Yeah, so, I know I broke my unwritten rule of not covering any records produced after 1999 but this is Choose Day Chime Machine, ok? So, I choose what I want until you chime the fuck in. This is not to be confused with Cruise Day Crime Machine, where we perpetrate and catalog petty crimes loosly based on Tom Cruise movies, nor This is an interactive, even if self-serving, class in metal history. Besides this grandiose debut of Polish death metal mastery is almost 13 years old. I know some of ya’ll got kids this age. Plus, since death metal classics are part of a balanced with Winds of Creation this week and Nocturnus‘ The Key this week, it’s about time we got things rolling with old school death metal. Decapitated is a band that has introduced a lot of djent and metalcore elements since it’s revival. After Vogg was left as the only member following a the band’s tragic bus accident while on tour Belarus, he decided to keep the band active. Though one can’t deny the awesome power of artistic perseverance, the music had simply morphed into something else, commercial or not. Yet, while Black to the Blind and De Profundis dominate Polish classics in my book, Behemoth dominates the headlines and Hate seems to be the most musically mature Polish death metal band in 2013, Winds of Creation shows a band that would have been elite were it not for some ice on the road.
“Blessed” – Now that’s whachya call death metal riffing! Sure it may be little more than Vader worship the eyes of some but, as I’ll continue to wail til I’m blu ein the face, Vader enjoys some of the best riffery in the history of death metal. I stand by that. Please write your carefully reasoned dissenting opinions below.
“Nine Steps” – As the band rolled into the 21st century, Nihility showed itself to be a good effort. As for anything after that –even before the accident– these are things I just don’t talk about because it isn’t my cup of mead and sort of ruins how glorious this album is. I get the feeling many others are of the same opinion. Besides being a riff factory, Winds of Creation boasts time changes, varied textures and, in the case of this “Nine Steps”, tasty yet brief switch off soloing. Above all, the impeccable precision of this album is made all the more fascinating by taking into account how young this band was. While Vader took years to achieve this level of deadly musicianship, these guys were doing it at 19 and 20 years old. Though today’s incarnation of Decapitated can make for a good show, there is no telling what heights they would have risen to had fate not derailed their lives and careers.