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From: Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
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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.
Kataklysm has revealed the alternate cover art for upcoming release "Waiting for the End to Come."
The artwork by Eliran Kantor will be featured on the deluxe digipak and LP versions of the new album, which will be released on October 29th (North America) via Nuclear Blast.
The previously released cover by Peter Sallai, will be featured on the standard jewel case and limited edition cassette tape versions.
"This other version of the new art made by Eliran Kantor represents a more iconic and epic approach,” commented vocalist Maurizio Iacono. “A man representing all of humanity, shaking the foundation of existence and ultimately beginning the process of destruction. The main foundation is depicted here as the famous Kataklysm ‘tribal sun’ logo. It does not represent the end of Kataklysm by any means; more the beginning of a new era after the end of a certain existence." More...
As previously reported the 2013 installment of the Bloodstock Open Air Festival in Derbyshire, United Kingdom is streaming now and all weekend long.
To view all the action, head over to the live stream now.
Headliners Slayer, Lamb of God, Anthrax are scheduled to be part of the action. The festival will also feature appearances from: King Diamond, Accept, Voivod, Municipal Waste, Firewind, Dark Funeral, Ex Deo, Death Angel, Avantasia, Sabaton, Gojira, Katakylsm, Hell, 3 Inches Of Blood, Beholder, Stormbringer, Devildriver, Exodus, Amorphis, Fozzy, Whitechapel and Gama Bomb to name a few. For a schedule of bands, head over to this location. More...
Kataklysm has checked in with the following announcement about shooting a music video for the band's upcoming album:
"Something strange is happening in Belgrade, Serbia today: the filming of the new video clip 'Elevate' from the new album 'Waiting For The End To Come,' a visual masterpiece in darkness, blood and death metal."
Kataklysm has posted a teaser trailer for new album "Waiting For The End," which can be found below. Maurizio Iacono also comments:
"The album art depicts a child which represents innocence in humanity, covered in dirt and blood from life's experiences. In front of him, his death represented by a reaper who comes to claim his soul for the afterlife, or the abyss. It's open to the fans to decide with their own beliefs. In the end this is the transition between life & death." More...
The 2013 installment of the Bloodstock Open Air, scheduled to begin on Thursday August 8th and continue through Sunday, August 11th, will be broadcast live from Derbyshire, U.K. via the live stream at Daily Motion, or by simply bookmarking this page and coming back to watch the entire feed in the player right here:
The schedule for bands to be streamed live has not yet been finalized, however, headliners Slayer, Lamb of God, Anthrax are scheduled to be part of the action. The festival will also feature appearances from: King Diamond, Accept, Voivod, Municipal Waste, Firewind, Dark Funeral, Ex Deo, Death Angel, Avantasia, Sabaton, Gojira, Katakylsm, Hell, 3 Inches Of Blood, Beholder, Stormbringer, Devildriver, Exodus, Amorphis, Fozzy, Whitechapel and Gama Bomb to name a few. For more information, head over to this location. More...
Kataklysm has checked in with the following update about the artwork and formats for the band's upcoming album:
"Kataklysm will release two different incredible artworks for the new album 'Waiting For The End To Come' by two acclaimed artists, one by Eliran Kantor (Testament, Hatebreed) and the other by Peter Sallai (Sabaton) with different formats: CD, deluxe digipak, LP and including a return to a limited edition cassette format (just like back in the day)!
"We are anxious to release these new artworks to you guys, maybe next month? The new album is in mixing mode with producer Zeuss (Suffocation, Hatebreed, Soulfly, White Chapel). Looking like a promising year for the mighty Kataklysm and a return to pure power. A world tour is in the works."
The band also recently announced filming will commence in August for “a very ambitious & sick" video clip for the song "Elevate" from forthcoming concept album "Waiting For The End To Come." The album is due out in October, with further details forthcoming.
Kataklysm will film a new music video in Belgrade, Serbia next month with director Ivan Colic from iCode Productions (Ex Deo, Soilwork, Moonspell, etc.) whose previous work includes Kataklysm’s "Push The Venom" video and Ex Deo’s "Romulus" and "Final War (Battle Of Actium)" videos.
Filming will commence in August for “a very ambitious & sick" video clip for the song "Elevate" from Kataklysm’s forthcoming concept album "Waiting For The End To Come."
According to the band, the plan is to bring the viewers into a visual masterpiece of chaos, a chaos based around the ideals of death, the purpose of life, the human factor, and the semi-coma state that most people in this world exist in.
Kataklysm frontman Maurizio Iacono states: "In a nutshell, we believe we wrote the most intense, intricate storyline for a video clip ever made in death metal and our genre. Big statement? Well, we’ve got big ideas and we need to put it to life with crazy visuals. We hired the man who has the balls and the artistic capacity to execute this task plus one of the best special FX teams in Europe to back him up. It's time to up the game. We’re back and we’re swinging hard."
Kataklysm's "Waiting For The End To Come" will be released worldwide this October.
The organizers of the Bloodstock festival have checked in with the following announcement about confirming more bands for this year's edition:
"Here at Bloodstock HQ we are excited to announce a whole batch of new additions for all three stages. There’s only seven weeks left to the most metal weekend of the year!! Have you got your tickets yet?!
"Opening Friday’s main stage, and fresh off the back of the release of ‘IV’, their first album in ten years, are British post metallers, Earthzone 9. The band are stoked to find their way to Catton Park’s hallowed ground, commenting 'Earthtone 9 have never played Bloodstock, so we could not be more excited! It's one of our only gigs this year, so we are truly going to make the most of it. There may well be some drinking!' You can pick up a free download of their single, ‘Horizon’s End’ at this location.
"On Sunday’s Sophie Lancaster stage, Sacred Mother Tongue get added. Having received huge plaudits for their second album, ‘Out of the Darkness’, and live shows, the Northampton based band are building quite the name for themselves. Check out the video for ‘A Light Will Shine’, here. More...
After announcing that drummer Max Duhamel will be teaking a break from the band, Kataklysm has recruited ex-Neuraxis drummer Oli Beaudoin to record new album "Waiting For The End To Come," and to play the band’s upcoming shows starting on June 30th in Costa Rica.
“Oli played with Kataklysm before on the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise last year and he did a phenomenal show,” commented guitarist J-F Dagenais. “He is extremely talented, focused and ready to do the job needed. Some of you might be familiar with him from his work with Neuraxis and session work with Keep of Kalessin and Belphegor. We are very happy to have him on board and he comes wit a thumbs up approval from Max as well. We have one hell of a ride in store for you with this new album so let it begin."
25.05. EXTREMEFEST (Germany ) with Max Duhamel
31.05. BEASTIVAL open air (Germany) with Max Duhamel
01.06. METALFEST CZECH REP. open air with Max Duhamel
14.06. D-TOX ROCKFEST (Canada) with Max Duhamel
30.06. SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA with Cannibal Corpse with Oli Beaudoin
09.08. – 10.08. BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR (UK) with Oli Beaudoin
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...