Released: 2013, Nuclear Blast
Reviewer: Helias Papadopoulos
The well-known ‘northern hyperblast’ of Kataklysm strikes us for one more time. Kataklysm released a truly sharp, focused, restless, and pitilessly ferocious revival album which deserves plenty of attention will earn Kataklysm even more much-deserved praise for their consistency and unfettered excellence.
WAITING FOR THE END TO COME seeks to recapture the same sense of pushing death into increasingly alien and hostile terrain that you find with all the great death metal albums. Of course, there are a lot of groups doing that nowadays, and Asphyx and Immolation initially seem to fit relatively closely with other modern purveyors of rumbling, super-abrasive death metal (like, say, Misery Index, Suffocation and so forth). But these elements sit alongside various other things: most notably an apparent desire to pick up on the kinds of ideas Morbid Angel were using on ‘Gateways to Annihilation’ and force them into new settings. That Morbid album was great and I miss that bone-crunching style of riffing they were using. And suddenly, Those Morbid elements I find here, in WAITING FOR THE END TO COME; it is therefore an imposing album; difficult to get to grips with at first, but ultimately rewarding.
The drumming is quite something: absolutely one of the most technical and they are just thumped with such wrath. On ‘Like Animals’ there is a clomping floor tom break-no cymbals needed here to add any kind of lightness.
For an album so loud and brutal, it seems weird the word ‘enigmatic’, but that is what WAITING FOR THE END TO COME is.When they wrench themselves away from their compellingly ungly slower sections, they offer something authentically strange. Listen to the dark, rolling landscape of ‘Under lawless Skies’, with its swirling, shifting guitar patterns and its wanly flailing lead solo; the later like the dying whine of ruined machinery. And this is not to mention ‘The Promise’ with their absolute break which trawls the band’s imposing repertoire of ideas. Kataklysm manage to truly take us a journey into the gloom, menaced by sudden thuds and torturous drum fills before reaching a horrible metallic crescendo to finish.
By this album Kataklysm are at their best and their more than enough kick-arse riffs like the opening ‘Fire’ to keep old-school fans nodding along. Ultimately, WAITING FOR THE END TO COME combined both sides of the Kataklysm sound, old and new, and the resulting merger sounds pretty damn good.