Decapitated - Anticult
Technical death metal outfit DECAPITATED are back after three years with a brand new, hard-hitting roller coaster of an album entitled "Anticult." It's the seventh studio album by the legendary Poland-based band, and with it, the band are determined to take back their reign as champions of the tech-death arena. With some straight up wild riffs and the crazy percussion to go with it, Decapitated have managed to create something fresh and appealing to both their fanbase and new fans alike. Not only are the riffs super catchy and brutally aggressive, they are the type of sound that if you just had it going in the background as white noise, you wouldn't make it long before it catches your attention and makes you think to yourself, "damn." "Kill The Cult" is one of the first tracks I'd recommend anyone who's interested in checking this monstrous album out to listen to first - it's a perfection introduction to the type of sound Decapitated got with their new record, and if you're feeling that track, you're only going to fall even more in love with what the rest of the album has in store for you.
Vocalist Rafał Piotrowski has a gnarly, raw vocal style that I'm not usually a fan of, but his work with Decapitated is astounding and his style is just so well aligned with the instruments. The complexity and sophistication that guitarist Vogg, alongside his band mates, put into their songs are shown countless times throughout the record. From the very basic guitar-work that leads you into the record on "Impulse," to the metal as fuck solo you'll hear on "Never," to the wailing guitar you'll catch halfway through "Earth Scar" (with some epic chugging in the background) - every single note of this record was clearly well thought out, preciously planned, and excellently executed. There's a lot to take in on "Anticult" - seriously, it's all over the place - and it's a record you'll want to really listen to with headphones on and really pay attention to. This isn't your run of the mill, garage band that put out something that sounds like everyone else - "Anticult" is an epic collection of fine-tuned technical death, and it's certainly something that will please fans of death metal who have been patiently waiting for some new material from Decapitated.
"Amen," the final track that leads you out from the album, is a really cool slow, head-banger that has vocalist Rafal just yelling "Anticult" over some sick guitar tones as they slowly fade out to just the drums as it comes to an end. It puts great closure to a really wild journey that Decapitated take you through. If you're into fast, technical metal that doesn't put a focus on being the heaviest or the craziest but brings an epic landscape to your ears with each song, "Anticult" is one of the finer records released this year that will do it for you. It's not about brutality, it's not about breakdowns - it's about pushing your instruments to create something to make you bang your head, push your friends, and appreciate the complexity of what your hearing. And with a legendary band like Decapitated who clearly put in the time and work - it certainly paid off; Anitcult is a great addition to any metalhead's collection.
Check out the music video below for "Never" off of the new album "Anticult," and if you like what you hear, check out the band on Facebook, grab yourself a copy, or catch them touring the US with Thy Art Is Murder this August and September!