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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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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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Kittie, Into Eternity To Guest On Kataklysm Album

Kataklysm vocalist, Maurizio Iacono, has posted the following album update on the band's official website:

Hey guys -

Little update for you all regarding the new album... I received a call today from our producer/guitarist J-F, informing me that the drums are almost all done and they sound monstrous!! Max once again has done a killer job and put a lot of feel into the songs. We're going less mechanical and more organic on this album, brutality most be felt the right way.

Yes the rumors are true... next weekend we will have Morgan Lander from KITTIE doing a guest appearance on the new album. For some people this must feel like a weird combination, but rest assured that Iwill turn Morgan from an angel to demon and she will be spitting fire under our wings!!.. Other Canadian musicians, such as INTO ETERNITY's Rob and Tim are also schedualed to appear on the album as special guests, doing solos and guest appearances. More details to come...

Don't forget - next weekend's Xtreme Distortion Festival in Laval (QC) Canada... Last show for Kataklysm in awhile.

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Kataklysm To Enter The Studio

Canadian death metallers Kataklysm will enter the studio on July 10 to begin recording their new album, "In the Arms of Devastation," tentatively due before the end of the year.

"The writing of the album is almost complete and things are going very well. Don't expect any fashion core, no 'roman' haircuts or whining," the band write in a newsletter. "Expect a crowbar to the head. Kataklysm enters the compound July 10th, and a monster will rise from it...we promise."

As previously reported, Kataklysm are inviting their fans, artists and friends around the world to design the cover art for their next album. The band encourages everyone that has artistic skill and has an original vision to submit their work by e-mail at smdesign@videotron.ca. The winning artwork will be selected by Kataklysm and the band's representatives at Nuclear Blast Records. The lucky contest winner will see his/her creation used as the cover of the group's next album as well as on all accompanying merchandise items, where it will be fully credited. All you have to work with is the album's working title, which is "In the Arms of Devastation." The deadline for all submissions is August 1.

Kataklysm will be embarking on a European headlining tour beginning in late June. Support at all dates will come from Graveworm and Eminence. Tour dates: More...

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Kataklysm Cancel Edinburgh Show, Add Glasgow Show

Canadian death metallers Kataklysm has posted the following message on their official website:

Just a quick update for our fans in Scotland...
Please note that this summer's show in Edinburgh has been cancelled. However we are pleased to announce that it will now be in GLASGOW on the 4th of July! Venue details coming soon...

In other Kataklysm news, the band has secured a new endorsement deal with DR strings. They will sponsor both J-F and Stephane.

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Kataklysm Hold Album Cover Design Contest

Canadian death metallers Kataklysm are inviting their fans, artists and friends around the world to design the cover art for their next album. The band encourages everyone that has artistic skill and has an original vision to submit their work by e-mail at smdesign@videotron.ca.
The winning artwork will be selected by Kataklysm and the band's representatives at Nuclear Blast. The lucky contest winner will see his/her creation used as the cover of the group's next album as well as on all accompanying merchandise items, where it will be fully credited.

All you have to work with is the album's working title, which is "In the Arms of Devastation." The artwork can be submitted starting April 6 and the deadline for all submissions is August 1.

Kataklysm will be embarking on a European headlining tour beginning in late June. Support at all dates will come from Graveworm and Eminence.

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Kataklysm Drop Off X-Mass Festivals

Canadian death metallers Kataklysm have cancelled their participation in the X-Mass Festivals 2005 European tour this December. In an official press release, the band blame the cancellation on "the simple reason that the new album will not be ready in time to coincide with" the trek and "it made no sense" to do the tour. Instead, Kataklysm have confirmed that they will take part in the No Mercy Festivals 2006, to be followed by a series of dates across Europe.

With regards to the new album, Kataklysm bassist Stephane Barbe writes:

The writing process is going very well and according to plan. All the focus, the ideas, the passion and the drive are there, and that's what makes good albums, in my opinion. Expect nothing but hard work and dedication with the new one. Our fans deserve the best from us.

Kataklysm will be in pre-production mode for most of the summer and plan to begin recording in late July/August/September at an as-yet-undetermined location with producer/guitarist J-F Dagenais. The band's new album, entitled "In the Arms of Devastation," has a tentative release date of February 2006.

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Kataklysm Wins Canadian Music Award, Tour Update

Kataklysm has won "Best metal group" at the Canadian Indie Music Awards. The band wishes to thank all the fans who voted for them.

Kataklysm will not be able to attend the event in Toronto at the Phoenix Theater to receive the award, as the band is currently on tour with Danzig.

Singer Maurizio Iacono offers the following tour update:

We are presently half way done with the tour and its been absolutly great. We didnt know what to expect coming into this tour as an extreme act, but so far i can truly say its the most important tour we've done in the states and its been packed every night. Response has been amazing with violent pits every night, we've been treated with nothing but respect by Danzig and there crew were having loads of fun and exposing Death Metal to a new audience and making lots of new fans. Cool to be part of the Danzig /Doyle 30 min Misfits reunion shows in Boston/NYC and Philly it was historic and the Crown went apeshit. We hope things keep going like they are and we will see you all soon ..

Kataklysm and Graveworm tour dates:

Jun. 25 Metal Camp (Slovenia) *
Jun. 26 München - Titanic City * ( Germany )
Jun. 27 Wintertur - End Station * ( Switzerland )
Jun. 28 Ludwigsburg * Rockfabrik * ( Germany )
Jun. 29 Heidelberg * Schwimmbad * ( Germany )
Jun. 30 Hamburg - Markthalle * ( Germany )
Jul. 01 Copenhagen - The Rock * ( Denmark )
Jul. 02 With Full Force: Kataklsym Only

*dates subject to change

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Hammerfall, Therion, Kataklysm To Play Metal Camp

Hammerfall, Therion and Kataklysm are among the bands confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Metal Camp festival, set to take place June 24-26 in Tolmin, Slovenia.

The billing for the festival is shaping up as follows:
In Extremo
Gun Barrel
Lost Dreams
Sky's Shadow

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Kataklysm Video Nominated, MP3 Posted

Kataklysm's video clip for the track "As I Slither" (taken from the band's latest album "Serenity in Fire") will be featured on the upcoming DVD release of the Lions Gate movie "Alone in the Dark" (feat. Christian Slater, Stephen Dorf and Tara Reid).
Kataklysm has also been nominated at the MIMI Awards in Montreal for best international act. A complete list of the nominees can be found here.

In other news, the re-release of 1997's "Victims of this Fallen World" album is out now in the States, with a following release in Canada and Europe this March. Click here for an mp3 of the song "Courage Through Hope". The album was re-recorded with returning drummer Max Duhamel and remixed by guitarist J-F Dagenais.

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Kataklysm Up For Canadian Independent Music Award

Canada's very own Kataklysm are among the nominees in the category for "Favorite Metal Artist/Group" at the Canadian Independent Music Awards ("The Indies"), which will be held at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto, ON on Wednesday, March 2 at 9 PM. "The Indies" will serve as the official Canadian Music Week 2005 Opening Night party, kicking off the festivities for the CMW Music Festival, running from March 2-5.

The nominees are chosen by committees of industry professionals from all areas of the music scene, and the winners will be chosen by fans through online voting. Nominated in the same category as Kataklysm are The End, Malefaction, The Reason and 3 Inches of Blood.

This year's awards ceremony will also include the presentation of the Galaxie Rising Stars Award of the CBC, which helps new artists make a name for themselves in the Canadian music industry.

Online voting at CMW.net begins at 9 AM ET on Tuesday, February 1 and closes at 12 Midnight on Tuesday, February 15.

Kataklysm will be kicking off a U.S. tour with Danzig next month. Here are the confirmed dates: More...

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Kataklysm Announce Title Of New Album

Kataklysm singer Maurizio Iacono has revealed that the new album title will be "In The Arms Of Devastation." The album is set for an October 17th release date but Iacono says "You might have to wait til early 2006, because until we have chills listening to the new material.. it ain't coming out!"

Kataklysm tour dates with Danzig, Trivium and Eyes of Fire: More...

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