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KATAKLYSM

Waiting For The End To Come

(Nuclear Blast)

Reviewed by : Kelley Simms
Rating : 7.5

Montréal’s death metal band, KATAKLYSM, is riding a high with 22 years under its collective belt and it has good reason to celebrate by releasing its 11th studio album, Waiting For The End To Come. The Northern hyperblasters are one of the most honest and hardest working death metal bands out there and when vocalist Maurizio Iacono says something, he fucking means it. The band's daunting leader unleashes a powerful performance by spewing vitriolic lyrics about personal, political and environmental issues set to an unrelenting and pummeling aural assault. Joining Iacono is longtime guitarist Jean-François Dagenais, drummer Oli Beaudoin (ex-NEURAXIS) and bassist Stephane Barbe. Production duties were handled by Dagenais and mixed and mastered by producer/engineer Zeuss (HATEBREED, SUFFOCATION, CHIMAIRA, ALL THAT REMAINS). On Waiting For The End To Come, the band takes on a more focused and finely-tuned approach. The riffs are meaty and robust with plenty of chugging while the rhythms are tight and precise. The band’s brand of melodic death metal is mixed with thunderous groove/modern metal (listen to ‘Under Lawless Skies’) with slight black metal influences, mostly due to some cold, tremolo guitar picking (also see ‘Under Lawless Skies’ and ‘Fire’). Some of the songs get a little too predictable and formulaic while the drums sound a bit “triggered.” In any case, Beaudoin pummels throughout the whole album and each song is filled with catchy-yet-brutal, anthemic choruses. A killer, alternate cover created by Eliran Kantor (TESTAMENT, HATEBREED) will be featured on the deluxe digipak and LP versions only, which also features a bonus cover track of SACRED REICH’s ‘The American Way.’



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