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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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  • sadie92girl

    Amazing show in RSA this weekend!!

    7 Apr 9:39am Reply
  • Russian_Wolf

    отличное ненадоедающее мясо

    24 Mar 6:48pm Reply
  • powerbortscht

    kataklysm is the bomb but i still miss crazy Sylvain Houde!

    12 Mar 4:32am Reply
  • Ivartist

    Killer stuff!

    13 Feb 9:49pm Reply
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  • GodLord0

    great band

    28 Dec 2014 Reply
  • UNITY_fm

    Canada's finest!

    28 Dec 2014 Reply
  • razor_sharp7

    they're okay

    20 Dec 2014 Reply
  • GodofDeathMetal

    Kataklysm is extremely killer!

    19 Dec 2014 Reply
  • SyntheticCorps6

    Sylvain Houde was the best for me

    14 Dec 2014 Reply
  • noisefiend

    after Sylvain Houde left this band does not entry.

    29 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Reflechissant

    The description in Russian says Maurizio kicked two members out for trying to make the band commercial, if it's true then it's funny as fuck considering what this band has eventually become

    15 Oct 2014 Reply
  • My_Sharona

    Love their old school Swedish Death Metal sound ♥

    8 Sep 2014 Reply
  • ElHuevas1428574

    ⌠↑ಠ_ಠ ←:D→ ಥ_ಥ↓⌡

    17 Aug 2014 Reply
  • versionfiv

    sounds like shadows fall.

    15 Aug 2014 Reply
  • SlaveOfN1l

    This band really went down the toilet hole after Shadows & Dust. Shame, considering they used to be one of the most violent and deranged-sounding DM bands ever

    18 Jul 2014 Reply
  • bloody72

    pozdrowienia ze Ślaska dla fanów Kataklysm

    1 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Madtwoo

    @defnoob thanks master of arrogant for your noob opinion just like your name "noob"

    1 Jun 2014 Reply
  • defnoob

    Lol @ these guys getting on the Pyrexia/Suffocation/and Internal bleeding tour. Who the hell listens to these guys anyway apart from Canadians and maybe 50 people worldwide who follow the generic studio shit squirted out from Nuclear blast's anus (Suffo doesn't count). These guys are generic, grantedm as the man below me has noted their older stuff is good

    16 May 2014 Reply
  • 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 2014 Reply
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