Having always enjoyed Kataklysm’s style of Northern Hyperblast death metal, I was totally blown away by their newest release in the shape of “Waiting For The End To Come”. The musicianship is top-notch and everything rhythm, riff, lead, drumming and vocals are skillfully executed, which just got me headbanging to this great wall of sonic debauchery. The sound is very brilliant on this album, bringing out all of the finer details within Kataklysm’s extreme music.
“Waiting For The End To Come” contains 11 originals along with a cover of Sacred Reich’s “The American Way” classic thrash metal anthem. In all honesty, I cannot point out any track being better than the other as they all feature the darkened lyrics Kataklysm is known for and the thick wall of heaviness with their double bass explosions giving the guitars and bass guitars more force than a hurricane.
However, for example sake, just listen to the double bass and rapid snare workouts on “If I Was God… I’d Burn It All” and “Empire Of Dirt”, you’ll hear what I am getting at. I chose these two tracks because of their catchiness, but the album as a whole is supremely heavier than the weight of a million 5000 pound steel beams, yet interestingly catchy in the individual song arrangements and the way this quartet deliver their death metal insanity.
Last but not least, Sacred Reich’s cover of “The American Way” is so well done, kind of resembling the original version but with a touch of death metal done the Kataklysm way. This is going to make Sacred Reich very proud. All in all, this one of the finest albums the Quebec death metal quartet has released… [Nuclear Blast] Sarjoo Devani