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I Klatus

Formed: 2001
From: Chicago, IL, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest I Klatus News

Below is our complete I Klatus news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

I Klatus Announces New Album "Nagual Sun"

Chicago doom/sludge eclectics I Klatus will release the new album "Nagual Sun" October 13th via digital download and analog (cassette) formats. The highly anticipated follow-up to 2012's "Kether" is the band's third full-length album (and fifth release overall). An official video for album track "Sorcerer's Gaze" is available in the player below.

The overall sound of "Nagual Sun" maintains the gritty roots for which I Klatus is known, while at the same time launches the group into new and more fully fleshed-out dimensions of weirdness. Tom Denney is the primary soothsayer behind I Klatus. Denney, whose background is steeped in the visual arts, has provided artwork and monsters for a laundry list of signed metal acts in the community (Kylesa, Black Cobra, Samothrace, Cannibal Corpse, Cephalic Carnage and Rwake just to name a few). His guitar squalls hard against the shores of this stoner metal effort, but also manages to rise above the storm in melodic hymns. Denney trades growling vocals with bass player, John E. Bomher, Jr. (Bury The Machines, Yakuza), who keeps things grinding nicely, while also providing some sweeter tones when they let songs open up and sweep across more ethereal planes. More...

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I Klatus Member Involved In Murder-Suicide

John Conta Jr., known as Phi from the Chicago doom trio I Klatus, was involved in an apparent murder-suicide last Wednesday morning. Authorities say Conta shot his parents John Sr. and Janice, his five year old nephew Matthew Meier who was celebrating his birthday, and then turned the gun on himself in the garage after setting the house on fire with gasoline.

"We did learn that he had spent some time in Russia as a potato farmer, and he came back after a year in Russia and the family felt that he had changed somewhat," said Oak Lawn Police Division Chief Michael Kaufmann. "His mental state was just different." Conta Jr. had allegedly not been taking his prescription medications.

Investigators discovered a gun safe in the home which contained several rifles they say Conta Sr. used for hunting. It was one of those guns that investigators said the son used to murder his family. Crews on Thursday demolished the unsafe rubble of what was left of the home. Read the full article over at the Chicago Tribune. More...

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I Klatus Posts "Kether" Album Online

The sprawling "Kether," the sophomore full-length from the Chicago trio known as I Klatus, is out now digitally as well as via an extremely limited one-time pressing direct from the band.

Today The Obelisk hosts a descriptive track-by-track breakdown of the myths and madness on "Kether," alongside a full stream of the entire album right here. You can also check out the stream below. More...

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I, Klatus Streaming "Portals Under The Lake"

Rooted in the sprawling Chicago underground metal scene with ties to multiple internationally-notable musical and artistic forms of media, a massive composition five years in the making has finally arrived. Behold "Kether," the second LP by sludge/doom collective I Klatus. The following press release was issued about the album:

"With the dark spirit of Chicago in mind and the mysteries of the Cosmos at heart, the all-consuming devastation achieved on 'Kether' takes the pummeling morphing of sludge/grime/doom the I Klatus clan has previously attained to even more warped and exploratory realms through nearly an hour of continually-engaging material in the progressive tradition of Spaceboy, Gasp, Ufomammut, Rwake, Noothgrush and YOB. The band self-describes the material as 'beyondcore, sludge, and shamanistic method doom.'

"I Klatus self-released the mammoth Kether in an extremely limited 2xLP version at the end of 2012, but now takes the album to an entirely broader audience with an official digital release of the album this month.

"The album lies in the wake of the tragic passing of I KLATUS’ bassist Tariq Ali and features the artist’s last recordings. The three surviving members of the collective -- drummer Chris Wozniak (Lair of the Minotaur, Earthen Grave), bassist John Bomher (Yakuza, Indian) and guitarist/vocalist/visual artist Tom Denney (known for art created for Soilent Green, Kylesa, Saint Vitus, Black Cobra, Rwake, Samothrace among countless others) -- have dedicated the album to Tariq’s memory and pay thanks to his family members, stating that he was 'a good dude on the scene here in Chicago, and was part of the best lineup of the many this band has seen.' More...

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