YEAR FORMED: 1991
HOME TOWN: Canada
Maurizio Iacono - vocals
JF Degenais - guitar
Stephane Barbe - bass
Max Duhamel - drums
The Kings of Northern Hyperblast wear the crown once more with pride: ï¿½In The Arms Of Devastationï¿½ is a monster of an album that strongly reaffirms Kataklysmï¿½s pole position in the world of extreme Metal.
ï¿½It Turns To Rustï¿½ is a first in the bandï¿½s history: the first time vocalist Maurizio Iacono has ever recorded a duet for Kataklysm. Together with Kittie singer Morgan Lander he turns the track into a fierce duel loaded with screams and growls from hell. A lesson in violence ï¿½ just like the whole album, so prepare for total devastation, prepare for the return of the mighty Kataklysm!
Founded 1991 in Canada, Kataklysm started their battle for the top spot with the now classic EP "The Mystical Gate Of Reincarnation" as their first offical release on Nuclear Blast records in 1994. The critically acclaimed follow-ups "Sorcery" (1995) and "Temple Of Knowledge" (1996) left the Death Metal scene breathless with its brutal yet technical and sophisticated approach.
The band continued to release top quality records like 1998's "Victims Of This Fallen World" and 2000's "The Prophecy". It seemed 2001 was the year that brought the most changes for the band: ï¿½EPIC: The Poetry Of Warï¿½ combined Kataklysmï¿½s brutal side and their trademark blastbeats with brilliant hooks and melodies ï¿½ the hit anthem ï¿½Manipulator Of Soulsï¿½ proofs just that. The now classic "Shadows & Dust" album saw the Kayaklysm fanbase grow even bigger: the video for the catchy title track "In Shadows & Dust" gained Kataklysm the title as the first Death Metal band to be featured on the return of MTV America's ï¿½Headbanger`s Ballï¿½.
2004 was nothing short of a phenomenal year for Kataklysm with the release of the band`s 7th album, "Serenity In Fire". The guys crushed everything on the North American tour with the legendary Danzig and also on their first headlining tour in the fall of the same year. Triumphal festival shows and winning the Canadian Indie Music Awards completed a highly successful year in the band`s history. Kataklysm have achieved leader status and have provedï¿½ just like good wine - aging can be a good thing!