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Katatonia: Sanctitude

Sumptuous live album and DVD set recorded in London.

Born out of the band’s reworking of their much heavier 2012 album, Dead End Kings, Katatonia created the more progressive sounding Dethroned & Uncrowned set.

Think about the evolutionary route Opeth took out of the Swedish metal scene and you’d be close. Last year’s Unplugged & Reworked tour celebrated the latest incarnation of Katatonia, not least in the gothic surrounds of Union Chapel.

Stripped back but brimming with life, and bolstered by The Pineapple Thief’s Bruce Soord, songs like Teargas and the magnificent sounding The One You Are Looking For Is Not Here are allowed to grow to preposterous new heights as the long shadows fall./o:p

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Philip Wilding is a novelist, journalist, scriptwriter, biographer and radio producer. As a young journalist he criss-crossed most of the United States with bands like Motley Crue, Kiss and Poison (think the Almost Famous movie but with more hairspray). More latterly, he’s sat down to chat with bands like the slightly more erudite Manic Street Preachers, Afghan Whigs, Rush and Marillion. He ghosted Carl Barat’s acclaimed autobiography, Threepenny Memoir, and helped launch the BBC 6 Music network as producer and co-presenter on the Phill Jupitus Breakfast Show. Five years later he and Jupitus fronted the hugely popular Perfect 10 podcast and live shows. His debut novel, Cross Country Murder Song, was described, variously, as ‘sophisticated and compelling’ and ‘like a worm inside my brain’. His latest novel The Death And Life Of Red Henley is out now.