Decapitated
Winds of Creation


4.0
excellent

Review

by Shadows USER (89 Reviews)
February 7th, 2006 | 428 replies | 29,119 views


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist


17 of 17 thought this review was well written

Sixteen-year-old kids have a variety of ways to amuse themselves while appearing savagely angry. Most turn to underhanded crime to vent their feelings; vandalism, shoplifting, and the usual underage debauchery are the expected outlets. Every so often, a small minority of those youths channels their emotions into something creative, possibly even useful. Visual art is a common passage, as is physical athletics. But damn I say to you, those are not worthwhile things! In these modern times, music has been on the rise and more youthful prodigies are taking up their axes of all genres. And in the case of four aspiring Polish musicians, that outlet was none other than the most gratifying of all Ė pure extreme death metal.

Thatís right; Decapitated began as a group of metal prodigies in the late 90ís in Poland with one thought on their mind: death metal. At a mere sixteen years of age, Decapitated wrote and effortlessly played some of the finest death metal of the time. Winds of Creation, their debut, has been renowned as their most impressive and worthwhile to date. It certainly features vast arrays of remarkable musicianship and brutal metal with riffs that implant themselves in the minds of all who dare subject their frailty to such an onslaught.

The album packs all of the needed ingredients to deliver the forceful heavy metal attack required for a memorable death metal album. Firstly, the production is not quite crystal clear. While this may turn some off, the slight muddiness causes all instruments to mold into a single wall of noise, which emanates like a wrecking ball. The drums are given plenty of volume in the background, complete with a terse resonance that tears through any manmade speakers. Sauronís voice is savagely monstrous and presents similar to a beastís defense against outside invaders. He comes on hard and fast without holding back.

Of course, the albumís main highlight is the riff action. Oh, the riffs. [I[Winds of Creation[/i] comes packed full of the most brilliant and brutal riffs of the era. From the dark harmonizing of Nine Steps to the balls to the wall insanity of the title track, this album keeps listeners on their toes. One can never predict when the next break will be, leading into yet another section of entrancing metal. Groove riffs such as those in Blessed provide mellow transitions between bouts of instrumental psychosis with plenty of resourceful metal crafting to make the entire album flow as a single entity. Certainly The Eye of Horus and The First Damned are intriguing outsized tracks jammed full of enough lunacy to prevent any monotony from setting in during any of the tracksí eight minutes. The shorter excursions, namely Way to Salvation and Mandatory Suicide, are brief bouts of bloodshed to get you salivating for the next sadistic absolute venture. Thoughtful guitar solos add to the atmosphere of human demolition with intense shredding supplemented in the form of Nine Steps and Mandatory Suicide, which add the perfect magnitude of technicality to the assortment of abrasive riffs.

If you feel youíre well prepared, then behold a full 60 minutes of solid Polish death metal. From riffs to vocals to solos, Winds of Creation is a fantastic display of how excellence knows no age.

Recommended listening:
- Winds of Creation
- The First Damned
- Nine Steps
- Mandatory Suicide

Pros include:
- Strong production with brutal instrumental work
- Memorable songwriting
- Great blend of fast/moderate paces and solos

Cons include:
- Riffs and songs occasionally droning



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Thor
February 7th 2006



10158 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Very impressive review, as always. We are the kings of metal reviews. :thumb:

Digging: Cult Leader - Nothing For Us Here

Shattered_Future
February 7th 2006



1539 Comments


Man, Polish people are ridiculously pissed off. Behemoth, Vader, Decapitated...

I just got a bunch of Decapitated albums. I should listen to them eventually...from what I've heard from this, their riffs are quite excellent. Technical without seeming overly technical.

Neurotoxin
February 7th 2006



90 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Winds of Creation is their only solid piece of work, in my opinion.

ocelot-05
February 7th 2006



807 Comments


I see a future of young musicians doing some positive. It's called "Life Metal."

Riva
February 8th 2006



61 Comments


Decapitated are great. Right behind Vader and Lux Occulta for Polish bands.

Good review.

Stoic
February 8th 2006



161 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I consider this album quite inaccessible (and certainly not as memorable as stated in the review) since it took me a while to get into it. In fact I would have given up if it hadnt been for some certain mind blowing technical parts I wanted to listen to again and again. Once you get into it though you absolutely love it. My only complaint is the vocals. They could have been a bit more varied/interesting I think.

ReturnToRock
February 8th 2006



3448 Comments


Mandatory is a Slayer cover.

Shadows
Moderator
February 8th 2006



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thank you everyone, I love all of you. This is easily their best album, although I have been quite taken with the new one lately. So brutal.

[QUOTE=BassBeginner]Mandatory is a Slayer cover.[/QUOTE]
I know, I should probably mention it though.

Storm In A Teacup
February 8th 2006



12688 Comments


Fantastic review, Ben. Detailed, but not too long. Great work.

Mazeppa
February 20th 2006



15 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Excellent album and a nice review aswell, I like how you've written.

Squirrel
April 4th 2006



74 Comments


Absolutely mind blowing album.

This was my favorite album for a LONG time. They basically destroyed EVERY other band I heard - everything else was so tame and lifeless, everyone elses production in comparison was so crap!

Their age on top of this just makes it crazy.

Treebeard
April 5th 2006



2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is amazing. I strongly reccomend anyone who is into Death Metal get it right now!

Confessed2005
April 11th 2006



3314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The Slayer cover is totally immense. Great review as always ShadowsFallen!

TheTastyLettuce
June 29th 2006



130 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's hard to believe this was written by a group of 16 year old musicians, they all have amazing technique...

Metalikane
October 29th 2007



851 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Probably the best death metal debut Ive ever heard.

LifeInABox
October 29th 2007



3707 Comments


Or close to it.

blackened07
October 29th 2007



949 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I agree ^^

BallsToTheWall
October 29th 2007



44164 Comments


Apparently I got the wrong album from them. Organic Hallucinosis. Meaning to check their best stuff for awhile noe, so I guess this would be a good start.

blackened07
October 29th 2007



949 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Its alright but this is my favorite by them.

LifeInABox
October 29th 2007



3707 Comments


OH is crap, as is The Negation and to a certian extent, Nihility.



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