Angels Weeping (The Dark)
Iacono - vocals
Arms of Devastation" kataklysm
Produced by J-F Dagenais, mixed by Tue Madsen at Antfarm Studios
release date 17.02.2006
preview-review by dalia "gryphon_spirit" di giacomo____
if there were no
tomorrow. Devastation in all meanings of the word: brutality ,
destruction, but also desperation, desolation, tears of pain and
sorrowful feelings . Kataklysm's eighth album is a masterpiece in which
waves of brutality and merciless strength reflect a dolorous
intense rage. If "Serenity in Fire" was "Shadows
& Dust" turned more extreme and rabid , this "In the arms
of Devastation" underlines the melodic groove and dark side already
present in "Shadows", but none of the
typical hyperblasting ravaging is sacrificed, only darkened through
wings of violent obscure, gloomy sorrow, while memorable melodies
and exciting, virtuoso loops are served on a silver tray. Also
fresh and lively riffs and many new elements ignite
surprisingly the carburetor : for example a wide heavy metallized
rocking attitude , a big excellent reinforcement of the guitars (Into
Eternity guitars are guest too) , a pounding bass- guitar work, an
outstanding duet between Maurizio Iacono and Morgan Lander (Kittie's
singer). Typical Kataklysm elements convey
in order to give songs that are perfect in every passage, in every pace
change. This album is an angelic monster whose 9 songs are
energizing killers and sorrow bringers and implacable enslavers. The
cover art, chosen by the fans, reflects the dual soul of this monster:
winged scorpionic beast of bloody brutality twinned with scales of melody, gazing the light.
|dalia di giacomo|
review by Alex "Costa Rican Fan" Ramirez___
Canadian devastators are back with what seems to be their best disk to
date. There’s a sense of
freshness and renovation in the air.
But don’t worry the old brutal spirit still remains strong.
production is flawless and the band achieved the sound that they where
searching for. They handle
the mixing to Tue Madsen , cause JF Dagenais produced and mixed the last 5 Kataklysm
releases, so they wanted a
this disk reminds me of “The Prophecy” the disk that redefined the
way people saw Kataklysm. But
at the same time I think that each Kataklysm production should be judged
individually. Like different brothers in a family, “In the arms of Devastation” is the big brother. This new production is more mature,
deep and intense and it features the right amount of ingredients to
please every kind of Kataklysm fan. The brutality and the speed for the
blast freaks, and technical virtuosity for the mature experienced ear.
a technical improvement and my guess is that it has to do with the
amount of time that this guys dedicate to the creation of this glorious
masterpiece. In their previous efforts they didn’t have much time to
play around and improved the songs. Now they have shown what they can
album delivers nine tracks of packet brutality.
second track “Let Them
Burn” is killer. Lots of melody put into it. But
sick and twisted at the same time. You will hear some surprises on the
vocals here. The dual vocal attack is better than ever.
& broken” is the typical Kataklysm track. With an excellent
mid-paced sound and a melodic background. The guitars sound clean and
Scars”, here again the guitars sound perfect and I mean that their
sound really surpass what this guys have done before.
reign again” has a nice peaceful guitar intro ... and then all is
unleashed . It’s a real mind mangler. With persistent ear piercing
double bass. And clean cut riffs. Actually this is one of the best
tracks in this record. And it will be a great track to hear it live. I
can imagine the moshpit.
nest” it’s a track with great lyrics, some guitar surprises and a
brutal vocal performance by Mauricio.
track “It turns to Rust” is just vocal galore. It’s the track
where Mauricio and Morgan Lander destroy everything. It just
brutal!. This song will prove wrong all who opposed Kataklysm’s
decision to have Morgan Lander as guest vocals. The combination of their
voices is just amazing. The song is melodic and pretty rhythmical.
mid-paced passed track. " The Road to Devastation” it’s slow but it
pounds your head like a machine. Different vocal styles meet here to
delight the listener.
disk is a must for all extreme metal fans out there.
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