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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 Finish Recording New Album

KATAKLYSM has just finished the recording process for their new album, Prevail.

Producer/guitarist J-F Dagenais comments: "Finally... I'm the one who never takes a break in the band and I can finally breathe!!

After two months the album is fucking done! Just layed down a few leads yesterday and double checked everything, the album came out great, the sources are fantastic and dont expect In The Arms Of Devastation 2... this album stands in a league of it's own, everyone gave it 150%... it's the most brutal since Temple Of Knowledge and Serenity In Fire and the most catchy since Shadows & Dust and ITAOD. Expect the best, because that's the effort we gave it.

Next week we fly to Jason Suecof's studio in Orlando, Florida where we will be putting the final touches to this masterpiece!"

Prevail is schedualed for release via Nuclear Blast Records on May 23rd (Europe) and May 27th (North America, rest of World).

The band will unleash the new breathtaking artwork next month as a preview.

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Kataklysm Confirmed For Bloodstock Open Air

Canadian death metallers KATAKLYSM have been confirmed for this year's Bloodstock Open Air festival, set to take place August 15-17, 2008 at Catton Hall in Derbyshire, England. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:


KATAKLYSM will perform at the Rebel Radio "Birthday Bash" alongside TROUBLE on January 27 at The House of Blues in Chicago, Illinois. More bands will be announced soon.

KATAKLYSM has recruited producer Jason Suecof (CHIMAIRA, TRIVIUM, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER) to mix the band's new album beginning in early February. "Prevail" will feature several guest appearances to be announced at a later date. The album is scheduled for a late spring/early summer release via Nuclear Blast Records.

KATAKLYSM recently decided to "immortalize" the character that was featured on the cover of their most recent album, "In the Arms of Devastation", and have him re-appear as the main character — dubbed "The Heartbeast" — on their next offering, "Prevail".

Commented vocalist Maurizio Iacono: "We had so [much] killer feedback on the artwork but especially on the character that we decided to keep him as the band's fifth band member... kinda like IRON MAIDEN did with 'Eddie.' We have the perfect concept for the next album art... it will be bad-ass!"

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More Metalstock Fest Acts Announced

Metalstock, Australia’s only two day metal festival, is scheduled for the Easter weekend in March 2008, and has announced the second group of confirmed metal acts for this hugely anticipated event. The Festival will take place in Manning Bar, University of Sydney, on Saturday March 22nd (doors 3.00pm – 12.00am) and Sunday March 23rd (doors 3.00pm – 10.00pm). The full list of acts playing at Metalstock is as follows:

Kataklysm (Canada)
Dawn Of Azazel (NZ)
Psycroptic (Tas)
Fuck...I'm Dead (VIC)
Ulcerate (NZ)
Five Star Prison Cell (VIC)
Ebolie (NSW)
Kill For Satan (ACT)
Norse (NSW)
Double Dragon (SA)
Grotesque (WA)
Pathogen (WA)
Daysend (NSW)
The Furor (WA)
Terrorust (VIC)

As well as three more acts, Metalstock will soon be announcing all metal stalls, giveaways, sponsors and extra entertainment. Tickets for Metalstock are now on sale from Moshtix outlets, Moshtix, or phone 1300 438 849. The prices for the Festival are as follows:

Over 18’s two day pass - $60
Under 18’s two day pass - $60
Over 18’s Saturday only - $35
Under 18’s Saturday only - $35
Over 18’s Sunday only - $45
Under 18’s Sunday only - $45

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Kataklysm Announce Trouble Gig

KATAKLYSM has confirmed it will be playing the Rebel Radio Birthday Bash along side Chicago’s TROUBLE January 27th at the House of Blues in Chicago, Illinois. More bands are to be announced soon.

KATAKLYSM will be joining Jason Suecof in early February to start the mixing process for their new album Prevail.

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Kataklysm Cancel U.K. Tour With Behemoth

Canadian extremists KATAKLYSM have decided to cancel their upcoming UK/Iberia tour alongside friends BEHEMOTH, scheduled for next February.

Explains singer Maurizio Iacono, "First I'd like to say how crazy of a ride it's been since the release if ITAOD (In The Arms Of Devastation. We've done over 200 shows in less than two years... Nine tours across the world and meeting all our fans was the highlight. They made our last album the biggest and strongest to date.

It's been great, but the machine needs time off.

There's nothing more we like than to stay on the road non-stop, but we have to come to reality here and see that we need to take a breather, recharge our batteries and come back stronger then ever with a brand new album, because we will have to re-do this all over again in no time.

We didn't want to cancel the tour with Behemoth, but after much thought it was the right decision. J-F has to keep working through January on the new album, so he gets absolutely no break time, which isn't fair. Then we have to mix it in February, and we need to be here to supervise this new masterpiece we created for you guys.

Prevail is the priority for next year and it needs our full attention... But don't worry, we have A LOT of plans ahead of us, and we will be back in no time at all. Also this doesn't affect the New Zealand and Australian dates in late March, those will go ahead as planned.

Other than that, the band is doing great, Steph will be rejoining us for the last four shows of this tour with CHIMAIRA, which has been great. We got a couple more dates left, check our MySpace or website and come check us out, these will be the last dates til the next record comes out. I'd like to wish everyone out there some happy holidays with your loved ones."

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Korpiklaani Added To Summer Breeze Festival

The following bands have been confirmed for next year’s installment of the Summer Breeze festival, which is set to take place from August 14th to 16th in Dinkelsbühl, Germany:


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Apocalyptica Confirmed For Metalcamp 2008

The 2008 edition of Slovenia's Metalcamp festival (www.metalcamp.com) is scheduled to take place July 3rd - 9th in Tolmin.

The latest act confirmed is APOCALYPTICA.


More details to follow.

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Primal Fear Confirmed For Summer Breeze Festival

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR are the latest acts confirmed for the Summer Breeze Festival which is scheduled for August 14th - 14th in Dinkelsbühl, Germany. Acts on the bill now include: ASP, BORN FROM PAIN, DIABLO SWING ORCHESTRA, ENSIFERUM, ENDSTILLE, EXODUS, KATAKLYSM, PRIMAL FEAR, PRIMORDIAL, SONIC SYNDICATE, THE VISION BLEAK.

Organizers are announcing a new band each day in December via their Adventskalender!

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Nuclear Blast Extends Century Family Contract

Founded in Donzdorf, Germany in 1987, ranked #11 in the "Top 20 Rock/Metal Labels" and #41 in the "Top 50 Labels" charts by Hit Quarters in 2007, Nuclear Blast Records has extended its production and distribution deal with The Century Family, Inc. for the United States.

From his office in Germany, Nuclear Blast label owner and President Markus Staiger had this to say about the continued two-year contract renewal:

"We are very thrilled to continue our work with the Century Family. It is great that 2 metal companies can work together so close without any problems and fun to have such professional and nice people in the U.S. working for us! Be sure to expect a great year in 2008 for NUCLEAR BLAST and Century Media. NUCLEAR BLAST will release new titles from MESHUGGAH, DIMMU BORGIR, KATAKLYSM, KORPIKLAANI, THREAT SIGNAL, ALL SHALL PERSIH, DEATH ANGEL, HYPOCRISY, IMMORTAL, and EXODUS, as well as a stunning new album from TESTAMENT and AVANTASIA's third album The Scarecrow (featuring members of KISS, SCORPIONS, MAGNUM, Jorn Lande, and more), along with some IN FLAMES re-releases, too. Also, keep an eye out for our new U.S. signings - they are all young, fresh and brutal new acts with tremendous new albums. Among these is SUCCESS WILL WRITE APOCALYPSE ACROSS THE SKY who play brutal Florida Grind-Death Metal! Big thanks goes to the NB U.S.A. Team, Century Media, and our distributor Caroline/EMI. Special THANKS to our great metal fans!"

Since 2000, Nuclear Blast has maintained U.S. staff and operations in Los Angeles via a successful and long-running production and distribution deal with The Century Family, Inc., parent of Century Media Records. Century Media currently maintains a distribution deal with Caroline/EMI which it manages for Nuclear Blast under the arrangement.

States Century Media CEO Oliver Withoeft:

"Nuclear Blast and Century Media are looking forward to an even closer cooperation in 2008. The new year will prove to be a decisive year for the music industry, and we will continue to be at the forefront of setting trends in Metal. Our customers will be pleased to learn that we will expand our offers beyond the traditional ways of selling music."

2007 has been a year of distinction for Nuclear Blast in both Europe and North America. In addition to hosting a celebratory 20 year anniversary festival in Stuttgart this past October in the presence of over 6,000 metal fans, various 2007 releases made extremely noteworthy entries onto the Billboard charts.

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Exodus Confirmed For Summer Breeze Festival

US thrash legends EXODUS are the latest act confirmed for the Summer Breeze Festival which is scheduled for August 14th - 14th in Dinkelsbühl, Germany. Acts on the bill now include: DIABLO SWING ORCHESTRA, ENSIFERUM, ENDSTILLE, EXODUS, KATAKLYSM, PRIMORDIAL, SONIC SYNDICATE, THE VISION BLEAK.

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Kataklysm Confirmed For Summer Breeze Festival

Canuck extremists KATAKLYSM are the latest act confirmed for the Summer Breeze Festival which is scheduled for August 14th - 14th in Dinkelsbühl, Germany. Acts on the bill now include: ENSIFERUM, ENDSTILLE, PRIMORDIAL, SONIC SYNDICATE, THE VISION BLEAK.

Kataklysm's new album, Prevail, will be mixed by Jason Suecof (Chimaira, TRIVIUM,THE BLACK DHALIA MURDER) in January 2008 and will "drop like a nuclear explosion" on May 23rd, 2008 via Nuclear Blast.

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Kataklysm Announce Exclusive Live Internet Concert

On Monday, December 3, 2007, Canadian extreme metallers KATAKLYSM will take part in a FREE exclusive live concert stream from Las Vegas, Nevada which will be viewable at DeepRockDrive. The free live stream will be viewable by fans around the world; all you have to do is register, sit back and watch.

The live concert stream will be viewable at:

7:00 p.m. (Pacific)
8:00 p.m. (Mountain)
9:00 p.m. (Central)
10:00 p.m. (Eastern)

To make sure you don't miss this event, please:

* Click here
* Create a FREE account (which take seconds to do)
* Click on "Purchase Your Ticket" (which basically means "Reserve Your Free Spot")
* Wait for the evening of December 3, 2007 to arrive and enjoy!

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Kataklysm And Behemoth To Tour Europe

KATAKLYSM have announced European and UK tour dates with BEHEMOTH, set for February. Vocalist Maurizio Iacono has issued the following statement via the band's official website:

"We were planning on coming back to the UK in 2008 since the dates went so well there and the crowds were so killer. Then we found out our friends in Behemoth were gonna be there at the same time as well, so we decided to join forces. The last run was intense as fuck, both bands feeding of each other's energy live every night. This time it won't be any different. I salute Nergal and Co. and wait for another killer run to arrive."

Confirmed dates are as follows:

1 - Hannover, Germany - Musikzentrum *
2 - Rotterdam, Holland - Baroeg
3 - Birmingham, UK - Barfly
4 - Glasgow, Scotland - Barfly
5 - Sheffield, UK - Corporation
6 - Portsmouth, UK - Wedgewood Rooms
7 - London, UK - Ulu
8 - Nantes, France - Olympic
9 - Irun, Spain - Tunk
10 - Vigo, Spain - A!
11 - Lisbon, Portugal - Cine Teatro de Corroios
12 - Faro, Portugal - Ass. Musicos de Faro
13 - Granada, Spain - Industrial Copera
14 - Madrid, Spain - Ritmo & Compas
15 - Barcelona, Spain - Apolo 2
16 - Limoges, France - CC John Lennon
17 - Paris, France - La Locomotive
18 - Frankfurt, Germany - Batschkapp *
19 - Jena, Germany - F-Haus *

* Kataklysm headline shows

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Kataklysm Frontman Issues Road Report

KATAKLYSM frontman Maurizio Iocono recently took time out from his busy touring schedule with CHIMAIRA, DIVINE HERESY, and TERROR to sit down with MetalSucks to discuss the tour, the fans, and the band's upcoming album which is due for a May 2008 release.

Iocono also talks about Paganfest USA, the spring run with ENSIFERUM, TURISAS, TRY and ELUVEITIE. An excerpt from the chat follows:

"The tour just started, we are doing our fourth show tonight in Buffalo… we are having a good time so far and its killer to see our old fans showing up and being wild as well as making new fans. They expect the Kataklysm chaos as we are known to deliver, we love it when the crowd is wild and loud, we have fun

Read the full article at this location.

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Kataklysm Vocalist Comment On Upcoming Tour

Having recently returned from a wildly successful European tour (including a performance at Nuclear Blast's 20 Year Anniversary Party in Stuttgart, Germany), KATAKLYSM vocalist Maurizio Iacono shares his thoughts on the band's upcoming stint as the support act for CHIMAIRA and TERROR:

"The KATAKLYSM machine is well-oiled and ready to crush! We are very anxious to start this tour with CHIMAIRA this Wednesday and can’t wait to see all our fans again and start the mayhem that we are known for. Unfortunately, our bass player Stéphane Barbe won't be able to make this trek because he and his girlfriend are expecting their first baby, but if all goes well, he'll be rejoining us on stage for the last three shows on the tour in Montreal, Toronto, and Millvale, Pennsylvania. In the meantime, worry not as Francois Mongrain from tech masters MARTYR is filling in on bass and is ready to strike and draw blood with the hyperblasters." More...

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Ministry, Behemoth And Others On Metalcamp Fest

MINISTRY, BEHEMOTH, RAGE and KATAKLYSM are among the newly confirmed bands for the Metalcamp festival, set to take place July 3-9, 2008 in Tolmin, Slovenia. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:


For more information, visit www.metalcamp.com.

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"20 Years Of Nuclear Blast" Trailer Posted Online

A three-minute trailer for the forthcoming "20 Years of Nuclear Blast" two-DVD set can be viewed below. Due on November 30 via Nuclear Blast, the collection — as the title implies — celebrates the 20th anniversary of the German metal label, featuring two DVDs with almost six hours' worth of footage, including 70 promotional clips and a four-part history of the label hosted by DESTRUCTION bassist/vocalist Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer.

The following clips can be found on the "20 Years of Nuclear Blast" two-DVD set:

01. DIMMU BORGIR - Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse
02. IMMORTAL - One By One
03. HYPOCRISY - Scrutinized
04. GOREFEST - The Glorious Dead
05. KATAKLYSM - Manipulator Of Souls
06. BENEDICTION - I Bow To None
07. PUNGENT STENCH - Shrunken And Mumified Bitch
08. BELPHEGOR - Sanctus Perversum
09. NILE - The Language Of The Shadows
10. DEATH - Scavenger Of Human Sorrow
12. DESTRUCTION - The Butcher Strikes Back
13. DEW SCENTED - Cities Of The Dead
14. ANTHRAX - What Doesn’t Die
15. EXODUS - Riot Act
16. DEATH ANGEL - The Devil Incarnate
17. I - Warriors
18. SONIC SYNDICATE - Psychic Suicide
19. CLAWFINGER - The Price We Pay
20. CHIMAIRA - Worthless
21. IN FLAMES - Only For The Weak
22. MESHUGGAH - Future Breed Machine
23. SOILWORK - Exile
24. THE DESTINY PROGRAM - Project Hoax
25. SCAR SYMMETRY - The Illusionist
26. THREAT SIGNAL - Counterbalance
27. MNEMIC - Ghost
28. EKTOMORF - Destroy
29. AGNOSTIC FRONT - Warriors
30. ALL SHALL PERISH - Eradication
31. BLEED THE SKY - God In The Frame
32. DARKANE - Solitary Confinement
33. THE DUSKFALL - Trust Is Overrated
35. WINTERSUN - Winter Madness
36. HAMMERFALL - Hammerfall
37. RIDE THE SKY - New Protection
38. EDGUY - King Of Fools
39. BLIND GUARDIAN - The New Order
41. GOTTHARD - Master Of Illusion
42. RAGE - Full Moon
43. GRAVE DIGGER - Valhalla
44. HELLOWEEN - Immortal
45. STRATOVARIUS - Why Are We Here
46. TAROT - Before The Skies Comes Down
47. THUNDERSTONE - Face In The Mirror
48. COMMUNIC - Conspiracy In Mind
49. THRESHOLD - Slipstream
50. CANDLEMASS - Of Stars And Smoke
51. CATHEDRAL - Corpsecycle
53. AFTER FOREVER - Transitory
54. EPICA - Never Enough
55. ECHOES OF ETERNITY - Voices In A Dream
56. SIRENIA - The Other Side
57. DEATHSTARS - Greatest Fight On Earth
58. SAMAEL - Valkyrie’s New Ride
59. THE KOVENANT - In The Name Of The Future
60. AMORPHIS - The White Swan
61. THERION - Der Mitternachtslöwe
62. CREMATORY - Revolution
63. FARMER BOYS - For The World To Sing
64. PYOGENESIS - Addiction Pole
65. LIQUIDO - Ordinary Life
66. CHROME DIVISION - Serial Killer
68. SUBWAY TO SALLY - Meine Seele Brennt
69. KNORKATOR - Wir werden alle sterben
70. SUCH A SURGE - Mission Erfüllt More...

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Kataklysm Comment On Decapitated Drummer's Death

KATAKLYSM producer/guitarist Jean-Francois Dagenais has issued the following statement:

"It's with sad regret I learned this morning of the tragic passing of [DECAPITATED drummer Witold 'Vitek' Kieltyka]. I met him on the NILE tour. I was doing sound for HYPOCRISY, and DECAPITATED was sharing a bus with us. He was a real cool dude and very down to earth. We had some good times on that tour."

"I'm just out of words with what happened."

"On behalf of all in KATAKLYSM, our deepest thoughts are with Vitek's family and friends. We would also like to send positive messages to Adam 'Covan' [DECAPITATED singer] to keep fighting to get better and come back to the stage soon."

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Kataklysm Announce Down Under Tour

KATAKLYSM have announced their first ever Australian and New Zealand tour.

Dates scheduled for the trek include:

20 - Wellington, NZ - Valve
22 - Transmission Room, Auckland, NZ - Transmission Room (All Ages)
23 - Metalstock Festival, Sydney, AU - Metalstock Festival(All Ages)
25 - Amplifier Bar, Perth, AU - Amplifier Bar
27 - Fowlers Live, Adelaide, AU - Fowlers Live (All Ages)
28 - Club Phoenix, Brisbane, AU - Club Phoenix
29 - The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, AU - The Corner Hotel

As previously reported, the North American trek featuring CHIMAIRA, Kataklysm and TERROR, with DIVINE HERESY tapped for the support slot from November 14th - December 8th (TBC) and THE END in support from December 9th, includes the following dates:

14 - Norfolk, VA - The Norva
15 - New York City, NY - The Blender Theatre
16 - Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock
17 - Williamsville, NY - Club Infinity
18 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogarts
19 - Mokena, IL - The Pearl Room
21 - Winnipeg, MB - The Garrick Centre
22 - Saskatoon, SK - Ryly's
23 - Calgary, AB - MacEwan Ballroom
24 - Edmonton, AB - Dinwoodie Lounge
26 - Vancouver, BC - Croation Cultural Centre
27 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
28 - Bend, OR - The Domino Room
29 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
30 - West Hollywood, CA - Key Club

1 - Pomona, CA - Glasshouse
2 - San Diego, CA - House Of Blues
4 - Tucson, AZ - The Rock
5 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
7 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
8 - Houston, TX - Meridian
9 - New Orleans, LA - House Of Blues
10 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
11 - St. Petersburg, FL - State Theatre
12 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
14 - Jacksonville, NC - Hooligans
15 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
16 - New Haven, CT - Toad's Place
18 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
19 - Montreal, QC - Club Soda
20 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
21 - Millvale, PA - Mr. Small's Theatre

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Divine Heresy Announce Week-Long Headlining Tour

DIVINE HERESY have lined up the following headlining tour dates before they open for the upcoming CHIMAIRA, KATAKLYSM, and TERROR tour:

November 6 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Vegas
November 7 - Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
November 8 - Kansas City, MO @ Static Bar
November 9 - Tulsa, OK @ Crush Lounge
November 10 - Little Rock, AR @ Vino’s
November 12 - Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero

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