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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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Vader To Be Joined By Nightrage, Bloodthorn

According to a posting on VADER's official web site, NIGHTRAGE and BLOODTHORN have been confirmed as the support acts for the Scandinavian leg (Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland) of VADER's Blitzkrieg 4 tour, which is scheduled to kick off on November 11 and run through November 25. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon.

Candlelight Records recently released VADER's new EP, "The Art of War". This special mini-album contains six brand new songs ("Para Bellum!!!", "This Is The War", "Lead Us!!!", "Banners On The Wind", "What Colour Is Your Blood?", "Death In Silence") and was recorded at Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland, with the Wieslawscy brothers at the helm. The MCD also features the band's new video clip (created by Arek Jurcan in 3D systems, well known from computer games) for the track "This Is The War".

VADER will headline the Metal Crusaders tour starting May 26 in Montreal. KATAKLYM, DESTRUCTION, SPEED\KILL/HATE, GRAVEWORM and THE ABSCENCE are also featured on the tour package. Confirmed dates are as follows: More...

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Gorefest Kicked Off Bolt Thrower European Tour

Gorefest have posted the following message on their website:

"In a surprise move - surprising to us anyway - Bolt Thrower have decided to take along not us, but a different band as their support on the second leg of their European tour. That sucks, because we were really looking forward to this. It also means that, for the second time in 40 days, we have to lick our wounds, put up a message like this one, and apologize to our fans in the UK, Scandinavia, Finland, Germany, France, Spain and Portugal for again disappointing them. It seems that, for some reason, we just can't find the right opportunities to properly tour/promote/support La Muerte. This pisses us off mightily, but if anything, it's putting us in the right state of mind to write some seriously pissed off music for the next album.

"So for now, it's back to the drawing board and try and set up some shows in the aforementioned countries. Be sure to check back here to see them cancelled!"

Supporting Bolt Thrower on their European tour will come from God Dethroned for the first part of the tour and Kataklysm for the remainder of the tour.

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Norther Added To No Mercy Festivals 2006

Finnish metallers Norther will be joining the No Mercy Festivals 2006 European Tour with Cannibal Corpse, Kataklysm and Legion of the Damned. Confirmed dates are as follows:

Apr. 04 Essen, GER - Zeche Carl
Apr. 05 Ludwigsburg, GER - Rockfabrik
Apr. 06 Berlin, GER - Fritz
Apr. 07 Glauchau, GER - Alte Spinnerei
Apr. 08 Prague, CZR - Abaton Club
Apr. 09 Wien, AUT - Planet Music
Apr. 10 Munich, GER - Backstage
Apr. 11 Pratteln, SWI - Z7
Apr. 12 Strasbourg, FRA - La Laiterie
Apr. 13 Frankfurt, GER - Batschkapp
Apr. 14 Dornbirn, AUT - Spielboden
Apr. 15 Paris, FRA - La Locomotive
Apr. 16 Antwerpen, BEL - Hof Ter Loo
Apr. 17 Tilburg, NETH - 013

Other Norther tour dates in Finland:

Mar. 09 Hki - Tavastia Klubi
Mar. 24 Tku - Palatsi
Jun. 15 Kouvola - TBA
Jun. 23 JoensuuI - losaari Juhannusfestivaali
Jul. 01 Helsinki - Tuska Festival
Jul. 08 Nivala - Tuiskurock

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Kataklysm's "Cripped & Broken" Video Posted Online

Canada's Kataklysm has posted the new video for "Crippled and Broken," taken from the latest effort "In the Arms of Devastation," online for download. Click here to check it out.

In other news, Kataklysm has entered the German top 100 charts (equivalent to Billboard) at position 76 and the US Billboard (Hard Rock) at position 16.

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Finntroll Drop Off No Mercy Tour

Finntroll, who recently parted ways with singer Tapio Wilska, have posted the following message on their official website explaining their No Mercy Tour (which features Cannibal Corpse, Kataklysm and Legion of the Damned) cancellation:

"We are more than sorry to inform that we are forced to cancel the No Mercy - Tour. We are still searching for a new vocalist and we feel that it's only fair to the fans that next shows what Finntroll will do, will be with a new line-up, not with temporary replacements.

"We are at least as dissapointed as some of you for not being able to do the tour, but we'll hope that next opportunity to see you all along the road somewhere will happen really soon. Until then...Rot'n'Troll."

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Kataklysm To Film New Video

Canadian death metal outfit KATAKLYSM are scheduled to film a second video for the track 'To Reign Again' wich will utilise once again the services of acclaimed director Maurice Swinkel of Lowlife Media (who recently just finishing shooting an astonishing video for the track 'Crippled & Broken', which will shortly be released), the video will be filmed during the bands perfromances and touring activites at the No Mercy Festivals in April and will be released later in the year."

In related news, KATAKLYSM has hit position #63 on the German trend chart with their critically acclaimed new album 'In The Arms of Devastation'. The album was also the #1 most added album at U.S. radio on its debut last week.

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Destruction Replace NA On Metal Crusaders Tour

Due to an urgent immediate family situation of one of it’s band members, NUCLEAR ASSAULT have been forced to drop off the Metal Crusaders tour. Their replacement is German legends DESTRUCTION.

As previously reported, the Metal Maniacs/BW&BK presented Metal Crusaders Tour 2006, featuring VADER, KATAKLYSM, DESTRUCTION, SPEED\KILL/HATE, GRAVEWORM and THE ABSENCE, will include the following dates:

26 - Montreal, QC at Le Medley
27 - Bedford, NH at Marks Place
28 - Boston, MA at The Middle East
29 - New York City, NY at The Knitting Factory
30 - Springfield, VA at Jaxx
31 - Vernon, NY at Nothing Fancy Cafe

1 - Cleveland, OH at The Agora Ballroom
2 - Detroit, MI at TNT
3 - Chicago, IL at Logan Square Auditorium
4 - St-Paul, MN at Station 4
5- Madison, WS at TBA
7 - Fayetteville, NC at Jesters Pub
10 - St-Petersburg, FL at State Theater
11 - Ft- Lauderdale, FL at Culture Room
12 - Tallahassee, FL at Beta Bar
14 - Houston, TX at The Ballroom/Wharehouse live
15 - Corpus Christi, TX at The Ballroom
16 - San Antonio, TX at The White Rabbit
17 - Arlington, TX at The Phoenix Music Complex
18 - Fayetteville, AR at The Dart Room
19 - Oklahoma City, OK at The Conservatory
20 - Denver, CO at Lliff Park Saloon
22 - Tempe, AZ at Clubhouse
23 - Corona, CA at Showcase Theater
24 - W. Hollywood, CA at Knitting Factory
25 - San Francisco, CA at The Pound
26 - Boise, ID at Imparts
27 - Spokane, WA at Fat Tuesdays Concert Hall
28 - Portland, OR at Rock'n' Roll Pizza
29 - Seattle, WA at Studio Seven

More dates coming soon.

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More Metal Crusade Tour Dates Confirmed

More dates have been confirmed for the upcoming Metal Crusade Tour 2006, which features Vader, Kataklysm, Nuclear Assault, Speed\Kill/Hate, Graveworm and the Absence. Here are the list of tour dates:

May 26 Montreal, QC - Le Medley
May 27 Bedford, NH - Marks Place
May 28 Boston, MA - The Middle East
May 29 New York City,NY - The Knitting Factory
May 30 Springfield,VA - Jaxx
May 31 Vernon, NY - Nothing Fancy Cafe
Jun. 01 Cleveland, OH - The Agora Ballroom
Jun. 02 Detroit,MI - TBA
Jun. 03 Chicago,IL - Logan Square Auditorium
Jun. 04 St-Paul,MN - Station 4
Jun. 05 Madison,WS - Big E's beach house
Jun. 06 Cincinatti,OH - Bogarts (TBA)
Jun. 07 Fayetteville,NC - Jesters Pub
Jun. 08 Jacksonville,FL - Thee Imperial
Jun. 09 Orlando,Fl - TBA
Jun. 10 St-Petersburg,FL - State Theater
Jun. 11 Ft- Lauderdale,FL - Culture Room
Jun. 12 Tallahassee,FL - Beta Bar
Jun. 14 Houston, TX - The Ballroom/Wharehouse live
Jun. 15 Corpus Christi,TX - The Ballroom
Jun. 16 San Antonio,TX - The White Rabbit
Jun. 17 Arlington, TX - The Phoenix Music Complex
Jun. 18 Fayetteville, AR - The Dart Room
Jun. 19 Oklahoma city ,OK - The Concervatory (Vader & Kataklysm only)
Jun. 20 Denver, CO - Lliff Park Saloon
Jun. 22 Tempe,AZ - Clubhouse
Jun. 23 Corona,CA - Showcase Theater
Jun. 24 W. Hollywood,CA - Knitting Factory
Jun. 25 San Francisco,CA - The Pound
Jun. 26 Boise,ID - TBC
Jun. 27 Spokane,WA - Fat Tuesdays Concert Hall
Jun. 28 Portland, OR - Rock'n' Roll Pizza
Jun. 29 Seattle,WA - Studio Seven

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Grimfist Added To No Mercy Festival

Norwegian Black/ Death metallers GRIMFIST have posted the following update:

Greetings my friends!! It´s 2006 and a whole new year filled with endless possibilities and challenges. We´ll start off with announcing that Grimfist will participate at the No Mercy festivals 2006!! We´re really looking forward to do this tour, and can promise you we´ll fucking slay!! Check out dates, venues and line-up below.

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Kataklysm Reveal Dates For North American Tour

VADER, KATAKLYSM, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, SPEED\KILL/HATE, GRAVEWORM and THE ABSENCE will be teaming up for the "Metal Crusaders" beginning in late May. The first confirmed dates are as follows:

May 26 - Montreal, QC @ Le Medley
May 27 - Bedford, NH @ Marks Place
May 28 - Boston, MA @ The Middle East
May 31 - Vernon, NY @ Nothing Fancy Cafe
Jun. 01 - Cleveland, OH @ The Agora Ballroom
Jun. 14 - Houston, TX @ The Ballroom/Wharehouse live
Jun. 17 - Arlington, TX @ The Phoenix Music Complex
Jun. 20 - Denver, CO @ Aztlan Theater
Jun. 28 - Portland, OR @ Rock'n' Roll P.

Many more dates will be announced soon.

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Graveworm Added To Metal Crusaders Tour

Italian gothic black metal band GRAVEWORM have been added to the "Metal Crusaders" North American tour, set to take place in May/June next year. Also appearing on the bill will be KATAKLYSM, VADER, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, SPEED\KILL/HATE and THE ABSENCE. The first confirmed date is May 26, 2006 at le Medley in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. All Canadian dates will be headlined by KATAKLYSM.

GRAVEWORM's latest CD, "(N)utopia", was released earlier in the year via Nuclear Blast Records.

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Kataklysm To Tour With Vader And Nuclear Assault

Kataklysm have announced that they are confirmed for the "Metal Crusaders" tour with Vader, Nuclear Assault, Speed Kill Hate and The Absence for May/June 2006. This will be Kataklysm's first North American tour supporting "In the Arms of Devastation."

First confirmed date:

May 26 Montreal, QC @ Le Medley*

*Kataklysm headlines all Canadian dates

In other Kataklysm news, the new album will be released with a bonus live DVD entitled "The End of Serenity: Live in Strasbourg". The DVD was professionaly filmed in France during the "Serenity in Fire" touring campaign. The double CD will be a limited.

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Kataklysm Unveil New Track Early

Kataklysm have posted a new song and the following message at their official MySpace page:

"New song availble from the spanking new album " In The Arms Of Devastation" the song is called "Like Angels Weeping (The Dark)" sit back and enjoy! *please note this is not the final mix and the song is unmastered, the final version will rip your fucking heart out ;) trust us! This is just for you guys to get a taste of it."

The new track, which was originally intended to be unveiled on January 1st, can be found here.

The new album, "In The Arms Of Devastation" is due to be released worldwide on February 20th through Nuclear Blast.

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Kataklysm Announce Final Shows For 2005

Kataklysm have lined up the band's last shows for 2005 in Canada:

Dec. 15 Quebec City, QC - Kashmir Nightclub
Dec. 16 Toronto, ON - The Marquee
Dec. 17 Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Manchester

On January 1st, Kataklysm will be premiering a new song called "Like Angels Weeping (the dark)" from the band's highly anticipated new album "In the Arms of Devastation".

Kataklysm guitarist J-F Dagenais comments: "the new album is at the record label, gearing up for production as we speak. Tue Madsen did a phenomenal job on the mix, the album sounds very powerful and very well balanced. Everyone at Nuclear Blast in Europe and the States seem to think this is our strongest album to date (that makes you feel very confident Imust say!). They are very excited and so are we. For me, this album is just another piece to the Kataklysm puzzle, but a very important one indeed. We really found our niche and the determination of the band is felt all over this record. I think our fans will dig this one alot!!... Play it loud Feb. 20th!!"

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Tue Madsen To Mix New Kataklysm Album

Kataklysm guitarist Jean-François Dagenais has posted this message on the band's website:

"As must of you know, the recording sessions for the new Kataklysm album are done. This time around I wanna try something different and get another producer involved with the album other then myself (I have produced and mixed the last 5 Kataklysm releases). I wanna give this release 2 different perspectives, 2 different feels to it, so we decided to enlist TUE MADSEN (The Haunted, Mnemic) to mix the new album and I think the combination between both of us will be lethal!.. I think this will be the best thing to do, as I've been swamped with projects from all over Canada and been working on the Kataklysm album for 2 months. Having someone completely fresh to work the last parts of the album will be great. So I'll be shipping the record over to TUE at Antfarm studios in Denmark very soon. "In the Arms of Devastation" will be released worldwide Feb. 20th on Nuclear Blast Records and is guaranteed to blow your mind!!"

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Kataklysm Reveal New Album Artwork

Kataklysm has now revealed the artwork for their upcoming album, "In the Arms of Devastation," based on 7501 votes in 6 days 23 hours. The winning artwork, with 31.28% of votes, was done by Tony from Los Angeles, CA. Check out all the artworks at this location.

Vote statistics:
Artwork #1: 21.26%
Artwork #2: 12.20%
Artwork #3: 16.69%
Artwork #4: 18.57%
Artwork #5: 31.28%

"In the Arms of Devastation" is due out on February 20th, 2006 via Nuclear Blast Records.

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Kataklysm Complete Recording Of New Album

Kataklysm have completed the recording of the band's 8th studio album.

GuitaristpProducer J-F Dagenais comments: "After having spent 2 months behind the production helm for the new Kataklysm album, we have now achieved what we wanted from a to z. I worked extremely hard on this record to get it to sound like no other Kataklysm album and Imust say - when you have the time to work on something, it DOES benefit greatly! I'm really happy with the results we have. Everyone in the band gave 150% and I can't wait for everyone to hear this album. I have to agree with one of Maurizio's previous statements when he said this album at once on a technical side and yet with its blazing tempos, has been the most difficult album for me to record my guitar tracks. Felt like at some point my wrist and fingers were gona give in... but it was well worth the pain!"

The band's 8th studio album "In the Arms of Devastation" will be released Feb. 20th 2006, followed by a massive touring campaign.

In The Arms Of Devastation tracklisting: More...

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Vote For New Kataklysm Artwork

Kataklysm are due to release their new album, "In The Arms Of Devastation", early in 2006 via Nuclear Blast. The album is reportedly recorded and ready, but the cover artwork has not yet been chosen and the band would like their fans to help.

To view the possible covers and vote for your favourite, go here.

Voting is open until September 9th.

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Kataklysm Say Goodbye To Voivod Guitarist

Kataklysm has posted this message on their website for Voivod guitarist, Denis "Piggy" D'Amour, who passed away on Friday:

R.I.P. Piggy...

It's with great sadness that we have learned today that Denis aka "Piggy" has passed away. The impact of his guitar influence was felt worldwide. His work in VOIVOD opened the doors to many metal bands in Canada and gave all of us hope for better things in this scene. He was the nicest guy you could meet and the most humble person you could talk too. We are sad to see you go brother but your legacy will live forever. We will see you on the other side.

Our best wishes go out to all in the D'Amour family and to our Canadian metal godfathers VOIVOD. Stay strong, and as we say back home... "Lachez pas les gars"!!

From all in Kataklysm.

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Kataklysm - New Album Nearing Completion

KATAKLYSM frontman Maurizio Iacono has posted the following message on the band's official website:


The artwork contest is now over... We would like to thank everyone, from our fans to artists from the 4 corners of the world that have sent in their visions. The response was great!!... Now we've got to go through all of them (there's shitloads to look at!) and make a decision with our record label Nuclear Blast, so bare with us and we'll let you know who the winner is soon...

Just flew back to Chicago this morning from Montreal. I finished all my vocal tracks for the new album and I must say this was the most difficult album I've had to record! Some of these songs have crazy tempos and I had to step it up a notch, but I'm very happy with the end result... According to J-F the album should be finished in a few weeks."

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