Kataklysm Premiere “Defiant” Video

Kataklysm have premiered a new video for their song “Defiant.” This track is from the band’s latest album “Unconquered.”

Maurizio Iacono commented:

“March 25th, marks six months since the release of what we call our quarantine album, ‘Unconquered‘. There were many songs to pick from but after consulting with our label we both came to the conclusion and agreed that ‘Defiant‘ was the song to pick for this video. The reason is that it’s what we need to be at the moment as we face a chaotic and unstable world.

It’s an intense song that screams out strength in the face of the unknown. ‘Defiant‘ was filmed by acclaimed director Scott Hansen in the Atlanta area and the storyline deals with a soldier dealing with PTSD after experiencing the horror of war. Unfortunately, due to Canada’s strict COVID-19 travel rules, bassist Stephane Barbe couldn’t make it to the video shoot so we decided to still shoot some parts with myself and J-F so we could still have some sort of band presence in it. The song is dedicated to the ones who sacrificed everything in order for us to have the freedoms today that so many take for granted.”

Kataklysm Premiere “Cut Me Down” Video

Kataklysm have premiered a new video for their new song “Cut Me Down.” This track is from their new album “Unconquered,” which was released today (September 25). Maurizio Iacono commented:

“‘Cut Me Down‘ is a melodic, high octane assault, with thrash elements and relentless power, showcasing another angle of our new album, ‘Unconquered‘, which is released today! The lyrical idea of this song is being surrounded by someone whose sole purpose is betraying and taking advantage of you, I lived with this type of scenario around me many times. Luckily for me, I trust no one. I did however trust Tuomas Saukkonen of Wolfheart to come and give a hand on the song and rip through the chorus with me as a special guest!”

Kataklysm Announce New Drummer

Kataklysm have officially parted ways with drummer Oli Beaudoin. Taking his place will be James Payne (ex-Hour Of Penance/Vital Remains, etc.), who recently shared footage of himself performing “The Killshot”:

The band commented:

“Kataklysm have officially parted ways with drummer Oli Beaudoin, we would like to thank him for his work on the past four albums and his professionalism on the live stage over the last few years , we wish him all the best with his future Endeavors.

With that being said, we are excited to welcome acclaimed Los Angeles based drumming monster James Payne ( Hour of Penance, Hiss from the Moat , Vital Remains ) to the Kataklysm family, James will be behind the throne for the upcoming “Unconquered” world campaign and beyond . Please Give him a warm welcome 🔥🤘”

Payne added :

“I am thrilled and honored to join Kataklysm and participate in a piece of their amazing legacy! I’ve been a fan of the band since I was in High school, and to think of sharing the stages around the world with them is incredible! I can’t wait to start this experience and give the fans all I have behind the drums at every show we’ll play and beyond!”

As previously reported, Kataklysm‘s new album “Unconquered” will be released on September 25.

Kataklysm Premiere “Underneath The Scars” Video

Kataklysm have premiered a new video for their new song “Underneath The Scars.” This track is from their new album “Unconquered,” which will be released on September 25.

Maurizio Iacono commented:

“‘Underneath The Scars‘ is a bulldozer of a track that will surely ignite the world’s metalheads into straight headbanging madness. We look forward to bringing this beast live when the time comes. Since all the Kataklysm members live in different states and countries as well as all the travel restrictions in place, there was no way we could get together and film another concept video as we had planned.

So we dug up some unreleased footage from last year’s European headlining tour and decided to pull together a cool montage of what we miss the most; playing live with our crazy fans by our side! Meanwhile, crank up ‘Underneath The Scars‘ and pull them horns up in the air!”

Kataklysm’s Jean-François Dagenais Offers Health Update After Testing Positive For COVID-19

As previously reported, Kataklysm’s Jean-François Dagenais recently tested positive for COVID-19. Now, the guitarist has offered a health update saying that he is currently recovering at home.

Dagenais said the following:

“Hey, folks! First, I want to thank everyone for the outpour of support from all our awesome fans and music colleagues around the world. It really gave me a morale boost! Last week started like any normal week. I was doing press for Kataklysm‘s new album Unconquered and on Wednesday morning I woke up and felt like I got hit by a train; I had a slight fever, body aches, and very low energy.

The next day I went to my doctor after no improvement and they administered the COVID test to be on the safe side. It came back positive and I was shocked because I’m the extra careful type of guy. I wear a mask religiously, wash my hands, and barely go out. Anyhow, over the weekend I started to feel much better and started feeling like my old self again.

Luckily, I am in decent health with no underlying conditions. I will self-quarantine at home with my family (so far they are fine) and will be free of this thing in no time. I don’t want to make a big thing out of this and overshadow the new album but wanted to share the news that anyone can get this so be careful out there It is a nasty bug, the first few days were brutal but at the end of the day I’m fine and I will get over it.”

Kataklysm Guitarist Jean-François Dagenais Tests Positive For COVID-19

Kataklysm guitarist Jean-François Dagenais has tested positive for COVID-19. The band commented:

“We regret to inform everyone that our guitarist and founding member J-F Dagenais has tested positive for COVID 19 after experiencing severe symptoms, we will give you an update on his condition during the next few days. #Kataklysm #Jfdagenais”

Kataklysm Premiere “The Killshot” Video

Kataklysm have premiered a new video for their new song “The Killshot.” This track is from the band’s new album “Unconquered,” which will be released on September 25.

Maurizio Iacono commented:

“‘The Killshot’ is very Machiavellian at its base meaning. The song deals with revenge and planning it out, I wrote the song in an open interpretation because everyone has their own story that they can attach to it.

In general, the album deals with pain or setbacks, overcoming them and fighting back especially in today’s situation, the timing is on point.

In February, we flew to Atlanta, Georgia and worked with director Scott Hansen. We saw some of his creations and wanted to try his style. The experience was awesome and we won’t forget it anytime soon. Everything went great but it was there, sitting at the airport that we first started seeing on all the screens that COVID-19 was about to shut down the country.”

“Unconquered” track listing:

01. “The Killshot”
02. “Cut Me Down”
03. “Underneath The Scars”
04. “Focused To Destroy You”
05. “The Way Back Home”
06. “Stitches”
07. “Defiant”
08. “Icarus Falling”
09. “When It’s Over”

Kataklysm Add Three More Dates To Their Tour With Exhorder, Krisiun, & Hatchet

Kataklysm have added three more dates to their upcoming tour with Exhorder, Krisiun, and Hatchet. You can find the updated schedule below.

Tour Dates:

09/04 Joliet, IL – The Forge
09/05 Cave-in-Rock, IL – Full Terror Assault
09/06 Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
09/07 Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep
09/08 Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
09/10 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
09/11 Portland, OR – Bossanova Ballroom
09/12 Oakland, CA – Metro Opera House
09/13 Los Angeles, CA – Union
09/14 San Diego, CA – Brick by Brick
09/15 Mesa, AZ – Club Red
09/16 El Paso, TX – Rockhouse Bar & Grill
09/17 Austin, TX – Come and Take it Live!
09/18 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live!
09/20 Cincinnati, OH – Riverfront Live
09/21 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
09/22 Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
09/23 Brooklyn, NY – Market Hotel
09/24 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
09/25 Reading, PA – Reverb
09/26 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
09/27 Quebec City, QC – Le D’Auteuil
09/28 Montreal, QC – Theatre Corona

Kataklysm, Whitechapel, Fleshgod Apocalypse, & Dyscarnate Set For 2019 European MTV Headbangers Ball Tour

Kataklysm will be headlining the 2019 MTV Headbangers Ball Tour in Europe this year. Whitechapel, Fleshgod Apocalypse, and Dyscarnate will serve as support.

Tour Dates:

11/28 Leipzig, GER – Felsenkeller
11/29 Bohinjska Bistrica, SLO – Winter Days Of metal
11/30 Zlin, CZE – Hala Euronics
12/01 Munchen, GER – Backstage
12/02 Stuttgart, GER – LKA Longhorn
12/03 Solothurn, SWI – Kulturfabrik Kofmehl
12/04 Saarbrucken, GER – Garage
12/05 London, UK – Electric Ballroom
12/06 Oberhausen, GER – Ruhrputt Metal Meeting
12/07 Geiselwind, GER – Christmas Bash
12/08 Haarlem, NET – Patronaat
12/09 Hamburg, GER – Grosse Freiheit 36
12/10 Aarhus, DEN – VoxHall
12/11 Berlin, GER – Huxley’s Neue Welt
12/12 Wien, AUT – Arena
12/13 Ravensburg, GER – Oberschabenklub
12/14 Wiesbaden, GER – Schlachthof