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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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Lacuna Coil Confirmed For Graspop 2009

Italian goth metallers Lacuna Coil has announced that they are the latest band to be confirmed for this years edition of Graspop Metal Meeting which will be held from June 26th-28th in Dessel, Belgium.

The lineup is now as follows:

Heaven And Hell
Lacuna Coil
Dream Theater
Disturbed
God Forbid
Anthrax
Sacred Reich
Papa Roach
Volbeat
W.A.S.P.
Trivium
Devildriver
Epica
Blind Guardian
Wolves In The Throne Room
Legion of The Damned
Laaz Rockit
Scar Symmetry
Kataklysm
Firewind
Parkway Drive
Samael
Dagoba
Taake
Eths
Negura Bunget

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Cannibal Corpse Wins "Greatest Death Metal Song"

Death metal legends Cannibal Corpse has won the award of "Greatest Death Metal Song Of All Time" for their staple track, "Hammer Smashed Face" in a poll on the German website Metal-Hammer.de. In second place was Swedish act Arch Enemy with their song, "We Will Rise" and third place was given to Death for the song "Crystal Mountain."

The full top ten is as follows:

1. Cannibal Corpse – ‘Hammer Smashed Face’ (TOMB OF THE MUTILATED, 1992)
2. Arch Enemy – ‘We Will Rise’ (ANTHEMS OF REBELLION, 2003)
3. Death – ‘Crystal Mountain’ (SYMBOLIC, 1995)
4. Amon Amarth – ‘Pursuit Of Vikings’ (FATE OF NORNS, 2004)
5. Vader – ‘Carnal’ (BLACK TO THE BLIND, 1997)
6. Sepultura – ‘Arise’ (ARISE, 1991)
7. Carcass – ‘Heartwork’ (HEARTWORK, 1993)
8. In Flames – ‘Only For The Weak’ (CLAYMAN, 2000)
9. Kataklysm – ‘In Shadows And Dust’ (SHADOWS & DUST, 2002)
10. Behemoth – ‘Christians To The Lions’ (THELEMA.6, 2000)

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Dream Theater Confirmed For Graspop

Progressive metal legends Dream Theater are the latest act to be confirmed for Belgium's biggest metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting. The festival takes place in the town of Dessel between June 26th-28th.

The lineup so far is as follows:

Heaven And Hell
Dream Theater
Disturbed
Volbeat
Papa Roach
Blind Guardian
Anthrax
Trivium
W.A.S.P.
Sacred Reich
DevilDriver
Epica
Legion Of The Damned
Parkway Drive
God Forbid
Kataklysm
Firewind
Laaz Rockit
Keep Of Kalessin
Scar Symmetry
Samael
Dagoba
Taake
Negura Bunget
Wolves In The Throne Room
Eths

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Napalm Death Announces More Tour Dates

British Grindcore legends Napalm Death has announced some more shows for their mega tour with Kataklysm, Toxic Holocaust, Abigail Williams and Trap Them.

The tour dates are as follows:

April 11 - New York, NY @ Blender Theater
April 17 - Worcester, MA @ New England Metalcore Festival
April 24 - Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11 Tavern
May 3 - Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club
May 6 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven

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Ex Deo To Film Music Video For "Romulus"

Ex Deo, the band inspired by the Roman Empire and headed by Kataklysm's Maurizio Iacono, will be filming a music video for the title track of their forthcoming debut album, "Romulus." The band will be working with acclaimed director Stanimir Lukic.

A statement from frontman Maurizio Iacono reads as follows: "I wanted the ideal person to bring this concept to life and we felt Staca’s plan to do it was the right one. What better place to capture it then Europe itself?! Staca’s work is nothing short of phenomenal and I can’t wait to unleash the past fury of Rome on the world!"

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Napalm Death Announces North American Tour

British godfathers of Grindcore, Napalm Death have announced a huge touring package for a North American trek beginning in April. Along with the band will be Kataklysm, Toxic Holocaust, Abigail Williams and Trap Them.

The first tour dates are as follows:

April 17 - Worcester, MA @ New England Metalcore Festival
April 24 - Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11 Tavern
May 6 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven

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Lineup Announced For NE Metal And Hardcore Fest

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will enter its second decade this April with an eclectic mixture of bands from the metal and hardcore genres. Returning to the Palladium in Worcester, Mass., the event will take place on Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18, with a an extra special pre-party on Thursday, April 16.

Headlining Friday will be All That Remains, one of the many bands that got its start at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival. Saturday will be headlined by metal giants Lamb of God as part of their No Fear Energy Music Tour along with As I Lay Dying, Children Of Bodom, God Forbid and Municipal Waste. Metal Blade Records will present the main stage.

Other bands schedule to perform on Friday are: August Burns Red, Suffocation, The Acacia Strain, The Haunted, Napalm Death, WhiteChapel, Kataklysm, Cattle Decapitation, Veil of Maya, Abigail Williams, Decrepit Birth, Psycroptic, Intronaut, Withered, Left to Vanish, Lazarus A.D., Kylesa, XAFBX, Trap Them, Aggressive Dogs, Toxic Holocaust, XWarX, Psyopus, Woe of Tyrants, Rose Funeral and more to be announced. Doors open at 12 noon. More...

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Kataklysm Announces Headlining European Tour Dates

Canadian metallers, KATAKLYSM, have just returned home from a sold out show at the Hard Rock Live in Mexico City, Mexico. The performance marked the groups first appearance in the country since 1995.

Vocalist Maurizio Iacono comments on the experience:

"Mexico blew our minds and was better than we ever expected! I’m so glad we took this chance and went there. The crowd was hungry and I think it was the loudest I’ve heard people chant our lyrics! We played songs off everything from ‘Sorcery’ to the latest record Prevail and it went great. We want to give a big thank you to Eyescream Productions and all the fans. We shall return!" More...

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Loads More Bands Confirmed For Hellfest

Plenty more bands have been confirmed for this years edition of France's biggest metal festival, Hellfest. Among the new names confirmed are Deicide, Gojira, Pentagram, Amebix and Soilent Green. A press release from the festivals organizers reads as follows:

"Hello everyone!

As promised, here is the list to be added to that of December 2008!

Nobody will be surprised to see names to satisfy all those who are fans of Hellfest and it will be Christmas all over again!

"Who can already boast having seen the fathers of American Doom PENTAGRAM, the American Black Sabbath founded by Bobby Liebling who, unfortunately, didn't have as much fame but, nevertheless remains THE reference for all fans of these slow and wicked musics! The first and only date in Europe will be at Hellfest! the real godfather of US Doom!

"Not to forget without whom such artists as Neurosis, Napalm Death, Sepultura and many others, would never have found their different sounds! The inventor of Crust, AMEBIX is back in Europe for one date only, connaisseurs will be happy and all others will listen attentively as extreme music wouldn't be the same without them! More...

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More PaganFest Tour 2009 Dates Announced

PaganFest America have just released their first batch of dates. The dates so far are as follows:

04/28 - The Opera House - Toronto, ON - CANADA
04/29 - Medley – Montreal, QC - CANADA
04/30 - Imperial - Quebec City, QC - CANADA
05/01 - The Palladium - Worcester, MA
05/04 - Irving Plaza - New York, NY
05/07 - Chicago Powerfest - Chicago, IL
05/08 - The Lab - St. Paul, MN More...

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Kataklysm Frontman Debuts Brand New Ex Deo Song

EX DEO, the band formed by Kataklysm's frontman Maurizio Iacono, have premiered a new, demo version of the track "Cry Havoc" from the upcoming debut album, "Romulus," on the bands MySpace page.

Maurizio Iacono checks in with update:

"To start, the band is currently in the studio working on Romulus as we speak. I have enlisted the people that I trust the most on this important project (the boys in KATAKLYSM) to work with me on the first EX DEO album, maybe all of them, we'll see how it goes. J-f Dagenais, Stephane Barbe and Max Duhamel are family and it is important to me to be comfortable and at home." More...

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First Bands Announced For Graspop 2009

The first batch of bands for Belgium's premiere metal festival, Graspop has been revealed. The event will take place on June 26th-28th in Dessel.

The initial bands are as follows:

Heaven And Hell
Disturbed
Volbeat
Papa Roach
Blind Guardian
Anthrax
Trivium
W.A.S.P.
Sacred Reich
DevilDriver
Epica
Legion Of The Damned
Parkway Drive
God Forbid
Kataklysm
Firewind
Laaz Rockit
Keep Of Kalessin
Scar Symmetry
Samael
Dagoba
Taake
Negura Bunget
Wolves In The Throne Room
Eths

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Maurizio Iacono Issues Update on Ex Deo Activities

EX DEO frontman Maurizio Iacono issues update on EX DEO activities:

"The first thing that comes to my mind is the end of another year and the entering of another: 2009. Time flies by my friends and I wish everyone a wonderful 2009 with less negativity than what 2008 brought. You know what they say, darkness is followed by light, and vice versa, a cycle of life.

"In 2009, a band I've been waiting to launch for the longest time will finally see its light of day: EX DEO. I've dabbled with this idea even at earlier times when KATAKLYSM's 2001 album 'Epic (The Poetry of War)' and 2002's 'Shadows & Dust' were released. I was never able to fully carry it out the right way, that is, until now.

"As Roman ancestors believed, once Jupiter (king of the gods, son of Saturn) made his rulings, it had to be followed. The time has now come, it is now your turn to follow the calling and witness the rise of this new blood: EX DEO." More...

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Kataklysm Issues New Road Report

Kataklysm vocalist Maurizio Iacono has released the following update about how their tour with Marduk and Morbid Angel is going.

"We are more then half way done at this point, today we are in beautiful Vienna, Austria and having been here several times before we are energized at the mere thought of what this concert will bring, the tour has been running fantastic, all the bands seem super happy. Morbid Angel have been down to earth and super friendly to everyone on the tour and the fans (to me this is what makes them real rock stars!), its a pleasure to see them rip through the classics every night, are old friends in Marduk, Keep Of Kalessin and Arsis are also dominating the stage and making this tour great. As for Kataklysm what can I say, Europe is Europe and they always know how to treat bands here and the crowds have been killer and really behind us, cant ask for more on our part , just happy to see metal alive and kicking in Europe..couple more dates then the holidays and looking forward to what 2009 brings, we wish everyone the best of time with their families!"

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Ex Deo Signs To Nuclear Blast Records

Ex Deo, the band formed by Kataklysm mastermind Maurizio Iacono has signed a record deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The band is predominantly based on the history of the Roman Empire. Maurizio Iacono states:

"It is in my blood, I've been contemplating this new band for years and the time has come. Ex Deo - a full band inspired by the Roman Empire - has finally arrived and it’s gonna be monumental! I am proud today to announce the signing with Nuclear Blast. Prepare for the Rise of Rome in 2009!"

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Kataklysm Posts "Blood In Heaven" Video Online

Kataklysm has uploaded their new music video for the song, "Blood In Heaven." You can check it out below. The song is the second to be released from their latest album, "Prevail," which was released in May of this year. More...

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Keep Of Kalessin To Tour Europe w/ Morbid Angel

Keep Of Kalessin is about to embark on yet another tour, this time around with legends in Morbid Angel. They'll be joining Kataklysm, Marduk and Arsis on the Rock The Nation Metalfest tour of Europe. Here are the latest tour dates:
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Kataklysm Heading To Mexico After 13 Years

Montreal Canada's KATAKLYSM have confirmed a show in Mexico City, Mexico for January 16, 2009 at the Hard Rock live. The performance marks the long awaited return of KATAKLYSM to Mexico who's last venture there was in 1995.

Commented vocalist Maurizio Iacono:

"I think a lot of bands and friends know about the hard times we went through in Mexico in 1995. The crowds weren't the problem it was the system along with a string of bad luck situations.

"Tough times in those days but after hearing all the great comments from other bands, and the plea from all the crazy fans in Mexico over the last few years, we decided we want to go back. They deserve to see the new KATAKLYSM and the show we give now compared to 13 years ago (it was only our second tour ever!). Plus there's a new generation there that never saw us.

"We are very excited to eat and drink with you and most importantly give you guys the most punishing show you've ever seen. We are also planning more dates in Central and South America soon so stay tuned in!"

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Kataklysm Offers North American Tour Update

Kataklysm vocalist Maurizio Iacono recently issued the following update from the road while on the second annual "Death by Decibels" tour:

"Today is a day off in Hollywood, CA and we might go check out that cock rock cover band STEEL PANTHER tonight at the Key Club. Speaking of the Key Club, it was a great show yesterday! The crowd was on fire for all the bands and it was great to see all the fans chanting the lyrics to 'Prevail'. The album is obviously doing well and the tour has been doing great. Highlights so far have been Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, all the Texas dates, Los Angeles and the sold out show in San Diego at the Soma.

"We're having a blast with the Norwegians in KEEP OF KALESSIN, the Swiss folk fuckers in ELUVEITIE and our old friends in DYING FETUS. It's been a great ride so far and you if you haven't seen this package yet do yourself a favor and don't miss it! It's really a killer diverse metal package and a good time. Thanks again to all of you for the great support, we know these are hard times in the country and having so many people come out means a lot to us and all the bands. Cheers!"

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Kataklysm Wins "Best Metal Album" Award In Quebec

"Prevail", the most recently acclaimed album by Canada's hyperblasters KATAKLYSM, has won for "Album Of The Year" in the "Metal/Hardcore" category at the Quebec Indie Music Awards (GAMIQ), an awards show that recognizes achievements by Quebec independent artists. The event is produced by the Quebec Independent Music Association which is also behind the Montreal International Music Initiative (MIMI). KATAKLYSM has released the following statement in regards to this rather flattering victory:

“KATAKLYSM would like to thank the board of judges and all the people that voted for ‘Prevail’. We were super psyched as it was just to be nominated but now that we’ve actually won we can’t really explain how great it feels. It’s definitely an honor, especially since we were up against some great artists. What a great way to start our North American tour in a few days! We can’t wait to get out there and show the rest of the world what Quebec already knows; KATAKLYSM will ‘Prevail’!"

Those that were nominated this year included:

TEARS FOR THE SKY - "Boredomville II"
MENACE RUINE - "Cult of Ruins"
KOSMOS - "Kosmos"
ION DISSONANCE - "Minus The Herd"
KATAKLYSM - "Prevail"

KATAKLSYM will headline this year’s installment of the “Death by Decibels” tour presented by CDV Software Entertainment and Sacred 2: Fallen Angel the video game. The package features DYING FETUS, ELUVEITIE, KEEP OF KALESSIN from September 26th until October 16th then ARSIS, ELUVEITIE, KEEP OF KALESSIN October 18th until the 24th. The confirmed dates are as follows: More...

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