Album Review : Dead End Kings[2012] ; Artist : Katatonia


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Katatonia being a band amongst the minority that has progressed consistently from album to album thereby always keeping fans eagerly awaiting for new releases. They have always aced the warm thick to fat sound as they see suitable and I’m not talking just with distortion or overdrive, I mean pure tone. Their  lucid discharge of programming with electronic sounds is peerless.

Track 1 “The Parting” grows on you as the song progresses very organically. Nyström and Eriksson have some distinctive chemistry that picks up and stays for the entire album. Track 2 ” The One You Are Looking For Is Not Here” is where the chemistry takes to contours of different types. The atmosphere is ethereal, the vocals are unusually symphonic in syncing. Track 3 “Hypnone” is where every instrument takes its own shape and every facet we auscultate is so distinct at its own tempo and style , the coalescence is just marvellous. Track 4 “The Racing Heart” starts with almost a pseudo old school death metal/progressive death metal/experimental/drone start and goes into what Katatonia is always known to sound as with that distinct Mayones clean guitar ring and the end. Track 5 “Buldings” is where Niklas Sandin is at the forefront with a wall of bass before any other sound can be percepted being the heaviest track on the album. Track 6 “Leech” has a beginning where you can picture a shot going in and out of focus with a shaky base for the camera. The lead guitar playing seems to have hints of the Fredrik Akesson sound to it. Daniel Liljekvist has some sporadic variations in his drum patterns. Track 7 “Ambitions” is very spacey, programmed and electronically generated. Track 8 “Undo You” is simple and sweet with simple arpeggios and some nice keys, its visceral to listen to. Track 9 “Lethean” is the standout of the album as a complete song in all its forms with some sweet leads with no scope for any space for emptiness. Track 10 “First Prayer” has been made with an intrigue quotient to it. Its such an interesting track I can enjoy listening to each instrument by itself, all of them together and in various permutations and combinations put together and not get bored at the very first time I hear it. Track 11 on the album “Dead Letters” is an ostentatious show of picking techniques and promulgating gorgeous synth variety, gripping from the prelude of the track. No lack of vocal layering and double tracking from Jonas Renkse’s side.

They’ve hit the spot this time with variety, quality and quantity more than they did with their albums as a whole. I love the fact that Jonas Renkse is so monotonous with his vocals and there is no other band I would tolerate with that feature. This album can not be broken down to simple genres, it has got sub-genres one after the other immaculately arranged. I give this album 8.8/10 .

Track 2 on the album “Dead Letters” is an ostentatious show of picking techniques and promulgating gorgeous synth variety, gripping from the prelude of the track. No lack of vocal layering and double track from Jonas Renkse’s side.

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