Drummer Max Duhamel surprised fans when he announced he was stepping down from Kataklysm to seek treatment for alcoholism. And this week, the French Canadian death metal group revealed that ex-Neuraxis drummer Oli Beaudoin will be filling in on drums for upcoming shows and the forthcoming album Waiting For The End To Come.
Guitarist Jean-Francois Dagenais issued the following statement about Beaudoin:
“Oli played with Kataklysm before on the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise last year and he did a phenomenal show. He is extremely talented, focused and ready to do the job needed. Some of you might be familiar with him from his work with Neuraxis and session work with Keep of Kalessin and Belphegor. We are very happy to have him on board and he comes with a thumbs up approval from Max as well. We have one hell of a ride in store for you with this new album so let it begin.”
Kataklysm voiced their support for Duhamel and his efforts to get sober, though also seemed optimistic that he may one day return. However, Duhamel will still play a few more dates with Kataklysm before Beaudoin steps in starting on June 30 in Costa Rico. Waiting For The End To Come is due out in late 2013/early 2014 via Nuclear Blast Records.