Written by Ryan Plunkett
Last year I was fortunate enough to catch Kataklysm live at Milwaukee Metalfest, and they totally blew me away. Maurizio’s brutal vokills, accompanied by some heavy riffs had me totally riveted throughout the performance. After seeing their powerful set, I told myself I had to further explore this band.
The guitar work on this CD is awesome. There are some really brutal heavy parts, but some great melodies, too. Just listening to the riffs on the first track, Shadows & Dust had me totally hooked. Maurizio Iacono’s vokill assault is just brutal. There are times when his lower vokills remind me a bit of Barney Greenway/Napalm Death, but a bit raspier. The drums, too, are really solid on this release; there’s some really powerful double kicks to be found throughout.
The production and lyrics are really solid. I see no real problems with this album at all, although I don’t like Maurizio’s high-pitched vokills as much. They just sound a bit weird to me, like a goblin or gremlin or something. But it doesn’t bother me that much, and I still totally dig this album.
When it comes down to it, Shadows & Dust is just plain heavy, and I can guarantee you that the material on here translates awesome live. If you get a chance to check these guys out, don’t pass it up, and while you’re at it, BUY THIS ALBUM.