A good deal of the people that listen to this band probably heard of them the same way I did. Someone told me 'Dude, you should check out DECAPITATED. They play Brutal Technical Death, kinda like SUFFOCATION, and their drummer's FOURTEEN!'. So, heeding the advice of this person I'm talking to in a chat room, I decided to download the song "Winds Of Creation".
My first reaction was: "This guy is lying. No way can a bunch of kids can write music like this!" Fortunately for fans of this genre, I was mistaken.
The band hails from the current hot-bed of Brutal Death Metal, Poland, where bands like BEHEMOTH, YATTERING and VADER (amongst others), have been honing their craft for many years.
DECAPITATED are basically following in the foot-steps of those that came before them, releasing a well written slab of Death Metal. Although their song-writing is far too derivative of their elders, it is somewhat understandable, due to their inexperience. An identity is not gained overnight, it is something that is carved and shaped throughout the years.
The music, as described before, caters to the more extreme side of the Death Metal spectrum. The band opts for the 'wall-of-sound' approach to their song-writing. Fortunately, the band knows if the music turns into a display of technical prowess instead of actual songwriting, the brutality of the music is lost; also, oddly enough, DECAPITATED have realized that writing a 40 minute brutal as all hell album will sometimes be too much for the listener, so instead of trying to bury you and endless brutality, the band knows when to throw in some groovy riffing. An album that tries to barrage you with a heaviness gets tiring and redundant after a while (The new HATE ETERNAL, anyone? I love it, but c'mon!)
The CD ends with a cover of SLAYER's "Mandatory Suicide". I'm not a big fan of (any type of) Metal bands covering a song from another Metal band, mainly because the more recent band will more often do nothing more than replay the song exactly, (except for the solo), and this cover is no exception. This version is also a bit faster, and the sinister atmosphere is somewhat lost.
All in all, this is not only a great album within the Brutal Death genre; it also shows these youngsters' great untapped potential to be in the forefront of the scene within the years to come. It's also a great CD if you want you're unfamiliar with the more extreme end of the Metal spectrum.
Highly recommended. (Online September 16, 2003)