A brand new DECAPITATED album is usually a very good motive to get excited. Ever because the Polish crew emerged as wide-eyed youngsters within the (very) late ’90s, they’ve been a stable benchmark for regardless of the sound of dying steel’s innovative has been at any given time.
They mastered their idiosyncratic tackle the old school on their early demos and first couple of data, after which dismantled and rebuilt the style from the bottom up on 2006’s “Natural Hallucinosis”, arguably having extra influence and affect on so-called fashionable dying steel than another band this century.
When the premature passing of talismanic drummer Vitek in 2007 threatened to cease the present, his brother Vogg made the courageous determination to energy on, and subsequent albums like “Blood Mantra” and “Anticult” have pushed the band’s sound ever additional into an unknown and obscenely thrilling future. Consequently, best people will likely be anticipating “Cancer Culture” to proceed that noble custom of near-perfect, state-of-the-art excessive steel with a curiously eccentric Polish twist. And, in fact, it does.
DECAPITATED have been a significant power, each dwell and on report, for greater than 20 years, however “Cancer Culture” reveals not one shred of complacency from Vogg, or indeed his new drummer, James Stewart. Formerly an everyday fixture in VADER, Stewart is solely one of many biggest drummers in dying steel right this moment, and his instant chemistry with Vogg is each apparent and exhilarating. The opening title monitor says all of it: tremendous brutal and technically devastating, however stuffed with good melodic ideas and structural curveballs.
The monitor showcases DECAPITATED‘s subsequent evolutionary leap, whereas nonetheless packing sufficient murderous groove to appease followers of route-one aggression. Equally, current singles “Hello Death” and “Just a Cigarette” each exhibit blinding flashes of a extra progressive and experimental mindset, whereas additionally delivering neck-snapping bursts of pace and depth.
Using ghostly keyboards halfway via “Just a Cigarette” is one in every of a number of intelligent gildings that add dazzling shade to the tune’s core of excoriating blasts and DEATH-like melodic riffing, whereas a closing, melodic chorus pulls off the startling trick of being each visceral and weirdly stunning. Equally, “Hello Death” includes a beautiful visitor look from JINJER‘s Tatiana Shmalyuk that makes excellent sense, each musically and geographically, and brings but extra new textures to DECAPITATED‘s unrelenting assault.
Even higher, MACHINE HEAD‘s Robb Flynn graces “Iconoclast” with, it must be stated, one in every of his finest vocals in years. The tune is a high-octane eruption of catchy-but-warped extremity, with frontman Rasta‘s scabrous roar offering stylish distinction with Flynn‘s melancholy cameo.
Pleasingly, “Cancer Culture” is stuffed to the gills with songs of comparable quality. From the 77-second “Locked”, which is completely insane and completely assured to become a dwell favourite, to the stately grind of closer “Last Supper”, every little thing about DECAPITATED‘s eighth album factors to ranges of artistry, method and rabid enthusiasm that, even now, few can match.