Kataklysm是加拿大死亡金属乐队。截至2018年，他们已经发行了13张录音室专辑，一张EP和两张DVD。Kataklysm凭借其2015年专辑《鬼神》获得了“重金属”类年度最佳专辑的首个Juno奖（相当于加拿大格莱美奖）。乐队的专辑遍及全球，其中包括美国的Billboard Top 100。
Kataklysm于1991年9月在魁北克的蒙特利尔成立。在他们的职业生涯初期，他们以快速而专业的死金属品牌而闻名，被称为“北方高爆弹”。Nuclear Blast Records在注意到乐队的首张演示作品《转世的死亡之门循环》（Death Gate Cycle of Reincarnation）后不久，于1992年注意到了该乐队，该专辑获得了地下金属界的广泛赞誉。1994年，Kataklysm与Nuclear Blast签约并发行了他们的第一张EP The Mystical Gate of Reincarnation，随后在1995年发行了首张专辑Sorcery。其后在1996年发行了第二张全长专辑Temple of Knowledge，并随专辑的曲目“ The Awakener”一起发行了第一支音乐视频。然而，在发行这张专辑之后，创始成员兼主唱Sylvain Houde脱离了乐队。正如侯德本人所承认的，这是由于恋爱关系结束时的情感影响所致。随后，乐队的贝斯手Maurizio Iacono代替Houde担任主唱，将其贝斯手的职责移交给了Stephane Barbe。乐队的音乐方向从最初由侯德（Houde）率先转移到了雅科诺（Iacono）和创始人吉他手JF达格奈斯（JF Dagenais）。
1998年，乐队发行了他们的第三张录音室专辑《这个堕落的世界的受害者》（Iacono的第一位演唱者），该专辑被认为融合了更具凹槽感和旋律的死亡金属音乐风格。接下来的2000年发行的专辑《预言》（无罪的烙印）巩固了这种风格，减轻了迄今为止他们作品的混乱性质，并融合了鞭打金属的更大影响。乐队2001年的专辑《Epic：The Poetry of War》为乐队处理死亡金属的方法增添了旋律，并且乐队继续获得关注并获得积极的好评。在第二年，乐队发行了Shadows＆Dust，由于该乐队获得了压倒性的好评，并且与该乐队以前的发行版相比销量增加，因此被批评家们认为是该乐队最成功的发行版之一，是德国，奥地利和德国等国的首张专辑发行瑞士，并成为乐队最知名的曲目之一：“ In Shadows＆Dust”。
两年后的2004年，乐队发行了《Serenity in Fire》。该专辑因缺席了鼓手Max Duhamel而闻名，Kaktaklysm的鼓手Max Duhamel因受伤暂时被Martin Maurais取代。专辑再次受到好评，并以乐队最著名的两首歌为特色：“ As I Slither”和“痛苦大使”。Duhamel最终康复并参加了乐队在2006年发行的第八张录音室专辑《In the Arms of Devastation》。这张专辑取得了可喜的成绩，销量超过50,000套，是该乐队迄今为止最高的排行榜。乐队的下一张专辑Prevail继续显示乐队的日益流行，销量再次突破50,000大关。专辑的单曲“ Taking the World by Storm”也成为该乐队在YouTube上观看次数最多的曲目，观看次数超过300万。
乐队于2013年10月29日发行了他们的第11张录音室专辑“ Waiting the End to Come ”，随后于2015年7月31日发行了第十二张专辑“鬼与神”，均获得了高度赞扬。乐队的第13张录音室专辑Meditations于2018年6月发行。专辑获得了他们的第一张专辑，进入Billboard前100名排行榜，位居第61位，同时也是德国，奥地利，瑞士，和乐队的原籍加拿大。
Kataklysm在2020年9月25日发行了他们的第14个工作室专辑Unconquered。在专辑发行的三周前，乐队宣布鼓手Oli Beaudoin离开了乐队，并由James Payne取代。
Kataklysm is a Canadian death metal band. They have released thirteen studio albums, one EP and two DVDs as of 2018. Kataklysm won their first Juno Award (Canadian equivalent of the Grammy) for best album of the year in the “heavy metal” category for their 2015 album Of Ghosts & Gods. The band’s albums have charted throughout the world, including the Billboard Top 100 in the United States.
Kataklysm was formed in Montreal, Quebec in September 1991. At the beginning of their career, they were known for their fast and technical brand of death metal, known as the “Northern Hyperblast”. Nuclear Blast Records soon took notice of the band in 1992 after noticing the band’s debut demo The Death Gate Cycle of Reincarnation, which gained significant praise from the underground metal scene. In 1994, Kataklysm signed to Nuclear Blast and released their first EP The Mystical Gate of Reincarnation, followed by their debut album Sorcery in 1995. This was followed in 1996 by their second full length album Temple of Knowledge, which they accompanied with their first music video for the album’s track, “The Awakener”. Following the release of this album however, founding member and lead vocalist Sylvain Houde departed from the band. This, as Houde himself confessed, was due to the emotional effects surrounding the end of his romantic relationship. Subsequently, the band’s bassist Maurizio Iacono replaced Houde as vocalist, ceding his duties as bassist to Stephane Barbe. The band’s musical direction shifted from being primarily spearheaded by Houde to both Iacono and founding guitarist JF Dagenais instead.
In 1998, the band released their third studio album Victims of this Fallen World, (Iacono’s first as vocalist) which has been noted as incorporating a more groove-oriented and melodic musical style of death metal. The following album The Prophecy (Stigmata of the Immaculate) released in 2000 consolidated this style, lessening the chaotic nature of their work thus far and incorporating greater influences from thrash metal. The band’s 2001 album Epic: The Poetry of War added further melody to the band’s approach to death metal and the band continued to gain attention and positive critical reception. In the following year, the band released Shadows & Dust, which has been viewed by critics as one of the band’s most successful releases because of the overwhelmingly positive reception the band received and the increase in sales compared to the band’s prior releases, being the first album to chart in countries such as Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and featured one of the band’s most recognisable tracks: “In Shadows & Dust”.
Two years later, in 2004, the band released Serenity in Fire. The album was notable for the absence of drummer Max Duhamel, Kataklysm’s drummer, being temporarily replaced by Martin Maurais, due to injury. The album was again positively received and featured two of the band’s best known tracks: “As I Slither” and “The Ambassador of Pain”. Duhamel eventually recovered and played on the band’s eighth studio album, released in 2006, titled In the Arms of Devastation. The album was a considerable success, with sales exceeding 50,000 units and saw the band’s highest charting entries thus far. The band’s following album, Prevail, continued to display the band’s growing popularity, with sales again exceeding the 50,000 mark. The album’s single “Taking the World by Storm” also became the band’s most highly viewed track on YouTube, with over three million views.
The band released their 11th studio album Waiting for the End to Come on October 29, 2013, followed by their twelfth album Of Ghosts and Gods in July 31, 2015, both to high praise. The band’s thirteenth studio album, Meditations, was released in June 2018. The album gained their first album to chart on the Billboard Top 100 charts, positioning at #61, alongside being their highest charting album in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and the band’s native Canada.
Kataklysm released their fourteenth studio album Unconquered on September 25, 2020. Three weeks before the album’s release, the band announced drummer Oli Beaudoin had left the band and was replaced by James Payne.
Members of Kataklysm have cited major influences as Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Pantera, Sepultura, Exhorder, Testament, Death, At the Gates, Napalm Death, Obituary, Cannibal Corpse, Kreator, Exodus, Fear Factory, Carcass and Entombed.
1995 – Sorcery & The Mystical Gate Of Reincarnation (1998 reissue)
1996 – The Temple Of Knowledge (2003 reissue, Kataklysm Part III)
1998 – Victims of this Fallen World
2000 – The Prophecy (Stigmata Of The Immaculate)
2001 – Epic (The Poetry Of War)
2002 – Shadows & Dust
2004 – Serenity In Fire
2006 – In The Arms Of Devastation
2008 – Prevail
2010 – Heaven’s Venom
2013 – Waiting For The End To Come (Ltd. Edit.)
2015 – Of Ghosts And Gods (Limited Edition)
2018 – Meditations
2020 – Unconquered
2020 – Unconquered (24bit-48kHz)