Decapitated
Anticult


3.5
great

Review

by Simon Killip CONTRIBUTOR (134 Reviews)
July 9th, 2017 | 68 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: There's no room for respite here.

After returning from the ashes in 2009 from a terrible accident which resulted in the death of Decapitated’s drummer Vitek, in 2008, Vogg reassembled and delivered an album that was not only an excellent statement, proving the band still meant business, but was also a great progression: utilizing an array of melodic elements to their death metal palate, resulting in a refreshing sound which took Vogg’s song-writing skills to a new level. However, their last album Mantra was one of 2014’s biggest disappointments for me; it wasn’t a bad album by any means, but lacked the panache and memorability its former pertained, and was a bit drab and formulaic. So, here we are, 3 years on from a minor blip to the systems, and it seems focus has been redirected and a slightly different blueprint has been drawn up to work on.

It’s worth mentioning right off the bat that Anticult might piss a few fans off – walking on a dangerous tightrope of new ideas: the most notable is a distinct lack of fretboard gymnastics and intricate structures, relying on a Pantera-like groove and a large emphasis on mood-making from its guitars. Compositions are much simpler, weaving into the standard verse-chorus structure, with the odd solo pleaser thrown in for good measure. And even though on paper it could look as though the band have missed the mark in a big way, it’s actually a very enjoyable record, mainly down to two things: the first being a great production, which can be crushing at times, the likes of “One-eyed Nation” and “Deathvaluation” offer a scathing sound that concludes these guys aren’t going soft. Secondly, it’s one of the most concise LPs I’ve heard this year; an 8-track monster running entirely on lean tissue, it doesn’t leave an inch of room for you to breath and by the end of the cycle you’ll be eager to hit the repeat button again just to try and take it all in properly. And in today’s metal world, an album running at this pace is quite uncommon and refreshing. Of course, a great production and a short run-time don't equate to a solid album, so it's a good job the tracks at hand are well put together. The groove shifting "Kill the Cult" or the sludgy riff on the closing track, "Amen", are just a couple of great moments found here. While Rasta’s vocals excellently compliment the music, ensuring the complete package delivers a great brutality throughout, with the odd moment of experimentation with the likes of “Earth Scar”, which hears Rasta subtly toying with the idea of singing over screaming.

Overall, there really is little to fault with an album like Anticult; sure, it deviates quite a bit from the technical aspects of the band, and instruments take a backseat compared to previous works, but the band have hardly gone soft or had a drastic shake-up; this is still most definitely a Decapitated record. Its to-the-point song-writing and quick run-time ensure the repetitive song structures never overstay their welcome or have you twiddling your thumbs. There’s nothing original here, sure, but what this album does offer is good, clean, brutal fun. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.

Great.

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DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
July 9th 2017


13005 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Really enjoyed this. Much better than Mantra.



As always, constructive criticism welcome, peeps.

KingdomOfTyrant
July 9th 2017


584 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Blood Mantra was not bad, but this is really good

DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
July 9th 2017


13005 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nah, Mantra is ok. This is great though.

MikeyPalmice
July 9th 2017


13 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Their best since 2006 for me. "One Eyed Nation" the best track here

artiswar
July 9th 2017


980 Comments


haven't listened yet, too busy blasting Veins in a loop. I love how dark and moody that bridge is... when the main riff comes back at the end it's like coming out of a reverie, so fuckin magical... praying to satan that this lives up

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Tunaboy45
July 9th 2017


15156 Comments


Mantra was alright, hoping this is better. Great review as always.

kingdedethefifth
July 9th 2017


3020 Comments


Man, i've been waiting for this to come out considering as how ever since Nihilist, hell even since Winds of Creation, the bands quality has dropped considerably. Really can't wait to see how this pans out.

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BigPleb
July 9th 2017


50576 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Way better than Mantra, some deadly grooves on here and once again Vogg kills it.

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
July 9th 2017


7490 Comments


Album is fantastic, and definitely better than its predecessor.

Good review.

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zaruyache
July 9th 2017


17177 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

This album is hella repetitive and just passable. Better than Blood Mantra by a bit, though.

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Relinquished
July 9th 2017


36042 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

barely got anything good out of it

DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
July 9th 2017


13005 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Wow, some pretty polarizing opinions going on for this haha. Though I think most agree this is better than mantra.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
July 9th 2017


7490 Comments


^^I think that, as an audience, we are not used to crossover endeavors such as this one, or Blood Mantra.

This has death metal and hardcore on it, but it's certainly not deathcore.

DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
July 9th 2017


13005 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Can agree with that man

MO
July 9th 2017


21767 Comments


nice review, gonna jam this for sure

Aiwaz
July 9th 2017


2351 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

nice review man but unfortunately this band is shit now



https://youtu.be/Dzsnunj-5gg





sad

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Ebola
July 9th 2017


2704 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is some good shit

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DatsNotDaMetulz
July 9th 2017


3278 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Really dig this album. Especially the groovier moments like Kill the Cult and Earth Scar. They've become more accessible without sacrificing their intensity and heaviness.

jemaiseyeti
July 9th 2017


66 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Very good album, don't like how Soilwork-like Deathvaluation is though.

BigPleb
July 9th 2017


50576 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

First track slaaays, like a throwback to Organic.



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