearning for more in the style moving forward.

As such, the band recently announced their upcoming record Dead End Kings. Here’s what the band has to say:

‘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”.

Anders (Guitars):
“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”.

The fantastic artwork for the record (above) was done by the prolific Travis Smith. Here’s the working tracklist (not final):

THE PARTING
HYPNONE
UNDO YOU
THE RACING HEART
BUILDINGS
LEECH
THE ONE YOU ARE LOOKING FOR IS NOT HERE (with Silje Wergeland)
FIRST PRAYER
AMBITIONS
LETHEAN
DEAD LETTERS

Looking forward to it! Dead End Kings is due out August 28th on Peaceville Records.

– JR

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