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Kataklysm
Prevail

Company: Nuclear Blast
Release: 2008
Reviewer: Hail and Kill
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  • Effortlessly shifting from Thrash to Death to Power



  • As soon as the token movie line ends a barrage of hyperblasts layered with a growled 'Prevaaail!' greets the listener and introduces Kataklysm's newest opus. The title track alone is a relentless exercise in musical resplendence and Heavy Metal majesty. You can imagine a shower of sparks falling to the ground while Maurizio Iacono grunts "...time has come/Crush your enemies one by one." This is just, great, great, great Heavy Metal that straddles today's most popular genres, combining them for the peerless aural feat that's 'Prevail'. 'Taking the World by Storm' is another classic worth raising your horns to, shifting between a slow head-bobbing tempo and sudden thrashy spurts at the chorus. What's undeniably obvious throughout this record is the band made it a point to create something timeless and universal. If you dig Pantera, Archenemy, Killswitch Engage, and Hammerfall, you'll have no problem getting into Kataklysm's present incarnation. Streamlined and flawless, effortlessly shifting from Thrash to Death to Power, this is the epitome of 21st century Metal. 'The Chains of Power,' 'As Death Lingers' and 'Blood in Heaven' are all, for lack of any decent superlatives, too good to be true; stomping epic shit that's likely to give you an erection. Now the soloing may be a rare feat for Kataklysm but Francois Dagenais goes the extra mile on a song or two. 'Throne of Sorrow' is an irresistible sing-along dripping with brutality and might. Qualities also heard in 'Breathe to Dominate,' 'The Vultures are Watching' and 'Tear Down the Kingdom.' The whole finally ends with the no frills instrumental 'Rennaisance II.' Considering the amount of great stuff coming out this year (from--just to name a few--Testament, Metallica, Trivium, Slipknot, Biomechanical, Judas Priest) 'Prevail' might not qualify as 2008's best, but it's a strong contender for the title. Very much like the enthroned Heartbest on its cover, Kataklysm deserve to sit above today's Heavy Metal heap with this victorious obra maestra.


    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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    ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: KATAKLYSM
    CD
    TITLE BAND
    DOR
    REVIEWER DATE
    In The Arms of DevastationKataklysm
    2006
    Etiam3/15/2006
    PrevailKataklysm
    2008
    Hail and Kill9/19/2008
    Victims of This Fallen WorldKataklysm
    1998
    Nate Turpin3/19/2003


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