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Kataklysm is a Canadian death metal band. They call their musical style "northern hyperblast" after an advertisement in M.E.A.T. magazine describing another band, Fear Factory, as "hyperblast". The term refers to the extremely fast blast beats that Kataklysm's drummer, Max Duhamel, fuses into the music.1992. At the beginning of their career they were mostly known for being one of the fastest, most chaotic metal bands. However, their music changed after Sylvain Houde left the band Read more on

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Album: Kataklysm – Waiting For The End To Come

October 21st, 2013

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Waiting For The End To Come
Nuclear Blast
28 October 2013

by Pete Long

If nothing else has been learnt from Kataklysm’s 22 years and ten studio albums to date, apart from the fact that they’re really good when they’re in the mood, it’s that they’re not adverse to the odd stylistic change or experiment. It seems appropriate therefore that Waiting For The End To Come sounds a little like a split album. Montreal’s finest (sorry, Cryptopsy) clearly have a lot of different ideas about what could make a good death metal album and this time, they’re using all of them at once.

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Bloodstock Open Air 2013 – Interviews, Photos, Setlists, Reviews – all our coverage is here

August 11th, 2013

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You know the drill by now. This is the Thrash Hits Festival Splash Page and this is where you’ll find some of the most comprehensive coverage of Bloodstock Open Air 2013 that you don’t have to pay for. It’s here!

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Bloodstock Open Air 2013: Kataklysm @ Main Stage – Saturday, 10 August 2013

August 11th, 2013

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Those Canadian death metal-types, Kataklysm, played Bloodstock Open Air the very first time Thrash Hits went to the festival (waaaay back in 2008), so seeing them up on the main stage again was pretty special. It helped that they were tight as hell, which is just what you need to blast away your Day 2 hangover at a festival.

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Sunday Slaylist: Bloodstock Open Air 2013

July 14th, 2013

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In just four weeks time, arguably the “most metal” (whatever that means) of the UK summer festival season takes place: Bloodstock Open Air. To get ourselves in the mood for a weekend of wearing denim vests and drinking mead out of horn, we’ve put together a gigantic Sunday Spotify Slaylist, featuring the best of this year’s line-up.

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Album: Kataklysm – Heaven’s Venom

August 17th, 2010

Heaven’s Venom
Nuclear Blast
13 August 2010

by Tom Dare

You probably think you know how this review of Heaven’s Venom is going to read. I’m going to trot out some clichés about Kataklysm being one of those bands laden with backhanded compliments – “consistent”, “dependable”, “proficient” and the like – without ever saying anything really positive. I’ll throw in some spiel about side-projects to cover up my lack of enthusiasm for “yet another Kataklysm” record. If you think that, you’re completely wrong.

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Live: Decapitated & Kataklysm @ London Islington Academy – Monday, 8th February 2010

February 15th, 2010

The line-up of the “new” Decapitated is so new, we couldn’t find a decent photo of them and so had to use one of their classic line-up. Amit Sharma went along to their recent London show to see if the new line-up measured up musically.

Just over two years since the tragic bus crash that claimed the life of virtuoso drummer Witold “Vitek” Kiełtyka and left former-vocalist Adrian “Covan” Kowanek in a coma, when news that the Decapitated reunion was coming to the UK, the general reaction was elation followed by waves of confusion. ‘Who? What? How?’ were the questions being raised on many a metal forum, as nothing seemed to be revealed via the official channels. When news of the band’s new line-up emerged…well, let’s just say cynicism and expectations were both running high.

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Thrash Hits TV: “What is the most metal meat?”

September 2nd, 2008

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Thrash Hits .com went to Bloodstock Open Air Festival and hung out backstage. In the canteen. What can we say? We’re hungry, hungry metallers.

A lot of metallers are hungry. Indeed, meat forms an integral part of many a metallers main meal. The question we were asking over the weekend was… “What is the most metal meat?”

Now that’s quite a juicy question and we asked everyone from Soilwork to Ted Maul to the ever-cheery Napalm Death with widely varying responses. Check them all out right here.

Watch: ‘Bloodstock Open Air Festival 2008: Heavy Metal Meat?’

Bloodstock Open Air 2008 – reviewed

August 21st, 2008

Bloodstock is the perfect excuse to roll around in a field listening to heavy metal and swilling paper cups of crap lager. Hugh Platt reports from the fattest, ugliest and most ridiculous festival in the UK.

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“It’s a European-style festival, only in the UK,” is how Vicky Gregory, one of the Directors of Bloodstock, describes the event to Thrash Hits .com.

Compared to the bloated corporate sheen of Download, the heavy-as-we-want-it-to-be attitude of Bloodstock is a welcome addition to the metal calendar.

Growing from an indoor one-dayer of just 700 people back in 2001, the festival now spans three days and over 8500 people rolled up to throw the horns. And we were there to soak it all up.

Most flags
There is nothing, nothing, more irritating at a festival than that handful people who wave flags around in front of the stage. But when on Sunday almost the entire Main Stage was almost blotted out by dozens of skull and crossbones, our interest was piqued. Responsible for this sea of flags was Alestorm, Scotland’s only true pirate metal band. With their tongues so firmly in cheek they’ll probably develop a speak impediment, the Perthshire gang soon had the entire crowd roaring “Hey, hey! I want more wenches! Hey, hey, more wenches and mead!” Sentiments that we at Thrash Hits .com can only endorse.

Biggest amount of bells and whistles
Dimmu Borgir might’ve had enough flames to roast Satan’s cockles, and Nightwish may have used up the UK’s entire supply of dry ice for their closing set, but when it came to OTT stage gear, Swiss folk-metallers Eluveitie win the prize. With eight members playing everything from tin whistles and bagpipes to even a hurdy gurdy (google it), the celtic-folk metallers were almost like indie-types Arcade Fire. Well, if Arcade Fire played big fuck-off guitars and stuffed their songs with liberal amounts of death metal vocals that is.

Biggest scene of carnage
After scorching the main stage on the final day with an unholy firestorm of thrash’d –up death metal, French Canadians Kataklysm brought the backstage to a messy end when a drinking competition escalated into something altogether more rough’n’tumble. Like their uncompromising metal roar, Kataklysm don’t mess about.

Biggest success in the face of adversity
Both Ted Maul and Ravens Creed jostle for this one, with both bands’ performances on the Scuzz Stage blighted by early technical problems. Ravens Creed soon settled into a gut-punching groove, with man-mountain Ben Ward bellowing like a wounded bear. Ted Maul, for whom it was the last show with current drummer Matt ‘Cave Gnome’ George, gave their departing sticksmith a whirlwind of chaotic noise as a send-off. But it is antipodean extremists The Berzerker who take the crown, by managing to blow the PA with only their second song.

Best Legacy
With the media obsession with all things new, sometimes we forget just how good the back catalogues many of the weekend’s established acts are. Iced Earth’s vocalist Matt Barlow’s voice was as high as the waistband of his trousers, and Jon Schaffer demonstrated why his vision for his band is so strong, with riff after riff of ferocious metal. Overkill’s hour of punked’up thrash, led by the svelte and sneering Bobby ‘Blitz’ Ellsworth, was every bit as entertaining as you expect legends to be.

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Band of the weekend
There was nothing at Bloodstock to touch At The Gates (pictured, above). The roar of disappointment that met vocalist Tomas Lindberg’s onstage announcement that this would be the last ever UK show for the reformed At The Gates said it all. With a set featuring classics like ‘Under A Serpent Sun’, ‘World of Lies’, and ‘Raped By The Light Of Christ’, At The Gates found a fitting place in Bloodstock to host their sole UK outing.