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Kataklysm In the Arms of Devastation

1. Like Angels Weeping (The Dark) 2. Let Them Burn 3. Crippled & Broken 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
2006 Nuclear Blast Records
Our score 7


After hearing nine releases spawning over nearly fifteen years, fans of Canadian metallers Kataklysm know what to expect. Kataklysm have well-honed the basics of death metal and deliver a punishing array of furious riffing and insanely fast blast beats in typical fashion on their tenth release, In the Arms of Devastation. On 2004's Serenity In Fire, drummer Max Dahamel certainly proved his speed with start to finish hyperblasts. Although impressive, I felt that it somewhat lagged on and at times seemed too triggered and almost synthetic. The speed hasn't gone anywhere and the drumming on ITAOD certainly keeps my attention with the occasional use of a fragrant snare, the utilization of various double kick beats, and unique cymbal work. The guitar work is satisfying and the album features well-constructed solos on the tracks "Open Scars" and the "Road to Devastation", something absent from previous albums. The clean, melodic intro to the track "To Reign Again" serves as a brief, but pleasing respite from the album's otherwise wall-to-wall brutality. I'm not particularly a fan of death metal vocals, so I'm probably exhibiting some amount of bias when I say that the low growls of Maurizio Iacono are unsatisfying. He alternates between the growls and an occasional higher scream. I much prefer the latter, but it's used quite sparingly. "It Turns to Rust" features a death metal vocal duet between Iacono and Kittie's Morgan Lander. Although I don't particularly enjoy either set of vocal chords, the duet serves as a nice touch to the album. One major drawback to the album may very well be the placement of the tracks. The first half of the album is undoubtedly stronger than the second. It gives you the feeling that they came out swinging, but didn't have the stamina to finish. Bottom Line: If you're already a Kataklysm fan, it's unlikely that ITAOD will disappoint you. It serves as a nice addition to an already solid career. Aside from the end-of-album boredom, ITAOD is dark, heavy, and perhaps the best North American death metal release of a young 2006.


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Plagueater_ 2/22/2006 9:59:12 PM

First post...

grindmyass_ 2/23/2006 5:46:56 AM

f*cking SNORE.

Coldchain_ 2/23/2006 5:58:24 AM

Morgan Lander? f*cking weak dude

picturesofme_ 2/23/2006 9:04:59 AM

basically all I read was "uh, I don't like death metal, but, like, you know, this cd was pretty cool, if you like this stuff and all...yeah." oh yeah, and "fragrant snare?" HAHAHAHAH

overdoseoverdose_ 2/23/2006 10:01:57 AM

basically all I read was "uh, I don't like death metal, but, like, you know, this cd was pretty cool, if you like this stuff and all...yeah." oh yeah, and "fragrant snare?" HAHAHAHAH posted by picturesofme () on 2/23/2006 9:04:59 AM you said it perfectly

the_aesthete_ 2/23/2006 11:00:32 AM

well written

renegade_ 2/23/2006 11:12:11 AM

f*ck this n00b reviewer...he ain't no Michael Gluck, that's for damn sure!

ese_bauber_ 2/23/2006 11:23:50 AM

everything is a 7 these days.

Mike Gluck_ 2/23/2006 11:29:25 AM

Where are my reviews LOL

Jim Casey_ 2/23/2006 11:51:33 AM

pretty good review. i would have given it an 8/10

somedude_ 2/23/2006 12:05:01 PM

didn't Gluck say that Max Dahamel wasn't the drummer anymore? SOMEONE'S WRONG! is it this dude or Gluck?

Dethroned_ 2/23/2006 1:06:14 PM

I thought this album was pretty boring.

burzum_ 2/23/2006 1:48:27 PM

A duet with Kitty vocalist? wtf?! ....i'm sure the album is ok, but nothing to write home about. one word: "Sorcery".

nineordersofsatan_ 2/23/2006 1:50:25 PM

yeah sorcery > all other kataklysm

GLUCK_ 2/23/2006 2:16:36 PM

Sorry, Duhamel IS back, it's Maurais who's gone unfortunately for the band's music. I got their names confused. French Canadians are interchangeable (well, almost).

anonymous 2/23/2006 3:30:32 PM

cover art looks pretty s1c

captain_kustler_ 2/23/2006 4:52:42 PM

who is this guy?

xthisblunt_ 2/24/2006 11:13:30 AM

good review

anonymous 2/24/2006 7:07:08 PM

this is the first album i've heard from Kataklysm..and i can already tell i'm going to enjoy seeing them in a couple months with Vader and The Absence..solid album..and i agree Crippled and Broken is the catchiest track..

xthardingx_ 2/26/2006 10:29:50 PM

yea get some real know...ones that like metal? this alblum was one of kataklysm's weakest.

fgordon_ 2/28/2006 1:00:52 PM

So if you don't like DEATH METAl, that maeans you don't like ANY metal. Spare me. And why does everyone insist on reviewing the reviews. Holy shit is that annoying. Just talk about the music for christ sake.

jackthecannon_ 2/28/2006 3:26:35 PM

where does it say that he doesn't like death metal? it says he doesnt like death metal vocals. learn to read you f*cking dumbass

skullfucker_ 11/14/2006 6:57:07 PM

Max Duhamel wasn't on Serenity In Fire you f*cking moron!!!!!!!!!!!

skullfucker_ 11/14/2006 7:06:30 PM

Sorcery & Temple Of Knowledge > all other Kataklysm

fvckyouyoufvckingfvck_ 7/26/2007 8:43:43 PM

I enjoyed this more than I thought I would.

anonymous 8/27/2014 10:04:33 AM

i prefer hamburgers over hot dogs