Kataklysm - In The Arms Of Devastation (Nuclear Blast Records) - Back
What does blast beats, pounding riffs and intense vocals mean? It means that Kataklysm is back with more extreme music for your metal pallet. “In The Arms Of Devastation” picks up where the last disc, “Serenity In Fire,” left off. The death roars and higher pitched, raspier sounding growls should be familiar to you. I love the choruses in “Like Angels Weeping (The Dark)” and “Crippled & Broken,” you can’t help singing along with your own death vocals. There are more catchy galloping down-tuned riffs and balls to the wall riffs on the new album too. They make you wish your were in a mosh pit throwing people around. Their influences from Swedish death and black influenced death bands also shine through at times. Basically their music has progressed with a little Swedish death and black metal touch comparable to bands like Amon Amarth. Guitarist JF Dagenais produced this Canadian band’s 8th album, and it was mixed by Tue Madsen at Antfarm Studios in Denmark. Not quite as fascinating as the last disc, but still really good.


Reviewed By: Jeffrey D. Adkins