Behold the strongest and uncompromising elite death metal band, Decapitated, returning to the masses with their seventh album Anticult. Expect nothing less than defiance and destruction via Nuclear Blast Records.
Opening the record with ambience Impulse embarks the journey of a blast beat outbreak, groove embellished riffs and utter death turmoil- a true calm before the obliterating storm. Each track is well- crafted, consistent in fluency. I won’t delve too much into each track as conventions of modern society, working class themes of unjust systems and humanities indulgence disseminates the compacted record of a running time less than 40 minutes. For me the one track that really captivates this record at its best is undoubtedly Kill the Cult. With possibility the heaviest riff of the year, the atmospheric disorientation and punching aggression makes an impressive contrast .The harshly- barked chorus “Kill the cult, cult of lies” employed by Rasta confirms the aversion from death metal conservatism, rather than the deep throating gutturals we’re used to enduring from the likes of their earlier production Nihility.
It is evident that the technical Kronso quartet has chosen a new path, taking to the elements of groove as well as death. This shouldn’t appeal as such a surprise to older fans as this diversity has been foreseen much earlier by the additions of Carnival Is Forever and certainly Blood Mantra. Anticult exceeds the boundaries of conservative death metal as the brutal Poles introduce vast dynamics of tempo change, single note grooves and elevating hooks. Cleverly, there are a few tasters of the bands old death metal roots; I admire the scope of how unique this record is and believe the band has reached a level where this sub-genre that they’ve predominantly created for themselves has expanded their expectations as musicians. Anticult defies any single category, with offerings of Swedish, atmospheric, extreme, groove, prog and death metal. Categorise the genre as you must!
I have the upmost respect considering the losses and reformation that this band has come to be moulded by. Modifying the style of the music that they were most commonly defined has by doubt been a risk; it’s evident that the future productions will not compete against their earlier classics. However, Decapitated has reached a comfortable peak in their career and are primarily set on producing a fresh, niche sound that makes sense to them . “We put lots of time and energy to make this album sound like it does,” Vogg began to Nuclear Blast. “I hope people will love it, too. I sure this album will not disappoint old and new Decapitated fans. There is something for all of them. I really can’t wait to get on tour again. I want to play Anticult songs to everyone.” In shorter terms, this album is a pivotal milestone in the history of death metal.