Genre: Melodic Death Metal
Label: Nuclear Blast
Back in 2018, Canadian Kataklysm, known for almost three decades for their characteristic death metal sound, changed the course with “Meditations”, introducing a few new and at the same time, controversial elements in their musical identity. Of course, this also affected their sounding path for the years to come.
And we finally arrive into 2020, and “Unconquered”. Probabaly a sequel to “Meditations” one would say, but with an obviously clearer statement in terms of the transition to the new, more melodic sound for Kataklysm. The gang from Montreal did not hesitate after thirty years or less, to make a decisive change in their sound, which would divide the fans of older albums such as “Sorcery” or “Prevails”, experimenting with extreme metal elements, deathcore and a little bit of Scandinavian Melodeath. “Unconquered” indicates the above to the maximum extent. A notable feature on the album is the participation of the Finnish singer Tuomas Saukkonen of Wolfheart, and specifically in the track “Cut me Down”, which stands out a little bit more than the others, at least for me. Kataklysm in general did not stop being under the spotlight, either as a the subject of commentary and divide for the dogmatic followers of their 90’s career.
“Unconquered” finds Kataklysm in a new path with confidence, renewal and I hope it is not lost in the plethora of the 2020 releases that are being counted as way too many for such a year to handle.