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Katatonia: 'Dethroned & Uncrowned' – Album Review

23 September 2013 9:00 AM, PDT | FEARnet | See recent FEARnet news »

Sweden's acclaimed masters of dark, moody, melodic metal scored a major career milestone last year with the release of their ninth album Dead End Kings (be sure to check out our review). That record's dreamy, gothic atmosphere brought a taste of dark winter nights to the height of summer, and solidified the band's niche in a subgenre they've nicknamed “sorrowful metal.” While that handle might imply their music is something of a downer, it's really all a matter of perspective. While the term “Gothic” gets thrown around free and loose when it comes to metal, I consider Katatonia's recent work to be Gothic in the purest sense, calling to mind the pitch-black romanticism saturating the verse of Edgar Allan Poe. A perfect example is this video for the track “Lethean,” one of the best cuts from that album, and one which for me captures the same beautifully grim sensibility as »

- Gregory Burkart

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