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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 Drummer Leaves, Former Drummer Returns

Canadian death metallers Kataklysm parted ways with drummer Martin Maurais. The band did not explain why this change took place, they just referred to "personal and professional reasons". Replacing Maurais will be Max Duhamel, who performed on five of Kataklysm's albums, including 2002’s “Shadows & Dust”.

In other news, Kataklysm will support Danzig on his North American tour, starting on Feb. 18th.

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More Danzig, Kataklysm, Trivium Dates Announced

More tour dates have been announced for the forthcoming tour including DANZIG, KATAKLYSM and TRIVIUM. Confirmed dates are now as follows:

February 18 - Sauget, IL @ Pop's
February 19 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
February 21 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
February 22 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
February 24 - Toronto, ON @ The Guvernment
February 25 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater
March 1 - New York, NY @ The Spirit Performance Center
March 4 - Norfolk, VA @ The Norva

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Kataklysm Finish New Video, To Release DVD In 2005

Canadian hyper blasters Kataklysm shot a new video for their "Serenity In Fire" track "The Resurrected." The filming took place in Los Angeles on November 6th with director Joe Lynch. In other news, the guys continue working on their upcoming DVD, "The Test Of Time," which shall be released in late 2005. The DVD will include live and behind the scenes footage of the "No More Serenity" tour as well videos, interviews and a "making of" of their next studio album. They are currently on tour with Napalm Death and Cannibal Corpse.

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Cannibal Corpse Singer Rushed To Hospital

Cannibal Corpse lead singer George "Corpsegrinder" Fischer was rushed to a hospital on Tuesday (Nov. 16) causing him to miss the group's scheduled performance at The World in Pittsburgh last night. The band, who are currently touring North America with Napalm Death, Macabre, Kataklysm and Goatwhore, did not give specifics as to what Fischer's illness was, but a member of the Cannibal Corpse road crew announced to the crowd that Fischer was "extremely sick and has spent the day in the hospital." The band proceeded to play an instrumental set and were eventually joined by Kataklysm frontman Maurizo Iacono, who valiantly handled many Cannibal Corpse classics with the aid of the crowd.

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Macabre And Kataklysm Schedule Off-Dates

MACABRE and KATAKLYSM have scheduled some off-dates together between their tour with CANNIBAL CORPSE, NAPALM DEATH and GOATWHORE. The Dates are:

November 7 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Lo-Fi Cafe
November 15 - Fort Wayne, IN @ Cheers
November 21 - Roanoke, WV @ Factory 324
November 26 - Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
November 27 - Raleigh, NC @ Martin St. Music Hall
November 28 - Cincinnati, OH @ Sudsy Malone's

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Napalm Death Commence North American Tour

Birmingham's fathers of grindcore, Napalm Death, kickoff their 36-date North American tour tonight with their headlining show in Toronto, Canada. The first eight dates the band performs with Misery Index, and the remaining dates take the band across the U.S. with Cannibal Corpse, Kataklysm, and Goatwhore.

Always outspoken about politics, Napalm Death vocalist Barney Greenway had this to say about the elections:

If Bush gets voted in for another term, people really need to take a long, hard look at themselves. With Bush back in power, there'll be more unjustified military intervention, more shitty healthcare provisions for the poor, a country mired further in religious dogma etc. Not to mention seeing more of Jeb Bush's fat head on TV. On the other hand, the Democrats don't offer a real alternative. They're very close to the Republicans on a few issues, which is disappointing. I noted how some of the anti-war advocates in the Democratic Party were silenced quite early on. The crazy thing is that voting for the Green Party guy Ralph Nader is considered a pointless exercise, where as he is one of the only people to offer radical thinking. Based purely on his thoughts, I would probably go for Nader if I was an American.

That said, I think the whole system needs an overhaul. That whole 'vote-rig' thing by the Republicans in Florida last time was such a farce, people outside of the U.S. just could not believe that Americans would let something like that pass. I find it really amusing that the Republicans cast themselves as pillars of honesty when everything they do is steeped in corruption and self-interest. Similarly, I lived through Thatcher's ruthless conservatism in Britain, and I would not want to go through it again.

Napalm Death released their Century Media debut, "Leaders Not Followers: Part 2" on October 5.

The band's full North American tour itinerary: More...

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Kataklysm To Shoot New Video

Canadian death metal titans Kataklysm will be shooting a new video for the track "The Resurrected," taken from their latest album, "Serenity In Fire." The clip will be filmed at an undisclosed location in Los Angeles on November 6 with director Joe Lynch. The video will have a conceptual theme.

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Vader Cancel Upcoming North American Shows

Vader have been forced to cancel the upcoming North American tour with Cannibal Corpse, Napalm Death, Goatwhore, and Kataklysm due to an injury suffered by vocalist/guitarist, Peter Wiwczarek, while on tour. The band's manager Mariusz Kmioek has released this official statement:

We are sorry to inform everyone that during Scandinavian tour (October 2004) Peter has suffered from a minor spinal injury (vertebra-related) and will have to undergo a procedure to set things right (1 week at hospital and 2 weeks of rehabilitation). The only possible date to enter the hospital and fix it is in October, so we have decided on not going on our US tour! Our first idea was to schedule the procedure at hospital next year, but it would be big risk for Peter's health.

We'd like to apologize all people - Metal Blade USA, First Row Agency, Cannibal Corpse and their booking agency, Napalm Death and all maniacs - we are very sorry and we'd like to thank everyone for all their hard work in booking and arranging this tour! It's the first cancelled tour in our long (18 years) activity, and it's really a shock for us!

Let's keep our fingers crossed everything will turn out OK.

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Kataklysm Finalize Tour Schedule

Canadian death metallers KATAKLYSM have finalized their European and North American tour itineraries. Confirmed dates are as follows:

"No More Serenity" European Tour 2004 w/ Graveworm, Mystic Circle, Into Eternity: More...

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Kataklysm Reach Agreement With Warner Music

Canadian death kings Kataklysm have reached an agreement with Linus Ent./Warner Music Canada regarding the re-release of the band's "Victims Of This Fallen World" (1998) and "Northern Hyperblast Live" (1999) albums — a "deal that will benefit both parties involved," according to a press release. "The band is happy that this got solved in a good way. It's not something you see often in the music business."

The U.S. release will contain the new version of "Victims Of This Fallen World" (newly re-recorded, remixed and remasterd) and "Northern HyperbLast" live DCD (2 in 1), Canada and Europe will get the original version of "Victims…"/"Northern Hyperblast Live" DCD (2 in 1), while both Europe and Canada will see the new version of "Victims Of This Fallen World" released separately sometime in 2005.

Here is the releases schedule:

USA: Candlelight USA/Caroline (October)
Canada: Linus Ent./Warner Music Canada (September)
Europe: Blackend/Phd (September)

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Wacken Open Air Festival DVD Info

Armageddon Over Wacken
Various Artists
Street Date: October 19, 2004
Catalog Number: CMU 61127

Wacken Open Air is a yearly metal festival held in the small farming town of Wacken, Germany.The festival started out 14 years ago and has now amassed an attendance up to 35,000 people and is the largest metal gathering in Europe. Crash Music is proud to release the live concert two DVD set.

The DVD includes performances by many well known metal gods such as Twisted Sister, Saxon, Nile, The Crown, Testament, Vader, In Flames, Gamma Ray and many more. Also includes backstage and behind the scenes footage of the Wacken Open Air festival. The DVD was shot in 5.1 Surround Sound for exceptional audio quality.

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Kataklysm Re-release Dispute

Kataklysm is in dispute at the moment with ex-Hypnotic honcho Tom Treumuth and Linus Ent./Warner Music Canada regarding the re-release of the 1998 album "Victims of this Fallen World," previously released on Canada's Hypnotic label.

The problem is that the album was out of print because of the defunct Hypnotic label and Kataklysm has fullfilled its contractual commitment. As a result, Kataklysm have been working the past month at completely re-recording "Victims of this Fallen World" and have made a new agreement with long time friend of the band Stephan Mellul and Skyscraper Music/Fusion 3 for a Canadian re-release and through Crash music for the United States.

Former Hypnotic owner Tom Treumuth has licensed both the "Victims of this Fallen World" and "Northern Hyperblast Live" albums to Linus Entertainment/Warner Music Canada for a September release, without rights nor the band's consent!! This is a total rip off situation and we cannot believe Warner Music is letting this happen without even Linus Ent. having documentation allowing them to release these albums. DO NOT BUY these albums, they do not have our permission and they are stealing your money and ours!!

Comments Maurizio on the "Victims..." re-release:

J-F has been working for the last 3 weeks with Stephane and former drummer Max Duhamel on the re-recording of "Victims of this Fallen World." The album has been completely revamped from A to Z , basicaly given a facelift with new guitar and bass sounds, and drums completely re-recorded by original drummer Max Duhamel... Only things left are vocals, scheduled for next week, new mix/mastering and new artwork will be finalised as well... We decided to do this because we feel that this album was a turning point for Kataklysm and the band has evolved so much since. We tought it would be fun to see how it would turn out by re-recording it with today's vision as musicians and with J-F's top notch producing skills behind it - and maybe give it some justice for what it was... And let me tell you that the results are astonishing! You'll be surprised how big it sounds already and I can't wait to lay some sick vocals on it next week. So please BOYCOTT that Linus Entertainment and Warner Music re-release, this is just about someone desperately trying to make a few extra bucks at our expense. Distro and labels - do not order it, just wait for October for this new edition re-release. It will be worth it and I'm glad I listened to J-F about doing this.

- Maurizio

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More Cannibal Corpse US Tour Dates Announced

Cannibal Corpse and Napalm Death will be teaming up for a North American tour this coming fall. They will also be joined by Kataklysm, Vader and Goatwhore. Here are the tour dates:

Oct. 29 - Engine - Room Houston, TX
Oct. 30 - The Back Room - Austin, TX
Oct. 31 - Trees - Dallas, TX
Nov. 02 - Marquee Theatre - Tempe, AZ
Nov. 03 - House of Blues - Los Angeles West Hollywood, CA
Nov. 04 - Canes Bar and Grill - San Diego, CA
Nov. 05 - House of Blues - Anaheim Anaheim, CA
Nov. 08 - Ogden Theatre - Denver, CO
Nov. 09 - Granada Theatre - Lawrence, KS
Nov. 10 - The Quest - Minneapolis, MN
Nov. 11 - The Rave Bar - Milwaukee, WI
Nov. 12 - Harpo's Concert Theatre - Detroit, MI
Nov. 13 - House of Blues - Chicago Chicago, IL
Nov. 14 - Agora Ballroom - Cleveland, OH
Nov. 16 - The World - Pittsburgh, PA
Nov. 17 - Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA
Nov. 18 -The Downtown - Farmingdale, NY
Nov. 19 - The Palladium - Worcester, MA
Nov. 20 - Jaxx - W. Springfield, VA
Nov. 22 - Masquerade - Atlanta Atlanta, GA
Nov. 23 - Masquerade - Tampa - Tampa, FL
Nov. 24 - Culture Room - Ft. Lauderdale, FL

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Cannibal Corpse Announce U.S. Tour Dates

Following CANNIBAL CORPSE’s Scandinavian tour with SPAWN OF POSSESSION, the band will head out for some North American dates with NAPALM DEATH, KATAKLYSM, VADER and GOATWHORE.

Confirmed Cannibal Corpse tour dates currently include: More...

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More Kataklysm Tour Dates Added

Kataklysm has added a show for this summer. The band will be headlining the Fit of Rage festival on August 27th in Prague, Czech Republic. The following day, Kataklysm will close the Up From the Ground festival in Germany on the 28th.

Some more dates have been also been added to their European tour with Graveworm, Mystic Circle, Into Eternity:

Oct. 2 Vosselaar, BL @ Biebob
Oct. 4 Bradford, UK @ Rio
Oct. 5 London, UK @ Underworld
Oct. 6 Essen, D @ Zeche Carl
Oct. 8 Clauchau, D @ Alte Spinerei
Oct. 9 Uherske Hradiste, CZ @ Mir Club
Oct. 10 Budapest, HUN @ Kultiplex
Oct. 15 Wien, A @ Planet Music
Oct. 17 Innsbruck, A @ Hafen
Oct. 25 Paris, FR @ La Locomotive

More dates coming soon!

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Graveworm To Support Kataklysm In Europe

Italian gothic black metal band GRAVEWORM, featuring former Abigor and current Darkwell/Shadowcast drummer Moritz Neuner, will be supporting KATAKLYSM on their upcoming European tour in October 2004, along with MYSTIC CIRCLE and INTO ETERNITY. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:

Oct. 02 - Vosselaar, BEL @Biebob
Oct. 04 - Bradford, UK @ Rio
Oct. 05 - London, UK @ Underworld

GRAVEWORM "Summer Festival" tour dates: More...

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Into Eternity Added To Kataklysm's Euro Tour

Saskatchewan, Canada metal/death group Into Eternity has now been added to Kataklysm's upcoming European tour alongside Mystic Circle and Graveworm, which kicks off in October. However, as a result of "work constraints," the group is in urgent need of a drummer for their touring line-up. Interested parties should be familiar with the band's material, be willing to tour, possess a passport, and have professional equipment. Send an email here for more information.

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Kataklysm, Misery Index, Cannae, etc Tour Dates

Metal bands Kataklysm, Misery Index, Cannae, and Through The Discipline will be touring the U.S. throughout the month of May. Here's the schedule: More...

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Aborted Post New Track Online, Line-Up Changes

The Belgian Death metal squad ABORTED have posted a new track 'Gestated Rabidity’, from their new MCD "The Haematobic", out through Listenable Records on April 19th.

Says the band, “The CDRom part of the Haematobic EP will be finished this week and everything should go to press next week, so keep your eyes open for the release!"

Shortly before the European tour with CANNIBAL CORPSE and KATAKLYSM, the band have parted ways with the drummer Frank: "Some of you might have seen it coming, but yes, we have parted ways with longtime skinsbeater Frank. The reason of the break up with Frank is mainly due to musical reasons, he is a great guy and we wish him the best of luck in his further musical & non musical carreer. Who the replacement will be will be announced soon. Dirk (drums on "Goremageddon" & "The Haematobic" EP) will be filling in on the european tour with Cannibal Corpse."

"The Haematobic" EP features:

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Opeth Mainman Talks About Drummer's Anxiety Attack

OPETH main songwriter and guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt recently spoke to MetalReview.com about the drummer Martin Lopez's anxiety attacks, which caused him to miss a few dates on the band's recent North American tour.

"We had to cancel a few shows and we feel very bad about that so we decided we were going to be very open with it," Mikael said. "[Martin] basically suffered panic attacks and anxiety attacks and severe depression from working too hard and touring so much. It got to the point where he called me up the day before the first scheduled Jordan gig saying that he couldn't go and he was just a wreck. So we took some rest before this gig and then the same thing happened when we went to Frankfurt where we had a connecting flight to Canada and he said he couldn't go, he had to go home and we had to support him with that. He went back home, we missed 3 gigs. Well, he missed them, we did the gigs anyway with our drum tech and Gene Hoglan [STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, DARK ANGEL]. He went to a psychologist and they did tests on him and it's actually some stuff in his blood that makes his heart beat faster and that's the reason why he's been depressed. Now he's getting medication and I think the biggest breakthrough for him was knowing what it was because he was literally going insane. And he was seriously thinking that maybe he'd have to leave the band and he was scared that we would fire him. But from Seattle, which was the first gig on this tour, he was back and I think he's happier now because he knows we've been doing this for such a long time and it's like a rejuvenation for him in a way to be back."

Mikael also commented on the recent online controversy surrounding DEVILDRIVER's addition to the OPETH North American tour over KATAKLYSM, who many people — including KATAKLYSM themselves — thought were a far better fit. "I like them," he said of DEVILDRIVER. "I've never heard them before, but like everybody I kind of had my mind made up about them before, but they were nothing like that. They're more of, I would say, a death metal band, and all the shit they're getting I think is pretty much uncalled for. People just slag them off because of Dez Fafara's past in COAL CHAMBER, and it's a shame and it's hard for them. At some gigs people are like 'Fuck Off' and 'You Guys Suck', and regardless if you don't like a band you just don't do that stuff at shows. I think they're great people and a tight, brutal band. KATAKLYSM, that thing I never got the offer for them to tour with us so I didn't know. All of sudden there are fights and stuff but I didn't know they were supposed to tour with us."

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