Nuclear Blast Records
Release: June 1, 2018
For over a quarter century the monumental vessel of Kataklysm has overwhelmed the world with immense, powerful, death metal. Since their formation in 1991 they have uprooted influence in everything from ancient human history to the basic instincts surrounding mortal emotion. Part of what has kept Kataklysm not just surviving, but thriving for such a long period of time, is their incredible ability to explore the darkest chasms and most intricate paths of fleshly nature through music. With no end in sight, Kataklysm has culminated their most recent inspirations into their upcoming creation entitled ‘’Meditations’’, to be released June 1st, 2018 via Nuclear Blast Records.
The building of the record began surrounding the recent 25 year milestone as the band members found themselves in an era of re-creation. Kataklysm’s sound has always been incredibly diverse and
attracted a wide variety of fans. Frontman Maurizio Iacono feels that the time has come to truly immerse the band in those origins of being naturally unique:
The Last Breath I’ll Take Is Yours
Born To Kill And Destined To Die
In Limbic Resonance
And Then I Saw Blood
What Doesn’t Break Doesn’t Heal
Bend The Arc, Cut The Cord
“We’ve never really belonged to one thing, we were never really a follower of one style of music; we were a hybrid. It confused people a little bit, I think… we were an outsider band
regarding that... not part of anything.” This philosophy has naturally led to the beginning of an Outsider Movement, a “vast majority” of uniqueness amongst the masses of the metal world.
Listening to ‘’Meditations’’ for the last two hours, I still can’t really form an opinion. In the (melodic) death metal community, this album is one of the most anticipated releases of this year, but I don’t seem to get the hype. Not that I don’t like ‘’Meditations’’, but for me it simply does not live up to its expectations. A lot of the lyrics are kind of mediocre and bland, for a band calling themselves unique, they do not have a fresh sound. Nevertheless, ‘’Meditations’’ is a 6 out of 10 for me.
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Maurizio Iacono (Vocals)
JF Dagenais (Guitars)
Stephane Barbe (Bass)
Oli Beaudoin (Drums)