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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 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
Papa Roach
Blind Guardian
Sacred Reich
Legion Of The Damned
Parkway Drive
God Forbid
Laaz Rockit
Keep Of Kalessin
Scar Symmetry
Negura Bunget
Wolves In The Throne Room

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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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Kataklysm Begins Shooting New Video

Kataklysm frontman Maurizio Iacono has posted the following update:

“A while back ago we made the decision to have the title track ‘Prevail‘ be the next video clip. After carefully thinking it over, we have now decided to go with our original plan and shoot the video for ‘Blood in Heaven.’ Lots of fans have been asking us to do a clip for that song so we decided, ‘why not, it’s all about the fans anyways!’ Besides, ‘Prevail‘ is already a massive live song and doesn’t need any more of a push. There are other gems on this album that we want to introduce so here it goes!

"We wanted to do something cool with this one so we’re hiring someone that will be filming us on the upcoming tour everywhere we go. We want you guys, the fans, to be in the video so come hang out at the shows; the camera will be rolling everyday! We will be incorporating some live Kataklysmic action as well. More...

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More "Death By Decibels" Tour Dates Announced

Additional performances for this year's annual Death by Decibels tour featuring KATAKLYSM, DYING FETUS, ELUVEITIE and KEEP OF KALESSIN have been announced.

The tour dates so far are as follows:

09/26/08 The Pearl Room – Mokena, IL
09/27/08 Harpo’s Concert Theatre – Detroit, MI
09/28/08 Peabody’s Concert Club – Cleveland, OH
09/29/08 Blender Theater at Gramercy – New York, NY
09/30/08 Sonar – Baltimore, MD
10/01/08 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
10/02/08 Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA
10/03/08 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
10/04/08 Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC
10/05/08 Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
10/07/08 Meridian – Houston, TX
10/08/08 White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX
10/09/08 Ridglea Theater – Dallas, TX
10/10/08 Club 101 – El Paso, TX
10/11/08 Soma – San Diego, CA
10/12/08 The Key Club – Hollywood, CA
10/14/08 The Avalon – Santa Clara (San Francisco), CA
10/15/08 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
10/16/08 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
10/24/08 Le Medley – Montreal, QC – CANADA
10/25/08 L’Imperial – Quebec City, QC – CANADA
10/26/08 The Opera House – Toronto, ON - CANADA More...

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Kataklysm Announces Headlining Tour Dates

The first set of headlining dates from Canadian Hyper-blasters KATAKLYSM have been announced. Dubbed the as the second annual "Death By Decibels" tour, this year's installment will also feature Dying Fetus, ELUVEITIE and KEEP OF KALESSIN.

Additional shows, including dates in Canada with special guest ARSIS, will be announced shortly. Look for more regional guests to be announced on several shows soon as well. Confirmed tour dates so far are as follows:

09/26/08 The Pearl Room – Mokena, IL
09/27/08 Harpo's Concert Theatre – Detroit, MI
09/28/08 Peabody's Concert Club – Cleveland, OH
09/29/08 Blender Theater at Gramercy – New York, NY
10/01/08 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
10/02/08 Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA
10/04/08 Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC
10/07/08 Meridian – Houston, TX
10/08/08 White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX
10/09/08 Ridglea Theater – Dallas, TX
10/11/08 Soma – San Diego, CA
10/12/08 The Key Club – Hollywood, CA More...

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Kataklysm Plans Headlining N. American Tour

Quebec’s KATAKLYSM has been creating quite a stir at this year’s Summer Slaughter tour with their show stealing performances all over the North America. Now after years of hard work and other successful tours, which most recently included runs with bands like DIMMU BORGIR and CHIMAIRA, they will finally play a headlining tour of North America this fall.

The trek will last from September 28th until October 28th and will cover much of the US and Canada. Joining KATAKLYSM on the tour will be Dying Fetus (Relapse Records), ELUVEITIE (Nuclear Blast Records), and KEEP OF KALESSIN (Nuclear Blast Records).

Vocalist Maurizio Iacono could barely contain his excitement when asked about what is sure to be one of the biggest metal tours of the year:

"We’ve waited a long time for this! No more 30 minute sets and pissing our fans off every time we play with people saying ‘why didn't you play this or that.’ We’re fucking stoked to have been given this opportunity to really give our fans the show they deserve.

"We’ve also brought an elite line up of bands and friends to join us out on the road. Our great friends and brutal death metal legends DYING FETUS. From Europe, we’re bringing PaganFest stand out band ELUVEITIE with their pagan folk metal that will turn many heads. Last but not least, Norway's new kings of progressive Black Metal KEEP OF KALESSIN! A full on metal package like that hasn’t been seen in a long fucking time!

"In addition there will be a special guest in regional markets that will be revealed soon…so expect a big show with full fledged KATAKLYSM devastation. The time has finally come!"

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Kataklysm Re-signs to Nuclear Blast

Canada's very own extreme metal titans, Kataklysm, have re-signed with Nuclear Blast Records. This isn't the first time the band has re-signed to the label either but actually the fourth time; a first in the history of the label.

The band is currently touring with The Black Dahlia Murder as part of the annual Summer Slaughter tour, supporting their soon to be classic new album "Prevail."

Lead singer Maurizio Iacono took a quick break from the madness of the road to comment on their renewed partnership: More...

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Kataklysm Checks In From Summer Slaughter Tour

Currently out on the Summer Slaughter tour, KATAKLYSM frontman Maurizio Iacono checked in with a tour report video (below) for all the fans.

In the video, he discusses the making of the video "Taking The World By Storm," how KATAKLYSM landed their spot in the Summer Slaughter tour, the other bands on the tour, the contract renewal with Nuclear Blast Records, and more.

In addition, Maurizio states:
"In a recent poll that was launched to give fans the choice to vote for the next Kataklysm video, over 2,500 votes were submitted and the track 'Prevail' was the one that took in the most votes! Therefore, KATAKLYSM will use the title track 'Prevail' as the band's second video from their latest masterpiece. The band appreciates everyone's support and would like to thank who gave their input for this. KATAKLYSM will start filming in August for a release later this year, more details to follow.

"KATAKLYSM will also announce some MAJOR news via a press release this FRIDAY..so stay tuned!" More...

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Summer Slaughter Tour Adds Stop In Long Beach, CA

Due to the high pre-sales of the Summer Slaughter show at the House of Blues Hollywood on July 17th, the most extreme tour of the year has just announced another Southern California date. The package featuring THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, KATAKLYSM, VADER, CRYPTOPSY, THE FACELESS, DESPISED ICON, ABORTED, BORN OF OSIRIS, PSYCROPTIC and WHITECHAPEL, can now also been seen on Monday July 14th at The Vault 350 in Long Beach, CA. This is a special show dedicated to the die-hard fans of extreme metal, that will only cost $15 in advance and will include special guests SUICIDE SILENCE.

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Free Nuclear Blast Sampler Available For Download

To continue the commemoration of Nuclear Blast's 20 years of existence, Amazon.com brings everyone an exclusive free sampler that you will only be able to obtain at this location.

The sampler contains MP3s of the following songs:

1. Taking the World by Storm - Kataklysm 3:59
2. Chains of Power - Kataklysm 3:19
3. Blut Im Auge - Equilibrium 4:44
4. More Than Meets The Eye - Testament 4:33
5. The Formation of Damnation - Testament 5:09
6. We Are the Nightmare - Arsis 4:03
7. Shattering the Spell - Arsis 4:03
8. Bleed - Meshuggah 7:22
9. Riot Act - Exodus 3:37
10. The Atrocity Exhibition - Exodus 10:33 (Album Only)

Additionally, there are a number of Nuclear Blast Records titles available for purchase at a special discount price of $5.99 for the album as MP3s - only on iTUNES and Amazon until August 30, 2008. Here are the titles: More...

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Kataklysm Accepting Votes For Next Video

Kataklysm is letting fans vote for the next song off their latest album, "Prevail," to shoot a video for. A voting poll has been launched at Polldaddy and will be active until the morning of June 24. Once that date hits, all votes will be counted for and a surprise announcement will be made shortly after by the band.

In related news, KATAKLYSM vocalist Maurizio Iacono has issued the following tour update:

"Well, that was one insane weekend in Canada. We did three album launches and gave away three custom Washburn guitars… and what a memorable weekend it was. In over fifteen years of playing in KATAKLYSM's birthplace, Montreal, that had to be (on Saturday) the most intense crowd response ever to the point that club owners have now established mandatory barricades for every metal concert (sorry, guys). More...

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Kataklysm Charts In Germany and Austria

KATAKLYSM has charted at number 38 in Germany and 44 in Austria's music charts for their latest release, "Prevail." Just a few days after the worldwide release of the album, KATAKLYSM also surpassed 100,000 friends on MySpace.

As previously reported, Kataklysm and Martyr are about to head out for a few Canadian tour dates in a couple days:

6/6 Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
6/7 Montreal, QC @ Le Medley
6/8 Quebec City, QC @ L'Imperial

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