Review

DECAPITATED Anticult

Album · 2017 · Technical Death Metal
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4/5 ·
Kev Rowland


When a band is formed at music school, the chances are that the guys behind it know what they are doing with their instruments, and this is how Polish technical death metal act Decapitated burst onto the scene more than twenty years ago. Since then they have released albums, suffered tragedy (in 2007 their tour bus collided with a truck, and drummer and founder member Witold "Vitek" Kieltyka died from his injuries) and been through line-up changes, so that only guitarist Waclaw ‘Vogg’ Kieltyka is still there from the beginning, but they show no signs of slowing down. There has been a slight line-up change since the last album, ‘Blood Mantra’, with bassist Hubert Więcek (Banisher), officially replacing Paweł Pasek last year. Hubert is normally a guitarist, and that is his role in Banisher, so he has a different approach to many bassists and has really locked in with both Vogg and drummer Michal Lysejko, allowing singer Rafał ‘Rasta’ Piotrowski to get on with what he does best.

Although this is still death metal, it isn’t nearly as “pure” as could be found in the band’s early days, as they have combined death, thrash, rock ‘n’ roll, even black metal, and atmospheric parts together. I am also convinced that it was no accident that they chose Daniel Bergstrand to be involved with the mixing and mastering, as there is a distinct Meshuggah flavour to much of this. It is heavy, it is loud, it is raw, and it is most definitely passionate. This is music with balls, attitude, attack, and a refusal to conform, and all power to them for that. They included many first takes on this album, including many of the solos, and the vitality and power shines through in everything they do. They are planning on touring throughout the world to promote this album, and I can only hope that they include New Zealand in that list as this is a band I really want to see. This is superb.
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Vim Fuego wrote:
7 days ago
@UMUR Decapitated were here last year with Suffocation. Would liked to have gone to see them, but I was too poor at the time.
UMUR wrote:
7 days ago
They changed their sound radically between their fourth and their fifth album. No one should expect to hear old school death metal anymore, when listening to a latter day Decapitated album.
8 days ago
Its like a heavier version of the new Devildriver album tbh, not so much like the early stuff.
Nightfly wrote:
8 days ago
Haven't made up my mind about this one yet. It's good for sure but at the moment I prefer the last one.
UMUR wrote:
8 days ago
I hope they go to NZ too, so you can experience them live. Decapitated are a great live act.

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