This year Decapitated releases one of their most impressive albums in a long time. Blood Mantra is everything Decapitated is and isn’t. For this album, Decapitated traded their coined technical riffs and drumming with ravaging riffing and swift drumming. This album proves Decapitated is the most versatile band in death metal.
Decapitated goes right into the calamity with Exiled in Flash. Exiled in Flash, a heart-pounding catastrophe filled with heavy riffs and brutal drumming. Though we all know Decapitated for their chaotic sensation of dexterity, Exiled in Flash introduces a more deleterious sound. This is the first example of how Decapitated digressed from their previous sound.
A song like Veins truly is cold-blooded. The opening of the song is pretty simple; the melodic and catchy riff is what pulls the listener in until Rafal’s classic vocals come in and annihilate the whole song. The rest of the song is a combination of melodic and destructive. This song is also the perfect way to show off the rapidity of new drummer Michal’s style.
The album’s title track Blood Mantra gets more obliterating every second. You hear only guitars at first as drums slowly creep its way into the song. The first part of the song is pretty plain, the riffing and drumming is nothing special and honestly a lot less than I expected of Decapitated. The song doesn’t catch you until about halfway through, when one of the most furious solos I ever heard from Decapitated is paired with extremely intricate drumming. And the devastation only continues to become more despotic until the song completely cuts off.
Instinct is a song I feel sounds like older Decapitated, more specifically an album like Organic Halluncinosis (2006). Both guitars and drums are extremely complex right when the song starts, and it takes over a minute for Rafal’s vocals to come in. It does become much more melodic when the vocals come in, but some sick solos are still thrown in there. Toward the end of the album you hear something not commonly heard of in Decapitated: a slow yet intense part. I kind of wish this Decapitated was introduced earlier because it was really unique. But the rest of the song is classic fast Decapitated.
The last song is Red Sun. The atmospheric gloomy introduction is another quality about this album that you could never guess was Decapitated. This gloominess continues, and then ends softly. Honestly I wish Decapitated ended on a stronger note. This whole album is very powerful, and this one slow song turned me off. But nonetheless the rest of the album is immense.
I truly was impressed with Decapitated. I honestly didn’t care for Carnival is Forever (2011), so when I first heard this new album I was stoked that this album is really good. I have to agree with one of my journalist friends who said this album isn’t for the older Decapitated fans. They went a completely different direction, and sounds nothing like older material. Even though I do love the older stuff, I don’t want Decapitated to write another Nihility (2002) or The Negation (2004). I absolutely love how their sound is more unpredictable, and me personally I’m curious to see what other directions Decapitated takes their future material. But for now, definitely jam to this record!
The Age of Metal was able to speak to Vogg, guitarist of Decapitated. In the interview he discusses Blood Mantra, the festivals they just finished playing in Europe and the touring they have coming up in North America.
Decapitated with GWAR and American Sharks:
10/15: Norfolk, Va. @ The Norva
10/16: Sayreville, N.J. @ Starland Ballroom
10/17: Stroudsburg, Pa. @ Sherman Theater
10/18: Worcester, Mass. @ The Palladium – Rock and Shock Festival
10/19: Buffalo, N.Y. @ The Town Ballroom
10/21: Louisville, Ky. @ Expo Five
10/22: Memphis, Tenn. @ New Daisy Theater
10/23: Dallas, Texas @ Gas Monkey Live
10/24: New Orleans, La. @ House of Blues
10/25: Austin, Texas @ Emo’s – Housecore Horror Film Festival*
10/26: Houston, Texas @ Warehouse Live
10/28: Oklahoma City, Okla. @ Diamond Ballroom
10/29: Sauget, Ill. @ Pop’s Nightclub
10/30: Lawrence, Kansas @ Granada Theater
10/31: Denver, Colo. @ The Summit Music Hall**
11/1: Albuquerque, N.M. @ Sunshine Theater
11/2: Tempe, Ariz. @ The Marquee
11/3: Santa Ana, Calif. @ The Observatory
11/4: Reno, Nev. @ Knitting Factory Concert House
11/5: San Francisco, Calif. @ The Regency Ballroom
11/6: Hollywood, Calif. @ House of Blues
11/7: Las Vegas, Nev. @ Hard Rock Live
11/8: Magna, Utah @ The Great Salt Air
11/10: Boise, Idaho @ Knitting Factory Concert House
11/11: Portland, Ore. @ Roseland Theater
11/12: Seattle, Wash. @ Showbox SODO
12/09: London (Forum)
12/10: Glasgow (O2 Academy)
12/11: Dublin (Academy)
12/12: Birmingham (O2 Academy)
12/13: Manchester (Academy)
01. Exiled In Flesh
02. The Blasphemous Psalm To The Dummy God Creation
04. Blood Mantra
08. Red Sun
Genre: Death Metal
Record Label: Nuclear Blast
Playing Time: 46 minutes
Rafał Piotrowski – Vocals
Waclaw “Vogg” Kieltyka – Guitars
Pawel Pasek -Bass
Michal Lysejko – drums