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Blood Mantra

29 Sep 2014

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  • Original Release Date: 29 Sep 2014
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Copyright: 2014 Nuclear Blast GmbH
  • Total Length: 39:38
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  • ASIN: B00MOEFD3Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,579 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Green on 16 Oct 2014
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Blood Mantra is the sixth album by Polish death metal legends Decapitated. It was released on 29 September, 2014 via Nuclear Blast. It is the first album to feature bassist Paweł Pasek and drummer Michał Łysejko. The single “The Blasphemous Psalm to the Dummy God Creation” was released on 12 September, 2014.

When the news broke onto the internet about this album being released I was very excited. Decapitated are another excellent Polish export and seeing that the Scandinavians pretty much own the market as far as having excellent bands out there, it’s a sure-fire reason to say that Blood Mantra will be another excellent album.

In saying that, Decapitated are a band that I’ve recently gotten into, first hearing Nihility (2002) some years back, then with Carnival Is Forever (2011) whetting my appetite further. Although they are a shadow of their former selves the band have always managed to be consistent with their albums, and have pretty much been consistent despite the loss of members throughout the years, I can’t help feel that there will always be this divide between old Decapitated and new Decapitated.

(I’ve held fire on instantly writing a review of this album. I’ve given myself time to really sit with this album and listen to it over and over again. When it finally ‘clicked’ and I really got used to this album, I really liked the album.)

For those still sitting on the fence wondering if this album is any good, then just listen to the singles already out there.

Much like Carnival Is Forever, the album is only 8 songs long (the old saying of “quality over quantity” applies here) but I feel that this album trumps the previous one.
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I waited for about 2 weeks after I got the album before I wrote a review, just to make sure I had fully taken it in.

What can I say, this is has to the tightest and most fluid album the band have ever done. Initially I wasn't fan of the first two tracks, they seemed a little too much like a need to reconnect with their classic DM roots, problem is Decapitated don't have any classic roots, they've always defied the standard DM conventions and cut their own path! After a few listens to this there isn't one track I can find fault with, every one a killer. They've moved away from the really progressive feel of "Carnival" to a more down the line harder edge, simply coming at you will all guns blazing.

Every track has something going for it, from the intense pounding killer rhythms of "Veins" and "Nest", to the more introspective, tribal rhythms feel of the hypnotic track "Blindness". Decapitated are one of the best in their field simply because of their attention to detail, there isn't a single note that feels out of place. What can you say about Vogg's compositions and guitar work, the guy's a classically trained musician and all that training and hard work is put to devastating use once again in possibly their best album to date. Just listen the complex patterns he's put together for the track "Nest" for examples of the guy's talent! If "Carnival" didn't set them apart as one of the best DM bands around this will. If you're looking from something heavier than Lamb of God but without all that twiddly pomp of bands like Chidren of Bodom, the get this it will blow you away. If you're not up out of your seat and air guitaring like a nutjob, then you have now true metal soul and should ask for your money back!
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It's been 3 years since Decapitated's re-birth album 'Carnival Is Forever', an album which signalled mainman Vogg's desire to keep the flame burning...well this time they've turned the heat up.
'Blood Mantra' takes the technical mastery the band have always shown and adds new layers of sonic perfection, incorporating the dizzying song structures and power-tooled precision of old with a new-found maturity, resulting in a fuller, richer sound, as Decapitated create a metallic masterpiece which offers variations of tempo and a more melodic, colourful soundscape which incorporates slamming, Fear Factory-esque rhythms, moments of genuine harmonic texture and a more 'widescreen' feel for the music as the band, occasionally, ease off the gas resulting in (perhaps) their best album to date.
'Blood Mantra' just FLOWS like molten lava as it scales mighty peaks while descending into the valleys below, taking you on a tech-death odyssey which rivals anything the genre has spawned in recent years, fusing classic death metal, stoner-inspired grooves and progressive flavours.
Make no mistake, there is much brutality to be found, but this is an album which signifies genuine growth plus a greater sense of vision, and it's fascinating to speculate just where mastermind Vogg will steer them to next.
This album confirms that post-accident Decapitated are very much on an upward curve, becoming one of death metal's more distinctive voices as they retain their original brutality while adding new-found depth. A classic. Try it.
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