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Kataklysm lineup 2014
Background information
Origin Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Genres Death metal
Years active 1991–present
Labels Nuclear Blast
Associated acts Dechrist, Ex Deo
Website www.facebook.com/kataklysm
Members Maurizio Iacono
Jean-Francois Dagenais
Stephane Barbe
Oli Beaudoin
Past members Sylvain Houde
Martin Maurais
Nick Miller
Ariel Saied Martinez
Max Duhamel

Kataklysm is a Canadian death metal 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 former Kataklysm's drummer, Max Duhamel, fuses into the music.


Maurizio Iacono, 2007

Kataklysm was formed in 1991. 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 full-time bassist Stephane Barbe 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, saw the band return to its previous style, though less chaotic and with a touch of thrash metal. Following The Prophecy (Stigmata of the Immaculate), Kataklysm's current vocalist, Maurizio Iacono, had vocal lessons for death metal after complaining of losing his voice during or after concerts.

In 2001, Kataklysm released Epic: The Poetry of War, which showed a more melodic approach to death metal whilst not stepping within the boundaries of melodic death metal. The album never sparked too many sales or was really paid attention to, though it still got relatively positive reviews from those who did pay attention.

In the following year, Kataklysm released Shadows & Dust. The album is seen by Kataklysm members to be one of their most successful albums due to the positive attention it received and the sales it gathered. The album combines melodic elements and the "brutality" of death metal within the same album.

Two years after Shadows & Dust is released, Serenity in Fire is released. Max Duhamel, Kataklysm's drummer, is not present during this album, and is temporarily replaced by Martin Maurais. Martin Maurais still maintains the hyperblast aspect of Kataklysm in Serenity in Fire whilst adding his own touch to it. Serenity in Fire is one of Kataklysm's more drum-intensive albums, where Martin Maurais's skill in "hyperblasting" and the double kick pedal is shown.

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 eighth album released in 2006, 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 up most of the band's "former members" list.

The band released their latest album Waiting for the End to Come on October 29th, 2013.


Max Duhamel, 2007

Kataklysm is well known for their incorporation of movie-quote samples in their music, as well for incorporating some melodic elements into their music while still not being melodic death metal, courtesy of guitarist Jean-Francois Dagenais.[1] The band is ranked 7th on AOL Radio's list of the 10 best Death Metal bands.[2]

Kataklysm is also known for a frequently used drum pattern known as "Northern Hyperblast". The pattern often contains fast sixteenth beats on the snare drum, which are combined with a slow beat on the bass drum. The following example shows an excerpt from The Road to Devastation:

„Northern Hyperblast“, common drum pattern of Kataklysm. Here, the snare drum plays throughout sixteenth beats, while the bass drum plays slow Fourths.

About this sound MIDI example 


Stephane Barbe, 2007

Current members[edit]

  • Maurizio Iacono – vocals (1998–present), bass (1991–1998)
  • Jean-Francois Dagenais – guitars (1991–present)
  • Stephane Barbe – bass (1998–present)
  • Oli Beaudoin – drums (2013–present)

Former members[edit]

  • Stephane Coté – guitar (1991–1992)
  • Ariel Saied Martinez – drums (1991–1992)
  • Sylvain Houde – vocals (1991–1997)
  • Max Duhamel – drums (1994–1996, 1999–2002, 2006–2013)
  • Nick Miller – drums (1996–1998)
  • Jean-François Richard – drums (2002–2003)
  • Martin Maurais – drums (2003–2004)


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
US Heat.
US Ind.
US Hard.
  • Released: February 10, 1995
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP, digital download[7]
Temple of Knowledge
  • Released: June 26, 1996
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP, digital download[8]
Victims of this Fallen World
  • Released: October 5, 1998
  • Label: Hypnotic Records
  • Formats: CD, CS, digital download[9]
The Prophecy (Stigmata of the Immaculate)
  • Released: April 17, 2000
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP, digital download[10]
Epic: The Poetry of War
  • Released: September 3, 2001
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP, digital download[11]
Shadows & Dust
  • Released: September 23, 2002
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP, digital download[12]
Serenity in Fire
  • Released: March 22, 2004
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download[13]
In the Arms of Devastation
  • Released: February 20, 2006
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: CD, CD+DVD, LP, digital download[14]
  • Released: May 23, 2008
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: CD, CD+DVD, LP, digital download[15]
38 44 83 15
Heaven's Venom
  • Released: August 13, 2010
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download[17]
35 32 53 8 40 23
Waiting For The End To Come
  • Released: October 25, 2013
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download[19]
55 63 62 20
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Live albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
Northern Hyperblast Live
  • Released: 1998
  • Label: Hypnotic Records
  • Formats: CD
Live in Deutschland – The Devastation Begins
  • Released: February 20, 2007
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: CD+DVD, DVD, digital download[21]
The Iron Will: 20 Years Determined
  • Released: July 3, 2012
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: DVD+CD, digital download[22]
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.


Title Album details
The Mystical Gate of Reincarnation
  • Released: November 30, 1993
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: CD
Vision the Chaos
  • Released: 1994
  • Label: Boundless Records
  • Formats: CD


Title Album details
The Death Gate Cycle of Reincarnation
  • Released: February 1992
  • Label: Socan
  • Formats: CS
The Vortex of Resurrection
  • Released: 1993
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: CS
  • Released: March 1993
  • Label:
  • Formats:

Split albums[edit]

Title Album details Notes
Dream II
  • Released: 1995
  • Label: Morbid Noizz Productions
  • Formats: CD
  • split with Katatonia, Therion, Dismember and Pan.Thy.Monium

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Directed Album Ref
"The Awakener" 1996 Maurice Deverault Temple of Knowledge [23]
"In Shadows & Dust" 2002 SVBell Shadows & Dust [23]
"As I Slither" 2004 Joe Lynch Serenity In Fire [23]
"Crippled & Broken" 2006 Maurice Swinkels In The Arms Of Devastation [23]
"To Reign Again" [23]
"Taking The World By Storm" 2008 David Brodsky Prevail [24]
"Blood In Heaven" 2009 Maxime Hebert [25]
"Push The Venom" 2010 Ivan Colic Heaven's Venom [26]
"At the Edge of the World" 2011 Tommy Jones [27]
"Iron Will" 2012 Iron Will [28]
"Elevate" 2013
Waiting For The End To Come [29]
"The American Way" 2014 Tommy Jones [30]


  1. ^ Interview with Maurizio Iacono 09.March.2004
  2. ^ "10 Best Thrash Metal Bands". AOL Radio Blog. Retrieved 2011-10-12. 
  3. ^ a b http://musicline.de/de/chartverfolgung_summary/artist/Kataklysm/12785/longplay
  4. ^ http://austriancharts.at/search.asp?search=kataklysm&cat=a
  5. ^ http://hitparade.ch/search.asp?search=kataklysm&cat=a
  6. ^ a b c http://www.billboard.com/artist/305537/kataklysm/chart?f=324
  7. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sorcery-mystical-gate/id193566654
  8. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-temple-of-knowledge/id193665235
  9. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/victims-of-this-fallen-world/id431878922
  10. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-prophecy/id193330379
  11. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/epic-the-poetry-of-war/id193342265
  12. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/shadows-dust/id193095889
  13. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/serenity-in-fire/id193106818
  14. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/in-the-arms-of-devastation/id192639242
  15. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/prevail/id279756042
  16. ^ http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/kataklysm-prevail-first-week-sales-revealed/
  17. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/heavens-venom-bonus-version/id382861486
  18. ^ http://www.metalinsider.net/columns/metal-by-numbers/metal-by-numbers-914-sour-to-the-people
  19. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/waiting-for-the-end-to-come/id717635157
  20. ^ http://www.metalinsider.net/columns/metal-by-numbers/metal-by-numbers-430-the-charts-have-seen-better-days
  21. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-in-germany/id210631138
  22. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/iron-will-20-years-determined/id533665833
  23. ^ a b c d e Live in Deutschland: The Devastation Begins (DVD booklet). Kataklysm. Nuclear Blast. 2007. p. 3. 
  24. ^ http://hangout.altsounds.com/news/97458-kataklysm-release-video-forthcoming-album.html
  25. ^ http://bravewords.com/news/kataklysms-blood-in-heaven-video-now-available
  26. ^ http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/kataklysm-push-the-venom-video-released/
  27. ^ http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/kataklysm-at-the-edge-of-the-world-video-released/
  28. ^ http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/kataklysm-iron-will-video-released/
  29. ^ http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/kataklysm-elevate-video-released/
  30. ^ http://www.nuclearblast.de/en/label/music/band/news/details/3428852.70940.kataklysm-the-american-way-video-clip.html

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