Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Carnival is Forever - Decapitated (2011)

After the tragic events of November 2007 and the death of the original drummer Witold “Vitek” Kieltyka, Decapitated are back with a stunning album filled with knife-stabbing riffs and intense drumming. Carnival is Forever is due to come out on the 12th of July in the US and on the 15th of July in Europe via Nuclear Blast Records. Vitek's replacement Kerim “Krimh” Lechner(Drums) did an amazing job with the drums providing some fast and accurate double kicks and blast beats while using only the live sound from the drums, meaning no triggers. Musically it is exactly what you would expect from a technical death metal band. It's technical! The riffs are majestically huge and will cause severe neck damage live, while the vocals of Rafal Piotrowksi(Vocals) really bring the aggressiveness out. However, despite all the technical stuff there is also a nice combination between airy atmospheres and brutal riffs which creates a nice spooky effect, while the last track, entitled Silence, is a guitar monologue from Waclaw “Vogg” Kieltyka(Guitars) with a very dark and gloomy feeling which fits nicely as the album epitaph. The album on its own is not big, with 8 tracks and a total of 43 minutes but, unless you are used to the whole technical death metal sound, it can get a bit tiring. Vogg really did a great job with the composition and the production of the album along with Arkadiusz "Malta" Malczewski and gave the album a very nice and natural sound. Guitar wise, Vogg once again showcases an amazing technical ability and a very nice usage of effects and sounds.
Favourite track out of the album is A View from a Hole which has a very nice tribal-like intro which then explodes into a mayhem of brutality and technicality.

Carnival is Forever: 7/10

Posted by Nick 

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