Decapitated
Carnival Is Forever


3.5
great

Review

by Voivod STAFF
July 12th, 2011 | 303 replies | 29,103 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Decapitated keep on walking, for better or for worse.

It’s almost impossible to begin describing the current status of Decapitated, the death metal outfit from Poland, without making a noteworthy reference to the tragic car accident that brought the band just an inch away from oblivion in 2007. In all brutal honesty, the chances of this band coming back from the dead were infinitesimal from day one. This is because ante-accident Decapitated weren’t just a metal band comprised of professional musicians making just a living out of it. Decapitated were a true company of friends with mutual and genuine interest in playing extreme (death) metal without having any particular urge in rediscovering the wheel. They recorded their first album (and underground classic) Winds of Creation, while their age average was below 15 years. Apart from being close friends with each other, they were all extremely talented as musicians and instrumentalists. Drummer Vitek (R.I.P.), for example, was highly and repeatedly praised by the drummer of drummers, Tomas Haake of Meshuggah fame, for his fantastic drumming capabilities. Hence, there was this company of extreme metal aficionados, reaching steadily their critical mass as a band, album after album, only to set new limits in due time. This course of fruitful evolution was abruptly and most unfortunately terminated by the accident. Guitarist Vogg, the only remaining member from the line-up that recorded the band’s most recent album, Organic Hallucinosis, gathered a new one and the band released a new album, named after the cynical, yet bitter title Carnival is Forever.

Carnival Is Forever is a mix of the elements that assessed this band as highly respected within the hordes of semi-technical death metal, new ideas (for the band altogether) and bits and pieces that co-existed with the band’s main character, although highly suppressed. As for the band’s trademark elements, the presence of the ferocious thrash/death metal guitar riffing of Vogg, the frenzied thrash/death blast beat drumming of Kerim Lechner and the guttural vocals of Rafal Piotrowski, can guarantee multiple pleasures for that particular metal audience who likes to get off while being thrashed in a violent mosh pit. However, for the first time, Vogg’s riffing and soloing and the rhythm section take a substantial distance from the classic death metal practice, coming closer to modern metal in the vein of Nevermore (This Godless Endeavor era) or Meshuggah (without the poly-rhythms), for example. Furthermore and on certain songs (“Carnival Is Forever”), Vogg successfully implements some really eerie and atmospheric lead guitars, giving extra diversity to the record. These atmospheric leads had been encountered in traces in the band’s previous two albums, The Negation and Organic Hallucinosis. The band’s overall sound is superb, as a result of the more than fitting sound production.

While the band’s intentions to make a superb record are inherent, Carnival Is Forever falls short on certain aspects, making the final product somewhat less proficient than expected. One thing that takes away from the record is the drumming of Lechner. Although it is berzerk as hell, as the songs are succeeding each other, it becomes rather one dimensional. Vogg’s death metal riffing, on the other hand, has been much more inspired in the past (two previous albums). In here, though, it suffers from a slight lack of diversity. Furthermore, the new ideas in rhythm and lead riffing are not always successfully blended with the band’s trademark sound. Lastly, the vocals, although they are quite adequate, they never qualify as a really standout element in Carnival Is Forever.

In closing, If Carnival Is Forever stands for anything, it’s that there is actually life among the ruins that Decapitated were after the tragic car accident in 2007. All Decapitated have to do now is to round the edges of their music, which is as of now, slipstreamed with new and exciting elements that were kept under an indefinite hiatus in the past. Despite the fact that Carnival Is Forever stands as a half-finished work of art, it most certainly is a strong foundation for the band to step onto so as to go higher. Time is on their side now.


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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
July 12th 2011



5614 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

After multiple listening sessions, the first half of the record is a perfect 4/5, the second half is merely a 3/5, hence the 3.5.

As this was released today, i would like a feature if possible, as i think the review is well written.


Constructive criticism is more than welcome.

Digging: Mekong Delta - In A Mirror Darkly

AfterTheBreakdown
July 12th 2011



7106 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks for reviewing this. Album is sick. Pos'd.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
July 12th 2011



5614 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, i think if they use those atmospheric melodies more proficiently in the future, their next record will be a true blast.

ShadowRemains
July 12th 2011



19442 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

thanks for reviewing this. Album is sick. Pos'd.


no it isn't

DoubtGin
July 12th 2011



6686 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

djent

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
July 12th 2011



5614 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

no it isn't


The first half is quite something, after that the quality takes a huge dive down...



djent


hehe, close but not quite.

DoubtGin
July 12th 2011



6686 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

[ Edit ]

also I pos'd

linchpin313
July 12th 2011



813 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Awesome album, Pos'd.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
July 12th 2011



5614 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It could be awesome, but it isn't,

I wanted it too to be suberb, but...

Pharoh
July 12th 2011



3326 Comments


i dont like this

Tyrael
July 12th 2011



20416 Comments


Great review as always Voivod.
It seems I've been a little too focused on BM this year...
Cause I didn't notice Decapitated released a new album haha. Pos'd.

Digging: Lantlos - Melting Sun

BloodSweatandBeers
July 12th 2011



978 Comments


gotta hear this in full

AfterTheBreakdown
July 12th 2011



7106 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Listened to the entire album. Awesome album but the vocals are kind weird.

Grimlin
July 12th 2011



818 Comments


still a fan of vogg's guitar playing, so i guess i kinda liked this. vocals are awful, and everything else is just okay, but yeah. vogg

zaruyache
July 12th 2011



4841 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

didn't notice Decapacitated released a new album

wat.

Digging: Paramnesia - Paramnesia

Parallels
July 12th 2011



6640 Comments


I wish i could get into death and black metal, but I don't know where to start.

Relinquished
July 12th 2011



22391 Comments


the previews of the songs sounded alright to me, even though I knew that 4 minutes of each song wouldn't sound good, the vocals were meh, and the drumming could've been better.

voivod take out those video links, Nuclear Blast had them taken off

Scrambled
July 12th 2011



391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah vocals are really similar to organic halucinosis, i.e. not good, especially compared to the kickass vox on their other cds. and the drumming criticism is obvious but really what did you expect?

Relinquished
July 12th 2011



22391 Comments


nothing like Vitek duh, but there should've been more to the new drummer's arsenal

Adockalypse
July 12th 2011



58 Comments


I'm going to buy this.



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