Human's Dust (DVD)
A solid live time capsule of one of metal's most talented acts
Poland's Decapitated are one of the best death metal bands around. At least, they are one of the most underrated if nothing else. They are technical but not the same kind of technical as the likes of Arsis, Neuraxis or Anata, but still the technical side of Decapitated cannot be denied. Add to that the fact that they came to be in Krosno (Poland) in 1996 when they had an average age of just 14 years old. With Earache Records signing them up quickly, they released their debut album, Winds Of Creation, in 2000. It was followed up with the brilliant Nihility two years later and that is where their first DVD for Metal Mind Productions is based around.
The feature performance on the DVD was filmed in Krakow, Poland in October 2002 during the group's European tour with Vader and Krisiun. The group, who then were vocalist Wojciech “Sauron” Wasowicz, guitarist Waclaw “Vogg” Kieltyka, bassist Marcin “Martin” Rygiel and drummer Witold “Vitek” Kieltyka are in fine form and sound unbelievably tight for a group that plays at this speed and with such technicality. Although stated as being recorded in Dolby Digitial 5.1 sound, for some reason the only audio tracks available where in Dolby Digital 2.1 sound - still, the guitar tones were crushing, the drums and bass gave the sub woofer a work out and Sauron's vocals sounded truly menacing. Visually, several cameras capture the band's frantic performance from several angles, and whilst you can excuse Vogg and Martin for not being the most animated of characters on stage due to what they are playing, it is disappointing to see that Sauron isn't as animated as he could be on stage given he only has to hold a mic and growl. The set, which features classic Decapitated material such as Nihility, Spheres Of Madness, Winds Of Creation and Babylon's Pride is short and sweet at 36 minutes and is rounded out by a blistering cover of Napalm Death's Suffer The Children.
Whilst it might sound a bit rich that the main feature is less than 40 minutes in length, rest assured that the disc is packed out with some decent extras. First up, there's two more live sets on here, albeit not full sets. Three tracks filmed at the European Ozzfest stop in Katowice Poland in May 2002 and six tracks filmed at the Metal Mania festival held in the same city in March 2004 make up the rest of the live material. Sadly the Ozzfest tracks are also a part of the set list of the main feature and also sound somewhat muddier by comparison too. They are clear, but just not as crisp and attacking as the main concert, and visually all is as you'd expect from a live set. The Metal Mania footage (which sees the band performing as a five piece) is every bit as good as that of the main feature, and given that it was filmed after the release of their 2004 album The Negation, it's great to see some of those new tracks included in this set. Even better is the fact that Sauron has stepped up his work out front as well and it's obvious that this group was destined for bigger things to come at such a young age - but I won't go into the more recent events.
Also included in the extras are three interviews (two from 2002 and one from 2004) all of which are filmed in Poland (at the events at which the live footage is shot) and as you'd expect, all are in Polish with English subtitles, and three slideshows of photos from each of those respective gigs. The only video clip included is that of Winds Of Creation and the last of the bonus stuff is a band bio and discography, and for the PC nutters, there are a handful of desktop backgrounds, weblinks, and a rather pointless menu option titled Logo which is just the band's logo to fill your screen. Ahem.
Decapitated fans should be all over this especially in light of the band's current status after the death of Vitek late last year. Whilst the set lists may be short, there's a decent amount on here to keep fans happy until we hear more about what is next for this young, talented band.
(Metal Mind Productions)