Decapitated - 'Carnival Is Forever' (Nuclear Blast) Print E-mail
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Written by Darrel Sutton   
Saturday, 09 July 2011 05:30

DecapitatedThe fact that Waclaw "Vogg" Kieltyka is still fronting Decapitated is testament to the man's spirit and his commitment to a band and style of music he created with his brother Vitek. When the tour bus they were travelling in crashed on the Russian border in 2007, injuring Vogg, putting vocalist Covan in a coma, and killing Vitek, it seemed like one of the most amazing death metal bands had been dealt an untimely fatal blow.


However, in 2009, Vogg announced his decision to continue the band, seeking to recruit new members to continue as Decapitated. Having played and toured on Vader's 'Necropolis' album Vogg then recruited Austrian drummer Kerim "Krimh" Lechner and vocalist Rafal Piotrowski and they toured around the world before entering the studio to produce the band's fifth studio album 'Carnival Is Forever'. 


If you haven't heard Decapitated before then brace yourself for death metal like no other. Vogg's guitars can range from total head-removing riffery to Voivod-esque soundscapes to more ambient passages at will. When the riffs are firing like on 'The Knife' the man's untouchable, when the pace slows down, as it does on 'United', it can be mesmerising. The band seem to achieve a density of sound that few of this genre can match. Their technical excellence is never over-used to compromise a song and whilst there are some blinding displays of musicianship they all fit within the context of some truly savage songs.


Vogg's riffs drive the songs at a ferocious pace for the most part and Pitrowski's vocals are as harsh as you like, giving songs like 'Homo Sum' a real intensity and the whole album really is a maelstrom of top notch death metal. Indeed such is the quality of the album that it completely vindicates Vogg's decision to continue Decapitated as you couldn't find a better way to pay tribute to his brother.