(Beginning late last year, TheMadIsraeli embarked on an assessment of the music of Kataklysm. For more details about what this is all about, check out his introduction to the series here. Previous installments can be found via this link. And today we have the wrap-up.)
So, it’s time to finally wrap up the first edition of “Higher Criticism” by coming to my final conclusion about Kataklysm. It was an interesting experience for me to listen through this discography, especially since the last two albums were completely unknown territory to me.
So let’s establish how these summary conclusions are going to go — because I don’t intend to stop with Kataklysm. I present general opinions on the band as a whole, how they have evolved, how I think the future looks for the band. I then decide if there are particular albums from their discography, very select ones, that are worthy of being deemed essential listening. With that said…
Kataklysm have remained an oddity to me. I began this expedition, as much as I didn’t want to initially, because an ex-girlfriend told me this was one of her favorite bands. Ever. From what I had heard, such an opinion sounded completely and utterly unfounded to me, and writing for NCS finally gave me a platform and excuse to dig into this music. Continue reading »