Nearly two decades after forming, Canadian band Kataklysm are still an iconic part of the extreme death metal scene, and they are far from slowing their pace dominating the world with the brutality of their music. They are currently touring North America following their 2013 release of their twelfth studio album titled Waiting for the End to Come, released by Nuclear Blast Records. Over the years, there may have been some changes musically, but that has not stopped the band from thundering on to keep releasing more articulately heavy, yet memorable albums. During this tour, Kataklysm announced a line up change, welcoming Oli Beaudoin as a permanent replacement for former drummer Max Duhamel- whom has retired to better his health status.
Last week, we had the chance to attend a very memorable show, the Kill the Elite of North America tour 2014 featuring Kataklysm, with supporting band Aborted. The last time Kataklysm was in North America was for their headlining Iron Will tour back in 2012. That line up included bands such as Origin, Fleshgod Apocalypse, and Vital Remains. While many of the bands on the bill are great, I believe this tour really showcased Kataklysm in their entirety. It was short, sweet and simple, the way a extreme death metal show should be in my opinion, without any other bands from other genres interfering.
This tour was much more well rounded, including the lineup and even the venue. Joe’s Grotto provides an intimate setting where metal heads alike can mosh to their hearts content while being literally inches away from the band, which suits Kataklysm perfectly, as they are known for their plentiful interaction with fans. Kataklysm took the stage right after Aborted around 11pm, and opened with their song Prevail, off of their 2008 album Prevail. It was a perfectly brutal opening song that immediately got the crowd pumped, and moshing.
The set continued with songs such as Like Angels Weeping the Dark from the album In the Arms of Devastation (2006). The highlight of the set was when Kataklysm played two songs off of their new album Waiting for the End to Come (2013) like Fire, and Elevate. The crowd went absolutely wild hearing these songs for the first time live. At the end of their set, Maurizio, lead singer, identified a member of the audience who happened to be at their signing earlier that day, and let him pick the final song of the night, even though it wasn’t on their set list, which was The Road to Devastation also off of In the Arms of Devastation (2006).
Overall, the atmosphere was unrelentingly energetic for this stop on the tour. Maurizio even kept commenting throughout the show, how merciless the crowd was, and that Phoenix certainly left its mark for memorable shows they’ve played. Before the show, we were able to chat with Jean-François “J.F.” Dagenais, Kataklysm’s guitarist. We talked about Max Duhamel leaving the band, the decision to dissolve Ex Deo, his former band with fellow Kataklysm band members Maurizio Iacono, and Stéphane Barbe, and also about his recording studio, JFD Studio.
2014 Kill the Elite of North America Tour Dates:
04/04 – Montreal, QC – Club Soda
04/05 – Toronto, ON – El Mocambo
04/06 – Lakewood, OH – The Foundry
04/07 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
04/08 – Winnipeg, MB – Zoo Cabaret
04/09 – Regina, SK – The Exchange
04/10 – Edmonton, AB – Pawn Shop
04/11 – Calgary, AB – Republik
04/12 – Kamloops, BC – Columbo Lodge
04/13 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
04/14 – Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
04/15 – Reno, NV – Jub Jubs
04/16 – San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
04/17 – Ramona, CA – Ramona Mainstage
04/18 – Anaheim, CA – Mirror Image
04/19 – Phoenix, AZ – Joe’s Grotto
04/20 – El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls
04/21 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre
04/22 – Kansas City, MO – Riot Room
04/23 – Chicago, IL – Reggie’s