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  • After hearing Decapitated’s “Sphere’s of Madness” on MTV2’s headbangers ball I thought I should get this record as it has been a while since I’ve heard something so tight and brutal as Decapitated. I purchased the album and really enjoyed it. I heard the Polish 4some were only about 18 years old when thier first album was released, how cool! Anyways, the musicianship on this record is simple; guitar, bass, drums, vocals death metal. No fancy production tricks or effects, hardly or no reverb or hall effects in instruments, just fast and brutal death. I would most likely consider this what cannibal corpse would sound like with extremely tight drums and guitars. The whole record sounds like they were playing right in front of you, the metal guitars sound like metal guitars, the drums sound like drums.The production on this record is raw, most sounding like Metallica’s Justice album, everything is in the for-front, well, almost everything. So like I said before, the music is tight. It’s the epitamy of what death metal was originally supposed to sound like, before bands like cannibal corpse and six feet under came along and diversified it somewhat, and groups branched out the category with melodic singing and keyboards. It’s still great though, the machine gun riffs are bone crunching and real, the drums are greatly audible and quick with the blast beats (not overdone though), the vocals were deep and powerful, but not completely cannibal corpse cookie monster. The only thing I was dissappointed with was the bass. It just seemed the bass knob and volume even on the bass amp wasn’t tuned up high enough, so parts where you actually hear the bass, it comes up a mostly weak (if I were the bass player in this band, I wouldn’t be happy).If this hindrence had been adjusted though, this album probably would’ve gotten 5 stars from me. The guitar players do hit lots of fast tight(key word: TIGHT) classic thrash and death riffs, yes, but that’s not all they do, there are lots of great twin harmonic licks mingled in between everything here, giving enough variety to have you picking up that imaginary guitar and whaling along. Now when you think of twin harmonic licks you usually think of In Flames, but it’s not to the upbeat sounding degree of In Flames, these licks are dark and morbid, but not black metal dark and morbid, just pure death.Another slight complaint is that the whole 8 song CD only lasted 35 minutes in length, so the entire listen to this record is shortlived, but for that time being, you’ll enjoy every head splitting moment. In conclusion, this album was definitly worth the cash. For anyone who’s into death metal, I would HIGHLY recommend this band. Although if your idea of good metal is that of Opeth, In Flames, or most swedish melodic types, this may turn you off a bit. Just keep an open mind and give this was a few spins, it’s an old school death headbangers dream come true.

    Posted on March 11, 2010