Kataklysm: The BEST Death Metal Gateway

Man, I’m really proud of this one.

As I wrote about for Metal Injection several years ago, “gateway bands” are incredibly crucial to the development of a Metal fan. And as you wade deeper into the genre, there is arguably no bigger hurdle than acquiring a taste for Death Metal, one of Metal’s most abrasive incarnations.

In this video I argue that for Death Metal, there is no one more up to the task of “gateway band” than the Canadian band Kataklysm, who have made a near-30 year career out of standing on the precipice of Melodic and Brutal Death Metal.

For any fans out there who are curious but trepidatious about Death Metal, I take this opportunity to explain how to use Kataklysm’s music to help you ease into the genre. There is also an accompanying Spotify playlist to further help you out.

I hope you guys find this video helpful! In retrospect, Death Metal was one of the most difficult transitions for me as a listener, but my patience up front has paid substantial dividends for well over a decade of my life, and if I can guide towards that same light, I will! Watch the full video below:

Published on Metal Injection!

What’s up everybody! This past week I celebrated a significant milestone for my scribble scrabbles – Metal Injection published an editorial of mine! It’s entitled “To Snob or Not to Snob: An Exploration of the Metalhead’s Relationship With Gateway Bands”, and you can read it here!

It was seen by hundreds of people – most of whom I’ll probably never meet – who might’ve loved it, loathed it, scoffed at it, cried at the very sight of it, or most likely, couldn’t have given less of a shit.

Of course, since the checks don’t exactly pour in from an un-monetized blog by a nobody, I write about music because it’s my undying passion (and frankly, it helps me unload all those obsessive thoughts that would otherwise become neuroses). That being said, however, writing for a legitimately sizable audience is a whole other feeling. This first editorial for Metal Injection gave me a teeny tiny taste of what I work toward every day. To think that one of my dumb jokes could contribute positively (or negatively, I suppose) to someone else’s day is unfathomable. It’s inspiring, actually. At the moment, all I can think is I can’t wait to do MORE! More with this blog, more with my YouTube channel, and more for awesome outlets like Metal Injection!

Thank you so much for your support, and here’s to decades more of frenzied music talk!