The Ambassador Of Pain
As I Slither
For All Our Sins
The Night They Returned
Serenity In Fire
Blood On The Swans
Seconds From The End
The Tragedy I Preach
Under The Bleeding Sun
Maurizio Iacono - vocals
JF Dagenais - guitar
Stephane Barbe - bass
Martin Maurais - drums
|KATAKLYSM : "Serenity in Fire" kataklysm NBR|
review by Boris "Azrael" Witta ___
here it is, the 7th album of Canada’s number one Death
Metal band Kataklysm. Announced as one of the real masterpieces of Death
in this year. But is that true ? It's absolutely true ! “Serenity In
Fire” is even better than the predecessors, and it was not easy to top
them, especially “Epic – The Poetry Of War”.
the first guitar riff on, you know already who’s playing here.
Kataklysm have created their very own version of Death Metal, based on
– in relation to other bands - simple guitar riffs, an inhuman voice,
changing between deep growls from hell and hysterical screams and an
incredible thunder drumming with the typical Northern hyperblasts.
I assert that the new man, Martin Maurais, is one of the best and most
talented drummers of the actual Extreme Metal scene.
In Fire” is the most varied album of Kataklysm, the songs often change
between very groovy parts and blastbeat storms. All
songs are dominated by one or two riffs, but these riffs are indeed
catchy, so if you heard them once or twice, you’ll never get them out
of your head again, and the whole material is very aggressive and also
angry. Guitarist JF Dagenais, who is also responsible for the
killer production of this album, plays one killer melody after the
other, but nevertheless, his way of playing the 6 strings is very
rhythm-oriented. I think I don’t have to say much about Maurizio’s
voice – it’s absolutely fantastic how he penetrates his vocal
For All Our Sins is one of my favourites. It’s the longest song on the album and it contains all trademarks of Kataklysm : the typical snare-blastbeats, all kinds of Maurizio’s vocals, an absolutely killer riff in the vein of Bay Area Thrash, lots of groove parts which will break your neck. But the most exciting thing on For All Our Sins is that Mr. Peter Tätgren himself ennobles this Death Metal Classic, which reminds a bit of the ultimate Kataklysm song Manipulator Of Souls. Unbelievably good !
Blood On The Swans is the most brutal, most violent and fastest song with an extraordinary drumming. Martin manages to change between three different styles of blastbeats, the riffing is absolutely fast and destroying and Maurizio growls very, very deep. Short, but very effective !
The following The Night They Returned is the most inconspicuous song and not very spectacular. Changing between groove and blast, it’s a good headbanger with a great lead riff at the end. The Night They Returned is part of a movie soundtrack, and it has appetizing gore lyrics.
10 Seconds To The End has the most extraordinary and most varied drums, and Martin also shows some Jazz influences. Special is also the stop-and-go drum part, which starts the first slow song. Later, it’s pure hellfire and destruction, before the song changes again. If you hear Maurizio’s vocals, you would think he growls and screams his soul out of his body. Insane !
The titletrack himself is a real Kataklysm hymn, again a stamping mid-tempo smasher without blasts, but with a great chorus, and I’m sure that Serenity In Fire will become a live classic ! Once more the law is : Bang you head !
Under The Bleeding Sun is the biggest surprise of “Serenity In Fire”: it’s a real Black Metal song in the vein of Dissection or Naglfar, and it contains a fantastic guitar melody, which goes straight in the ear and mind, and the song is mostly fast. To complete the Black Metal style of Under The Bleeding Sun, Maurizio always screams very high, until the last part of the song, which is again pure Death Metal. JF Dagenais draws from his guitar a great, very melodic solo in the middle of the song, and for me, Under The Bleeding Sun is the best track on the album. Sensational !
final The Tragedy I Preach is
again a great mid-tempo song with another catchy bridge and chorus, and
there are also some up-tempo parts. The
Tragedy I Preach ends with one of the best headbang parts of
“Serenity In Fire”. The whole song is based on (mostly) slow and
simple riffs, but once again, these riffs are absolutely effective and a
pure pleasure for the listeners !
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