Canada´s premier hyperblasting tornado, KATAKLYSM, are enjoying a stream of worldwide success at the moment, based on their muscular metallic sound that´s been firing up people´s hearts since around the release of “Epic (The Poetry Of War)” up until the 2006 monster output that was “In The Arms Of Devastation”. “Prevail” is now given birth after two years of creative brainstorming amongst the band members. The deadly foursome are less preoccupied with their classic songwriting template and charge forward with a product that´s more varied but none the less brutal.
Fans won´t have to speculate on whether if the album´s too melodic or experimental in an unfitting way that just isn´t KATAKLYSM. The band is born anew, taking bits from most of their post Houde albums and melting them together into one package together with a revitalising sound production thanks to American producer Jason Suecof.
True to their art, the band bursts out with the title track, a storming track with trademark brutality and already hinting at the more varied nuances in the songwriting, and what can I say, Maurizio mean business! “Taking The World By Storm” (also the first video for the album) harkens back to the workouts from “Shadows And Dust”, groovy and melodic, fast and brutal, classic KATAKLYSM. Then there´s the previewed “Chains Of Power”, a relentless thrashfest with a smart bridge that sounds like something the late Chuck Schuldiner could´ve penned (see when that second guitar enters). Overall the songs have more meat inside, and solos are becoming more frequent, although several guest players are responsible for their appearances.
The instrumental abilities of the band have evolved to a more challenging streak of extreme arrangements, the guitars and drums have never sounded more stellar. Closing with “The Last Effort”, a pretty nice instrumental piece, the listener has experienced a new KATAKLYSM that´s tighter in instrumentation and once again has advanced in songwriting and arranging.
I´ve said it before, the negative talk about this band making the same album everytime just doesn´t hold up. “Prevail” is another step up in every possible way, while also staying the course in delivering old fashioned Extreme Metal through a modern filter.
(Online June 3, 2008)