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

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Kataklysm To Enter Studio This Week

KATAKLYSM are entering the studio this week with producer and guitarist J-F Dagenais. Drummer Max Duhamel will be first laying down the drum work for the band's forthcoming new album, entitled Prevail. The recording process will last five weeks, with vocalist Maurizio Iacono scheduled to record his vocals in September.

Comments Maurizio: "The album is done and ready to go, although it was a breeze to write this album as things came so naturally, on the lyrics end, I worked the hardest I have in years making sure everything is where it should be, at times it was real difficult but the end result will speak for itself. I'm truely convinced this album will take no prisoners, as you know we don't repeat the same record twice, this album stands in a league of its own... and I'm not saying it's our best album, because only the fans have the right to say wether it is or not, all I'm saying is I listen to the songs and I wanna punch the fucking wall, that means we are on to something good."

Kataklysm has also hired the services of producer Jason Suecof (CHIMAIRA, TRIVIUM, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER) to mix the album in early January, 2008,

Prevail will also feature some guest appearances, to be announced at a later date.

The album is scheduled for a worldwide release date on May 23rd, 2008 via Nuclear Blast records

Stay tuned as the band will release a few touring annoucements very soon.

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Kataklysm Cancel US Dates

This brief announcement has been posted on KATAKLYSM's official website:

"After much thought, KATAKLYSM have decided to cancel the few dates they had lined up with DEVILDRIVER next month, in favor to enter the studio."

Comments guitarist J-F Dagenais: "I think we - all in the band - looking forward to hitting the road again and raise mayhem, but there's a lot of magic that just created with the writing process and all of us are too much into it to break the mood and progress. My studio is ready and we decided to start recording the new album 'Prevail' on August 15 and work on it til we leave for our European tour at the end of September. We also decided that we will mix the album in January in Florida with producer Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, CHIMAIRA, THE BLACK DHALIA MURDER), which we are looking forward to. Myself and Jason will make sure the album is as flawless as possible with a crushing production!! So for the many fans that were hitting up our MySpace and website, looking forward to seeing us live this summer... we sincerely apologize but it's for a good cause, trust me. On the other side of things, we have some very serious offers for November and December so we are planning on hitting the road in the States then. There's some big things in the horizon. We will keep you posted!"

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Devildriver And God Forbid To Tour

DEVILDRIVER have announced headlining tour dates with GOD FORBID, KATAKLYSM and SUICIDE SILENCE in August. The tour will be in support of their brand-new album, "The Last Kind Words", scheduled to be released on July 31 through Roadrunner Records. The band will be hitting venues in the southwest US through the end of August.

In addition to the tour, DEVILDRIVER and Indie 103.1 FM will be hosting a listening party at On The Rox on top of the legendary Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, CA. The party rages from 7PM-10PM. Doors open to the general public at 8:30PM, and the first 200 fans get to hang with the band and check out "The Last Kind Words" before its US release. At the party, DEVILDRIVER will be screening the brand new video for "Not All Who Wander Are Lost," directed by Nathan Cox (TRIVIUM, MARILYN MANSON), and ESP will be giving away a guitar signed by the band.

Here are the aforementioned tour dates:

Aug. 14 - Corona, CA - Showcase Theatre
Aug. 15 - San Diego, CA - SOMA
Aug. 16 - Orangevale, CA - The Boardwalk
Aug. 17 - Hollywood, CA - Whiskey A Go-Go
Aug. 19 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre
Aug. 21 - Pharr, TX - Graham Central Station
Aug. 23 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
Aug. 24 - Corpus Christi, TX - Pavilion
Aug. 25 - Ft. Worth, TX - Ridglea Theatre

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Kataklysm Issue Studio Update

KATAKLYSM singer Maurizio Iacono has the following studio update:

"I have to take back a few things I said on my previous report, the way the album first started to get put together it seemed to be a lot more dark but in melodic way, but what makes writing so fun is you never know how the end result will be. Yesterday we finished a song called 'Breathe To Dominate' and I could already see the pit going crazy and being a live smash.

Smoothest album we have written in years. I thought In The Arms Of Devastation was a very good experience but this one is more like everyone looking at each other after completing a song… and saying… 'Perfect'.

We worked on another new song this morning, a song called 'The Vultures Are Watching'

The band is really focused. It's the first time in a very long time all four of us are writing an album together in the same room. Feeling good!"

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Kataklysm Hits #9 On Billboard's Heatseeker Charts

Kataklysm has managed to sell around 900 copies of their 2006 CD "In the Arms of Devastation" in the United States during the seven days ending June 3, 2007. The album's total U.S. sales now stand at just under 19,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan, landing them on Billboard's Heatseeker charts.

The band had this to say in response, "Dear fans, your boys in KATAKLYSM keep making impressive impacts... The latest being the band's latest opus and newly rereleased 'In the Arms of Devastation' album, which just hit the Heatseekers chart in Billboard on position #9 in the USA!! According to the band's label Nuclear Blast, this is phenomenal and unheard of for an album that is over one year old to chart! So a BIG thank you to all of you for your endless support. Get ready for our next album 'Prevail' because it will slaughter!!!!"

In followup to previous reports, Metal Reigns has posted a 20-minute audio interview with guitarist Jean-Francois Dagenais, conducted during the band's recent Invaluable Darkness Tour with DIMMU BORGIR. Download and listen to the interview at their website.

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Kataklysm Announce Title Of New Album, Tour Plans

Maurizio Iacono, vocalist for Kataklysm, has issued the following message:

First off, I want to sincerely thank everyone involved with The Invaluable Darkness Tour we just completed with our friends Dimmu Borgir. We would like to thank them for treating us like brothers and to all their crew for helping us out when we needed it. This new friendship is forged in blood! Thanks also to Devildriver whom we shared a bus with and developed a new friendship. Last but not least, the dudes in Unearth, all cool people. This tour was a triumph for us in all senses, especially to be able to play for our fans on a bigger package, who proved to us everyday that all the blood and sweat wasn't for nothing. The words of encouragement from our fans mean EVERYTHING.

"We're gonna finish writing a new album, titled 'Prevail', this summer, because we know how important this one will be for our fans, and 'prevail' is exactly what we want to do with this album. It has to be as perfect as we can make it. If it doesn't bring the goosebumps, it ain't coming out right. Guitarist J-F Dagenais will produce and engineer the album as always. In the meantime, we have two more tours planned this year: late summer or early fall in North America and in Europe in October with Behemoth and Aborted. A big thank you to all our supporters worldwide. We won't disappoint — you know how we roll!"

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Dimmu Borgir Brings Invaluable Darkness To MD

Continuing my quest to explore the Baltimore metal scene, as I've previously gravitated toward DC and Northern Virginia exclusively, I made my first trip to Sonar to catch the Dimmu Borgir, Unearth, Devildriver and Kataklysm on the "Invaluable Darkness Tour" Sunday, April 29, 2007 - making this report long overdue. I'm not sure I would have ventured out to see Dimmu Borgir and Kataklysm alone even though I like them, but I enjoy Unearth's live show immensely and had yet to see Devildriver, whose last album I enjoyed a lot. I was still very interested in see Dimmu Borgir live, both because I have enjoyed their recent efforts and I had yet to catch a black metal band live in an intimate environment (Ozzfest appearances not withstanding). More...

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Kataklysm Reports From Invaluable Darkness Tour

Vocalist Maurizio Iacono of the Canadian death metallers KATAKLYSM has issued the following update:

"Here we are, almost half way through the 'Invaluable Darkness' tour and the fans' reception to KATAKLYSM has been nothing short of astonishing. Opening a tour like this is a big task for any band and on top of it, being the band on the bill with the least recognition and the only band that hasn't been on Ozzfest and tours of the like makes our job ten times harder... BUT my friends, let me tell you something — it's been the fucking opposite! Every show we came ready and determined with no expectations, so we went on and the place was full and the people were loud. They are ready for us, singing our lyrics, pounding their fists in the air and creating some of the biggest mosh pits we have ever seen in North America for KATAKLYSM. We've had several promoters coming to thank us after the show, impressed with the reactions, etc. 'Havent seen anything like it for an opening act in a very long, long time' type comments. It's really overwhelming for us and our answer to them is this: thank the fans for coming early and supporting us, thank them for making this show so great for all of us. The fans have all the power, they are the voice, not the industry. We serve the fans.

"Thank you for supporting the underdog, we love it!!!

"OK, now let's talk about the band responsible that gave KATAKLYSM the chance in the first place: DIMMU BORGIR.

"They have been phenomenal. They set a real dark ambiance and the expectation is met. I enjoy watching them every night, DEVILDRIVER and UNEARTH have also been giving 100% kicking ass and doing very good. We are getting along with everyone on the tour... and YES, for all those who are wondering, we are also sharing a bus with DEVILDRIVER, It was either gonna be the end of the world or we would respect each other and make it work. They extended their hand to us, and if I may say so myself, it's been all good. The boys have had nothing but respect for KATAKLYSM and we're having fun with them.

"Well that's it for now. Memorable, memorable... words that come to my mind. Everyone come early, don't miss out on KATAKLYSM's devastation... Be there and say hello if you see us in the crowd, we wanna meet with you."

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.

Commented KATAKLYSM 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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Dimmu Borgir & Kataklysm Photos Online

Dimmu Borgir made a Chicago stop on Wednesday at the House of Blues in support of their first studio album in four years, In Sorte Diaboli... Photos can be viewed here.

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Unearth Party w/ Aqua Teen Hunger Force Pre-Tour

UNEARTH were the main attraction at last week's Adult Swim's Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film For Theatres launch party in Austin TX.

UNEARTH have recorded the song "THE CHOSEN" for the forthcoming Aqua Teen Hunger Force feature film, Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters ( in theaters on 4/13/2007) and the accompanying soundtrack Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters Colon The Soundtrack (in stores on 4/10/2007).
Straight after their stint in Austin, TX, the band headed to Europe to join forces with DAATH, DESPISED ICON, and Metal Blade Record's newest member to the family, JOB FOR A COWBOY on a tour that will lead into late April.

"We are all eager as fuck to headline the UK and Europe for the first time. We have done some amazing European tours before, but it will feel damn good to play a full set and put on our show for our friends overseas" says vocalist, Trevor Phipps "We are hitting up some smaller venues, most without barricades, so we can bring a real Unearth show to the people. We hand picked Job For a Cowboy, Despised Icon and Daath to make sure the entire bill was one that will keep the crowds looking over their shoulders at all times!"

UNEARTH will then make their way back to the US for the highly anticipated tour with DIMMU BORGIR, DEVILDRIVER and KATAKLYSM.

"After the headlining run we come right back home for a North American tour with Dimmu Borgir, Devildriver and Kataklysm. We haven't hit the road with Dimmu since the 2004 Ozzfest, so it will be good to get out there and do it again in a club setting. Devil Driver is always a great band to share the stage with and Kataklysm is one of the best death metal bands around today" enthuses Phipps "This tour is going to be an un-fucking-real diverse clash of heavy music... good times ahead!"

Check out UNEARTH on tour on the following dates: More...

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Dimmu Borgir, Devildriver, Unearth Tour Dates

As announced, Kataklysm, Devildriver, Unearth and Dimmu Borgir will be teaming up to tour the US this spring. Confirmed tour dates so far are as follows:

April 20- Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater
April 21- Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
April 22- Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus
April 23- Montreal, QU @ Metropolis
April 24- Quebec City, QU @ Theater Capitol
April 26 - New York, NY @ Nokia Theater
April 27- Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
April 28- Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
April 29- Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
April 30- Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend
May 2- Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
May 4- St Paul, MN @ The Myth
May 5- Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings
May 7- Calgary, AB @ Macewan Hall
May 8- Edmonton, AB @ Edmonton Events Center
May 10- Seattle, WA @ The Fenix
May 11- Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
May 12- Portland, OR @ Roseland
May 13- San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
May 15- Salt Lake City, UT @ Salt Air
May 16- Las vegas, NV @ House of Blues
May 17- Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
May 18- Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
May 19- San Diego, CA @ Soma
May 21- Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
May 22- Kansas City, MO @ The Beaumont
May 23- St Louis, MO @ Pop's
May 25- Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues
May 26- Houston, TX @ Club V
May 27- San Antonio, TX @ Graham Central Station
May 29- Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
May 30- Orlando, FL @ House Of Blues

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New England Metal and Hardcore Fest Lineup

The lineup has been announced for this year's New England Metal and Hardcore Festival. The event will be headlined by black metal act Dimmu Borgir and feature performances from Bury Your Dead, Kylesa, The Devil Wears Prada, 100 Demons, Nora, The Human Abstract, Death Before Dishonor, Dead Hearts, Unearth, Shai Hulud and many more.

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival take place at the Palladium, located at 261 Main Street in Worcester, Mass.

The full lineup is as follows (in no particular order): More...

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Dimmu Borgir, Unearth, Devildriver Plan US Tour

Dimmu Borgir, Unearth, Devildriver and Kataklysm have announced that they'll tour the U.S. this spring, hitting more than 25 cities, including New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Seattle and Los Angeles. The trek kicks off April 20 in Cleveland, with dates booked through May 29 in Atlanta.

Dimmu Borgir's forthcoming album, In Sorte Diaboli, has been set for an April 24 release.

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Unleashed To Tour Europe with Belphegor

Swedish death metal legends UNLEASHED will be heading back out in Europe for the Midvinterblot European Tour Part II. The tour, with support from BELPHEGOR (on the entire tour), KATAKLYSM (May 15th-25th) and ARKHON INFAUSTUS (May 26th - June 2nd) will start May 12th, 2007 in Dublin Ireland and end June 2nd, 2007 in Holland.

According to an update, "Unleashed are really looking forward to see their European warriors again."

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Sworn Enemy To Headline Trend Killer Tour

SWORN ENEMY are set to storm stages across the United States on the upcoming TREND KILLER TOUR that they will be headlining and supported by Kataklysm, Suicide Silence, As Blood Runs Black and Too Pure To Die. This is going to be a massive tour, heavily promoted with commercial spots on MTV2 and a huge online presence with a MYSPACE page dedicated to the tour.

You can check out the tour e-card here.

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Kataklysm Checks In, Prepares For 2007 Tour

Kataklysm has posted the following message on their official band web site:

"Hello everyone! Well another year, another x-mas... good times for some and for others, just a pain in the ass... But whatever it represents for each one of you, we wish you the best for this holiday season with your loved ones. In 2006, we in Kataklysm have had a great year and it is because of you - the fans. It's not about how much money or how popular you get, it's about each one of you that comes to our shows and understands what's going on and give us that energy. You make this worth every minute. You belong with us and together we will conquer all because as you are our remedy, we are yours, we help each other. Music is the key for survival. Without it, emotions are lost, thoughts are distorted and feelings gone. We create music but you are our inspiration... Cheers to all of you!

"2007 brings forth new challenges for kataklysm and we start with our beloved Europe. We invite all of our fans to come to the kataklysmic devastation in January. We are prepared, join us..."

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Sworn Enemy, Kataklysm, As Blood Runs Black Tour

Sworn Enemy, Kataklysm, As Blood Runs Black, and Too Pure To Die will be touring together starting in February. The following tour dates have been announced thus far:

2/1 Worcester, MA @ TBA
2/2 Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
2/3 Asbury Park, NJ @ Club Deep
2/4 Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
2/5 Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
2/6 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
2/7 Orlando, FL @ TBA
2/8 West Palm Beach, FL @ Ray's Downtown
2/9 Jacksonville, FL @ Fuel
2/10 New Orleans, LA @ The High Ground
2/11 Houston, TX @ Walter's on Washington
2/12 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
2/13 Ft. Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater
2/14 Odessa, TX @ Dos Amigos

dates w/ Suicide Silence
2/15 Albuquerque, NM @ The Launchpad
2/16 Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
2/17 San Diego, CA @ Soma
2/18 Anaheim, CA @ House Of Blues
2/19 Los Angeles, CA @ Whisky a GoGo
2/20 Victorville, CA @ The Trilogy Theatre
2/21 Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
2/22 Portland, OR @ TBA
2/23 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven

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Kataklysm's "In The Arms Of Devastation" Rerelease

Nuclear Blast Records will be rereleasing KATAKLYSM's latest album, In The Arms Of Devastation, in North America to coincide with the extensive US touring plans the band has going for 2007.

The album is to be rereleased in January 2007 with new packaging. The release will contain the the DVD The End Of Serenity: Live In Strassbourg, which was filmed during the Serenity In Fire campaign in France. The CD will also contain all of the band's video clips and will be limited to 5,000 copies.

In The Arms Of Devastation debuted at #73 on the German national chart and debuted at #16 on Billboard's Hard Rock chart.

Kataklysm has been isolated for the last few months writing material for the next album, which is scheduled for a 2008 release and promises to be a groundbreaking release for the band.

Kataklysm will resume touring activities next January with a headlining tour of Europe.

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Kataklysm To Release Live DVD In January

Canadian death metallers KATAKLYSM, who recently completed the Metal Crusaders tour of North America, are preparing to head overseas for appearances at Slovenia's Metalcamp and Germany's Earthshaker Fest festivals. In August the band will film their performance at the Party.San Open Air festival in bad Berka, Germany for their first-ever DVD, titled "Live in Germany", which will feature the whole show filled with an explosive setlist, a 30-minute documentary covering the band's 15-year history and a bonus live CD. A January 2007 release via Nuclear Blast is expected.

In other news, KATAKLYSM have uploaded the brand new video clip for the song "To Reign Again" at their MySpace profile. Check out the clip — which was shot during the band's last European tour, with footage shot in Germany, France and the Netherlands — at www.myspace.com/kataklysm. More...

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Kataklysm Frontman Checks In From The Road

KATAKLYSM frontman Maurizio Iacono has checked in with the following tour update:

"So we are over a week into this Metal Crusaders tour in the States. The kick-off show in Montreal was phenomenal as always, Toronto was off the hook, New York was a sell-out and Chicago was loud as fuck. Seems like lots people have our new album and know all the new songs very well. KATAKLYSM is definitely growing rapidly in America. Loving the vibe on the tour. DESTRUCTION is a pleasure to watch every night, Italy's GRAVEWORM deliver a power punch performance and VADER kill!! All the bands get along and it's been a party, the soccer world cup will start on the 9th. Germany is playing Poland so there will be some competition on the tour buses between the VADER boys and DESTRUCTION. It's heating up!! I'll be cheering with GRAVEWORM for Italy… so far so good !"

KATAKLYSM plan to head back to Europe in the fall for a headlining tour in support of their critically acclaimed album "In the Arms of Devastation". More details will be made available soon.

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