Wicked World/Earache Records
marks the vicious and profoundly talented return of Poland's Decapitated, a
group that in the past arguably obtained primary notoriety due to the
unilaterally young age of its constituent members but which will, with this
obliterating release, receive just due as a profoundly accomplished, brutal and
incontestably skillful modern death metal paragon.
Complimentary comparisons to Morbid Angel could be made with the
delightfully crushing heaviness which opens Nihility's
"Eternity Too Short" or the angry lyrical and aural blast of
"Babylon's Pride" when vocalist Sauron bellows, "You're the
creator of your own creator!" But
whereas I will admit—may godbelow forgive my egregious blasphemy—that Morbid
Angel's last Gateways
to Annihilation LP struck me a tad redundant upon consecutive
demands and fully sustains repeated exploration, constantly impressing me as I
discover another astonishingly conceived and placed lead by guitarist Vogg or an
additional, impossibly implemented bit of brilliant drum work from Vitek.
musicianship, both its recital and its recording, courtesy of Hertz Studio, is
spectacular. Once you experience the
neck-snapping crunch of "Spheres of Madness," with its floor-punching
groove and meticulously executed, gloriously pounding double (sometimes
seemingly triple!) bass mosh, you will know the meaning of heaviness.
This ferocious, pit-inducing "Spheres of Madness," debatably
the album's highlight, underscores one of Decapitated's greatest talents: The
seamless coalescing of fast and mid-tempo metal technicality with punishing,
supremely satisfying breakdowns that pleases both the veteran metal buyer as
well as begs the attention of metalcore and hardcore fans searching for a
superlative death metal release. Truly,
a magnificent album not to be missed.