Posted on May 28, 2012 AT 11:30am
Swedish dark Alt Metallers, Katatonia, have announced that their ninth studio album, to be released on on August 27th (EU) and August 28th (US) through Peaceville Recordings, will be titled ‘Dead End Kings’. A follow-up to 2009’s well-recieved ‘Night is the New Day’, seems like it’s going to head into some rather interesting territory.
‘Dead End Kings’ was recorded at Ghost Ward Studios & The City Of Glass. The album was produced by founding members Anders Nyström & Jonas Renkse themselves, & mixed by David Castillo, who has previously worked with them before as well as Opeth and Bloodbath. ‘Dead End Kings’ will also feature the recording debut of guitarist Per Eriksson, as well as recent bassist Niklas Sandin. Katatonia will also be joined once again by Frank Default who will provide sampling & atmospherics and a special guest appearance by Norwegian vocalist Silje Wergeland of Dutch band The Gathering/ex-Octavia Sperati.
As far as the album title, Jonas (Vocals) has commented:
“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”.
and Anders (Guitarist) had this to say about the end result:
“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 artwork will be supplied once again by Travis Smith who has previously collaborated with Katatonia.
Tracklisting for ‘Dead End Kings’ (not in final running order):
- THE PARTING
- UNDO YOU
- THE RACING HEART
- THE ONE YOU ARE LOOKING FOR IS NOT HERE (featuring Silje Wergeland)
- FIRST PRAYER
- DEAD LETTERS
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