Polish death metallers mature and progress
After forming n 1996 around the tender age of 14 in Krosno, Poland, Decapitated released two demos before signing with Wicked World/Earache Records and releasing their respected debut Winds Of Creation in 2000. Their follow up, Nihility, was released with the band verging on the ripe old age of 20 and it was followed up with 2004's The Negation. In more recent times, Polish death metal act Decapitated have undergone quite the renaissance with line-up changes. Vocalist Sauron has been replaced by Covan (ex Atrophia Red Sun) and bassist Martin departed more recently. On the eve of the release of their fourth long player, Organic Hallucinosis.
Decapitated kick off their latest album Organic Hallucinosis with the first of many oddly titled tracks called A Poem About An Old Prison Man. The brutal blasting pace is typically Decapitated but instantly noticeable is the change in vocal style that new vocalist Covan brings to the band's sound. His slightly more mid range and gruff vocals that replace Sauron's deeper death metal growl may be somewhat of a sticking point for fans of Decapitated's earlier work. Day 69's typical machine gun like drums back the somewhat different guitar bends and sliding melodies throughout interesting passages that display a less ferocious and more technical side to the band's song creation abilities. Continuing to explore the technical aspects, Revelation Of Existence (The Trip) features and off time Messhuggah like intro but it's the jarring feel throughout that makes it standout.
Post (?) Organic is more in the vein of what you'd expect from Decapitated, even with the bizarre sounding but effective drumming midway through. Visual Delusion relies on discordant guitars built around a relentless assault of blast beats mixed with slower melodic passages before the Flash B(l)ack returns to a more off time styled architecture that lays its foundation through the twists and turns of varying tempos and riffs. The last of the seven tracks on Organic Hallucinosis, Invisible Control, balances textured guitar layers over more furious double kick work before throwing in more guitar bends in the vein of Day 69.
Seven tracks over 32 minutes may seem a little short for an album to some and as much as Decapitated have moved forward with their latest effort, they've also moved back a little as well. Not backward, but back more towards the sound of their earlier works such as Nihility. Instantly recognisable as Decapitated with an element of new territory being explored alongside the new and differing vocal performance of Covan, Organic Hallucinosis is a brutal release that showcases a band not afraid to progress.
(Earache Records/Shock Distribution)