Decapitated
Organic Hallucinosis


3.5
great

Review

by Shadows USER (89 Reviews)
February 9th, 2006 | 108 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


WARNING: TERRIBLE AGGRESSION METAPHORS AHEAD

Prepare yourself for the inevitable onslaught of Polish death metal. Decapitated are back with part IV of their imposing evolution. Armed with Covan, a new volunteer willing to sacrifice his throat for the purpose of extreme metal, the band has produced what is undoubtedly their most distinctive record to date. Organic Hallucinosis brings together Decapitated’s paramount intensity to create a dominant, devastating fusion of methodological musicianship, unforgettable song crafting, and undiluted Polish vehemence. When euphoria has been reached, leave it to the Slavic descendants of history’s most murderous figures to bring one crashing down to a cold new reality. Welcome to the new dominion.

When the restraints are hesitantly removed, the beast awakens with a thirst for blood and divine consummation. Decapitated’s IVth is like an aural sledgehammer. It comes fast, and once it starts, either flee the scene or feel the pain. Delivered largely by the production, Organic Hallucinosis has the most immaculate recording of their unconstrained four. Every note, every lyric line, and every cymbal strike comes through sharp and strong. Because of this, Vitek’s drums sound particularly brutal. Cunt-smashing double bass and virgin-raping blast beats drive the steamroller like sound forward at an ungodly rate (pink, fluffy ear muffs are recommended for those not accustomed to anything more brutal than George Michael). After the percussive carnage is delivered in the form of Day 69’s cannon like assault, the guitars sound thicker than stew boiled from fecal matter. Imagine self-mixed concrete without sufficient water – then you’ll have nearly half of the thickness Vogg’s riffsanity, displayed sadistically in Post(?) Organic. Top it all off with the limb-lashing voice of the newly acquired larynx-wrecker Covan, and we have ourselves a volatile concoction of defiled audio debris.

The album’s strength is plain and simple – the riffs. Vogg has truly mastered his trade after nearly a decade of corpse producing exertion. Listening to the bloodletting axe wielding of Poem About an Old Prison Man or Visual Delusion may make orphans of your children. Catchiness and ambience are delivered in Visual Delusion, displaying one of the many ways that they have added substance to pure insanity. Although the album only lasts for seven songs and 32 minutes, it is not hard to find time to bang your head to the unyielding riff battering. Vogg has once again outdone himself in the field of soloing. After the psychotic life pinching, rolling, memorable riffs of Flash-B(l)ack, some of death metal’s most chaotic guitar mincing is shaped via Invisible Control.

However, while Decapitated have improved in the songwriting morgue…uh, department, Covan is not the asset that onlookers may have perceived. Quite brutally, this man does not belong in death metal. Drop the needle onto any portion of vocalized music and you’ll find an angry Pollock grunting as though he was destined to be in a hardcore band. Not much can be said about his contributions, because his work is rather one-dimensional. All that is certain is that he brings the music down considerably, especially following the exceptional performance of his physically maiming predecessor Sauron.

Despite obvious negative opinions on Organic Hallucinosis, the album constructs one simple positive contention to combat its one glaring flaw. One the one bleeding hand, we have the mindslaying, genital-grinding riffs. On the other emaciated limb, we have Covan’s horribly misplaced throat. While the latter proves to be major hindrance, it’s not difficult to become adapted to his shout and proceed to notice the articulate riffs and instrumental work beneath him. Decapitated IV may only have two noticeable traits, but it levels out to appear as a fierce storm of strangely agreeable array of technical madness and spinefucking brutality. Rest in peace.

Recommended listening:
- Poem About an Old Prison Man
- Post(?) Organic
- Flash-B(l)ack

Pros include:
- Viciously pummeling riffs entwined with intense solos and a twisted catchiness

Cons include:
- Terrible vocals and the album is just too damn short



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Storm In A Teacup
February 9th 2006


13226 Comments


Tremendously horrifying review, Ben. Great (if not a little too vulgar) detail.

canadapantsman
February 9th 2006


236 Comments


hahah virgin-raping blast beats... frikken gold.

Shadows
Moderator
February 9th 2006


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Damn right people, thank for the kind words. This album is not for those with little testicular fortitude. :mad:

Aakon_Keetreh
February 10th 2006


448 Comments


haha good review

i really enjoyed reading it

Shattered_Future
February 10th 2006


1541 Comments


Well, that was interesting enough. :eek:

Tarantino's Tarantulas
February 11th 2006


819 Comments


"Slavic descendants of history’s most murderous figures"
I thought it was the Poles who were being raped and murdered most in the last few centuries...Unless the whole band is descended from Polish rape victims of the Nazis and Soviets...

Neoteric
February 18th 2006


3243 Comments


Rock Sound reviewed this album, I must check it out soon.

jimay333
February 28th 2006


433 Comments


A very brutal review, lots of big words. Fun to read though.

circleofdeadchildren
February 28th 2006


119 Comments


Great Review!decapitated are great nihility is in my opinion there greatest work.

Toaster
March 24th 2006


343 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cool review. I almost completely agree with it, but I don't think the vocals bring it down too much. They're not good, but they don't take away from the punishing riffage. And it's short, but not that short. A little over a half hour is pretty common for death metal.

Carrionshine
May 29th 2006


5 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This album is a step up from The Negation, but still fails to mount any comparison to their classic Winds of Creation.This album is not nearly as heavy as WoC.It's a bit too Meshuggah-like in some moments.It is however, still a good album.I'd still take WoC or Nihility over this any day.

kalkal50
April 21st 2007


2386 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The review was a fun read, but the album is sub par compared to the rest of their stuff.This Message Edited On 01.25.08

Altmer
November 2nd 2007


5652 Comments


if vitek was as good as you describe he'll be missed. RIP

BallsToTheWall
November 2nd 2007


44805 Comments


Good album. I too heard that Vitek had passed. R.I.P to a sick drummer.

Digging: Pink Turns Blue - If Two Worlds Kiss

gasmaskman
November 2nd 2007


1006 Comments


Just listen to it. He was amazing. Even listen to him on Winds of Creation...he was 15.

RIP Vitek, and best wishes to the families of Covan and Vitek.

(PS I wouldn't be surprised if they broke up over this)This Message Edited On 11.02.07

KieranVogel
December 27th 2007


29 Comments


RIP Vitek

Hilarious review btw.This Message Edited On 12.27.07

hybridstigmata
August 14th 2008


169 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Um.. how can you criticize Covan so much. He's a great vocalist and does a very good job on this cd. I saw them live right before this cd came out and Covan performed all the older songs perfectly fine. My only complaint is that the cd is too short. But at the same time, its short and right to the point and never lets up. Great cd.
Oh yeah and they're on hiatus due to the horrible accident last year but hopefully they find a way to make some more music soon. Vitek was an amazing drummer. If I was going to pick another drummer to play with them it would be the dude from Beneath the Massacre....they sorta have the same style.This Message Edited On 08.14.08This Message Edited On 08.14.08

Wizard
August 14th 2008


19644 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hahahahaha^

But seriously, Shadows doesn't come around here anymore

Digging: Ash Borer - Cold of Ages

R6Rider
November 10th 2009


4738 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

had my drummer listen to this yesterday, he said it sounded like another cliche Death Metal band, lol



KieranVandRakim
November 26th 2009


332 Comments


this album would be so much better if sauron was still the vocalist.



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