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Kataklysm - In The Arms Of Devastation (7/10) - Canada - 2006

Genre: Death Metal
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Playing time: 41:07
Band homepage: Kataklysm

Tracklist:

  1. Like Angels Weeping (The Dark)
  2. Let Them Burn
  3. Crippled & Broken >mp3
  4. To Reign Again
  5. It Turns To Rust
  6. Open Scars
  7. Temptation’s Nest
  8. In Words Of Desperation
  9. The Road To Devastation
Kataklysm - In The Arms Of Devastation

The kings of Northern hyperblast are back and they aren't looking to win you over with Melodic Death Metal. These bad boys are going back to their roots of yore and dishing out some of the most intense music in a long while. Grant it, there are some melodies tossed in here for good measure, but they are going to be masked by their agro sound that dominates everywhere on here.

 

“Like Angels Weeping" goes for the throat with the vicious screaming of Maurizio that is a blend of screeching and low growls accompanied by rapid fire quick guitar work from JF who has been making a name for himself lately and the one of a kind drumming of Max that is unmistakable and unique. The blast beats are plentiful here, but the men pull out all of the stops in order to hold your attention. "Crippled & Broken" sounds like it may be a slow song, but we are fooled as Team Canada lures us in and then blasts our asses away. "It Turns To Rust" is very intriguing because Maurizio does a duet with Morgan Lander from KITTIE and I must admit that she holds her own here. She keeps up with him and the song truly shines. The pacing is slightly slower, but fits perfectly.

 

In the end, you are treated to another slab of vicious Metal that will rip you ear drums to shreds. KATAKLYSM continue to expand on their sound and make sure that they don't repeat themselves. If you enjoyed the past releases all from the 2000-2004 era, then you will be able to sink your teeth into this as they even manage to go back with their sound even further. (Online July 27, 2006)

Joe Florez



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