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KATATONIA and OPETH have historically been muttered in the same breath as fellow impresarios of fugue metal, even if the former hasn’t been anything remotely close to metal in quite some time. Of course, the bands shared Mikael Åkerfeldt through the Nineties, so they were bound to share the spotlight as well. Over the years, however, the two bands have become divisible even while rolling as touring mates. Since “Discouraged Ones” and “Last Fair Deal Gone Down”, KATATONIA have taken ongoing steps away from a pure metal path. OPETH continues to embrace it while exploring new courses, as “Damnation” and most recently, “Heritage”, have proven. In both cases, their progressive refinement is world-class.

Since their transformation that came as much out of necessity due to Jonas Renkse‘s battered vocals that demanded a clean-sung repertoire, KATATONIA has excavated labyrinths of atmosphere in search of an alternative and prog-grounded emotiveness. Long gone is the dusky grit from the early years when KATATONIA was the two-man operation of Renkse and Anders Nyström. As if the duo could foresee where the band has found itself on the heels of “Brave Murder Day”, one of the band’s last authentic metal albums. Today, KATATONIA keeps a spotless yet spacious music space, while Jonas Renkse has evolved into a beguiling, if frequently sullen vocalist.

Last year, KATATONIA took another major step away from their metal roots with “Dead End Kings”, a revelatory album that stripped down even more static than ever before. “Dead End Kings” pushed out heavy tones incrementally while embracing piano, synths, strings and an overall gentler touch that nevertheless hit home.

Now this year comes “Dethroned & Uncrowned”, a largely acoustic reworking of the “Dead End Kings” album for Kscope, sister label to the band’s main hub, Peaceville Records. Suffice it to say, KATATONIA strips things down even further on the redux, manufacturing even more elegance out of these eleven songs. While “Dead End Kings” manages to flex stray bars of electric muscle, “Dethroned & Uncrowned” hones deeper on the six- and twelve-string dreaminess that served as the former album’s epicenter, now this one’s apex.

Instead of making this a pure acoustic project, KATATONIA spills extensive piano scales, chamber fugue, Mellotron, synthesized beats, brass, reed instrumentation and acoustic bass to broaden the plaintive moods of the original songs. “Dethroned & Uncrowned” is thus stunning and quixotic, even more so than “Dead End Kings”. Every song in transition is a success, most notably “The Parting”, “The One You Are Looking For is Not Here”, “Lethean”, “Hypnone” and “Dead Letters”.

The near-naked character is essentially the same throughout “Dethroned & Uncrowned”, which means this re-imagination is demure, seductive and inspiring, even with KATATONIA‘s frequent themes of dirge and despondency. The lulling melodies of “Dead Letters” is so gorgeous one could picture it accompanying a Gothic romance film. In particular is a singular acoustic twine draped across an encompassing bridge that feels both windswept and amorous. This version of “Dead Letters” is by far one of KATATONIA‘s most engaging and articulate productions to-date.

The breezy cello and deeper accented piano plucks on this take of “The Parting” is enthralling in its own right, while THE GATHERING vocalist Silje Wergeland‘s vertigo-inducing parts on “The One You are Looking for is Not Here” are pushed up towards the front of the mix this time. The strategy allows for more congruency with Jonas Renkse‘s fervent swooning. Together the duet sounds as captivating as the massive layers of synth, string, piano and echoing percussion heaped into this inveigling cut of the song.

There are only a couple of spots on “Dethroned & Uncrowned” where electric guitars are retained, such as “Hypnone” and “Ambitions”. In turn, the distortion is struck altogether from the jazzier, piano-driven noodling on “Buildings”, the one moment on “Dead End Kings” that came close to constituting actual metal attributes.

This album’s version of “Ambitions” slinks on an erotic crawl via an echoing drum machine as it does with smooth syncopation and flirtatious Mellotron on “The Racing Heart” prior to. In the latter’s case, Jonas Renkse pulls off a near-close imitation of Seal. “Undo You” later rides upon tertiary coatings of cello, Mellotron and piano that garnish the primary acoustic spools and Renkse‘s placid wheedling. Despite the deathly odes of the song, “Undo You” gains momentum on this version from its initial conveyance of desperateness, nudging out of its bleak conundrum with flowing aspiration.

While absorbing the soul-torn despair of its predecessor, “Dethroned & Uncrowned” thrusts “Dead End Kings” onto a more dignified platform where further grandeur is raided and then pampered with the deepest respect. This could’ve been a cheap ploy to ride the success “Dead End Kings”, but it’s a testament to KATATONIA‘s gifted ensemble they manage to far outclass its predecessor. “Dethroned & Uncrowned” mirrors OPETH‘s magnificent “Damnation” in certain fashions, but KATATONIA proves here they have smartly mapped out their future, one that could find them scoring a film project or gracing an orchestra hall. Without using direct metal overtures, KATATONIA has helped legitimize the genre with as much class and poise as their celebrated countrymen.

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German progressive metal band A Life Divided posted a new music video for the track “Space.” The video is the second for the latest LP “The Great Escape,” out now via AFM Records. The first video for “The Last Dance” is available to view over at this location .

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Precious Metal, a series of live shows held at Lit Lounge in New York City, will come to an end on January 21st, 2013, after 6.66 years and over 300 events.

Created in 2006 by Curran Reynolds, a music publicist and drummer for bands such as Today Is The Day, Precious Metal showcased a diverse array of bands from around the city and as far away as Iceland, Italy, Iraq, and Australia. Precious Metal was named “NYC’s best metal party” by The Village Voice, “the city’s most open-minded metal night” by Time Out New York, “the best in contemporary extreme metal” by The A.V. Club, and “Manhattan’s epicenter of underground metal” by Invisible Oranges.

The series will end with a benefit show to raise money for The South Sound, a Brooklyn music space destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. Curran Reynolds issued the following statement:

“Friends, I am proud to announce the Grand Finale of Precious Metal. After 6.66 years and over 300 events, the series I started in May of 2006 will come to an end on January 21, 2013. We had a good run! Monday after Monday, we brought all sorts of heaviness into the den of Downtown grime and glamour that is Lit. These forces combined and added up to something special. I like to think we played a part in the resurgence of a New York City metal scene, one which now looks stronger than ever.”

BrooklynVegan’s Fred Pessaro adds: “I can’t tell you how many great bands I have seen over the years at Precious Metal. The series is responsible not only for the first appearances from some favorite bands but also many personal friendships forged in that dingy basement.”

The remaining Precious Metal shows are as follows:

Monday, December 17:
TIGER FLOWERS
MEEK IS MURDER
I AM HERESY
BLACK TABLE

Monday, January 7:
GHOSTLIMB
THE YEAR IS ONE
DJ Fred Pessaro / BBG

Monday, January 14:
JAR’D LOOSE
GENTLEMEN
END IT
DJ Mike SOS

Monday, January 21:
Precious Metal 6.66 – The Grand Finale
A Benefit for The South Sound
HIVESMASHER
FASHION WEEK
FLAMING TUSK
SOS
DJ Zeena Koda

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German power metal act Alpha Tiger, who recently signed on with Century Media Records, posted up a new music video for the song “From Outa Space.” The song appears on the band’s forthcoming sophomore release “Beneath The Surface,” which is scheduled for release on January 28, 2013 through the label.

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German power metal act Alpha Tiger, who recently signed on with Century Media Records, posted up a new music video for the song “From Outa Space.” The song appears on the band’s forthcoming sophomore release “Beneath The Surface,” which is scheduled for release on January 28, 2013 through the label.

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Friends through the North Carolina Triangle Area heavy music scene, Black Skies and Caltrop were obvious tour mates as the two both share psychedelic sludge leanings and Southern heavy rock roots.

This November, the two bands will hit the road for a coast-to-coast tour. Black Skies will be touring in support of newest full length release, “On The Wings Of Time” and Caltrop will be touring in support of latest release “Ten Million Years and Eight Minutes.” Dates are as follows:

10.30 The Get Down (Asheville, NC) (Black Skies only)?
10.31 Sidecar (Lexington, KY)?
11.01 Reggie’s Music Joint (Chicago, IL)?
11.02 Gabe’s (Iowa City, IA)?
11.03 The Sandbox (Omaha, NE)?
11.04 Aqualung’s Community Music Space (Denver, CO)?
11.05 Burt’s Tiki Lounge (Salt Lake City, UT)?
11.06 The Shredder (Boise, ID)?
11.07 The Comet (Seattle, WA)?
11.08 Plan B (Portland, OR)?
11.09 Little Red Lion (Eureka, CA)?
11.10 Hemlock Tavern (San Francisco, CA)?
11.11 Blue Cafe (Long Beach, CA)?
11.12 Yucca (Tempe, AZ)?
11.13 Burt’s Tiki Lounge (Albuquerque, NM)?
11.14 The Conservatory (Oklahoma City, OK)?
11.15 Arrow Bar (Texarkana, AR)?
11.16 Buccaneer (Memphis, TN)?
11.17 529 (Atlanta, GA)?
11.18 Chapel Hill Underground (Chapel Hill, NC)

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The members of Rabbits will gnaw their way across the Western U.S. in support of their newly-birthed sophomore LP “Bites Rites,” beginning tomorrow. Since previous announcements, new gatherings have been confirmed, with the now thirteen-date excursion including live mayhem alongside Black Cobra, Dietso, Witch Mountain, Castle, Sons of Tonatiuh, Drunk Dad and others. Rabbits will be uncaged and perform live on the following shows:

10/04/2012 Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA w/ Black Cobra, Diesto
10/06/2012 [afternoon BBQ] – San Francisco, CA w/ Diesto
10/06/2012 Sugar Mountain – Oakland, CA w/ Diesto, Owl
10/11/2012 Plan B – Portland, OR w/ Witch Mountain, Castle, Holy Grove
10/12/2012 The Kraken – Seattle w/ Monogamy Party, Lord Dying, Same Sex Dictator
10/13/2012 The Shredder – Boise, ID w/ Drunk Dad, Phantahex
10/15/2012 Aqualung’s Community Music Space – Denver, CO w/ Sons of Tonatiuh
10/16/2012 Lost Lake Lounge – Denver, CO w/ Glass Hits, Damaru
10/17/2012 Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO w/ Witch Mountain, Castle, Primitive Man
10/18/2012 Burt’s Tiki Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT w/ INVDRS, Oldtimer
10/19/2012 Zoo City, Missoula, MT w/ Drunk Dad, Shramana, Darshan Pulse
10/20/2012 Baby Bar – Spokane, WA w/ Belt of Vapor, The Ax, Drunk Dad
10/21/2012 Ray’s Golden Lion – Richland, WA w/ Drunk Dad

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At the request of astronaut and Rush fan Mike Finke, one of the band’s songs will be broadcast into space as a wake-up call. But which song?

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