Kataklysm Pick Up Juno Award for ‘Heavy Metal Album of the Year’
Canadian death metal veterans Kataklysm have been kicking up the dust for 25 years now. Their meat and potatoes brand of brutality has been ever-consistent and their latest album, 2015's Of Ghosts and Gods, is no exception. The record was nominated for a Juno Award (Canada's equivalent of the Grammy Awards) for 'Heavy Metal Album of the Year' and secured a victory over the weekend.
The Juno Awards ceremony was held on April 3 in Calgary, Alberta at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The Of Ghosts and Gods album was up against other native nominees: Cancer Bats, Searching for Zero, Diemonds, Never Wanna Die, F--k the Facts, Desire Will Rot and Ken Mode, Success.
Excited about winning the Juno Award the band commented,
What a crazy ride its been. We started over 20 years ago in high school playing a form of music that was totally not accepted by the masses and we didn’t care. We were rebels with a passion and we were determined to spread that through our music. Fast forward to today and that hasn’t changed a bit. That same passion and determination is still very present and stronger then ever. What HAS changed is the view and acceptance of this form of music.
We thank the Juno's for thinking forward and giving metal a voice to the masses. We are honored to have been recognized with our latest album 'Of Ghosts And Gods', which we are very proud off, but this doesn’t change who we are. It is the fans that carry us though it all and our label that believed in us from the beginning. We urge labels to do the same with developing bands and artists, that need that attention the most, especially in today's music industry climate. We are humbled and we thank you all.
Kataklysm were formed in Montreal, Quebec in 1991 and cut their first record, Sorcery, in 1995. The debut and its successor were the only two albums to feature vocalist Sylvain Houde and Kataklysm's reckless style earned them the oft-used descriptor "Northern Hyperblast." Following Houde's departure, bassist Maurizio Iacono put his four strings to bed and switched to vocals, fronting the group since 1998. With the lineup change came the band's now signature, groove-focused sound.
Of Ghosts and Gods marks Kataklysm's highest entry on Billboard's Heatseekers chart, reserved for acts who have never cracked the Top 200. The album landed at No. 6, which bested their previous high mark of No. 8 with 2010's Heaven's Venom.
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