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Montreal, Quebec, Canada (1991 – present)

Kataklysm is a Canadian band. They call their musical style “northern hyperblast” after an advertisement in M.E.A.T. magazine describing another band, Fear Factory, as “hyperblast”. The term refers to the extremely fast blast beats that Kataklysm’s drummer, Max Duhamel, fuses into the music.1992. At the beginning of their career they were mostly known for being one of the fastest, most chaotic metal bands. However, their music changed after Sylvain Houde left the band, and bassist/backing vocalist Maurizio Iacono took over Houde’s vocal duties, and another full-time bassist was recruited.

In 1998, the band released “Victims of This Fallen World”, an album which was noted as being a change in musical style from previous albums. The following album “The Prophecy (Stigmata of the Immaculate)”, however, this saw the band return to its previous style, though less chaotic and with a touch of .

Drummer Max Duhamel is said to have been forced out of the band because of injuries. Eventually, Duhamel recovered from his injuries and participated on Kataklysm’s ninth album, “In The Arms Of Devastation”.

Kataklysm’s line-up has remained relatively stable compared to many other bands within the metal genre. The band only has one missing original member, Sylvain Houde. Drummers make out most of the band’s “former members” list.

Kataklysm is well known for their incorporation of movie-quote samples in their music.

Montreal, Quebec, Canada


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  • TheArtofShred88

    The Mystical Gate of Reincarnation,The Temple of Knowledge,Shadows & Dust and (especially) Sorcery are the only Kataklysm albums worth listening to. The majority of their other releases are just so weak and dull.

    15 Apr 11:22pm Reply
  • Dario97

    Sorcery & Temple Of Knowledge are great classic records ^^

    28 Mar 4:58pm Reply
  • SuomenPsycho

    brutal and melodic death metal at the same time?wtf

    28 Mar 11:50am Reply
  • ridiamr

    Galera de Belém o/

    7 Mar 4:42am Reply
  • Rsslord


    1 Mar 7:36pm Reply
  • PutridBastard

    New album Waiting For The End To Come is fucking great!!!!! [20]

    10 Feb 6:47am Reply
  • ComendoMiojo


    6 Feb 5:02pm Reply
  • ScytheOfTime

    Vision The Chaos / yeah enki !

    29 Jan 6:55pm Reply
  • RexBlazzer099

    Yeah Kataklysm great band!

    24 Jan 7:36pm Reply
  • MosherSam13

    the word great is great

    14 Jan 10:51pm Reply
  • MosherSam13

    New album Waiting For The End To Come is fucking great!!!!! [19] wasn't expecting to like the Sacred Reich cover but it's great!

    14 Jan 10:51pm Reply
  • neiker234

    New album Waiting For The End To Come is fucking great!!!!! [18]

    27 Dec 2013 Reply
  • fuelbomb

    In shadows and DUUUUSSSSSSSTTTTTTTTTT *blastbeat*

    7 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Kidneythieves

    New album Waiting For The End To Come is fucking great!!!!! [17]

    3 Dec 2013 Reply
  • georgieMT82

    "Temple of Knowledge" (1996) was the most brutal album ever recorded! Northern hyperblast in its finest mystical form!!! I hope that album will never be forgotten, because it is an epic piece of Death/Grind history... Pity that I stopped listening to Death Metal many years ago...

    29 Nov 2013 Reply
  • ian1on1

    album is the best yet 100 stars.keep up the good work kataklysm

    25 Nov 2013 Reply
  • baby_alligator

    Не грустите ребята

    23 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Russian_Wolf

    MetalWarriorRus не один ты такой

    20 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Iki_Welt

    Under Lawless Skies and Elevate are very nice

    19 Nov 2013 Reply
  • MetalWarriorRus

    Все пребывают в таком восторге от нового альбома.. Я один не разделяю общей радости?

    19 Nov 2013 Reply
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