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Below is our complete The Catalyst 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.
This September 7th and 8th, Spread the Metal Records will host the Spread the Metal Festival in Toronto, ON. The festival will see 100% of its profits donated to Kiva, a non-profit organization, which helps people around the world to lift themselves out of poverty.
Headlining the festival will be Suffocation, with additional headliners to be announced at a later date. Direct support will be provided by The Agonist, Augury and Skull Fist. Additional support bands include Beheading of a King, The Catalyst, Edge of Attack, Deathpoint, Crimson Shadows, Nephelium, Hallows Die, Evertrapped, Answer With Metal, and Sanktuary.
2 day tickets for the festival can be found at this location (individual day passes on sale June 1st).
To complement the festival itself, the label is launching a crowd funding campaign in order to raise additional funds for Kiva.
Among the perks are signed albums and set lists from every band at the festival, guitar picks, album downloads, etc. As well, fans will have the chance to attend the sound check, hang out with the headliner of their choice, and even punch a record label exec! Full list of available perks below on the crowd funding page here.
Death metal veterans Morbid Angel have announced that they will be taking part in the forthcoming edition of the Heavy MTL festival. Heavy MTL 2011 is set to take place on July 23rd and 24th at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. You can view the entire festival lineup below.
Saturday, July 23:
KINDGOM OF SORROW
ALL SHALL PERISH
STRAIGHT LINE STITCH
DEAD & DIVINE
SLAVES ON DOPE
MASS MURDER MESSIAH
Sunday, July 24:
CHILDREN OF BODOM
AS I LAY DYING
TIMES OF GRACE
Montreal's The Catalyst has issued the following announcement about recruiting a touring vocalist due to Matt Bailie suffering health problems:
"Due to the recent health problems of lead vocalist Matt Bailie (massive kidney problems, which require surgery and much bed rest) he will not be able to perform at our upcoming shows in Ontario and in Montreal in October. Filling in for him will be our good friend and lead singer from the almighty Cryptopsy, Matt McGachy.
"If anyone can deliver Catalyst vocals properly, it is without a doubt Matt McGachy, I suggest you check out these performances with The Catalyst as they will be as powerful and heavy as always! We would like to thank Matt McGachy for filling this spot so we did not have to cancel our upcoming shows in the fall. The Catalyst will be back to it's original lineup come early winter."
Canada's The Catalyst has issued the following announcement about parting ways with guitarist Justin Deguire:
"It is with a heavy heart that today The Catalyst announces that guitarist Justin Deguire has informed us of his intentions to leave the fold to pursue other opportunities. Justin has played an integral role in bringing the band to the point that we have reached now and his presence will be missed. We will continue to be close friends and wish him all the best in his future endeavors.
"In the interim The Catalyst will be performing as a four piece outfit until a fitting replacement can be found. For all parties interested in auditioning please contact us through our Myspace or Facebook pages or preferably by email at email@example.com."
The Catalyst has checked in with the following update about Canadian tour dates alongside The Agonist:
"We will be doing some Ontario & Quebec dates with our good friends in The Agonist this July, we are extremely excited to be playing these dates with The Agonist and hopefully we come close enough for all our Ontario & Quebec fans to have a chance to see us live."
The currently announced dates are as follows:
7/9 - Hanover, Ontario - The Hanover Forum
7/10 - Toronto, Ontario - The Rockpile
7/11 - Brantford, Ontario - Rehab
7/15 - Ottawa, Ontario - Mavericks
7/16 - Quebec City, Quebec - Bar L'Octobre
7/17 - Montreal, Quebec - Le National
Canada's Catalyst has issued the following announcement about streaming an upcoming live show online:
"This Friday (February 5th) we will be playing with The Returning and almighty Slaves on Dope! in Montreal at Cafe Chaos, if you cannot make the show or are not in the surrounding area we have a live webcast of the show for you to watch at this location."
Samples of The Catalyst's music can be heard via their MySpace page.
Canada's The Catalyst has issued the following update about recruiting a new drummer:
"Through all the turmoil, trials and tribulations it is with great pleasure that we announce our new drummer, Teo Zamfir. You might recognize Teo from his days with Montreal's own Ammonia & Nation of Sin. We plan to go to great heights with Teo in the next few months, as well as plans in the future for our next studio album. You can catch Teo's first show with us March 4th @ Underworld w/ Kittie & God Forbid in Montreal, Quebec. Also, plans are in the work for a summer Canadian tour run, so keeps your eyes open for when we announce those dates.
"Until Then, Keep it fast & heavy."
Canadian metallers The Catalyst have issued the following update about seeking a new drummer:
"To all our fans, for many of you this is old news already, but we are actively seeking a new drummer. Our good friend Denis Potapov decided to pursue other objectives and we wish him the best of luck in all his future endeavors. We remain close friends with him, and we want to thank him in advance for agreeing to help us out with our February 5th gig with the mighty SLAVES ON DOPE!
"That being said, we are kicking this search into high gear now. We are currently searching for a talented, experienced drummer with the necessary drive, will, and equipment to tour on a serious level. We are looking for someone who is professional about his/her craft and willing to take this on as a full-time gig. As many of you know, we have a full album ready to be dropped soon, and we plan to tour heavily in support of it.
"Even if you are not from the Montreal area, please feel free to contact us if the gig interests you. You can always contact us through MySpace, or send us an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to playing with anyone interested in the gig! Thanks!"
Canadian metallers The Catalyst have issued the following update about parting ways with their drummer:
"Some sad news to report today from The Catalyst. Our current drummer, Denis Potapov, has decided to leave the band for personal reasons. He will play his last show with us November 25, 2009 @ Cafe Chaos and the best part is that IT'S FREE! So come on down and watch Denis play with The Catalyst one last time. It was fun brother and you will be missed! We wish him the best of luck with all his future endeavors. As well, Simon McKay from The Agonist will be helping us out on the drums for some upcoming shows, always appreciated, stay tuned for more details.
"With that being said, we will be holding drummer auditions as of right now. If you think you have the intensity and skill to play our music, as well as the proper gear and full time commitment to a touring band, then please do not hesitate to email us immediately: Email: email@example.com or Myspace. Thank you all for the support up until now. Things will only get bigger and better."
Canada's The Catalyst has announced that they will be performing a Dimebag Darrell/Pantera tribute show in December. The band is currently seeking fan input on which songs they should play during the set. The current list of options is as follows:
Mouth for War
Cowboys From Hell
I'll Cast A Shadow
The Great Southern Trendkill
Yesterday Don't Mean Shit
Fans have until October 31st to cast their vote by leaving a comment at this location.
Canada's The Catalyst has issued the following statement about canceling their Kahnawake tour date:
"Unfortunately we had to drop off the show this Saturday @ The Edge Water bar in Kahnawake, Quebec w/ our friends in Avery's Descent and many more. We will make it up to you guys soon enough we hold that as a promise, but we hope you can catch us @ Studio Just For Laughs on Friday, October 16, 2009 w/ 3 Inches of Blood & The Agonist."
Canada's The Catalyst has posted a new video blog of the recording sessions from their debut album "Origins." The video clip can be viewed below. The Catalyst also issued the following statement about the clip:
"Just a quick note to let everyone know we have uploaded our first (of many to come)webisode! This one shows us in our finest shape while recording our debut album with Jef Fortin (Anonymus) at Badass Studios. Watch it once, watch it twice, and keep it metal!" More...
Canada's The Catalyst has issued the following update about streaming four new songs at their MySpace page:
"We promised you it and it's taken quite the amount of time, but FINALLY we have uploaded 4 tracks from our debut album ORIGINS for your listening pleasure. As well as a couple of VIDEOS and a brand new LAYOUT. We are ready and willing to tour anywhere and everywhere. In the next couple of months we will look for representation in order to unleash The Catalyst upon the masses of people around the world!
"Also, we will be playing The Glory Through Steel Fest 4 Saturday, August 15th @ THE Kathedral, we have anticipated this for months Toronto and are ready to give you all we've got. We will also be doing a Montreal and Ottawa date with Metalblade Records newest edition in Ravage!
"Finally, JUST ANNOUNCED! WEDNESDAY AUGUST 19TH @ THE ORFORD ARTS CENTER IN ORFORD QUEBEC:
"THE CATALYST, THE AGONIST AND THE ALMIGHTY CRYPTOPSY! IT WILL ALSO BE AGONIST'S DVD SHOOT THAT EVENING!..THIS IS GOING TO BE ONE HELL OF A HUGE SHOW!..TICKETS ARE 15$ IN ADV AND 20$ AT THE DOOR! IT'S NOT TOO FAR FROM MONTREAL EITHER, SO ALL OUR LOCALS DRIVE ON DOWN AND WATCH ONE HELL OF A METAL SHOW!
"This is just the beginning Catalyst fans, there is so much more to come..so we hope you hold on for the ride with us."