Ahh, finally some fresh meat for the grinder. Poland’s DECAPITATED are the purest form of hostility towards mankind; not only have they delivered a great album with big potentials, disappointments from last year (“Heretic” and “Savage Or Grace”) will be wiped out from your memory.
What makes up the personality of an adult, when is a person viewed as a mature individual? Is it interaction with other persons, approaches to solve a problem, to get married, loose your virginity, or is it determination? People look at this band and go “they’re so technical, inventive, progressive and mature!!!”. “The Negation”, because of its well-rounded and weighty professionalism, places DECAPITATED on the uppermost levels of Brutal Death Metal and grants this “adult/mature” recognition that has been echoing worldwide, even if they’re 20-25 years young, or should I say “old” ha ha.
I love “Nihility”, but to be brutally honest I must say that I haven’t heard the reputed “Winds Of Creations” (which I’ll pay a visit to shortly). This doesn’t stop me from drawing one conclusion I’m certain many will agree with when they’ve heard the new album; “Nihility” and “The Negation” are a twisted pair. It’s says on the promo sheet the band has attended music school while practising on the sideline; this peculiar relation to a Death Metal band from Poland leaves room for something out of the ordinary. I wouldn’t say that the style is original as in “new, never done before”, but I think they have a sound of their own that has what it takes to get passage into the Death Metal havens.
“The Fury” is an ill-tempered introduction to 30 minutes of all out brutality, the masterly instrumentation is evident right away on this evil beast which has blastbeats almost all the way through. The band strikes while the iron is hot and waste no time going all guns blazing on the following “Three-Dimensional Defect”. This is my favourite track so far, the drumming is robotic, machine like, and the solos have such prowess to them, blinding stuff. The creepy-crawly instrumental, “The Calling” should anyone wonder, at last gives me a chance to breath for a second. Again the guitar work is on highest ranks, this time without being technical or fast, there’s only one word for it: creepy.
“The Negation” never sounds chaotic, the songs are structured with enough tempo changes and nice soloing without showing off unlike some new Death Metal bands like THE FORSAKEN and DIABOLICAL (the Swedish one), whose solo passages are prime examples of (un) necessary wankery. I would have given a higher score if it weren’t for lack of variations in the vocal department; Sauron growls with pride and does it well, but how about some variation next time.
So with all the obligatory ingredients like technicality, fastness, and aggressiveness in the pot it looks like DECAPITATED’s longevity will last for ages to come if they continue to make albums like this and “Nihility”, now excuse me while I go back and waste my hearing... (Online February 16, 2004)