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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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Death Angel To Headline Rock in Solo Festival

Veteran West Coast thrash metal act Death Angel, which recently canceled its previously scheduled appearances on the Neckbreaker's Ball tour, will headline the fifth edition of Indonesia’s Rock in Solo: Heritage Metal Fest 2011 later this summer.

Rock in Solo: Heritage Metal Fest 2011, Central Java, Indonesia’s largest heavy metal festival, will take place at Alun-alun Utara Solo in Surakarta (also known as Solo) on September 17th.

Other international metal bands Kataklysm, Deranged, Enforce, Oathen, and Isthar will round out the co-headlining acts. The currently announced lineup is as follows:

Death Angel (USA)

Kataklysm (Canada)
Deranged (Sweden)
Enforce (Australia)
Oathen (Korea)
Isthar (Korea)

Local lineups:
Down For Life (Solo)
Burgerkill (Bandung)
Gigantor (Jakarta)
Suri (Jakarta)
Something Wrong (Yogyakarta)
Rajasinga (Bandung)
Crucial Conflict (Surabaya)

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Kataklsym Records New Single

Canadian death metal act Kataklysm is presently wrapping up its world tour and the "Heaven’s Venom" mania will continue this summer with the band's appearance at the famous Wacken Open Air this August.

The band will also perform and headline Brutal Assault festival in Czech Republic, Metal Mean Open Air in Belgium, and the 20th anniversary show at the Summer Breeze Open Air in Germany to an already sold out 30,000 + fans!

In other news, Kataklsym also recorded the single "The Iron Will" last week in Montreal, Canada with guitarist/producer J-F Dagenais. Tue Madsen will mix the track this fall in Denmark. The song will be released with a video clip on iTunes one month before "THE IRON WILL: 20 Years Determined" documentary DVD, which will depict the band's long career. The DVD will be released in April 2012 and will include the live performance at Summer Breeze. Stay tuned for more information on Kataklysm.

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Ex Deo Issues Update On "Caligula"

Napalm Records has checked in with the following update about Ex Deo, the Roman themed band featuring the members of Kataklsym:

"The Roman legion of Ex Deihas not been quiet by any means... The centurions have been busy putting together the follow-up to the highly acclaimed debut album 'Romulus.' The second opus entitled 'Caligula' is set to feature the most intense 'epic metal soundtrack' to come out in recent history."

According to mainman Maurizio Iacono: "The album will once again have the honor of some elite guest appearances. The band promises an album that will shake the metal scene!"

Artwork and layout for "Caligula" will be handled by classic artist Seth (Septic Flesh). Some song titles include "I, Caligula", "Burned to Serve the Nocturnal Light", "In War & Conquest/Roma Caput Mundi" and "Teutoburg (The Ambush of Varus) - Part 1".

The Ex Deo legion is set to enter JFD studios in Dallas, TX and Montreal, Canada with producer Jean-François Dagenais (Kataklysm, Malevolent Creation, Misery Index, Despised Icon) this Fall.

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Kataklysm To Tour With Triptykon

Canadian metal outfit Kataklysm has been confirmed as the headlining band for this year's Hatefest 2011 European tour. During the trek, the group will be joined by Triptykon, the new band from Hellhammer/Celtic Frost mastermind, Tom G. Warrior, as well as Marduk, Milking The Goatmachine and two more acts, who are expected to be revealed shortly.

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Kataklysm Drum Cam Video Available

New drum cam video has been made available online featuring Max Duhamel of Canadian death metal veterans Kataklysm. You can check out the footage, which includes a performance of the track "At the Edge of the World," in the player below.

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Balfor To Play Metal Heads Mission Festival

After announcing an upcoming appearance at the Dong Open Air festival, Ukranian band Balfor is now also confirmed to play at this year's edition of the Metal Heads Mission Festival.

The fest takes place from August 5th - 7th, 2011 in Crimea, Ukraine and Kataklysm has been announced as the festival headliner. Additional details on the full-lineup will be announced as they are made available, or you can check out further info on the festival at this location.

A teaser trailer for Balfor's "Barbaric Blood" album is also available online for viewing by heading over here.

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Kataklysm Posts "At The Edge Of The World" Video

Kataklysm has posted a music video online for the song "At The Edge of The World," which is off the band's latest album "Heaven's Venom." You can check out the clip below.

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Dead Shape Figure To Support Kataklysm

Dead Shape Figure has issued the following announcement about supporting Kataklysm on a string of upcoming European tour dates:

"We are really psyched to announce that Dead Shape Figure will support Kataklysm on their East-European tour, starting in May. It's about time to get our asses back on the road again! Really looking forward to blast our new tunes to the people in Italy, Slovenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Romania and Croatia!

"Especially in Romania we had a great crowd last time during the FilthFest Tour so we are anxious to be back... Also Bulgaria, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Croatia will be new territories for us so it's gonna be really exciting. Horns up!"

The dates are as follows:

18.05.2011 (ITA) Rome / Init Club
19.05.2011 (ITA) Bruneck / UFO Bruneck
20.05.2011 (SLO) Ljubljana / Gala Hala
21.05.2011 (B&H) Sarajevo / Dom Mladih
22.05.2011 (BUL) Sofia / RBF Club
24.05.2011 (ROM) Bucarest / Silverchurch
25.05.2011 (ROM) Timisoara / tbc
26.05.2011 (CRO) Zagreb / Mochvara

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Maurizio Iacono Discusses Food And More

Gilles "The Heavy Metal Cook" Lartigot has posted a video interview online with with Maurizio Iacono from Kataklysm, which was recorded in Paris in January, 2011. You can check out the first part of the interview below, and find the second half after the jump (the interview includes English subtitles).


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Kataklysm To Answer Fan Questions

Fallen Earth, LLC, developers of the self-titled massively multiplayer online game, Fallen Earth, hasannounced a collaboration with Nuclear Blast Records. The company is inviting players and fans of both the popular post-apocalyptic MMO and Kataklysm to post their burning questions about the band, set to be answered and documented during the group’s North American tour.

Fans are encouraged to post their questions—either in text or video format—on the Fallen Earth Facebook page beginning today through Tuesday, March 8.

Making a pit-stop to the Fallen Earth development studio during the band's present tour, Kataklysm band members will sit down with developers to answer and record player questions later this month. The visit will be documented for Kataklysm’s forthcoming DVD, "The Iron Will: 20 Years Determined," and will be available for players and fans via Fallen Earth’s in-game “Nuclear Blast Radio” and the Fallen Earth website.

Kataklysm also recently announced upcoming European tour dates. Details on the shows are available here.

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Kataklysm Announces European Tour

Canadian death metal veterans Kataklysm have revealed the dates for their forthcoming headline tour of Europe. Support on the trek will come from Krisiun. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:

05/18 Rome, ITA – Init Club
05/19 Bruneck, ITA – UFO Bruneck
05/20 Ljubljana, SLO – Gala Hala
05/21 Sarajevo, BOS – Dom Mladih
05/22 Sofia, BUL – RBF Club
05/24 Bucharest, ROM – Silverchurch
05/25 Timisoara, ROM – TBA
05/26 Zagreb, CRO – Mochavara
05/27 Mining, AUT – Metalfest 2011
05/28 Pratteln, SWI – Metalfest 2011
05/29 Dessau, GER – Metalfest 2011
05/31 Poznan, POL – Blue Note
06/01 Gdynia, POL – Ucho
06/02 Warszawa, POL – Progresja
06/03 Plzen, CZE – Metalfest 2011
06/04 Katowice, POL – Mega Club

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Metalunderground.com's Best of 2010 Awards

The Grammys have been awarded, February is winding down, and we are officially late with our Best Of Year in Metal acknowledgments. So let's get to it. Like every year, I polled our diverse staff of metalheads to obtain their picks in several categories for 2010.

2010 was an interesting year in metal. Was it good? Yes. But not what one might expect at the outset. There were a lot of releases by big names, but most did not make the splash one would expect. Iron Maiden, Rob Zombie, Fear Factory, Dimmu Borgir, Dark Tranquility, and Living Sacrifice all put out decent albums, but nothing too bold or worth raving over. 2010 was one more year removed from the fading metalcore trend; a year in which we could savor thrash's second life, and melodic death metal is still living strong. When the trendiest things are a return to thrash and technical metal (despite losing much of its death metal influences), that's not too bad from a metal perspective.

It's hard to say 2010 was a year for the underground to shine. The true underground bands rarely get widely noticed. But there were quite a few lesser known bands making names for themselves and grabbing their fair share of attention last year. Why is this? Is it a sign of a changing of the guard in light of the aging greats, and perhaps despite the thrash revival? It's hard to say, but personally, I discovered a lot of new bands that I thoroughly enjoy, so I am all for continuing along this path.

Let's get down to the details and talk about those bands that made 2010 a solid year for heavy metal by announcing the Metalunderground.com staff picks for 2010. The staff picks include the following categories: Best Metal Album of 2010, Best Metal DVD of 2010, Best Metal Newcomer of 2010, Best Live Act of 2010, and Most Anticipated Release for 2011. More...

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Kataklysm Announces New DVD Details

Kataklysm has begun the process of putting together elements for the band's upcoming 20th anniversary DVD. Titled "The Iron Will: 20 Years Determined," this documentary will begin with the band’s inception in 1991 and tell the story behind Kataklysm's history. Director & producer Tommy Jones (Lamb Of God, Soilwork, Death Angel) will catch the band’s heartbeat on the road and to put the memories together. Expected release date is Spring 2011.

The DVD will also include interviews with a wide range of characters, including the band’s first front man Sylvain Houde, who sang on the first three Katakalysm albums. A single and a video clip for the title track “The Iron Will” will be recorded this summer. The massive content of the DVD will include Kataklysm’s upcoming headlining show at Summer Breeze Open Air in Germany.

Front man Maurizio Iacono shares:

"This is something that we are doing first for ourselves to look back at the long and hard road traveled and to be grateful that twenty years later, this band is stronger than ever and still means something in the music world. It’s an accomplishment to exist this long and this DVD is dedicated to our fans who solely kept us alive in this destructive and turbulent scene. I decided to scrap my book idea (it was taking way too long and time is of the essence) and instead tell our story on The Iron Will in detail to get things off my chest once and for all. We’ve been the underdogs for so long and looking back, this is a good a place to be."

The upcoming Kataklysm tour dates are as follows:

2/24 Peabody's - Cleveland, OH
2/25 Reggie's Rock Club - Chicago, IL
2/26 Harpo's - Detroit, MI
2/27 Station 4 - St. Paul, MN
2/28 Park Theatre - Winnipeg, MB– CANADA
3/02 Starlite - Edmonton, AB – CANADA
3/03 Lake City Bowl - Kelowna, B.C. – CANADA
3/04 Rickshaw Theatre - Vancouver, B.C. – CANADA
3/05 Studio Seven - Seattle, WA
3/06 Branx - Portland, OR
3/07 Slim's - San Francisco, CA
3/08 The Whisky - Hollywood, CA
3/09 Soma - San Diego, CA
3/10 Launchpad - Albuquerque, NM
3/11 El Cien - Amarillo, TX
3/12 Ridglea Theatre - Ft. Worth, TX
3/13 White Rabbit - San Antonio, TX
3/15 State Theater - St Petersburg, FL
3/16 Volume 11 - Raleigh, NC
3/17 Jaxx - Springfield, VA
3/18 Al Rosa Villa - Columbus, OH
3/19 Evening Star Music Hall - Niagara Falls, NY
3/20 Club Soda – Montreal, QC – CANADA

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Decrepit Birth To Miss Dates On Kataklysm Tour

Santa Cruz, California extreme metal act Decrepit Birth has announced that it will be missing out on the first 13 dates of Kataklysm's "Spread the Venom" tour. The band commented on the situation by saying;

"Unfortunately, Decrepit Birth will miss shows booked from February 21st to March 6th. We just received news that our drummer Samus has been forced into legal obligations which are preventing him from leaving his home state of New Jersey until early March. The situation is out of our control, and we apologize to all of our fans who planned on seeing us at those 13 shows. The 'Spread The Venom' tour will continue as scheduled, although Decrepit Birth will be missing the first 10 shows of it, and will jump back on in San Francisco, California on March 7th at Slim's to finish out the rest of the tour. Again, we apologize for this unforeseen situation, and plan to make up for the 13 total shows we have to miss."

The impacted shows include:
Feb. 21 - Black Sheep - Colorado Springs, CO *
Feb. 22 - Vaudeville Mews - Des Moines, IA *
Feb. 23 - The Warehouse - Laporte, IN *
Feb. 24 - Peabody's - Cleveland, OH
Feb. 25 - Reggie's Rock Club - Chicago, IL
Feb. 26 - Harpo's - Detroit, MI
Feb. 27 - Station 4 - St. Paul, MN
Feb. 28 - Park Theatre - Winnipeg, MB - Canada
Mar. 02 - The Starlite Room - Edmonton, AB - Canada
Mar. 03 - Lake City Bowl - Kelowna, BC - Canada
Mar. 04 - Rickshaw Theater - Vancouver, BC - Canada
Mar. 05 - Studio Seven - Seattle, WA
Mar. 06 - Branx (Loveland) - Portland, OR

*= non-"Spread the Venom" dates

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Kataklysm To Play Wacken Open Air

Canadian extreme metal act Kataklysm has just returned from a European headliner run on the "Neckbreaker's Ball" tour.

"Thank you Europe for the BEST headliner tour ever in the old continent! You, the fans, are the fuel for this machine that is Kataklysm!" front man Maurizio Iacono says.

The band just confirmed an appearance at the 2011 edition of the gigantic Wacken Open Air festival, and on top of that the band will play a very special 20th anniversary set at Summer Breeze festival in Dinkelsbühl. Kataklysm will headline the Pain Stage; performing tracks from all the band's albums and taping this legendary show for a future DVD release.

You can find additional information on the upcoming Wacken Opean Air festival at this location.

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Kataklysm Adds New Song To Rock Band

Montreal based extreme metallers Kataklysm have uploaded another song to the Rock Band Network from their latest album "Heaven’s Venom." The track, “At the Edge of the World," is now available here and is compatible with the new double bass drum application. The following songs are now available for purchase and game play:

“At the Edge of the World”
“At the Edge of the World” (double bass version)
“Determined (Vows of Vengeance)”
“Determined (Vows of Vengeance)” (double bass version)
“Numb & Intoxicated”
“Numb & Intoxicated” (double bass version)

Kataklysm recently announced, in cooperation with Decibel Magazine and SickDrummerMagazine.com, the North American leg of the "Spread the Venom 2010 – 2011 World Tour." Joining the band will be groove ladden death shredders All Shall Perish, technical/progressive death act Decrepit Birth, Sumerian Records‘ touring juggernaut Conducting From The Grave, and Relapse Records‘ modern death metal merchants Abysmal Dawn. The currently announced dates are as follows:

02/24/11 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
02/25/11 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
02/26/11 Harpo’s – Detroit, MI
02/27/11 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
02/28/11 Park Theatre – Winnipeg, MB – CANADA
03/01/11 The Distrikt – Regina, SK - CANADA (KATA + ASP ONLY)
03/02/11 The Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB – CANADA
03/03/11 Lake City Bowl – Kelowna, BC – CANADA
03/04/11 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC – CANADA
03/05/11 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
03/06/11 Branx (Loveland) – Portland, OR
03/07/11 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA (NO ABYSMAL DAWN)
03/08/11 The Whisky – Hollywood, CA
03/09/11 SOMA – San Diego, CA 03/10/11 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM (KATA + ASP ONLY)
03/11/11 Sorority – Amarillo, TX
03/12/11 Trees – Ft. Worth, TX
03/13/11 The White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX
03/15/11 The State Theatre – St. Petersburg, FL
03/16/11 Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
03/17/11 Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA
03/18/11 AlRosa Villa – Columbus, OH
03/19/11 Evening Star Music Hall – Niagara Falls, NY
03/20/11 Club Soda – Montreal, QC – CANADA

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More Bands Announced For Summer Breeze Fest

Aborted, As I Lay Dying, and Crowbar have now been confirmed to perform at the 2011 edition of the Summer Breeze festival, which is set to take place from August 18th - 20th, 2011. Additional details on the festival can be found here. The currently announced lineup is as follows:

In Extremo
Bolt Thrower
Arch Enemy
As I Lay Dying
Suicidal Tendencies
Corvus Corax
Saltatio mortis
Sonic syndicate
Farmer boys
Hail of bullets
Comeback kid
The haunted
Hayseed dixie
Smoke blow
Emil bulls
Devil sold his soul More...

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New Metal Tracks Added To The Rock Band Network

My condolences to PS3 metal fans looking for a Rock Band fix, as the new releases coming February 9th see very little in the way of heavy music on the Rock Band Network. The Xbox 360 edition continues to have the metal selection expand again this week, however. For anyone who has been following the most recent metal additions to Rock Band, it should come as no surprise that Amberian Dawn and Kataklysm are both continuing their invasion of the game. Also new this week comes tracks from No Bragging Rights, After the Burial, Devin Townsend, Emery, and Cloudscape.

The complete list of newly added Xbox 360 tracks, including all the genres outside of metal, is as follows:

Kid Liberty - "Coolguy Deluxe!"
No Bragging Rights - "Ode to Logan"
The Night Life - "Holiday"
Amberian Dawn - "My Wings Are My Eyes"
After the Burial - "Aspiration"
Devin Townsend - "ZTO"
Devin Townsend - "ZTO (2x Bass Pedal)"
Emery - "Butcher's Mouth"
Lnk. Ken Kardashian - "The December Experience"
BulletProof Messenger - "Arm Yourself"
Chaotrope - "Pandemonium"
Chaotrope - "Betrayed"
New West - "Bend"
These Three Poisons - "Light Up The Eyes"
Akira the Don - "Steven Wells (He Was the Greatest)"
Zakk Tremblay - "Plátanos Con Sangre"
The Moth Complex - "You Don't Know"
Lettuce - "Last Suppit"
Cauldron - "All or Nothing"
Admiral of Black - "Bitten by the Rattlesnake"
Sideburn - "Live To Rock"
Big Light - "Triceratops"
Common Anomaly - "Hate To Say"
With Life in Mind - "King of Frauds"
Felsen - "Radios Tweaking"
Felsen - "Two Utensils in One"
Arena - "Volver a Nacer"
Rockapella - "Bang"
Kataklysm - "At the Edge of the World (2x Bass Pedal)"
Lucid Grey - "Barricades"
Robby Suavé - "Around the World"
Kylie D. Hart - "Firehouse Bar"
Sam Morrison Band - "I Gotta Ride 2010"
Rotary Downs - "Bullet on a String"
Rotary Downs - "Promised Land"
Studebakerbrown - "Couch Sitting Rattlesnake"
MC Frontalot - "Hassle: The Dorkening"
MC Frontalot - "Bizarro Genius Baby"
Alternative Deficit Disorder - "Pylo the Pylon"
Soulive - "Too Much"
Cloudscape - "Mind Diary"
Bluefusion - "Fighting Spirit"
Kutless - "Strong Tower"
Abraham Nixon - "Secondary Gain"
Jacob Chaney - "Cluster #2 (RB2 Version)
Jonathan Coulton - "Big Bad World One"
Bright Midnight - "For the Strange" More...

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"Nuclear Blast Clips Vol. 1" Teaser Trailer Posted

On February 11th the "Nuclear Blast Clips Vol.1" clip compilation will be released on DVD, Blu-ray and as a digital download. A teaser trailer for the compilation, which features over 40 clips and 190 minutes running time, can be viewed below.

The track listing is as follows: More...

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All Shall Perish Announces Headline Dates

American deathcore act All Shall Perish has announced a small batch of headlining off-dates set to take place at various locationg across the United States. Support on the shows will come from Conducting From The Grave and Abysmal Dawn. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:

03/21 Manchester, NH – Rocko’s Bar And Grill
03/22 Trenton, NJ – Championship Bar And Grille
03/23 Wheeling, WV – Yesterday’s Draughthouse
03/26 Oklahoma City, OK – The Conservatory
03/27 Lubbock, TX – Tequila Jungle
03/29 Phoenix, AZ – Clubhouse

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