KATAKLYSM took home the award for “Heavy Metal Album of the Year” at the Juno Awards (the Canadian Equivalent to the Grammy’s) this past weekend in recognition of their latest masterpiece, Of Ghosts And Gods.
Comments the band:
“It was a great weekend in the KATAKLYSM world! First off singer Maurizio Iacono and his wife Suzzy were busy welcoming a healthy beautiful little girl into the world named Arianna on April 1st. During this joyful time, the rest of the boys were in Calgary attending the Juno Awards, where the band took the honors for “heavy metal album of the year “ for our latest album Of Ghosts and Gods. So the band is in full celebration mode as anyone can imagine!
“What a crazy ride its been. We started over 20 years ago in high school playing a form of music that was totally not accepted by the masses and we didn’t care. We were rebels with a passion and we were determined to spread that through our music. Fast forward to today and that hasn’t changed a bit. That same passion and determination is still very present and stronger then ever. What HAS changed is the view and acceptance of this form of music.
“We thank the Juno’s for thinking forward and giving metal a voice to the masses. We are honored to have been recognized with our latest album Of Ghosts And Gods, which we are very proud off, but this doesn’t change who we are. It is the fans that carry us though it all and our label that believed in us from the beginning. We urge labels to do the same with developing bands and artists, that need that attention the most, especially in today’s music industry climate. We are humbled and we thank you all.“
A sold-out show awaited Saturday night in Camden’s esteemed concert venue, The Underworld. While London was the second to last date of Canadians Kataklysm’s massive European tour with Septicflesh and Aborted in tow, it was all the more reason to see a high-octane gig take place, especially regarding how rarely Septicflesh themselves are able to play the UK. After tonight, it’s only fair that UK promoters take notes to invite all three bands to play the British isles more often.
Seeing a huge line circulating outside the Nosturi club was truly an expected view, but a real surprising nice and welcomed one. The club was nearly packed by hundreds of people, but it was the Saturday evening people had crawled out of holes to have a few drinks and enjoy the grinding deadly brutality of these three bands.
Kataklysm was supposed to support Bolt Thrower back in 2006, but their gear got lost on the way to Helsinki from Amsterdam. However it took nearly 10 years to pay up to the missing gig. Therefore seeing such a huge amount of people at the gig was truly relief and wish to see more these kinds of packages in Finland.
The Belgium Aborted kicked the night. Aborted’s grinding core death offered a real knockout set of hyper blasting beats and ripping sonic torment riff. The band appeared to be on fire on the stage, raging with the ultimate passion. The crowd appeared to have entered to witness Aborted live. Both the crowd and the band definitely caused the best uncontrolled performance of the night.
The Greek Septicflesh made the debut visit at the Jalometalli Oper Air metal fest a few years ago. Doing the second stint to Finland along with two other bands turned out to be a good and wise combination. Septicflesh got a warm reception from the audience. The bombastic and apocalyptic songs with the powerful approach spellbounded half the audience whereas half the other couldn’t stand any second of Septicflesh’s apocalyptic sounds and songs decided to leave the hall.
When Kataklysm was about to start, it was noticeable all of a sudden there was more room to move at the venue. Seriously did people leave the venue before Kataklysm kicked of ? How odd indeed. Well the canucks didn’t get depressed about that and unleashed the brutality of technical death metal. The four piece metal patrol delivered a good set of songs from the long career. Kataklysm’s murderous deadly metal with the modern grip sounded a bit monotous time to time.However the four piece delivered a good set of all in all 15 songs in a row.
These kinds of package tours are truly essential to pull a good amount of people to the show. Especially in this case the club was pretty packed and the atmosphere was tremendous great. Even though some people left the venue after some certain bands, that didn’t prevent the rest of the crowd from havinf fun and enjoying the night. These kinds of tours are welcomed.
In an unprecedented event in extreme metal Canadian powerhouse, KATAKLYSM, will release 10 music videos over the next 10 days leading up to the release of their new album, Of Ghosts And Gods. Today, the band has released a video clip for the track “Carrying Crosses”, at the following location:
In an unprecedented event in extreme metal Canadian powerhouse, KATAKLYSM, will release 10 music videos over the next 10 days leading up to the release of their new album, Of Ghosts And Gods. Today, the band has released a video clip for the track “Soul Destroyer”, at the following location:
Canadian hyperblasters KATAKLYSM and diabolical death / black metal giants BELPHEGOR, will co-headline an uncompromising raid on North American shores this fall! “We’ve had a very busy year preparing for the world campaign for our new album, Of Ghosts and Gods, that is currently underway in Europe for the festival season,” commented vocalist Maurizio Iacono. “This fall, we will return to the US and Canada with our crazy brothers in BELPHEGOR, to destroy your souls and cities one by one. We hope to see you guys there joining in on the madness!”
Adds BELPHEGOR guitarist/vocalist and mastermind Helmuth Lehner: “Ave! BELPHEGOR are looking forward to returning to US shores and celebrating our 9th North American raid to promote the latest offering, Conjuring the Dead. Revel in brutal musick and join the pit with us!“ Read the rest of this entry »
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.
KATAKLYSM hot sauces “GHOST FIRE” and “GOD’S FURY”
Canadian powerhouse KATAKLYSM are set to release their twelfth studio album Of Ghosts And Gods on July 31st (Europe, UK, US) viaNuclear Blast Records. Today, the band has announced the release of the new KATAKLYSM hot sauces “GHOST FIRE” and “GOD’S FURY” together with the new album.
“What better way to celebrate a great new album with the release of KATAKLYSM’s own hot sauce,” states vocalist Maurizio Iacono“We believe that a beer in your hand, metal music for your listening pleasure and a bottle of hot sauce in your pocket to spice up any meal go hand in hand in the metal world. To commemorate the release of the bands anticipated new album Of Ghosts and Gods this summer, KATAKLYSM will release two powerful hot sauces. ‘GHOST FIRE’, made with ghost peppers to bring the extreme heat, and ‘GOD’S FURY’, a milder but hard hitting sauce made with garlic and habanero peppers. These hot sauces will be made available in limited quantities with the new album pre-order on the bands official website www.kataklysm.ca and will be available at concerts worldwide “
Canadian powerhouse KATAKLYSM are set to release their twelfth studio album Of Ghosts And Godson July 31st (Europe, UK, US) via Nuclear Blast Records. Today, the band has released a short video previewing music from the album and detailing their plan to release a video clip for every track on Of Ghosts And Gods, here: https://youtu.be/zeAtgH6zM2E
The artwork from KATAKLYSM‘s explosive new album was done by up-and-coming dark and macabre artist Surtsey(www.facebook.com/ocvltadesigns). The cover’s sinister artwork depicts the reality of humanity’s beautifully disturbing existence and its impending death through the mortal and the everlasting. The background shows an ancient incantation written in Aramaic.
Montreal based death metal powerhouse KATAKLYSM, took home the award for “Metal Artist/Group or Duo of the Year” at this year’s installment of the SiriusXM Indie Awards.Some of the other artist nominated this year in that category included BLOOD CEREMONY, GORGUTS, KENmode, and VOIVOD. “We are very pleased for this great honor,” commented the band. “KATAKLYSMremains one of the hardest working bands on the planet and we won’t change who we are ever. The future looks bright and winning this award puts a big smile on our face. The fans have spoken; thank you!” Read the rest of this entry »
Montreal based death metal powerhouse KATAKLYSM, have released the music video for their rendition of the SACRED REICH classic “The American Way”. The clip was shot by director Tommy Jones (TESTAMENT, DEATH ANGEL, EX DEO), during their recent North American tour with Belgian gore-grinders ABORTED.
Montreal based death metal powerhouse KATAKLYSM, recently wrapped up a North American tour with Belgian gore-grinders ABORTED in support of their new album Waiting for the End to Come! Shortly before that run, vocalistMauricio Iacono sat down for an intimate artist profile interview. View part 3 of that segmenthere.
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.
Montreal based death metal powerhouse KATAKLYSM, in cooperation with Metal Hammer UK, have made the video clip for the song “Elevate” available for viewing here: http://goo.gl/mQYslw. The song comes from their upcoming album Waiting for the End to Come, which will be released on October 25th (Europe) and October 29th (North America) via Nuclear Blast. You can now pre-order the album in various formats, with or without an exclusive shirt design, from the following location: http://goo.gl/182NBr
Waiting for the End to Come was recorded by guitarist Jean Francois Dagenais and mixed by Zeuss (SUFFOCATION, HATEBREED, ARSIS). The artwork by Eliran Kantor (TESTAMENT, HATEBREED) will be featured on the deluxe digipak and LP versions of their new album, while the cover art by Peter Sallai (SABATON) will be featured on the standard jewel case and limited edition cassette tape versions. Check out this previously released trailer previewing the Peter Sallai cover and new music here: http://youtu.be/8W3JtbVLGwA
The brand new tracks “Kill the Elite” and “Like Animals” are available for streaming here: http://goo.gl/XpHiyZ.