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    KENTUCKY

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    This collection of southern boys are not the most original band in the world. They’ll never be accused of being the most musically gifted fellas in the world. Certainly, no one will ever listen to them and think, “wow, that’s really cutting edge music”. To the contrary though, release in and release out, the same thought comes to mind

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    BOOK OF SHADOWS II

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    Sequels to albums, at least in my listening experience, are generally poor. The two that immediately jump to mind for me are Rob Zombie’s HELLBELLY DELUXE 2 and Meat Loaf’s BAT OUT OF HELL 2. Both releases were pretty lame, and garnered attention solely because they were named after much more historic releases in their creator’s career.

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WAITING FOR THE END TO COME

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For a lot of people, the second they hear that a band is "death metal", they will exit the conversation.  Their loss, I guess.  Kataklysm are definitely a death metal-like band I guess, but in many ways the continue to remind me of their slightly less heavy former enemies Devildriver.  To be certain, there's nothing here at all resembling anything but the most heavy of music that has ever been created, but there's always that slight bit of melody in the music that has long separated Kataklysm from the myriads of Cookie Monster sounding gurglers that clog the "death metal" world today with what is, basically, average music that plays more to it's genre's stereotype than it does to anything creative.  While not the best release Kataklysm has ever done, WAITING FOR THE END TO COME continues the tradition the band has established and ran with for two decades.

Kataklysm is most known for it's unbelievable drum sound and what many call their "Northern Hyperblast" sound where 16th beats are blasted out on the snare drum while a slower beat is mixed behind it on the bass drum.  It's a distinguishable sound that dominates most of their past work, and requires a truly world class drummer to play it with the precision the music requires.  On WAITING FOR THE END TO COME, Kataklysm has brought in drummer Oli Beaudoin from the Ex Deo side project of vocalist Maurizio Iacono to keep this strange beat alive in the band's sound.  It's all there, and then some.  Songs like "If I Was A God - I'd Burn It All" are ferocious while being driven, almost completely, by the crazy drumming of Beaudoin.

To be clear though, Kataklysm has never really been a band where you pick apart the individual performances.  To that point, they have always been about their masterful songwriting, and specifically it's structure.  I would defy anyone that is a fan of heavier, extreme metal from Hatebreed or Killswitch Engage on up to listen to a song such as "Like Animals" and come away from it with any other reaction than "Holy fuck, that was great!"  Guitarist Jean-Francois Dagenais is truly amazing on this song, and really on every song as his riffs, slight solo blasts and stop-on-a-dime timing changes are simply incredible.  For his part, Iacono does what he always does vocally.  He's not brilliant, but he's a rager that you can actually understand (a rare treat for music this heavy).

PITRIFF RATING - 91/100 - WAITING FOR THE END TO COME is a quality release; one of the best from the "death metal: genre to come out this year.  Unfortunately for Kataklysm, they might have already had their MASTER OF PUPPETS moment when they recorded SERENITY IN FIRE; a moment they are not likely to ever achieve again.  That said though, nothing but praise for this release.  It will rip your fucking face off...as it should be from Kataklysm.

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