Music » CD Reviews


In the Arms of Devastation (Nuclear Blast)


It's a mystery why so many great metal bands have emerged from Francophone Canada, but Voivod, Cryptopsy, and Gorguts have heavy-duty competition from Kataklysm. These veterans (this is their ninth studio album since the group formed in 1992) have maintained the same lineup throughout their entire career, and rather than experiment, they've explored their particular sound -- a mix of Morbid Angel-style death metal with hardcore and occasional outbursts of headlong grindcore -- in every possible permutation. Kataklysm plays to its strengths every time out, keeping albums in the 40-minute range and prioritizing blast beats over wanky guitar solos or outbursts of prog-jazz dissonance. Who cares if this album's songs aren't distinguishable from those of their last eight albums? The biggest surprise this time out is a guest vocal appearance by Kittie's Morgan Lander; her shriek melds well with full-time vocalist Maurizio Iacono's grunts and bellows.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Cleveland Scene works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Cleveland and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Cleveland's true free press free.