KATAKLYSM vocalist Maurizio Iacono has issued a response to DEVILDRIVER frontman Dez Fafara's assertion that Iocono "should shut the fuck up and take a listen to DEVILDRIVER" before passing judgment on the group.
In a press statement issued in December, Iacono voiced his frustration over the fact that DEVILDRIVER were chosen over KATAKLYSM to be one of the support acts on the current OPETH North American tour, saying "today is a sad day not only for KATAKLYSM, but for real metal in general... no disrespect intended towards DEVILDRIVER, 'coz I don't even know the guys personally except for the fact that there's an ex-COAL CHAMBER member... what I'm saying is shit happens, we lost the tour... so what, business is business... but to lose it to a band that comes from the nu-metal era is what I don't get, that style is dead and now they are trying to make themselves look real by getting on real metal tours. If OPETH, KATAKLYSM and MOONSPELL would be on a nu-metal tour we would all get tomatoes thrown at us, but we as real metalheads have to sit back and accept shit like this happening to our scene."
Speaking to Edmonton, Canada's MidnightMetal.com late last month, Dez said, "First of all, KATAKLYSM, I bought their new album, it's great. I've never met the guys so for him to take shots at me, maybe he hasn't heard DEVILDRIVER. . . "We wish they were on this tour with us, but when he starts calling me nu-metal and this and that, he should shut the fuck up and take a listen to DEVILDRIVER. You know, just because eight years ago I helped create a scene, that I can't fucking stand now — he should take a look at what I'm doing now before he opens his fucking mouth. . I mean, it is what it is, and I wish [KATAKLYSM] were [touring with us as well] — I've got no hard feelings. I've got no beefs with musicians. . . I mean look, he may have a family to support and he didn't get a tour. A tour means money, so he's bitter but it is what it is." "
In an official statement released earlier today, Iacono said, "First off, how can you have bought my new album when it only comes out in March? ...Anyways, I find it weird for someone to realize after 8 years of playing nu-metal with COAL CHAMBER that he hates everything he ever was during that time...it took you a damn long time to realize it, I guess it's never too late.
"Where I come from (the underground) touring is not about money to support your family, you just didn't get my point.. so you're wrong about my so called bitterness towards that situation. Yes, it's an ok sideline of course but you do it because you love it and because its what you believe in. So you didn't get it right or you're in it for the wrong reasons.
"With this said.. I have a proposal for you, KATAKLYSM is presently working on a Headlining tour with MISERY INDEX and ALL THAT REMAINS for may..there's still a spot available, put your money where your mouth is and join the tour. Let's see if you can handle a true underground tour..but warning: this ain't SEVENDUST so bring a helmet!"