KATAKLYSM are far from being the doomsday event that their name so describes. In fact, this Canadian Death Metal band has only gotten more lean, mean, and powerful with time. 2008’s “Prevail” album showed us a band that was only sharpening their tools of Death Metal destruction and 2010’s “Heaven’s Venom” continues on that path. KATAKLYSM are one of the best Death Metal bands at this time and their latest album continues to prove that others are going to have to bring their A+ game to take them on.
Unlike many of their kin, KATAKLYSM has embraced the modernity of Death Metal and used it to their advantage. With a slick as black ice production and ferocious writing and playing that match it, “Heaven’s Venom” may not make fans of that raw and fuzzy old Death sound too happy, but their sheer punch-to-the-face mentality of their style will be adding new fans in cohesion with their already large fan base. This is what makes this band such a force to be reckoned with today.
Musically, “Heaven’s Venom” isn’t a whole lot different then their last album. The focus of their Metal attack comes in the form of riff-heavy drum-blasting and guttural roaring. The band does detail their songs based on this foundation in different ways, but for the majority of this album, the band sticks to their guns and gives it their all in this manner. If those deep vibrating rhythms and monstrous vocals don’t do it for you, then you can skip. Otherwise, this is some of the best of that style.
The band does give some nice little details to add to their foundational pummeling. Acoustic breaks, well placed and simplistic leads, a few solos here and there, and some occasional nice tempo changes. These may not be major factors in how the album plays out, but it's these details that make each track individual, and make the album hold together through multiple plays. It’s a mature way to approach the album and it makes it even stronger.
KATAKLYSM continue on their Death Metal purging with “Heaven’s Venom." They only seem to be getting better with each album and that says something. At this trend, their next album should shatter expectations considering how damn good this album is. How do you beat some of the best?
Songs to check out: “Determined (Vows Of Vengeance),” “Push The Venom,” and “Hail The Renegade.”
(Online October 11, 2010)