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KATAKLYSM – Interview with Jean-Francois (JF) Dagenais

July 9th, 2015

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Interview with guitarist JF Dagenais

By Peter Atkinson

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After nearly 25 years in the death metal trenches, the Canadian-born/now multinational-based quartet Kataklysm have established a pretty solid brand for themselves. And recently they’ve started working to expand their product line – literally.

With frontman Maurizio Iacono having dabbled in the restaurant business in Chicago, Kataklysm introduced a line of signature hot sauces early this year. They are following that up this summer with their own beer. Called St. Tabarnak, the somewhat blasphemous blonde ale is being specially brewed by Brouwerij Eutropius, a relative newcomer to the legendary Belgian beer scene based in Heule.

In the meantime, the band are still going about their usual business of making music. At the end of July, Kataklysm will issue their 12th studio full length, Of Ghosts And Gods, and spend the summer playing festivals around Europe. In the fall, they will play at Slipknot’s “Knotfest” in California and are planning North American tour dates with Belphegor around that time. They will launch a full European tour with Septicflesh and Aborted early in the new year.

After fetching a fresh cup of joe, founding guitarist Jean-Francois (JF) Dagenais spoke over Skype from his home outside of then-flood-ravaged Texas about the band’s crazy schedule, what’s “new” about the new album, the unique way it’s being promoted and Kataklysm’s other endeavors, which he feels will not only offer the chance for the band to have a little fun but also resonate more with fans in an industry where these days it’s every band for themselves.

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KATAKLYSM – Interview with Jean-François Dagenais

November 11th, 2013

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Interview with guitarist Jean-François (JF) Dagenais

By Peter Atkinson

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Veteran Canadian death metallers Kataklysm enter their third decade with a bruising, brand new 11th studio album, Waiting For The End To Come, and a pretty good head of steam that has been gathering slowly over the last few years. The band’s last album, 2010’s Heaven’s Venom, managed to crack the Billboard 200 for the first time, sneaking on at #196, and Kataklysm marked the first two decades of their career in 2012 with the aptly titled live/documentary CD/DVD Iron Will: 20 Years Determined. 2009 also saw the emergence of Ex Deo, a Gladiator-meets-death metal side project of Maurizio Iacono’s that blossomed into a full-blown band incorporating the rest of Kataklysm – guitarist Jean-François (JF) Dagenais, bassist Stephane Barbe and drummer Max Duhamel – and garnered a surprising amount of attention with their debut Romulus, which carried over to the follow-up Caligula in 2012.

Despite a recent bump in the road when Duhamel took leave of both bands to battle his alcoholism, Kataklysm barely missed a beat – so to speak – by hiring on Oli Beaudoin, who had performed a few shows in Duhamel’s stead in the past. Beaudoin was behind the kit for Waiting For The End To Come and most likely will stay there as the band tours on its behalf into the new year. During a recent phone interview, Dagenais offered his thoughts on the past, present and future of both Kataklysm and Ex Deo, the situation with Duhamel (who had left the band on two other occasions, for several-year periods), and what happens when “Northern Hyperblast” meets Southern hospitality.

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Kataklysm – Guitarist J-F (Jean-Francois Dagenais)

July 9th, 2008

Kataklysm – Guitarist J-F (Jean-Francois Dagenais)

Interviewed on July 8th, 2008 by EvilG

Questions by EvilG and Lord of the Wasteland



At the beginning of the 90’s a band emerged from Quebec, Canada with the often quoted goal of many a young band – “to be the heaviest and fastest band ever”! After pretty much attaining that goal, and maturing, they realized what would create longevity would be their song writing. Over the years the band’s sound evolved while still maintaining elements of their “northern hyperblast” along with more grooving and thrashy material.

Still unarguably an extreme metal band, Kataklysm unleashed their latest album PREVAIL in May of 2008. I spoke with the band’s guitarist Jean-Francois Dagenais (or as he referred to himself as “J-F”) about the bands current Summer Slaughter tour which is making it’s way around North America. We also touched on the Montreal Québec scene which has spawned many a great metal band, selling out, his “love” of show-off guitar solos (ha), etc.

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