Metal Hammer (UK) - - Albums - DOM LAW­SON

Med­i­ta­tions NU­CLEAR BLAST Canada’s dogged melodeath de­viants click into a new groove

Poster boys for death metal per­sis­tence, Kataklysm have never achieved the no­to­ri­ety that their re­lent­less on­ward march should have de­liv­ered by now. Part of the prob­lem is that the Cana­di­ans have never con­formed to stan­dard no­tions of how death metal should sound. On Med­i­ta­tions, an ob­vi­ous debt to 90s groove metal and postFear Fac­tory pre­ci­sion places them mid­way be­tween un­der­ground ex­trem­ity and a more main­stream-friendly ap­proach. In truth, it’s a fer­vently modern hy­brid that suits them and which they have been tin­ker­ing with since the early 00s with vary­ing lev­els of success. Here, they have nailed it. Brutish opener Guil­lo­tine and the in­sanely catchy Out­sider set the tone, all stripped-down riff­ing and ham­mer­ing kicks, be­fore the al­bum blos­soms into a thrilling frenzy of hy­per-pre­cise techthrash an­thems topped with re­fined melodeath melan­choly. The band’s 13th al­bum de­serves to be a lucky one. FOR FANS OF: DE­CAP­I­TATED, MA­CHINE HEAD, SEPUL­TURA

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