Katatonia continues to refine and redefine the sound they settled on by the time 'Last Fair Deal Gone Down' landed in 2001. This is the band's ninth album, and it goes without saying that it's a must for all fans of this Swedish dark/goth metal institution. Includes guest vocals by Silje Wergeland (The Gathering / ex-Octavia Sperati) on one track.
Released on the Peaceville label in August 2012, Katatonia's home for the past 14 years, Dead End Kings was the band's most successful album to date and cemented Katatonia's position as masters of a unique kind of hard-edged atmospheric Rock. In September 2013, the band unexpectedly return with Dethroned And Uncrowned, a radical reinterpretation of Dead End Kings and the band's first release on Kscope, Peaceville's sister label.
In August 2012, Swedish dark rockers KATATONIA released "Dead End Kings", their ninth studio album. The CD was the band's most successful to date and cemented the Swedes' position as masters of sorrowful metal. In September 2013, the band returns with "Dethroned And Uncrowned", their first release on Kscope, Peaceville's sister label.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.
The Dead End Kids got their first big break when they opened for the Bay City Rollers during a British tour in 1976, and the two bands were likely a good match on their first and only album, 1977's Breakout, the Dead End Kids play calculated, commercial pop music aimed at the younger side of the teen market, following the same approach that had made the Rollers a massive success. While the Dead End Kids lack the same "guilty pleasure" appeal as the Rollers all these year later, Breakout at least shows that the group were good at what they were doing.