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From: Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Last Known Status: Active
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Max Duhamel, drummer of the Montreal based death metal powerhouse Kataklysm will be taking a break from the band, and won’t be performing on the upcoming new album. Max issued the following statement:
"Hello everyone, it is with an a extremely heavy heart that I announce today that I will not be performing on the new Kataklysm album, I have been struggling with many personal issues the last year but lately, the main one has been alcohol, it’s been affecting my body in a very negative way to the point that when I came home after the Ex Deo tour we just did, I tried to stop drinking for few days and it’s been very hard without having any withdrawl symptoms, I’ve also lost a lot of weight as some of noticed recently and I’m not in good shape...
"I've heard the new material my brothers have written and its truly incredible stuff , it’s really some of the best music the band has ever done but It’s going to be a very demanding album and my state of mind and body is not ready to confront this big task right now, I need to clean my body and my mind and come back focused to Kataklysm and I don’t know how long this will take.
"The guys have reached out to help in anyway they can which I can’t thank them enough. I’m truly blessed to have them as a family, so as I start my road to recovery I send this message to all of you and thank you for all the support, It’s time to take my life in my hands and take responsibility, I will not be attending the Juno Awardss ceremony in two weeks for Ex Deo nominations but I will close my contract with the shows in May that are left, Extremefest, Beastival in Germany and Metalfest Czech Rep will be my last shows until I’m ready again to come back in full form, you guys deserve the best of me. See you later."
The new album “Waiting for the End to Come” is tentatively scheduled for a late 2013 / early 2014 release. The album will be recorded by guitarist Jean Francois Dagenais and mixed by Zeuss.
Kataklysm has revealed the name of band's impending new LP (and follow up to 2010's "Heaven's Venom") as "Waiting For The End To Come." The album is tentatively scheduled for late 2013 through Nuclear Blast Records.
Vocalist Maurizio Iacono commented: "Well it's been a seriously busy ride since our last album Heaven's Venom was released over 3 years ago. From a successful world headlining run, to Ozzfest, into a recap of our 20 years as band with the Iron Will DVD. We've been writing in a very humble fashion behind the scenes for the last six months. It's time to take KATAKLYSM to higher levels and dig deep into our capacities as musicians and songwriters. We know exactly what we have to do, that's why we have taken our time and why we’ll be taking most of the Summer to complete the new album. The record will deal lyrically with mortality and the purpose of ones being on this earth. The moment we are born we start to die. It’s a sort of deal we make with life, and with that I title the new KATAKLYSM album Waiting for the End to Come.”
The band is working with renowned producer/engineer Chris "Zeuss" Harris (Hatebreed, Suffocation, All That Remains). More information on the release is expected soon.
The organisers of Britain's, Bloodstock Open Air festival have announced a further ten bands for this year's edition of the event, including Bay Area thrash metal legends Exodus and Death Angel, as well as 3 Inches Of Blood, Scar Symmetry, Dying Fetus, Xerath, Bloodbound, Vanderbuyst, Scarab and The Prophecy. The event will take place at Catton Park from August 8 - 11th and will be headlined by Slayer, King Diamond and Lamb of God.
King Diamond (Headliner)
Lamb Of God (Headliner)
3 Inches Of Blood
Canadian extreme metallers Kataklysm have enlisted renowned producer/engineer Chris "Zeuss" Harris (Hatebreed, Suffocation, All That Remains), to mix and master the band's forthcoming album, tentatively due in the fall. Commented Kataklysm vocalist Maurizio Iacono:
"It's time for Kataklysm to make a change and challenge ourselves a bit more when it comes trying out new sounds. I think it's healthy to explore other avenues at this stage in our career, and Zeuss has worked with some bands we really like such as Hatebreed and Suffocation. When it comes to full-blown power and making each instrument flow together in harmony, Zeuss is one of the top producers out there. We're confident he can deliver what the band is seeking to accomplish and the sound we want on the next album."
Added Zeuss: "I have been watching and listening to Kataklysm over the years and finally our paths will meet for their new record. I look forward to a new chapter in Kataklysm history."
As previously reported, Kataklysm guitarist and longtime producer Jean-François Dagenais (Malevolent Creation, Misery Index, Ex Deo) will once again helm the new record. The band is scheduled to enter JFD studio in Montreal and Dallas in June/July.
Further details on the follow-up album to 2010's "Heaven's Venom" (reviewed here), will be announced as they are made available.
Prepare to witness history being written right in front of your eyes – at the first Beastival festival in Geiselwind, Germany, that will take place from May 30th to June 1st, 2013.
The "Big Teutonic 4" – the legendary quartet of German thrash metal bands that shaped the European heavy metal scene – will share the same stage on the same evening. Kreator, Sodom, Destruction, and Tankdard will tear down the venue and thrash you into the ground at the Beastival 2013. Other confirmed bands include:
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
American thrash metal legends Slayer has been confirmed as the third and final headliner for next year's edition of the Bloodstock Open Air festival in Derbyshire, England. The event will take place at Catton Park from August 8 - 11th and will also be headlined by King Diamond and Lamb of God. A statement from Slayer guitarist Kerry King reads: "Can't wait to hit the stage at Bloodstock! Metal Festival in England? Fuck yes!! It's going to be hell on earth and I'm looking forward to having a party with all my British friends."
The organisers of the festival added: "We are thrilled to announce that seminal thrash metal legends, SLAYER are confirmed as the third and final headliner for Bloodstock 2013. The Californian four-piece will close the Ronnie James Dio stage on Sunday night at Catton Park, bringing their face-melting, monster riffs to the metal hordes."
The lineup for the festival is now as follows: More...
... Continued from Part I...
9… something… am. Or maybe it’s 10, or maybe I’m in Hell. All I know is that the sun has risen, transforming my tent into a “Bridge On The River Kwai” sweatbox and my sleeping bag into a dehydration cocoon. I’m marinating.
Cooking aromas. Eggs frying, a Mediterranean whiff of olive oil, the universal scent of black coffee. Subdued, slow-motion, hung-over camp chatter. An unfamiliar voice: “Mind if I drop in for a meet-and-greet?” Male, low and steady-pitched, Eastern European. Might as well get my ass moving and be social. Also, I’m starving again.
I peel away my constraints, fumbling, slippery, dazed. I unzip the door and gasp for breath. The open air feels cucumber-cool by comparison and prickles my skin.
With nature doing all the work around here, who needs an alarm clock? More...
Canada's Kataklysm has teamed up with Noisecreep.com to premiere a live video of the track, “At the Edge of the World,” taken from the band’s upcoming 2CD + 2DVD, "The Iron Will: 20 Years Determined."
Check out the live performance, taken from the DVD portion of the commemorative 20th anniversary set, through Noisecreep.com or in the player below.
"The Iron Will: 20 Years Determined" is slated to be released on July 3rd in North America and July 6th in Europe via Nuclear Blast. The package will feature a documentary and bonus CD materials depicting the ups and downs of the band's long, turbulent career, as well as footage of Kataklysm's performance at last year's Summer Breeze festival. More...
Montreal extreme metallers Kataklysm posted up a lyric video for the song "Iron Will." The track appears on the the multidisc 2CD/2DVD release entitled "The Iron Will: 20 Years Determined." The release is scheduled to drop on July 3, 2012 (North America) and July 6, 2012 (EU). For full details on the track list and contents, head on over to this location. To see the official music video for "Iron Will," click here.
Check out the lyric video here: More...
Montreal based extreme metallers Kataklysm have unveiled the complete track listing for their multidisc DVD entitled "The Iron Will: 20 Years Determined." The DVD will be released on July 3rd and will feature a documentary and bonus CD materials. The set will depict the ups and downs of the band's long, turbulent career, as well as footage of Kataklysm's performance at last year's Summer Breeze festival, which took place August 18-20, 2011 in Dinkelsbühl, Germany.
The cover art for the release was created by artist Colin Marks (ORIGIN, EXODUS, NEVERMORE) and can be viewed below. The track listing is as follows:
IRON WILL Part I
The Early Years 1991-2004
1. Let’s Start A Band 1991-1993
2. Signing to Nuclear Blast in 1994
3. Mexico in 1995
4. Max Leaves the Band
5. The Temple of Knowledge
6. The Reformation in 1997
7. Leaving NB in 1998
8. The Prophecy Returns to NB in 2000
9. EPIC 2001
10. In Shadows & Dust
11. Max Quits, Again More...
Maurizio Iacono, frontman of the veteran death metal band, Kataklysm, has issued a statement on his official Facebook page commenting on the recent layoffs at Roadrunner Records and the state of the music industry in general. Numerous press outlets have picked up the strong and impassioned message in the wake of this massive hit to the heavy metal community.
“This is just the beginning,” wrote Iacono. “Not buying albums is affecting the labels who in return invest in the bands, tour support, recording... it's destroying all newcomer bands and [it’s] making middle class musicians poor. You're not hurting the labels by illegal downloading, you're killing the bands.”
He continued, “Starting a band these days is a suicide mission. If music becomes a hobby for musicians, then no more tours, no more good music. Dark times ahead. Well, wait, we have holograms now, don't need REAL people on stage... my bad...
“Again, it's not about me. I've had a great 20 years; if it ends tomorrow I can keep my head [held] up high for what I've done, but what about the new comers and the future of music? NOT good. It's not you the fans' fault, don't get me wrong. It's the system that let it happen. Governments, etc. could have stopped it. They didn't. Now it's up to us, the fans, to help out.
“Buy a shirt, CD, vinyls, download on iTunes, Amazon, the songs you like .. DO SOMETHING! I love you all, and always remember, you guys have all the power to build or destroy, we are only messengers of your voice.” More...
The Halifax based Spread The Metal Festival, with a goal to raise $100,000 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, is proud to announce headliners Morbid Angel, along with Blackguard, Cryptopsy and Last Call Chernobyl as the next batch of bands added to the line up to support the festival charity fundraiser.
Matt Day, STM owner and festival organizer, commented: "Spread the Metal Records has lofty ambitions for this festival and as it grows each year, I want to prove that the label is as committed to philanthropy as we are to releasing phenomenal records. We take on the responsibility to help those who cannot help themselves, and this festival has the power to help a lot of people, year after year."
The lineup is as follows:
Answer With Metal - 12pm
Last Call Chernobyl - 1pm
Dischord - 2pm
Hallows Die - 3:15pm
Descend - 4:30pm
Fallen Joy - 6pm
Blackguard - 7:30pm
Kataklysm - 9:15pm More...
Kataklysm, Marduk, Vader, Gods Tower, and Dark End will be embarking on the "Flaming Arts Anniversary" tour this coming May. The currently announced shows are as follows:
11.05 – Irkutsk “Megapolis”
13.05 – Krasnojarsk “DK Kraza”
14.05 – Novosibirsk “Rock City”
16.05 – Ekaterinburg “Tele Club”
17.05 – Magnitogorsk “Universal”
18.05 – Ufa “Agava”
20.05 – Moscow “KKZ Moscow”
21.05 – Voronezh “Tarantul”
22.05 – Minsk “Re:Public More...
Kataklysm has posted a new "Iron Will" video clip online, which can be viewed below. "The Iron Will: 20 Years Determined" 2CD+2DVD set will be released on July 3rd in North America and July 6th, 2012 in Europe via Nuclear Blast Records. A teaser trailer for the release can also be viewed at this location.
Halifax based Spread The Metal Festival, which has a goal to raise $100,000 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada with 100% of ticket revenues, is proud to announce the first round of Canadian bands supporting the fest and charity fundraiser.
STM Records owner and festival organizer Matt Day commented, "Spread the Metal Records has lofty ambitions for this festival and as it grows each year, I want to prove that the label is as committed to philanthropy as we are to releasing phenomenal records. We take on the responsibility to help those who cannot help themselves, and this festival has the power to help a lot of people, year after year."
Further details on the festival are available here and the currently announced lineup is as follows:
Answer With Metal
Cry Oh Crisis
Death Valley Driver
Montreal based extreme metallers Kataklsym will release a multidisc DVD this June entitled "The Iron Will: 20 Years Determined," which features a documentary and bonus CD materials.
The set will depict the ups and downs of the band's long, turbulent career, as well as footage of Katakalysm's performance at last year's Summer Breeze festival, which took place August 18-20, 2011 in Dinkelsbühl, Germany.
A new teaser trailer for the release has been posted online and can be viewed below.
The organizers of the Heavy MTL festival have now announced the lineup for the 2012 edition, which will take place on August 11th and 12th in Montreal. Further details on the festival are available here, and the currently announced lineup is as follows:
Saturday August 11th
SYSTEM OF A DOWN
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH
BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME
JOB FOR A COWBOY
VEIL OF MAYA
Kataklysm has checked in with the following announcement about the official release date for the new "Iron Will" DVD:
"Official world release date for 'IRON WILL' is MAY 8th Worldwide!! Buy this dvd that took hours and hours and two years to make... if you are a fan and never bought a Kataklysm album, this is the release that will redeem you by buying this...support metal! Made for the fans by everyday metalheads...pre-order starts in April!"
A teaser trailer for the DVD is available at this location. In related news, Ex Deo (which features the members of Kataklysm), recently dropped off the PaganFest tour to finish up work on the new album "Caligvla."
Metal Injection was on hand at the recent 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise, and the site has now posted footage online of band members discussing the floating festival. Watch as members of Cannibal Corpse, Children of Bodom, Nightwish, Amorphis, Crowbar, Eluveitie, Athiest, Stratovarius, Pestilence, and Kataklysm discuss their favorite part of playing the cruise. The video is available below. More...
A new trailer for the upcoming 2012 edition of Metalcamp was posted. The even takes place from August 5-11, 2012 in Tolmin, Slovenia. The lineup includes the following acts (in alphabetical order):
Sin Deadly Sin
The Black Dahlia Murder