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Formed: 1991
From: Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Last Known Status: Active

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Below is our complete Kataklysm 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.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Kataklysm Announces Canadian Tour Dates

Canadian extreme metal outfit Kataklsym will perform a series of shows in the provinces of Ontario, Québec and New Brunswick this Fall with Blackguard and Unfallen. Although Kataklysm plans a Canadian tour next year, which will cover the other provinces as well as the cities that were skipped this year, this will be the only opportunity to see the band live in these territories.

Front man Maurizio Iacono comments:

"The touring campaign for Prevail is slowly winding down and we have a few more things lined up, like a two part Canadian tour! One which will start in October doing secondaries in Quebec and heading out in eastern Canada as well. Next year in the spring we plan on doing a full scale Canadian tour which we haven't gone out west once for Prevail so we don't want to forget any of our fans.

"We also have a headliner stint for KATAKLYSM in Europe for January 2010 planned which will be the final tours for the Prevail album. In the meanwhile we are getting ready to hit the road with our other band called EX DEO, its our EPIC nemesis band based on Ancient Rome. It's been receiving rave reviews around the globe. The impact has been very strong so now were gonna bring the beast out live for the fall. After some rehearsals and video taping this week, I can say that EX DEO will surely turn some heads...or cut them right off! Heeheh"

The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

10/27 Rouyn-Noranda, QC @ Petit Théâtre du Vieux Noranda
10/28 London, ON @ Music Hall Lounge
10/29 Ste-Hyacinthe, QC @ Le Trash
10/30 Drummondville, QC @ Salle Gaston Mandeville
10/31 Rimouski, QC @ La Coudée
11/1 Fredericton, NB @ Musiplex
11/2 Moncton, NB @ Paramount

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Just For Fun

Maurizio Iacono Drawn As Metal Toon

Kataklysm / Ex Deo front man Maurizio Iacono has posted a "metal toon" image of himself in Roman themed armor online. The picture can be viewed here.

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Video Interview With Maurizio Iacono Available

Stormbringer.at conducted a video interview with Kataklysm / Ex Deo front man Maurizio Iacono at the Masters Of Rock Festival in the Czech Republic on July 10th. The video clip can be viewed below. More...

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Kataklysm Issues European Tour Report

Kataklysm has issued the following road report from their current European tour:

"Well we have arrived in Frankfurt, Germany yesterday for our European tour and checked in at our hotel. We met up with the guys in DEATH ANGEL at the bar in the lobby and hit it off quick with the guys. We have a common love of the glam rock and heavy metal so I think this will be a very cool tour indeed for the next few weeks with some cool parties.

"KEEP OF KALESSIN are good friends of ours and it’s always a blast touring with them. We are currently on our way to Hellfest and then Spain and Portugal. We’ve never played any of the Open Airs we will do on this run and we are looking forward to it. More...

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Ex Deo Streaming Entire New Album Online

EX DEO, the new Roman-themed super group led by Maurizio Iacono (KATAKLYSM), has uploaded their entire debut album on their Myspace page for streaming. “Romulus,” features guest appearances by Karl Sanders (NILE), Nergal (BEHEMOTH), Obsidian C. (KEEP OF KALESSIN) as well as the following recording line-up:

Maurizio Iacono (KATAKLYSM) - Vocals
Stephane Barbe (KATAKLYSM) - Guitars
J-F Dagenais (KATAKLYSM) - Guitars
Max Duhamel (KATAKLYSM) - Drums
Francois Mongrain (MARTYR) - Bass
Jonathan Leduc (BLACKGUARD) – Keyboards

“Romulus” will be released by Nuclear Blast Records on June 19th in Europe and June 30th in North America.

You can catch the band on tour this September as part of this years installment of Paganfest Europe. The latest Paganfest European tour dates are as follows: More...

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Death Angel Ready To Embark On Summer Tour

DEATH ANGEL'S SUMMER TOUR STARTS JUNE 14!
Death Angel is preparing to embark on their summer tour, which starts on June 14.

JUNE 14 - Death Angel headlines the 32nd Annual Haight Street Fair, the most celebrated street fair in San Francisco.

European "Summer Madness" Tour with Kataklysm and Keep of Kalessin:

June 22 ES - Totem - Pamplona
June 23 PT - Cinema Batalha - Porto
June 24 ES - Sala A - Vigo
June 25 ES - Albeniz - Gijon
June 27 BE - Graspop - Dessel
June 28 UK - Underworld - London
June 29 UK - Rios - Leeds
June 30 UK - Seven - Nottingham
July 01 DE - Turock - Essen
July 02 DE - Backstage - München
July 03 SI - Metalcamp - Tolmin
July 05 IT - Stadio Comunale - Genzano di Roma (Roma)
July 06 IT - Colonia Sonora Festival - Collegno (Torino)
July 09 SER - Exit Fest - Novi Sad
July 10 CZ - Masters Of Rock - Vizovice
July 11 NL - Fortarock - Nijmegen
July 12 DE - Meier Music Hall - Braunschweig
July 14 PL - Klub Progresja - Warsaw
July 15 HU - Hegyalja Festival - Tokaj
August 15 FIN - Jalometalli Festival - Oulu

September 13 - MEXICO - Mezcal Metal Fest - Mexico City
September 15 - MEXICO - Monterrey Metal Fest (pre-party) - Monterrey
September 16 - MEXICO - Monterrey Metal Fest - Monterrey

Death Angel's first ever LIVE DVD, "Sonic German Beatdown," is out now. Five years after the acclaimed comeback album, "The Art Of Dying", and the following album, “Killing Season,” DEATH ANGEL has released a DVD with two full length concerts filmed in Germany.

The DVD includes 2 discs filmed live at The Rock Hard Festival 2007 and a club show in Adelsheim 2008. Bonus material includes music videos for “Thicker Than Blood” and “Dethroned” and a live CD of the Rock Hard Festival performance. The set is also available in double album vinyl.

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Headline News

Kataklysm Guitarist Detained By Federal Agents

Guitarist Jean-Francois Dagenais of Canadian death metal quartet Kataklysm was detained today by federal agents at an airport in Washington D.C.

The guys were scheduled to change planes in the capital before continuing on to Chicago after playing a couple of highly successful shows in Russia.

"We grabbed our bags and went through immigration with no problems as expected. As we’re waiting in line for the customs exit some uniformed guy grabs J-F and takes him away with his bags. We assumed it was just a random check," commented vocalist Maurizio Iacono. More...

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Arsames Confirmed For Metal Camp 2009

Iranian thrash/death metal act ARSAMES has been confirmed for Metal Camp 2009 - talents stage (DARK DOG STAGE BANDS) set to take place July 2-8, 2009 in Tolmin, Slovenia.

The Metal Camp festival billing is shaping up as follows:

ABORTED
ALESTORM
AMON AMARTH
BLIND GUARDIAN
DEATH ANGEL
DEATHSTARS
DESTRUCTION
DIE APOKALYPTSCHEN REITER
DIMMU BORGIR
DOWN
DRAGONFORCE
EDGUY
EQUILIBRIUM
EXTREMA
GRAVEWORM
HACKNEYED
HATEBREED
HOLLENTHON
KATAKLYSM
KEEP OF KALESSIN
KREATOR
LAMB OF GOD
LEGION OF THE DAMNED
MY DYING BRIDE
NIGHTWISH
SATYRICON
SODOM
SONIC SYNDICATE
SUIDAKRA
TESTAMENT
VADER
VISIONS OF ATLANTIS

For more info, check the Metal Camp website at metalcamp.com.

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Kataklysm Issues Tour Report

KATAKLYSM recently checked in from the road while on tour with NAPALM DEATH. Frontman Maurizio Iacono offered the following update:

"The shows have been good and everything is under control. We look forward to all the dates and completing the touring cycle for Prevail in 2009. We will do some Euro festivals immediately after this tour is done and then go to Russia and Europe for a short headliner with DEATH ANGEL. The last thing on the agenda regarding KATAKLYSM will be a full European headliner in January 2010 to wrap things up until the next album." More...

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Ex Deo Checks In From The Road

Frontman Maurizio Iacono of Kataklysm and Roman themed band Ex Deo issued the following update while on tour alongside Napalm Death:

"We're well into the first week of tour with our old friends in Napalm Death. The shows have been good and everything is under control. We look forward to all the dates and completing the touring cycle for 'Prevail' in 2009. We will do some Euro festivals immediately after this tour is done and then go to Russia and Europe for a short headliner with DEATH ANGEL. The last thing on the agenda regarding KATAKLYSM will be a full European headliner in January 2010 to wrap things up until the next album.

"So after these tours are done our focus will immediately change to our new band EX DEO, which will be released by Nuclear Blast Records in June. The hype behind ‘Romulus’ is gaining massive momentum and this is such a big project! We need get things ready with the live aspect of things and to rehearse and be prepared for Paganfest Europe. Having said that we decided to decline all tour offers coming for KATAKLYSM for the rest of the year. We might also bring this epic band to the States but were not sure yet, since it has to be the right tour.

"We’re going to announce some cool news regarding EX DEO next week. So if you want to watch KATAKLYSM in the states one last time before the next album drops (not before 2011), this would be the tour to come visit us and party like we usually do. A big thank you to the fans for making ‘Prevail’ a very succesfull album worldwide. Now I must gather my legions and take back the throne of metal! The scene needs a kick in the ass back to rebellion and Rome is coming!"

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Maroon Reschedules Russian Dates w/ Kataklysm

German metalcore band Maroon has announce the new dates for their visit to Russia. They will be playing on June 6th in St. Petersburg at Club Orlandina and June 7th in Moscow at Club Tochka. Both shows will be with Canadian death metal band Kataklysm.

Maroon still has a number of records release shows planned, which are as follows:

April 17, 2009 - Hamburg (D) @ Headcräsh / release show
April 18, 2009 - Nordhausen (D) @ venue tba / very special release show!
April 24, 2009 - Essen (D) @ Turock / release show
April 25,2009 - Stuttgart (D) @ Landespavillon / release show
May 9, 2009 – Berlin (D) @ Live at Dot / release show

Maroon's new album "Order," is due out on April 17th in Germany and April 20th in the rest of Europe.

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The Haunted Announces Detroit Show

The Haunted has issued the following announcement about an upcoming Detroit show on April 14th alongside Napalm Death and Kataklysm:

"Detroit show w/ Napalm Death & co. The show @ Majestic Theatre in Detroit on the 14:th of April
will be a double bill with the Napalm Death touring package. Doors: 6.30 Tickets: 15/20 $ All Ages"

The line-up will be:

Napalm Death
The Haunted
Kataklysm
Toxic Holocaust
Merauder
Coliseum
Trap Them
The Agonist

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Ex Deo Confirmed For PaganFest Europe 2009

EX DEO, the new band led by KATAKLYSM frontman Maurizio Iacono, will make their live debut this September/October on the special edition trek of Europe’s biggest pagan/folk-metal tour, PaganFest.

Co-headlining throughout will be Finland’s KORPIKLAANI and Germany’s DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER. Support will come from Sweden’s UNLEASHED, United Kingdom’s ALESTORM, EX DEO and Canada’s BLACKGUARD.

Special appearances will be made by Finland’s MOONSORROW and Norway’s Einherjer on select dates (marked "Extended Show" below).

Here are the latest PAGANFEST EUROPE 2009 tour dates: More...

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Kataklysm Announces Headlining European Tour

KATAKLYSM has announced that they will be the headlining act of the upcoming Summer Madness European Tour featuring label mates DEATH ANGEL and KEEP OF KALESSIN. Here are the confirmed tour dates so far:

June 21, 2009 Hellfest – Clisson, France
June 22, 2009 Totem – Pamplona, Spain
June 23, 2009 Cinema Batalha – Porto, Portugal
June 24, 2009 Sala A – Vigo, Spain
June 25, 2009 Albeniz - Gijon, Spain
June 27, 2009 Graspop – Dessel, Belgium
June 28, 2009 Underworld – London, United Kingdom (DEATH ANGEL closing)
June 29, 2009 Rios – Leeds, United Kingdom (DEATH ANGEL closing)
June 30, 2009 Seven – Nothingham, United Kingdom (DEATH ANGEL closing)
July 01, 2009 Turock – Essen, Germany
July 02, 2009 Backstage – München, Germany
July 03, 2009 Metalcamp – Tolmin, Slovenia
July 05, 2009 Stadio Comunale - Genzano di Roma, Italy
July 06, 2009 Colonia Sonora Festival - Collegno (Torino), Italy
July 09, 2009 Exit Fest - Novi Sad, Serbia
July 10, 2009 Masters Of Rock - Vizovice, Czech Republic
July 11, 2009 Fortarock – Nijmegen, The Netherlands (DEATH ANGEL closing)
July 12, 2009 Meier Music Hall – Braunschweig, Germany
July 14, 2009 Klub Progresja – Warsaw, Poland
July 15, 2009 Hegyalja Festival – Tokaj, Hungary

KATAKLYSM is kicking off their North American trek as direct support to England's grindcore legends Napalm Death on the upcoming "Campaign for Musical Destruction" tour, which kicked off on April 10.

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NEMHF 2009 Adds Third Stage

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will introduce an additional stage this year dedicated to up and coming bands.

The third stage, sponsored by Deathcote Records, will be located at Chasers Nightclub, located behind the Palladium on the corner of Martin Luther King and Commercial streets. The main festival will be taking place at the Palladium.

“There are so many great bands and not enough time to get all of them on during the course of two days,” said festival co-organizer Sott Lee. “Adding a third stage is a great way for us to showcase some of the developing bands and it’s a terrific opportunity for these bands to play alongside some of today’s top metal and hardcore bands.”

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will take place on Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18, with the Atticus pre-party on Thursday, April 16. This year’s event is presented by Randall Amplifiers, Washburn Guitars and Eden Electronics. Metal Blade Records will present the main stage. Prosthetic Records will present the second stage.

The Atticus-sponsored pre-party will be a unique event that will be combining film and music, kicking off with a screening of official film sponsor Anchor Bay's film "Crowley," co-written by none other than Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson. The provocative supernatural thriller is the tale of a virtual reality experiment gone wrong, sending the soul of the British occultist Aleister Crowley into the body of a shy university professor. But even as Crowley creates all-new orgies of depraved pleasures and black magic, he is now preparing to unleash the ultimate occult event upon the world. Also showing is "Anvil! The Story of Anvil," a sometimes revealing, sometimes hilarious documentary about the legendary Canadian metal band. The movie follows best friends Robb Reiner and Lips as they make a pact to rock together forever. Their band, Anvil, hailed as the "demi-gods of Canadian metal, " influenced a musical generation that includes Metallica, Slayer, and Anthrax, despite never hitting the big time. Following a calamitous European tour, Lips and Robb, now in their fifties, set off to record their 13th album in one last attempt to fulfill their boyhood dreams. The film will be followed by a performance by the band itself. The pre-party will also be held at the Palladium. Admission is free with a weekend pass or $15 for non-ticket holders.

Prices this year are $40 for Friday, $45 for Saturday or $79 for a 2-day ticket that also includes free admission to the kick off party on Thursday. Tickets are available at all Strawberries, FYE Stores, online at tickets.com or by calling (800) 477-6849. Tickets are available now.

Bands scheduled to perform this year include: More...

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Maurizio Iacono Reveals "Romulus" Tracklisting

EX DEO’s Maurizio Iacono checks in with the following update:

"I’m now back home after quite a long journey to Canada (to record the rest of my vocals for EX DEO) and Belgium with Kataklysm for some good beers and a good time (headlining the Maximum Metal & Hardcore Festival). It was killer! Meeting up with old friends is always fun times.

"From there I flew to Belgrade, Serbia where I filmed the video for the title track 'Romulus.' The set up was extremely pro. Stanimir 'Staca' Lukic and Ivan did such an amazing job and paid attention to every single detail. To recreate Rome and the story of Romulus and Remus was a big challenge, but I think we nailed it and the ideas behind it are incredible. Expect an epic feel, like the movie '300' for the texture... A big thank you to all the film crew and the actors!

"I’m also glad to say the album is complete! J-f, Steph , Max, Francois and Jo did a fantastic job. I can’t thank you enough for the dedication for a project so close to my heart (it’s a part of us all now!). The sound is in your face, huge and with so much feeling it will grab you instantly.

"This is some of the best material we have ever written as a band and a completely different outlook and feel then what we have done before. Expect anthem after anthem!"

Here is the tracklisting for "Romulus:" More...

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Satyricon And Warbringer Confirmed For FortaRock

The 2009 FortaRock festival is scheduled to take place on July 11th at Park Brakkestein in Nijmegen, Holland. The most recent bands confirmed for the line-up are Warbringer and Satyricon. The other announced bands are as follows:

All Shall Perish
Death Angel
The Dillinger Escape Plan
Heidevolk
Kataklsym
Keep of Kalessin
Meshuggah
Moonspell

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Ex Deo Posts Third Studio Update

KATAKLSYM frontman Maurizio Iacono is currently in the studio working with his new band, EX DEO, on their debut album titled Romulus. Iacono offered the following progress report on the recording process:

"Well the sun is shining today; I have completed the vocals for EX DEO's Debut album Romulus! I needed to capture the emotions of the songs that J-F Dagenais (KATAKLYSM) and company put together and I feel I succeeded. Jonathan Leduc from BLACKGUARD has done an incredible job on the symphony parts for this album! Songs like the ‘LEGIO XIII’ (the 13th Legion) are so epic you feel you’re literally in Rome on the battlegrounds! Francois Mongrain from MARTYR is almost done tracking the bass lines. I can’t say enough about this man’s talent on bass! We are now just waiting on a few special guests on the album to send in their contributions and we will be ready to mix this beast of an album!

"In the meantime, we will take a few days off as we are heading to Belgium for an exclusive show with KATAKLYSM. Right after that I will go to Belgrade to film the video for the title track "Romulus." The idea of the clip is to recreate the story of Romulus and the Epic times of ancient Rome. We promise a breath taking video! Next week I’ll have another blog with pics from the video shoot!"

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Abigail Williams Drops Off Napalm Death Tour

Abigail Williams will apparantly no longer be a part of Napalm Death's big tour of North America. Replacing them on the bill will be Coliseum. Still on the bill are Toxic Holocaust, Kataklysm and Trap Them.

The tour dates are as follows:

April 10 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
April 11 - New York City, NY @ Gramercy Theater
April 12 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
April 13 - Cincinnatti, OH @ Madhatter
April 14 - Rochester, NY @ tba
April 15 - Sudbury, ON @ Serbian Center
April 17 - Worcester, MA @ New England Metal And Hardcore Festival
April 18 - Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon
April 19 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
April 20 - Virginia Beach, VA @ tba
April 21 - Spartanburg, NC @ tba
April 22 - Nashville, TN @ tba
April 23 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
April 24 - Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11
April 25 - Jackson, MS @ Swell Skateshop
April 26 - Austin, TX @ Emos
April 27 - Houston, TX @ Meridian
April 28 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
April 29 - Fort Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theatre
April 30 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
May 1 - Tucsonm AZ @ tba
May 2 - San Diego, CA @ SOMA
May 3 - Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club
May 4 - San Francisco, CA @ Grand Ballroom
May 5 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
May 6 - Seattle, WA @ Studio 7
May 8 - Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
May 9 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
May 10 - Des Moines, IA @ tba
May 11 - Milwaukee, WI @ tba
May 12 - St Louis, MO @ Fubar
May 13 - Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
May 14 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabodys
May 15 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
May 16 - Ottawa, ON @ Babylon
May 17 - Montreal, QC @ Fourfounes
May 18 - TBA @ TBA
May 18 - Quebec City, QC @ Imperial

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Napalm Death Announces North American Tour Dates

Napalm Death has announced that they will be touring North America alongside Toxic Holocaust, Kataklysm, Abigail Williams, and Trap Them. The currently confirmed tour dates are as follows:

4/10 Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
4/11 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
4/12 Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
4/13 Cincinnati, OH @ The Madhatter
4/14 Rochester, NY @ TBA
4/15 Sudbury, ON @ Serbian Center
4/17 Worcester, MA @ New England Metal Fest
4/18 Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon
4/19 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
4/20 Virginia Beach, VA @ TBA
4/21 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
4/22 Nashville, TN @ TBA
4/23 Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
4/24 Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11
4/26 Austin, TX @ Emo's
4/27 Houston, TX @ Meridian
4/28 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
4/29 Dallas, TX @ Ridglea Theater
4/30 Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater

5/01 Tucson, AZ @ TBA
5/02 San Diego, CA @ Soma
5/03 Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
5/04 San Francisco, CA @ The Grand Ballroom
5/05 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
5/06 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
5/08 Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
5/09 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
5/10 Des Moines, IA @ TBA
5/11 Milwaukee, WI @ TBA
5/12 St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
5/13 Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
5/14 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
5/15 Toronto, ON @ Opera House
5/16 Ottawa, ON @ Babylon
5/17 Montreal, QC @ Foufounes
5/18 Quebec City, QC @ Imperial

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