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5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome back!
Well, I'm glad that Vogg decided to put Decapitated back together. What he, his family and bandmates went through in 2007 will never fade from peoples memory, let alone theirs. But putting it simply, we needed to hear Vogg and his amazing guitar playing again, and Decapitated is the best output. "Carnival..." is superb and an utterly outstanding return. I kinda guessed it...
Published on 18 July 2011 by Opeth-fiend
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3.0 out of 5 stars Decapitated are back...sort of
It was always going to be tough to top Organic Hallucinosis, even if the band hadn't gone through such a trauma. For me, that album was one of the best albums in extreme music I've heard and I still listen to it regularly with amazement at just how intense it is.
My guess is that Vitek (RIP) and Vogg were the co-writers of most of Decapitated's music and,...
Published on 4 Aug 2011 by TJH
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3.0 out of 5 stars Decapitated are back...sort of,
This review is from: Carnival Is Forever (Audio CD)It was always going to be tough to top Organic Hallucinosis, even if the band hadn't gone through such a trauma. For me, that album was one of the best albums in extreme music I've heard and I still listen to it regularly with amazement at just how intense it is.
My guess is that Vitek (RIP) and Vogg were the co-writers of most of Decapitated's music and, although Vogg is an exceptional guitarist, he has struggled to write the same sort of music without his lost brother.
I'm sure he also wanted to change it up a bit and try using some different elements in the music, and this may also be down to the new members that this lineup is made of, but the new additions to the sound seem to make them sound more generic in my opinion.
Carnival is Forever isn't too bad, but it's not too great either. Of all the 8 tracks, only Homo Sum would make it onto a best of Decapitated in my opinion. That song aside, there just isn't enough of the intensity that was present on the last album, and the songs seem to lack some of the technicality of previous Decapitated albums.
It is still a fairly brutal dose of modern death metal, and the production doesn't let down, but it's just not interesting enough to compete with the 3 albums the band made before this.
The new vocalist has a decent enough voice, but his parts are just not interesting or memorable, and some of the lyrics are terrible (though I could forgive that if they at least sounded cool).
The drumming is good, and the double pedal playing relentless, but there isn't quite as much blasting as there used to be, which for a band like this, seems wrong.
The bass playing is barely noticeable. Nuff said. Martin was obviously a better bassist than whoever the new guy is.
Vogg's guitar playing is still top notch and his sound is like some sort of fizzing chunky machine. However none of his solos are as good as Perfect Dehumanisation, or Three Dimensional Defect, and none of the riffs can stand up against those songs either.
I disagree with whoever it was that said 'they just sound like Meshuggah now'. I'm a big Meshuggah fan and this is not similar apart from the occasional riff and possibly the guitar sound. This is more like just a watered down version of what they used to sound like, with more standard 'metal' techniques thrown in. The song View from a Hole actually sounds more like Opeth until the thrash beats come in.
Vogg manages a good clean sound on this album for the first time too, but the parts he plays with it just aren't very good. The closing track I listened to once and thought it sounded interesting at first, but then it didn't go anywhere and really was a bit of a let down for a closing track.
All in all it's hard to criticise too much though. What would you expect from a band who's founding member died in an accident and who's vocalist is still in a coma? The album still sounds relatively good and has some pretty good riffs, but generally isn't too memorable and struggles to retain interest throughout. I would give it 4 stars if it was all as strong as Homo Sum, which is easily my favourite track, but as it isn't I'm giving it a low 3 stars.
If you're new to Decapitated I would suggest listening to Nihility, The Negation, and then Organic Hallucinosis, those 3 albums will blow your brains out.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome back!,
This review is from: Carnival Is Forever (Audio CD)Well, I'm glad that Vogg decided to put Decapitated back together. What he, his family and bandmates went through in 2007 will never fade from peoples memory, let alone theirs. But putting it simply, we needed to hear Vogg and his amazing guitar playing again, and Decapitated is the best output. "Carnival..." is superb and an utterly outstanding return. I kinda guessed it would be good, but this good? Not really, if I'm brutally honest. All the tracks here are played with honesty, intensity and show excellent musical skills, both in the writing and playing. It's hard to pick out a favourite at the moment, but I love 'Carnival Is Forever' and 'Silence'. 'Silence' is wonderful, the simple yet haunting guitar will have you spellbound. If you only buy one Metal CD this month, just make sure that it's this one. Brilliant! Nice to have you back, Vogg - see you on tour! \m/ \m/
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome back..,
5.0 out of 5 stars The best death metal band ever,
This review is from: Carnival Is Forever (MP3 Download)Five stars and no question ask. Recommended, Recommended, Recommended as normal. Technical metal with brilliant ideas. Another kick ass from Poland.
5.0 out of 5 stars I get it now...,
But this is an unbiased review, i can only say this leans more towards aggression then structure, they're finding their feet again and with good reason.
I had to give it a go a few times before i clocked on, but i urge anyone to give it a go a few times, the Decapitated beast has been created so whatever the line up, these boys will not dissapoint you.
Cheers for reading \m/
5.0 out of 5 stars Back from the dead...,
Old school death metal fans will tell it's not death metal anymore. Total maniacs of Decapitated will love it anyway. But what can we hear there? New ideas. Vogg and Co don't want to stay in style played let's say... 10 years ago. If you like "Organic...", for sure you will find some traces of this album in songs of "Carnival...". Definitely it's different album. I will not describe each song in there. You have to buy and listen to it. And bonus DVD is really good, if you like to see what secrets are kept in studios...
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for all fans of music of great energy and technical virtuousity,
This review is from: Carnival Is Forever (Audio CD)I bought this a while back cos I really wanted to support the band back on their feet. Vogg is one of the most talented metal guitarists of the last ten years, and they have been through terrible grief.
I've recently begun listening again to it, and I love how this builds on the last album Organic Hallucinosis. It moves towards an even more intense industrial metal but loses none of the power riffing that ties Vogg to past greats like Dimebag Darrell. Hes one of those guitarists who is brilliant for both the notes he chooses and how he plays them. I recommend watching the behind the scenes studio DVD on the making of this album. It shows Vogg ripping through some Chopin on the piano during a lunch time. This shows he knows about 'serious' music - he displays the same kind of intense virtuousity on the guitar.
With 'Carnival I sometimes struggle to listen beyond the first tune - the first track The Knife is so intense. Vogg has mastered the ability to produce riffs that would provide the kind of soundtrack suited to a movie of those gun sight cameras from the cannon on an (first Gulf War) A-10 warthog, as the pieces of metal are shredded and the target is atomised. Hey, wait there's humans in there! This is you, the listener..
The new drummer Krimh is really talented, he provides an excellent counterpoint to Vogg. I like the vocal themes as well. I mean what serious lyricist even needs to bother with those tired Black/Death lyrics around religious duality when despair, denial and illusion are inherent in the human condition?
4.0 out of 5 stars the long road home,
This review is from: Carnival Is Forever (Audio CD)Circa 2006, Polish Death Metal masters Decapitated seemed to be in the sweetest spot of their still young career. Early albums such as The Nilhity and Winds of Cretion chainsawed their way through the then stale Death Metal scene of rehashed Cannibal Corpse riffs and juvenile satanist lyrics with a technical brilliance and songwriting prowess that belied their young age. The band seemed ready to take the mantle as the hottest thing out their, and delivered with the fantastic Organic Hallucinosis, which saw them melding their trademark death metal brutality with the mechanical crunch of odd ball geniuses Meshuggah. Indeed, they seemed destined for great things. Sadly, a road accident robbed the band and the death metal world of drum prodigy Witold "Vitek" Kie'tyka and left vocalist Adrian "Covan" Kowanek unable to continue performing. Due to these circumstances, the Decapitated of 2011 is almost a different band completly, save the sole remaning member Wac'aw "Vogg" Kie'tyka. But, thankfully for us, Vogg was able to recover enough, emotionally and physically, to put together a new line up and once again unleash his ridiculously talented guitar playing on the world in the form of Carnival is Forever.
As you would expect with an almost all-new line up, Decapitated of 2011 sound slighly different. However, with Voggs distinctive and undeniably crushing axemanship taking the helm, they still retain the core of the . The album follows on from where Organic Hallucinosis left of - a brutal synthesis of the technical death metal which earned the band their stripes with concious-bending math metal, weird off-syncopated riffs, and even touches of industrial in places. Crushing grooves and lashings of heavy palm-muted riffs cut through eerie leads, blasts of speed and discomforting moments of dischord, but all in all their is a definite flow and logical progression in the choas that Decapitated unleash. Anyone who's heard Organic Hallucinosis should know that Vogg is on another level with his guitar playing - he might not be the fastest or the most complicated player in existence, but he certainly is very creative in building up oppressive walls of riffs and monsterous chord progressions and doesn't neglect to throw the odd hook in their too. Take the awesome opener 'The Knife' for example - a brilliant melding of machine-sque stop start riffs with faster death metal blasts and some evil, EVIL grooves thats still just that little bit catchy. 'United' shows off a bit more speed, while the title track masterfully mixes in ominous clean guitar work with almost Godflesh like explosions of brutality. Actually, all the tracks are bloody great, and show that Decapitated are here to stay. I also really liked the simple yet spacey leads on 'Homo Sun' and the explosive old school riffing of 'A View From a Hole'. The drumming is also very good, and while new comer Krimh is definitely no Vitek, I find no fault in his playing whatsoever. I also really loved the fact that the bass is actually audiable, which ain't to common in metal bands. I wasn't overly keen on the new vocalist - no real reason, guess his voice didn't really gel with me - but he's not that bad. Guess i'll always jut think that Coven and Sauron where much better.
I'm really glad Vogg decided to put Decapitated back together, as by the sound of Carnival is Forever, he still has a lot to contribute to the twisted circus that is the realm of Death Metal. While we'll sadly never hear the line-up that gave us The Nihlity and Organic again, the new Decapitated is ever bit as capable a brutal death metal machine who i'll be looking forward to hearing again and again in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Glad to see Decapitated back in action,
This review is from: Carnival Is Forever (Audio CD)I loved Organic Hallucinosis and was hoping the reborn Decapitated would produce something to match it. I wasn't disappointed - from the fury of album opener 'the knife' I was pretty blown away. Like previous offerings it's technical death metal that's both brutal and engaging. I couldn't disagree more with the reviewer who found it boring. The sound has moved on a bit, but to me it feels like a natural development and this album sounds like a quite natural sequel to the previous album without treading water. I'd say this is an essential purchase for any fan of death metal. It's dedicated to Vitek and Covan - and it's a great tribute
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1.0 out of 5 stars Middling little waste of an album,
This review is from: Carnival Is Forever (Audio CD)Subjectively speaking it's amazing this album ever came out. The events surrounding the band left many fans to assume Decapitated would be placed on permanent hiatus and Vogg should be applauded for bringing Decapitated back to the forefront of extreme metal for music rather than tragedy.
Objectively speaking this is an insultingly boring album which sounds more like Messhugah than Decapitated, and I think it'd be better for everyone involved if this album hadn't been released. This is not Decapitated. One guitarist with three other random musicians does not a Decapitated album make.
I'm not sure who the creative force behind the previous albums was but I have a sneaking suspicion it may not have been Vogg because nothing here sounds like Decapitated. From a lyrical and musical standpoint everything here sounds dumbed down for the kids to me, like they all sound angsty and peeved off in a "I hate my mum and dad kind of a way." This is kinda hard to quantify but take this lyric: It's raining birds/ Seagulls, nightingales/ They don't sing, they stink /Feathers glow in the dark... I'm sorry that's terrible and it sounds worse when it's screamed through my headphones. Decapitated's lyrics always seemed so abstract and intriguing to me, this stuff not so much.
Part of this falls at the feet of new vocalist Rafal who sounds like he's doing his best to sound "extreme" whilst remaining as un-death metal as possible. He sounds so un-inspired by the lyrical material he's working with (not surprising really). There's no venom or hate or spite in his voice and none of the "I will bray you with my very vocal chords" effect that Covan and Sauron possess.
What Vogg delivers here are middling little post hardcore palm mute plagued riffs which lack any of the technical flare of, say for example, Post Organic; or any of awesome simplicity of Spheres of Madness. Vogg can right some epic riffs and solos and here he just doesn't. Many of the songs open with open string plucked guitars and bass. The only place incidentally the bass is allowed to breathe and the kind of thing only Primordial seem to be able to do well. It's like how you play when you get a guitar for the first time and you don't know what you're doing so you pluck strings randomly and it sounds kinda atmospheric yet also terrible to anyone else. Yeah, the entire final track is four minutes of that rubbish.
On the plus side of this album new drummer Krimh holds his own even if his drums are castrated by the production. He's a good talent this lad. No Vitek (but who is?) but he holds promise. I don't feel the album gives him room to do his thing. For example I don't recall any solos or interesting fills from him, but his basic drumming is distinctly above average and I have high hopes for him.
In the end this album is a real disappointment. Genuinely. When I read the reviews elsewhere I wanted to listen to this and to disagree but if anything I feel most people have been to easy on the band due to the tragic circumstances in which Carnival Is Forever was recorded. Put that out of your mind because this is a poor LP by any standards, not just Decapitated's. This album isn't of Morbid Angel level awfulness but it commits the worst sin an album can commit: It bored me. It was a struggle to get through and when it was over I was glad I could stop listening to it. Avoid people. Just pretend it doesn't exist it's not really Decapitated anyway.
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