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Album Review

With the departure of their founding vocalist — the heartwarmingly named Sauron — the remaining members of Polish death metal veterans Decapitated have apparently decided to mark the installment of his successor, Covan, with a wholesale change of direction for their fourth studio album, Organic Hallucinosis. Launching off of their new frontman's more versatile skills in delivering various stages of deathly grunting, the band has stepped up the complexity of their songwriting to match, while establishing a non-traditional death metal aesthetic somewhere between the lopsided time signatures of Meshuggah and down-tuned power grooves of Pantera. And even though the exceedingly challenging results don't usually make for ideal moshpit conditions, intellectual onslaughts like "A Poem About an Old Prison Man," "Day 69" and "Flash-B(l)ack," do promise hours of gradual interpretation for those inclined towards thinking man's extreme metal. They also lack nothing in terms of intensity or brutality, only rarely exposing even the remotest traces of melody (see "Invisible Control") or turning down the volume for haunting, quieter passages ("Visual Delusion"). All of these new developments undoubtedly constrict the potential audience for a sound that's already likely to polarize longtime Decapitated fans, never mind try to seduce new ones; but one can't fault the band for trying, since it's not like they've managed to break out of the death metal underground with their previous works, anyway. And by limiting this album's running time to less than half an hour, it's almost as if Decapitated are intentionally giving their fans with a quick and relatively painless introduction to both their new membership and ambitions. Seems like a good strategy, if it works out in the long run.

Customer Reviews

THE Death Metal Album of the year

I usually just write reviews on cdnow, but I felt compelled to be the first on iTunes to say that this Decapitated record is just astonishing. This is everything you could ever want in a death metal record. Granted, the new vocalist doesn't carry that "death metal growl" but the guy still has pipes. The production is top notch as well. The drums you have to hear to believe just gigantic the sound is.This album blows anything this band has done on the last few albums. The Negation just bored the crap out of me but this album is perfectly timed and perfectly executed. Play this a lot and play it loud!

Oh My Unholy God!

This album is flawless. Absolute brutality and technical prowress. In my opinion this is the greatest death metal album ever to be released, and that is coming from a major fan of death metal. First I would like to adress the production, which is absolutely amazing. I can't think of an album when there was'nt a time where i wanted to hear the drumming better, or the guitars, or the vocals. Never on this album, it's perfect. This is the best thing Earache has ever put out. Now to the band. They are some of the most talented musicians in metal today. Everything exectuted perfectly (live aswell). Odd time-signatures and keys, and these guys still manage to keep it brutal and beautiful to my unholy bleeding ears. In a nutshell, this is the best music I have ever heard, period. The new singer is awsome, just as good, if not better than Sauron. He has more range and variation. Buy this now, and feel blessed by the fact that you are hearing such a brutal masterpiece.

Best of 2006, maybe ever?

I've been a big fan of Decapitated ever since Nihilty. That album introduced me to a whole new sound. The Negation made everything a bit groovier and less cold, and with one of the heaviest songs ever (Three Dimensional Defect). But then this album came out, and I almost died of happiness. Ever hear an album that felt like it was written for you? This is like that for me. Decapitated have been the only death metal band I cared about, as I got into bands like Meshuggah and Scarve. It seems Decapitated have wanted to bring something new to death metal. Don't listen to the morons that say this is metalcore or like Killswitch, because it is the exact opposite. Decapitated have always experimented with the start-stop sound; an emphasis on the silence between notes. They took it to the next level, added more atmosphere and chaos. This is much more mature and important than anything death metal has been offering for a long time. If you can't appreciate this, you dont want metal to evolve. Also, I actually like the new vocalist. I love Sauron, but atleast you can sing along with Covan. He just sounds tough! Learn to love it folks. This is one of the best records to headbang to ever. Seriously get with the program and listen to one of the best pieces of contemporary metal. Forget about Mastodon, or Trivium, or the new Lamb Of God. This is it.


Formed: 1996 in Krosno, Poland

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Formed in 1996, when the average age of members Sauron (vocals), Vogg (guitar), Martin (bass), and Vitek (drums) was just 14, Decapitated have quickly gained recognition as one of Poland's, and even Europe's, finest exponents of ultra-technical death metal. These talents they perfected over the course of demos Cemeterial Gardens (1997) and The Eye of Horus (1998) before signing with Earache's Wicked World imprint for the release of their 2000 debut, Winds of Creation, which in turn led to a successful...
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