1. A Soulless God
2. Determined (Vows Of Vengeance)
3. Faith Made Of Shrapnel
4. Push The Venom
5. Hail The Renegade
6. As The Wall Collapses
7. Numb & Intoxicated
8. At The Edge Of The World
9. Suicide River
10. Blind Saviour
The follow-up to 2008's "Prevail" is produced by Kataklysm guitarist Jean-François Dagenais and mixed by Tue Madsen
|review by dalia di giacomo____|
An exciting new mighty beast.
The main characteristic I find in this new Kataklysm studio-album is the will to show the maximal might, a colossal might. Difficult task because Kataklysm is The Hyperblaster. But yes, Kataklysm has surpassed its own power. The excellent thing is that the melodic vein is present and strong like before. Only superficially it might seem another typical Kataklysm album…or better said ...yes it is, but there are many details that make this product different from the previous ones, which were already diversified. New enough is the way in which the tempo changes are presented, all is sparkling like erupted lava, new is the presence of a more elaborated fantasy in the Kataklysm sound (as for example in Numb & Intoxicated), and a subtle but strong rocking, Heavy Metal stream in the extreme Death Metal, and pagan elements too (At The Edge Of The World and Suicide River). This album is straight-in your face yet chugging and sometimes even elaborated. The sound exalts the rhythmic section, while the rhythmic section emphasizes the sound, practically a circle that nourishes itself. The guitars are varied with solos and very good tremolos too (especially in Blind Saviour), guitar and bass lines get sometimes simply brilliant contours (Blind Saviour, Suicide River, Hail The Renegade). As mentioned before, each song has something new and of course each song is different from the other, let's take as example the track As The Walls Collapse, with a certain pagan flair, with breathtaking pace-changes. The fast hyperblasting upheaval is unleashed with brutal passion but also with golden melodic inspiration, an inspiration which is even sorrowful and touching like in the incredible and unmistakable Suicide River. Blind Saviour closes the album with a slower tempo and with a hymn -blackened vein, a bit sorrowful yet determined and aggressive. You may think that I 'm digging the second part of the album the most. No. The first part is also very interesting. The opener A Soulless God and Determined immediately seem the songs which are more typical for Kataklysm, nonetheless these tracks too have been injected with fresh patterns. Fresh patterns that manifest clearly in Faith Made Of Shrapnel. The typical Kataklysm mid tempo opens up the mosh -monster Push The Venom which is a song that you love or hate; it is one of Mr. Maurizio Iacono's faves but i am sincere when i say i don't like it. But i know that this track in preview has already lots of fans. Hail The Renegade is a "prosit" with cool bass lines, a song that is a companion. Interesting the presence of a JFK speech.
Shortly my comment for each song:
A Soulless God - yes, cool
Determined (Vows Of Vengeance) - yes
Made Of Shrapnel - very interesting
& Intoxicated - superb
in all Heaven's Venom seems the best fusion of the latest two releases
with fresh ideas. All this is possible also because max Duhamel's
drumming is so brilliant that allows the band to be so fresh and
creative. What Mr. Dagenais told me in a recent interview concerning Max
Duhamel .."Max hyperblasting skills are flawless on these songs, it makes him shines more as a drummer i think"
is true. Finally, vocals are
more evil and raw, practically without the second shouting timbre, at times reverberating and very reactive as the mirror of the
lyrics that suggest to never give up .
Here Kataklysm have the brutal enthusiasm and the sensibility of Shadows
& Dust and In The Arms Of Devastation, are more natural than
in Serenity In Fire and less arrogant than in Prevail. Kataklysm as
fresh and original Kataklysm. The next year Kataklysm will celebrate 20
years of career, but the music
seems so youthful and exciting.
Heaven's Venom is an exciting
new mighty beast.
previously stated about the new CD, "Everything you wish for in a KATAKLYSM
album is here and some unexpected musical adventures as well. Everyone
here has given 150% of themselves!
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