Decapitated
Nihility


4.0
excellent

Review

by LifeInABox USER (23 Reviews)
March 23rd, 2007 | 224 replies | 30,341 views


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist


4 of 6 thought this review was well written

Technical Death Metal. A musical style that is dominated by DM Giants Nile, Fellow Polish heavyweights, Behemoth, and German Fret Burners, Necrophagist. Decapitated is the least known out of the lot, yet are dominating the underground scene with their speedy licks and inhuman drumming. Formed in 1996 in Krosno, Poland, with band members average age 14, Decapitated took flight.

Sauron- Vocals
Martin- Bass Guitar
Witold "Vitek" Kiełtyka- Drums
Vogg- Guitar

Decpaitated is a band that I stumbled upon after hearing their name thrown around on another metal forum. So while looking through my “Just For You” page on itunes, I found these guys. If you are familiar with the system, Itunes suggests artists you might like based on what you have told them you own and by what you have purchased through their music store. I believe itunes told me I might like these guys because I owned Behemoth. Good Call.

Nihilty is the Sopomore album by Decapitated and has some of the freshed death metal to grace my ears since I first heard Nile’s “Amongst The Catacombs Of Nephren-Ka”. To tell you the truth, I was sick of hearing my current favorite Death Metal band at the time ( *Cough, Cough* Cannibal Corpse) put out so many lousy albums in a row, so I checked these guys out. The record starts out with Perfect Dehumanisation. The first thing I noticed about this song was the many different rests and fills by their drummer. Not bad, but its not gonna make or break the album. The next thing I noticed was about a minute and forty-seven sconds in was the whining, technical dual guitar assault put on by their guitar player. Getting better, but still not there…and Boom. Interlude. Wow, these guys know exactly what I was sick of in death metal, and went the opposite dierction! Decapitated makes waste out of the usual Death Metal formula of intro-verse-slower intro/chorus-verse-end and gives me a intro-???-???-???-something resembling the intro-???-???-what I think might be a chorus and so on and so forth. Excellent.

So further on into the record, I got to Spheres of Madness. Now this, by far, hands down, could be the best Death Metal Song ever, next to Meat Hook Sodomy by Cannibal Corpse. The double bass in this song is godly and is up there with the likes Derek Roddy and Flo Mounier. The vocals are top notch and the lyrics even blow me away. “In the crown of your own self you preach darkness/Yet would you be able to obey the lack of light?” This isn’t the usual “Cut my anus with the knife of gory bloody poo-poo” stuff, but then again, this isn’t the usual Death Metal record either. 5/5, best song on the album.

[ib]Babylon’s Pride[/b] and Symmetry of Zero are also prime cuts off this album, with the earlier have some elements of what I almost take to be maybe groove metal and the latter being the finisher and I must say it does it with the power of a Steel Sledgehammer finishing the snitch who spilled the beans to the cops. The raw riffage and palm muted bliss combined with Finger tapping goodness that ensues can only be captured through actually hearing it, therefore I’m not even going to try to explain it to you as I would only butcher it and possibly steer you away from the album, almost as much as you should probably steer away from this review.

My peeve about this album is simple, yet a killer in Death Metal records. It is that in the middle of this album, there are some tracks that just don’t cut it. They’re kind of like the leftovers that you know are in the fridge, yet you don’t want to look because you know they will be rotten. Tracks such as Mother War and the title track just don’t impale you like the others do. They just barely break skin. Yet, that is why God invented the Fast-foreword button on your CD player or Ipod, so that you do not have to get a whiff of the leftovers rotten’ to high hell in the back of the refrigerator next to the ketchup.

Decapitated’s second album is truly a great one. They made their entire career shine with this album. Now, if you want too watch that shine go to a dull tint, you can go to their latest album but for now we’ll stick here.


Recommended Tracks:
Sphere of Madness
Babylon’s Pride
Symmetry of Zero
Perfect Dehumanisation (The Answer)



Pros[+]:
Top of the line musicianship
Ridiculous on everything having to do with production
Just for the most part great songs, man. Isn’t that what really makes an album?


Cons[-]:
Couple sucky cuts
Latter half of the album was better than the first



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Tyler
Emeritus
March 24th 2007



7926 Comments


Behemoth aren't tech death.

trustxdialect
March 24th 2007



1502 Comments


Cons:
Couple sucky cuts
Their new album is pathetic

I don't get how their new album could be a con for this one.

LifeInABox
March 24th 2007



3708 Comments


i thought the new one was a definate step down from this one

trustxdialect
March 24th 2007



1502 Comments


Nevermind, I won't dwell on that.

The review was adequate, but is sometimes confusing to read. Like this: 'intro-verse-slower intro/chorus-verse-end and gives me a intro-???-???-???-something resembling the intro-???-???-what I think might be a chorus and so on and so forth.' You also make it a tad bit underdeveloped as far as detail or make it into a play-by-play, as if you desperately want to be writing a tbt. A more satisfying conclusion would be nice, but it's still good, you just need to clean up a lot of it.

Tyler
Emeritus
March 24th 2007



7926 Comments


If you were saying:

Con: Not as good as their earlier work (Winds of Creation)

It would be fine. But you can't say "yeah, their album that came out after this isn't good, so that hurts this album" because it makes absolutely no sense.

Tarantino's Tarantulas
March 24th 2007



819 Comments


Might want to edit the track list - apparently Mother War has been replaced a repetition of Eternity Too Short.

Spheres of Madness is mind-mashingly skull-crushing.

LifeInABox
March 24th 2007



3708 Comments


If you were saying:



Con: Not as good as their earlier work (Winds of Creation)



It would be fine. But you can't say "yeah, their album that came out after this isn't good, so that hurts this album" because it makes absolutely no sense
Where in gods name did i ever say that?This Message Edited On 03.24.07

LifeInABox
March 24th 2007



3708 Comments


Like this: 'intro-verse-slower intro/chorus-verse-end and gives me a intro-???-???-???-something resembling the intro-???-???-what I think might be a chorus and so on and so forth
hmm i thought that was quite easy to understand as i explained about what i was talking about in the sentance before that

Tyler
Emeritus
March 24th 2007



7926 Comments


Where did you say it?

Cons:

Couple sucky cuts

Their new album is pathetic


If you're going to edit it out of your review, don't lie about it. Especially when someone quoted it a few posts above you.

trustxdialect
March 24th 2007



1502 Comments


hmm i thought that was quite easy to understand as i explained about what i was talking about in the sentance before that


'Wow, these guys know exactly what I was sick of in detah metal, and went the opposite dierction! Decapitated makes waste out of the usual Death Metal formula still doesn't make 'intro-verse-slower intro/chorus-verse-end and gives me a intro-???-???-???-something resembling the intro-???-???-what I think might be a chorus and so on and so forth' make sense. Okay, so it's a formula, but what are the '?' for? If anything, it makes it sound completely unapproachable and doesn't help me want to get the album because I'm going to be thinking 'Wait, that was an intro? What's this? ..a chorus?'

And Cocaine, hottie is either being sarcastic/funny or he really is lying about it.This Message Edited On 03.24.07

LifeInABox
March 24th 2007



3708 Comments


no, coke i posted that comment then changed it so i wasnt lying.

WARPATH_88
March 24th 2007



514 Comments


Decapitated is great stiff.

LifeInABox
April 13th 2007



3708 Comments


who negged this and didn't explain????

kalkal50
April 21st 2007



2386 Comments


You kinda contradict the rating you gave the album in your review. Sentence structure is sometimes confusing and some are really long-winded. This is a great album though; I have yet to check out their later material as well.

LifeInABox
April 21st 2007



3708 Comments


oops hahaha. didn't realize that till you just pointed it out

carney3110
April 21st 2007



310 Comments


Alright review, I actually just bought this, along with Behemoth's Demigod. It's pretty good, but it can't touch Demigod.

LifeInABox
April 21st 2007



3708 Comments


of course notThis Message Edited On 04.21.07

sammy666
May 3rd 2007



27 Comments


this album by all means is a "classic"

LifeInABox
May 13th 2007



3708 Comments


Can I get a Mod to check out why all my albums have been negged in the same day???

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
May 13th 2007



17920 Comments


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