On 9th September 2013 Katatonia return with ‘Dethroned and Uncrowned’ released for the first time though Kscope (Peaceville’s sister label), home to Anathema, Amplifier, Steve Wilson and most recently Wisdom of Crowds, the new project from Bruce Soord of The Pineapple Thief and Katatonia’s very own Jonas Renske.
Many of the ecstatic reviews the Dead End Kings received commented on the fact that the album marked another step in the band’s journey towards a more progressive sound. Dethroned and Uncrowned allows them to explore these elements of the record further as they have reworked the album, creating new moods and textures while still staying truthful to the core of the songs.
Guitarist and founding member Anders Nyström comments: ‘The synopsis is simple and album title won’t lie; the drums will be dethroned and the distorted rhythm guitars will be uncrowned! Instead, we’ll place the emphasis on the many layers of ambience, with the melodies staying central and the vocal harmonies representing the heart of the album. Think of the album like a person’s face in the hands of a surgeon, whose appearance is gonna change, but it’s still the same person behind that face and we guess an important factor, in this case, would be that the surgeon itself is obviously Katatonia, not a stranger! If there’s one album in our repertoire that’s suited for a thing like this, it’s ‘Dead End Kings’.’
The album can be pre-ordered through Kscope – https://www.burningshed.com/store/kscope/product/272/4886/
Also announced last month the band will be the very special guests on Paradise Lost’s ‘Tragic Illusion’ 25th anniversary tour in October alongside Lacuna Coil where they’ll exclusively play their Viva Emptiness album in full.
Katatonia w/ Paradise Lost & Lacuna Coil
30th October – Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton
31st October – 02 ABC, Glasgow
1st November – The Ritz – Manchester
2nd November – Damnation Festival – Leeds (not with Paradise Lost & Lacuna Coil)
3rd November – Camden Roadhouse, London