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Hypocrisy and Kataklysm live in Tampere

Posted in Gig, Live, Metal with tags , , , , on 11th November 2018 by izaforestspirit

The Spirit, Hypocrisy, Kataklysm
Pakkahuone, Tampere, Finland
10th November 2018

This time I opted for an evening of melodic death metal. My exposure to Hypocrisy’s music is limited a handful of songs from their old albums but I am fan of Peter Tägtgren’s other side projects so I figured it was about time that I checked out his main band. Similar things apply to Kataklysm – I discovered them via their singer Maurizio Iacono’s side project Ex Deo. Out of the two bands I am more familiar with Kataklysm, particularly their mid-career works such as ‘Epic (The Poetry of War)’ and ‘Shadows & Dust’.

First up was a German melodic black metal band called The Spirit. I have never heard of them before but I really enjoyed their show. Their music reminded me of Dissection and Taake. 4/5

Hypocrisy drew in a sizable crowd and rightfully so because they put on one hell of a show. They started off slow with the first song but then they really got going. Mr Tägtgren is quite the show-man and these guys did a good job of entertaining the audience. I stayed clear of the mosh-pit but I did do a fair amount of head-banging. The only thing that could have made their show better is if they had played ‘Osculum Obscenum’ but I guess you can’t have everything. 4/5

This was Kataklysm’s first time in Finland and I guess that if you like their current style you probably would have enjoyed their show. They played a lot of tracks from their recent albums which I am not particularly fond of. I actually prefer their older material. Luckily they played ‘Shadows & Dust’ which was the only highlight of the performance for me. This was not what I expected and I was left feeling a little disappointed. 2.5/5

Overall, it was a fun night out but I did not enjoy all the performances as much as I thought I would. The Spirit were surprisingly good and probably the best show of the night. Hypocrisy also put on a good show. As for Kataklysm, I do not like their latest album and I was really hoping to hear more old stuff. Maybe the next time I will check out Ex Deo live instead.

Iza Raittila

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Ex Deo – The Immortal Wars

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , on 24th March 2017 by izaforestspirit

Ex Deo
The Immortal Wars
Released 27th February 2017
Symphonic Death Metal
Released via Napalm Records

Ex Deo - The Immortal Wars

Ex Deo is a side-project band of Maurizio Iacono from Kataklysm. Since their formation in 2008, the band has released two albums before going on a short hiatus in 2014. They returned again the following year to embark on their third venture – a concept album about the Punic Wars. They were fought between Rome and Carthage and took place between 264 B.C. and 146 B.C. This album is entitled ‘The Immortal Wars’ and include epic tales of two history’s most famous generals, Hannibal and Scipio.

I must admit that I’m not that well versed on ancient Roman history so this album gave me an excuse to do a little background research about the Punic Wars and general Hannibal. Thanks for the history lesson guys! Impressive battle scenes featuring armed war elephants and a clash between two generals renowned for their strategies and tactics of warfare sounds like a pretty good topic doesn’t it? Well let’s find out… Ex Deo are known for their grandiose, symphonic intros and the opener The Rise of Hannibal doesn’t disappoint. It’s a skilfully executed mixture of melodic death metal not too dissimilar to Iacono’s main band Kataklysm only with a certain cinematic atmosphere due to the additional orchestration provided by Clemens Wijers.

Each track tells a story ranging from the faster, more energetic yet still symphonically-enhanced Hispania (Siege Of Saguntum), the aggressive tale of destruction Crossing the Alps to primarily orchestral intermission Suavetaurilia (Intermezzo) all the way through to the end. The aforementioned Crossing the Alps is probably the most brutal-sounding song on here mostly due to Iacono’s growls and war cries which seem all the more ferocious thanks to the powerful guitar riffs and the drums mimicking “sounds of battle”. Speaking of war cries and chanting, that’s one of the things that ‘The Immortal Wars’ has in abundance. The tale of Hannibal’s defeat in Ad Victorian (The Battle of Zama) is a good example of this. You can almost picture the armies marching on to the battlefield and the noise as the battle commences.

Overall, ‘The Immortal Wars’ is without a doubt Ex Deo’s most ambitious and impressive album to date. I honestly couldn’t find any weak tracks on here and as with any good action-adventure movie, this album is best enjoyed as a whole. As long as Ex Deo maintain the balance between melodic death metal and historical themes without overdoing it on the orchestral elements, they have a long and bright future ahead of them.

4.5/5

Iza Raittila

Kataklysm – Of Ghosts And Gods

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , on 3rd August 2015 by Paul Macmillan

Kataklysm
Of Ghosts And Gods
Released July 31st 2015
Melodic Death Metal
Released via Nuclear Blast Records

Kataklysm - Of Ghosts And Gods

Does more or less exactly what you’d expect from the label on the tin, this one; melodic death metal, via In Flames/Arch Enemy territory. Opener, Breaching The Asylum, is particularly thick with the incense of Swedish melodeath. The initial effect is solid, but leaves me feeling somewhat un-gripped.

Things do improve a bit throughout. The pace certainly picks up, and the second half of the album kicks the pants off the first. Carrying Crosses and Shattered feature glimmers of greatness in the axe-work and vocals, but sadly smudge back into tepid watercolour. It’s a bit of a shame, because some of their recent material has been quite promising. 2013’s Waiting For The End To Come was really quite brutal, and Heaven’s Venom in 2010 was brimming with intelligent song-writing snatches. I personally feel they would have benefited from concentrating on progressing with music of this level rather than creating a concept video for each song on the album.

Soul Destroyer stands out by far as the best track within. It’s got smart riffs that differentiate it from the rest of the songs, vocals with rhythmic intelligence, bass heavy outro with swagger; basically everything that’s missing elsewhere. The album as a whole also ends on a high note in The World Is A Dying Insect.

While professionally played, I found this release somewhat uninspiring and a little predictable, which, although not cardinal sins, are amplified by such similar, prevalent artists overcoming those obstacles. This could be just the ticket for life-long devotees of the band, but I personally think they could have achieved more lion-and-shark-surf-and-turf, rather than the standard pub fare offered up herein. Not for me, but with about half a million Facebook likes, I reckon I’m in the minority here.

2.5/5

Paul Macmillan

Kataklysm-Maurizio talks “Waiting For The End To Come” track-by-track

Posted in News with tags , , on 17th October 2013 by Pieni

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Due to be released on October 25th (read details here), Kataklysm‘s “Waiting For The End To Come” is discussed track-by-track by frontman Maurizio Iacono. The first part of the video covers the first four tracks of the upcoming album, the second part the following four:

Kataklysm online:
http://www.kataklysm.swizcorp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/kataklysm
https://myspace.com/kataklysm
http://www.youtube.com/user/kataklysmrocks
https://twitter.com/kataklysmband

Nuclear Blast streams new tracks from Sepultura and Kataklysm

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 30th September 2013 by Pieni

Nuclear Blast YouTube channel has recently made available a new track from two of their strongest bands.

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From their upcoming album “The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart”, Brazilian Sepultura unveiled the track “The Age Of The Atheist”. The album will be released on October 28th.

Sepultura online:
http://sepulutra.com.br
http://facebook.com/sepultura
http://twitter.com/sepulturacombr

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As for Canadian Kataklysm, after releasing “Kill The Elite”, it’s now time for the title-track of “Waiting For The End To Come”, which will be out also on October 28th.

Kataklysm online:
http://www.kataklysm.swizcorp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/kataklysm
https://myspace.com/kataklysm
http://www.youtube.com/user/kataklysmrocks
https://twitter.com/kataklysmband

Testament post video track from Dark Roots Of Thrash online

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 16th September 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Dark Roots of Thrash, a DVD/CD release which documents Testament‘s sold-out headlining show at the Paramount in Huntington, New York in February earlier this year, will be made available on 14th October. In the mean time, the band are now teasing fans by releasing the live video for Rise Up, taken from the aforementioned DVD. The video can be viewed below.

Dark Roots Of Thrash was produced by Get Hammered Productions, directed by Tommy Jones (Death Angel, KataklysmSoilwork) and mixed by Juan Urteaga (Exodus, SadusMachine Head). It captures a total of 19 live tracks with countless cams onstage and high above the audience, plus a special moshpit cam that makes you feel like you’re a part of the show! Testament vocalist Chuck Billy added:

For all you die hard metal heads out there Dark Roots Of Thrash is a must have for your collection. This live DVD and CD is something you can put in you player and crank up for the feeling of a live Testament performance! You will get 18 songs from the early days of thrash metal to where we are today. Heavy metal forever!


Darks Roots Of Thrash will be made available in a variety of different formats including the standard DVD+2CD and 2CD versions and a limited Blu-ray + 2CD (Europe only), LP (Europe only).

Dark Roots Of Earth DVD/2CD track list:

DVD:
01. Intro
02. Rise Up
03. More Than Meets The Eye
04. Burnt Offerings
05. Native Blood
06. True American Hate
07. Dark Roots Of Earth
08. Into The Pit
09. Practice What You Preach
10. Riding The Snake
11. Eyes Of Wrath
12. Trial By Fire
13. The Haunting
14. The New Order
15. Do Not Resuscitate
16. Three Days In Darkness
17. The Formation Of Damnation
18. Over The Wall
19. Disciples Of The Watch
20. Credits
BONUS CONTENT:
21. Backstage Footage
22. Native Blood (Video Clip)

CD1:
01. Intro
02. Rise Up
03. More Than Meets The Eye
04. Burnt Offerings
05. Native Blood
06. True American Hate
07. Dark Roots Of Earth
08. Into The Pit
09. Practice What You Preach

CD2:
01. Riding The Snake
02. Eyes Of Wrath
03. Trial By Fire
04. The Haunting
05. The New Order
06. Do Not Resuscitate
07. Three Days In Darkness
08. The Formation Of Damnation
09. Over The Wall
10. Disciples Of The Watch

Dark Roots Of Earth 2 CD track list:


CD1:
01. Intro
02. Rise Up
03. More Than Meets The Eye
04. Burnt Offerings
05. Native Blood
06. True American Hate
07. Dark Roots Of Earth
08. Into The Pit
09. Practice What You Preach

CD2:
01. Riding The Snake
02. Eyes Of Wrath
03. Trial By Fire
04. The Haunting
05. The New Order
06. Do Not Resuscitate
07. Three Days In Darkness
08. The Formation Of Damnation
09. Over The Wall
10. Disciples Of The Watch

Testament online:

http://testamentlegions.com
http://facebook.com/testamentlegions

Kataklysm reveal track-listing for “Waiting For The End To Come” and announce UK shows

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 10th September 2013 by Pieni

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For the first time since they’ve been founded in 1991, Kataklysm haven’t released a new studio album in more than three years. The wait will be finally over on October 28th and the track-list for the band’s 11th full-length, “Waiting For The End To Come”, is as follows, in jewel case, LP and cassette:

01. Fire
02. If I Was God – I’d Burn It All
03. Like Animals
04. Kill The Elite
05. Under Lawless Skies
06. Dead & Buried
07. The Darkest Days of Slumber
08. Real Blood – Real Scars
09. The Promise
10. Empire Of Dirt
11. Elevate

The digipack version will have a bonus track, a cover of Sacred Reich‘s “The American Way”.

The brand new track ‘Kill the Elite’ is available for streaming at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNgKyNkBVqk and you can pre-order the album at smarturl.it/Kataklysm-WFTETC-CD,

To promote the new album Kataklysm will play in the UK in January 2014, supported by Fleshgod Apocalypse and Krisiun. Dates as follows:

13.01.2014 UK London, Underworld
14.01.2014 UK Manchester, Sound Control
15.01.2014 UK Glasgow, Classic Grand
16.01.2014 IE Belfast, TBA
17.01.2014 IE Dublin, Button Factory
18.01.2014 UK Bristol, Bierkeller

Kataklysm online:
http://www.kataklysm.swizcorp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/kataklysm
https://myspace.com/kataklysm
http://www.youtube.com/user/kataklysmrocks
https://twitter.com/kataklysmband