41 | 2016 | HEAVY METAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR | Kataklysm | | The JUNO Awards

Hometown: Montréal, Quebec

Relentlessness and a hard work ethic have made Kataklysm a household name in the extreme metal genre – in addition to their overwhelmingly positive reputation for fan-friendliness. With a career spanning over 20 years, Kataklysm is a leading force in the most brutal and powerful genre in heavy metal and has conquered territories such as Europe, North and South America, Australia and Asia, while recently becoming the first Canadian metal band to ever play South Africa.

Of Ghosts And Gods was recorded in three different studios from Montréal, to Dallas, Texas, and Sanford, Florida, in order to harness the expertise of the metal industry greats who best understood the band’s talents and their vision. Album tracking was entrusted to long-time producer and Kataklysm guitarist, J-F Dagenais (Despised Icon, Misery Index, Malevolent Creation). Kataklysm frontman Maurizio Iacono recorded his vocals with producer Mark Lewis (Cannibal Corpse, Devildriver, White Chapel) at Audiohammer Studios. Album mixing was masterfully handled by legendary producer Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Amon Amarth, Testament).

The result is Of Ghosts And Gods – a melodic affair of top notch brutality graced with intelligent song-writing. As expected, Kataklysm’s famous body-slamming riffs and grooves never falter. Upcoming artist, Surtsey (Occvlta Designs), designed sinister album artwork depicting the reality of humanity’s beautifully disturbing existence and its impending death. Endorsed by producer Mark Lewis as “Kataklysm ‘s best album to date,” Of Ghosts And Gods demonstrates how – just like fine wine and an expert demolition crew – Kataklysm just keeps getting better with age.