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Kataklysm - "In the Arms of Devastation" (CD)

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"In the Arms of Devastation" track listing:

1. Like Angels Weeping (the Dark)
2. Let Them Burn
3. Crippled & Broken
4. To Reign Again
5. It Turns to Rust
6. Open Scars
7. Temptations Nest
8. In Words of Desperation
9. The Road to Devastation

Reviewed by on September 27, 2006

"In the Arms of Devastation is a bone crushing album"

Kataklysm have dished out yet another bone crushing new album, "In the Arms of Devastation". "In the Arms of Devastation" features 9 killer tracks that proves that even after 8 albums, Kataklysm are still able to evolve technically within their music. From the opener, "Like Angels (Weeping the Dark)", to the closing track, "The Road to Devastation", Kataklysm unleash a relentless assault of death metal madness.

Listening to "In the Arms of Devastation", one of the most interesting songs is "It Turns to Rust," on this song vocalist, Maurizio Iacono, has Kittie vocalist Morgan Lander. Most death metal fans and Kataklysm fans would think this a terrible thing to do, but in reality, this song is amazing! Morgan shows that she is truly a death metal fan and, along with Maurizio, proves that this duet is a deadly force to be reckoned with. This track is a personal favorite and the musicianship on this track works around their voices extremely well. This track alone makes the disc worth buying.

Musicianship on "In the Arms of Devastation" is fast paced and technical. Guitar work seems to have taken focus in the recording of this album and is very rhythmic and the solos, break downs, and lead all sound technical, not a bad point at all. For example, on "Let Them Burn", all throughout the song you hear guitarist JF Dagenais playing a remarkable lead which runs throughout the whole song and is then doubled and makes the song twice as long. Drumming and bass work on "In the Arms of Devastation" is equally crushing with the hyper blast beats of drummer Max Duhamel crushing listeners with his complex drum patterns. Bassist Stephane Barbe, while not dominantly heard, can be picked up covering the low end of Kataklysm extremely well on "To Reign Again". Stephane sonically assaults the song with a fast paced bass adding to the devastation caused by his band mates, only slowing down for a slow and doom-induced bass solo.

Overall, "In the Arms of Devastation" is a huge album with crushing technical guitar work that is prevalent throughout the whole album. Drumming is crushing with double bass blast beats apparent in every song and just makes song after song that more crushing. Bass, although not heard as much as preferred, is equally apparent as the guitar and drum work. Vocals throughout the album blend well with the music, never failing or waning for once in the album. "In the Arms of Devastation" is a must have for any fan of technical guitar work and death metal. As stated above, "In the Arms of Devastation" is a bone crushing album, Kataklysm have proved, that as with a fine wine, age can only perfect you.

Highs: "It Turns to Rust" featuring Morgan Lander

Lows: Might sound generic for more extreme fans

Bottom line: If you liked the first 8 albums, love Kataklysm and technincal guitar work, definitely pick this one up

Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls
4.5 out of 5 skulls

Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)