Albeit a rather generic formula, it would still give Kataklysm a sound that is unmistakably theirs, and they have written some great songs with this signature recipe. I've got it on my MP3 player and sometimes a track comes on randomly and I don't care much for it. I was simply swept away by the massive improvement over the last few albums and scored this very highly. I wasn't pulled into the Kataklysm world even back when they first stormed the scene. I originally wrote this review not long after the release of the album which is something I don't intend to do very often.
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Their early works were chaotic, technical and brutal. The production is one of their best too, crisp and balanced, not drowned out under the drums or vocals but as i said could do with the bass standing out a bit more.
I was simply swept away by the massive improvement karaklysm the last few albums and scored this very highly. His playing is solid rather than spectacular, but more importantly it fits the songs. I wouldn't necessarily single out any tracks as the best, the quality is strong throughout the album. Kataklysm certainly has the capacity to get the blood boiling by way of shoving chaotic riffing, insidious growls and head-bashing drums at your poor battered form before occasionally turning the groove up to overdrive and adding a few extra bruises along the way.
There is a pleasant amount of exciting and wating lead guitar work that is both elaborate and memorable while still showing a fair share of the usual crunchy grooves that has both the band and many fans foaming at the mouth which have also been revamped this time around.
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At the end of the day though, the lyrical content is still only a minor flaw on this album. The full album sounds great, but I'm reducing the score slightly as individual tracks don't always hold my attention. And while it seems as though their output has been hit-or-miss since the explosion that followed "Shadows and Dust", it's truly up to the ears of the beholder whether or not said grace bestowed upon them is worthy, especially with regard to their later outputs. It seems like a lot more effort has gone into this album, the songs feel much more energetic than recent output.
But the worst culprit here? Albeit a rather generic formula, it would still give Kataklysm a sound that is unmistakably theirs, and they have written some great songs with this signature recipe.
Those looking for a level of depth to rival the Grand Canyon may emd a bit disappointed. The toss-up between melodic death and harmonic leads twisted what would have been manufactured into something surreptitiously epic.
See what I did there? As far as hyperspeed melodic death metal goes, I can see, to a certain extent, where all the hype comes from. It doubles for being generic like on the last album and the one before, and the one before thatbut they did something here — they refined it.
I've really kaaklysm enjoying this album and i hope they continue with this rich vein of form.
And yet, even within those limiting notions it's not all that bad. The albums before this weren't as bad as some reviews would suggest, but they weren't great either. I originally wrote this review not long after the release of the album which wxiting something I don't intend to do very often. I wasn't pulled into the Kataklysm world even back when they first stormed the scene.
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To be honest, this is more like the second coming of Christ in comparison to the last decade of Kataklysm! The bass is more prominent than the last few albums but still not brought out enough in the mix. The last years have seen them move on and adopt a more groove metal and melodeath approach to their self styled 'northern hyperblast', which has obviously pissed off the original fan base all 12 of them. Bands alphabetical country genre Labels alphabetical country Reviews R.
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For the first time in a while, Kataklysm awiting written music that was new, enc and really quite refreshing to listen to. Adding doses of the above mentioned characteristics goes a long way in turning otherwise typical modern metal into something with value behind it. Fans of the early albums with Sylvain's vocals aren't likely to be won over by this, but anyone curious as to how Kataklysm sound now should start with this album.
As I've katakllysm stated, this isn't too distant from the more recent Kataklysm sound, but the songwriting has improved massively. That may not be entirely their fault; it's damned hard to set a blistering pace and expect it to last an entire album's length, especially given the inherent limitations of melodeath, even in its most extreme form.
Up until this album, Kataklysm seemed to be stuck in a rut of making fast, blasting, melodic death-groove without any real effort for crafting memorable songs.