I must confess, I’m a big Decapitated fan since “Winds of Creation”. Though this album presented great technique and skills, the Vader influences were clear. They did an excellent job anyway. Great strong songs.
With “Nihility” they sharpened their sound, and lifted the bar even more – technique wise. And this was one of the motives for me to get into Decapitated. Their tech riffs were great!
“The Negation” was next in line. I started to notice, a more simpler, direct “sound”, but overall, the album was also great.
They now present “Organic Hallucinosis”. I have been reading a lot of reviews saying that this album is great, it’s another step for death metal, the Meshuggah influences are great, well whatever…
Well let me give you my 2 cents.
The new vocalist is ok, I guess, but seems not to fit in the band. Sauron vocals were way more brutal. This guy sings like if he’s in a metalcore band. The guitar job is up to Decapitated standards in most of the tracks, though some of those tech riffs, are kind of lost. They also recorded some tracks using a 7-string guitar but, for some strange reason, those tracks are not that heavy like they “should” be. I mean, what’s the point of using a 7-stringer if your other 6-string guitar riffs sound way more heavy? I personally expected more of Vogg in that 7-stringer exploring.
The drum job is greater than ever and I think that’s the best we can take from this album.
As for the external influences “Meshuggah and whatever” I never understood why bands struggle to create an original sound, achieved it, and then start copying other bands instead of exploring their achievements.
Decapitated are different and I’m not saying that’s a bad thing. Its better to change than to record 4 times the same album. They are just going into a different path, with some elements I don’t enjoy much. If Decapitated fans will follow that path or not, we will see. I’m not sure if I will.
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