Decapitated
Blood Mantra


2.0
poor

Review

by Jacquibim STAFF
September 30th, 2014 | 135 replies


Release Date: 09/26/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The product of a band running on fumes

Although many would have you believe that Decapitated’s decline came as a result of Vitek’s tragic passing, in actuality, the band had simply exhausted their creative energy after their debut. Nihility retained what little was left of the spark that made them such a force at the turn of the millennium, but every ensuing release feels like an engine that refuses to turn over, steadily sapping the already faltering battery with each crank to no avail. Opting for a change of pace following their reformation seemed like a good idea on paper, but it’s apparent that whatever issues the band are facing are a little more intrinsic than merely being stuck in an artistic rut. Pardon the cynicism, but Blood Mantra’s mediocrity comes as no surprise.

Before the amusingly named second track is even complete, the album’s biggest failing is already obvious – a near total lack of inspiration. Highlights can barely even be called so, as the only thing distinguishing said moments is their strength relative to the album’s low points. The opening riff in “Exiled in Flesh” wouldn’t merit a second glance should it have appeared on a more accomplished record, yet it stands out on Blood Mantra not because it’s interesting in any way, but simply because it isn’t irritating to listen to. Rasta provides some unintentional laughs with his inapt vocal performance, exhibited most comically during the breakdown of “Instinct”. The tough-guy delivery combined with the stuttering riff patterns could fool someone into believing they’re listening to a late-nineties nu-metal album, as opposed to a technical death marvel. Every now and then, Decapitated do manage to implement something worthwhile, yet they seem intent on spreading their ideas so thin that the best moments fizzle out and become lost in translation. “Blindness” begins with a subdued yet catchy rhythm that could’ve potentially led into something climactic, but it’s repeated ad infinitum that all interest is lost by half-distance. Such a criticism rings true for the album altogether, as by the time the final track arrives, you’re just counting down the minutes until Blood Mantra’s long-awaited conclusion.

At this point, the idea that Vogg spearheaded the creation of a tech-death classic is mystifying, given what his band achieved as teenagers in contrast to what we’re hearing now. Perhaps the impetuousness and naiveté of youth was a blessing in disguise, but one that faded as the prospects of adulthood dawned upon them. Regardless, Blood Mantra is the inevitable result of drawing too much from an idea well that had so little to give in the first place.



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evilford
September 30th 2014


40642 Comments


nice soundoff prob won't listen

Totengott
September 30th 2014


4130 Comments


Listening now, nice review.

evilford
September 30th 2014


40642 Comments


imaginary pos

adr
September 30th 2014


11797 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

yea this is mediocre, Rasta vocals are awful here. Good review.

Metalstyles
Emeritus
September 30th 2014


8570 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like these guys and liked their last one as well, so I'm fairly certain I'll find something to like here as well. Good review though!

MO
September 30th 2014


22011 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

magnus it's solid. last 2 tracks are kinda forgettable.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
September 30th 2014


7605 Comments

Album Rating: 3.4 | Sound Off

The album sounds like it was made with some kind of "crossover/grindcore" philosophy in mind.



It riffs hard as well, a low 3.5 for me atm.

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Jom
Staff Reviewer
September 30th 2014


2991 Comments


I don't think they'll ever come close to their top two again. Sometimes there's flourishes of good stuff here, but you nailed it with Rasta's effect on this record.

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
September 30th 2014


10179 Comments


I quite enjoyed this actually. Review seems good.

Willie
Moderator
September 30th 2014


17302 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3

I liked their last album and haven't heard any of the others. Good review, but I'm still going to give it a listen since my opinion isn't influenced by any of their early stuff.

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emester
September 30th 2014


8181 Comments


yeah this was doody

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
September 30th 2014


24412 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

veins and t/t were pretty solid iirc



the rest was forgettable

KILL
September 30th 2014


80846 Comments


didnt think they could get any worse than carnival god damn

Totengott
September 30th 2014


4130 Comments


Title track is nice and some riffs are decent, but that's it really.

tempest--
September 30th 2014


20577 Comments


inb4 pleb gets pissed

Totengott
September 30th 2014


4130 Comments


Last 2 tracks are awful.

Asmodeuss1990
September 30th 2014


367 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think this was decent.

Kusangii
September 30th 2014


1643 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Album sucks

BigPleb
September 30th 2014


51487 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Sm0k

tempest--
September 30th 2014


20577 Comments


your face reading the rating

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