Rating:
9.0
Kataklysm - Serenity In Fire
8 March 2004


01. The Ambassador Of Pain
02. The Resurrected
03. As I Slither
04. For All Our Sins
05. The Night They Returned
06. Serenity In Fire
07. Blood On The Swans
08. 10 Seconds From The End
09. The Tragedy I Preach
10. Under The Bleeding Sun


This is my first encounter with this Canadian veteran Death Metal act, so I can't really tell you about the evolution of their music, or how this album is different from the others, and all that crap, I could of course, search reviews of all of their previous albums, and copy + paste slightly changed commentaries from other critics, I could say that I followed these guys since their early releases back in 1992, I could make an extensive review about the line-up changes (if there's been any), the progress of the band among Metal fans, and so on, but instead of that I prefer to do a very simple review, Kataklysm - Serenity Under Fire from my point of view, old time Metalhead, first time Kataklysm Listener.

The Album starts with an spoken passage taken from the 2003 movie "Road To Perdition" (Starring Tom Hanks), it goes like this: "This is the life we chose, the life we lead, and there is only one guarantee: none of us will see heaven". After the passage, heaven can kiss my ass, because this guys blast things off with "The Ambassador Of Pain" great album starter, the drumming is madness!! The double bass is one the best I've heard since Fear Factory, and the melodic parts mixed with the riffs and the more brutal sections of the song just melt into one terrific song.

"The Resurrected" gives us a first glance of the backing vocals, (less grunty, more shrieky), the combination of the 2 type of vocals is amazing. "As I Slither" has one of the most catchy choruses in Death Metal history, I can't stop singing it!
"The Night They Returned" has fantastic riff work, and of course, the double bass again, I think my favorite song in the album is "10 Seconds To Die" wonderful song, here we can witness a duet between the both type of vocals, reminded me of a Deicide song, " Revocate The Agitator" sadly, is the shortest song in the album (clocking 2:46).

This album is just madness, prepared to enter a new dimension of insane drumming and maniac riffing, and must say that, this is, until now, a really good year to Nuclear Blast, a lot of good releases under their sleeve.
Fans of brutal yet melodic Death Metal, should get this one immediately,(well, as soon is released March 08, 2004) until that day, you could go and look the past discography of these guys, because is exactly what I'm going to do.


Band profile: Kataklysm
Album: Serenity In Fire


 


written by Undercraft | 05.03.2004



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ChristianMetaler - 18.05.2007 at 17:30  
Excellent review. I agree 100%
Dangerboner - 19.05.2007 at 03:09  
I liked this album quite a bit when I first listened to it, but I get tired of it more and more with each listen. I prefer their old stuff.
Uirapuru - 28.02.2009 at 15:08  
This work is much slower than all the other previous albuns.. its melodic with almost no guitar solos, the drums aren't crazy anymore (except in the song ''Blood on The Swans''), the structure of the songs is better organized and there are even some ''clean'' vocals (well, some parts where the vocalist seems to be talking).
Its a pretty decent modern death metal work, it has two or three songs that are Really good, such as ''For All Our Sins'' that is kinda epic, and in some parts looks like that speedy thrash (reminds me a little of DevilDriver ). ''The Night They Returned''' also has an awesome rythm, and another good track is ''Serenity In Fire''.
Maxx666 - 17.01.2010 at 08:39  
Another great release from Kataklysm, awesome album production is absolutely top-notch
Kuroboshi - 09.08.2011 at 06:04  
There's something about Kataklysm that I just can't bring myself to like. Maybe it's the production. This album is too slow for it's own good.

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