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  DECAPITATED
'Blood Mantra'
(Nuclear Blast)


jools green

Jools Green



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'Blood Mantra' is the follow up to 2011s 'Carnival Is Forever', the second full length since the horrors of 2007 and taking that into consideration Decapitated have, in their new formation, bounced back surprisingly well.

They will never be able to recreate another 'Organic Hallucinosis' and anyone who expects them to do so is beyond unreasonable. Music, like everything, moves forward; obviously there are aspects that will be reminiscent but 'Carnival Is Forever' and 'Blood Mantra' both mark the beginning of a new era.

So how does it sound? As a standalone release it sounds fine, a definite progression from 'Carnival Is Forever' where they were, in many understandable respects, finding their feet again.

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In some ways there is a more melodic edge to the sound in places, only slightly, maybe more of a groove. They have certainly tried to push the boat out with the composition and the overall sound, mixing and matching elements of death Metal with grindcore, incorporating at times an almost blackened atmosphere, plenty of groove and an almost stoner vibe in places as well as some familiar technical elements.

The composition of all the tracks is good, as is the musicianship across the board, particularly from the new the band members who are bound to be under the closest scrutiny, the new drummer for this release, Michal 'Młody 'Lysejko and vocalist Rafał 'Rasta' Piotrowski, who has really found his pipes on this album, sounding more confident, with a lot of depth and power, quite an achievement considering that these guy have big shoes to fill.

As 'Blood Mantra' begins I am filled with excitement from the intense opening build of 'Exiled In Flesh' which takes on a subtle technical edge to the guitars as Rafał's vocals rip through you.

Two of the tracks, 'The Blasphemous Psalm To The Dummy God Creation' and 'Nest', really sat well with me. They recreated, in some respects, the feel found on 'Organic Hallucinosis' particularly as of that found on my favourite track of that release, 'Day 69', in places, but at the same time both remaining original and stand alone in their own rights.

'Veins' has a superb catchy repeat riff that courses across it along with flesh searing screams from Rafał, an exciting, up tempo track. Album title track 'Blood Mantra' is an absolutely superb track with a catchy dirty groove and killer riffs.

The fast tempo 'Instinct' has a brutal groove and some impressively innovative riff work. On 'Blindness' the underlying guitar work that runs beneath the harsh vocals is hypnotic and makes a superb contrast. 'Red Sun' is a reflective instrumental and chance to catch your breath before the final (bonus) track 'Moth Defect' which after an extended intro is an intense, punchy album closer with some superb midway blood curdling screams.

'Blood Mantra' was recorded at Hertz Studio, Bialystok, Poland and a great job has been done of the production, polished enough to make a good listen but not overly so. All in all I think 'Blood Mantra' is a good release and will certainly get a good few spins from me.




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22.10.14













 


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