Canadian death metal masters', KATAKLYSM, eleventh studio album ‘Waiting For The End To Come’ is out now, October 25th, 2013, in Europe, with UK release date set for October the 28th, and October the 29th in North America. Issued through Nuclear Blast Records, ‘Waiting For The End To Come’ was recorded by guitarist Jean Francois Dagenais and mixed by Zeuss. The artwork by Eliran Kantor, his modern tribute to Gustave Doré's “Death Of Samson” (bee below), is featured on the deluxe digipak and LP versions of the album, while the cover art created by Hungarian artist Peter Sallai (see above) is featured on the standard jewel case and limited edition cassette tape versions of KATAKLYSM's new album. The band has turned once again to Serbian director Ivan Colic from iCode Productions (whom I am for some reason unable to find on the net) to direct the video for ‘Elevate’ awaiting you below, alongside two brand new KATAKLYSM tunes, ‘Like Animals’ and ‘Kill The Elite’. What remains is for you to order/pre-order ‘Waiting For The End To Come’ (KATAKLISM seem to understand Albert Einstein who said: “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything”) here (Nuclear Blast store Europe & North America), on iTunes or through Amazon/Amazon MP3.
Founded in 1991 with a clear mission statement: “to deliver the most punishing music ever created by combining melody and power into one devastating force”, KATAKLYSM's first official release for Nuclear Blast Records was a 1994 EP entitled ‘The Mystical Gate Of Reincarnation’. Their critically acclaimed debut album, ‘Sorcery’, followed in 1995 and by the time the ‘Temple Of Knowledge’ was released in 1996, KATAKLYSM already gained worldwide praise and recognition. The band of brothers who describe their musical style as “northern hyperblast” has amazingly managed to maintain more or less the same lineup throughout the years: Maurizio Iacono on vocals, Jean-Francois Degenais on guitars, Stephane Barbe on bass and Max Duhamel on drums. KATAKLYSM continued to release top quality records like 1998's ‘Victims Of This Fallen World’ and 2000's ‘The Prophecy’. Feeling adventurous in 2001, KATAKLYSM recorded the ‘Epic: The Poetry Of War’, a mix of technical death metal, grindcore, and more melodic, Scandinavian-tinged black/death metal, which the band managed to combine “in a logical, non-schizophrenic fashion within each song, resulting in a coherent yet also relatively diverse album”, according to AllMusic’s William York (more here). Longtime fans were thrilled when KATAKLYSM returned to sheer brutality on their next effort, 2002's ‘Shadows & Dust’. 2004's ‘Serenity In Fire’ would sent the band on a tour with DANZIG and would eventually win KATAKLYSM the Canadian Indie Music Awards. In 2006, the group released ‘In The Arms Of Devastation’, yet another album to be praised by critics and listening public alike, and in 2008 they did not fail to deliver with the album ‘Prevail’. In 2010, KATAKLYSM recorded their tenth album entitled ‘Heaven's Venom’ which entered the German charts at number 35:
“Even though ‘Heaven's Venom’ is a brutal pile driver of an album, it isn’t without nuance – and KATAKLYSM achieve some variety but always sound quite focused. ‘Heaven's Venom’ is unlikely to convert those who have resisted KATAKLYSM in the past, but this 46-minute CD demonstrates that after 18 years in the mosh pit, they could still bring the noise with exciting results,” [commented Alex Henderson, AllMusic – more here:]
In 2012, Canadian aces looked back on twenty years of productivity and perseverance with their 20th anniversary DVD/CD package entitled ‘Iron Will: 20 Years Determined’. The package contained a documentary portraying the band's turbulent career directed by Tommy Jones, a recording of the entire show filmed at 2011's Summer Breeze Festival in Dinkelsbühl, Germany, and a “best of” CD featuring KATAKLYSM's songs of the past 20 years and their brand new track ‘Iron Will’:
KATAKLYSM features: Maurizio Iacono – vocals, Jean-Francois Dagenais – guitar, Stephane Barbe – bass and Oli Beaudoin – drums