Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Review : Decapitated - Organic HallucinosisThere are probably two things you'll notice right away about "Organic Hallucinosis". Firstly, you'll notice that the music often echoes Behemoth. Next, it should be apparent that the vocals are quite a bit higher pitched here, than on older Decapitated albums, when Sauron was the singer. Covan doesn't growl or bellow nearly as much as most other death metal bands; his vocals are actually quite intelligible, and I'd say the Meshuggah and Fear Factory comparisons aren't far off. This vocal style may take some death metal diehards a while to get used to, but it also helps this band to stand out from other bands, like the aforementioned Behemoth.
As is the case with Decapitated's earlier albums, "Organic Hallucinosis" is a friggin' monster! The six string guitar attacks form a rock hard, impenetrable rhythm section for Covan to bark over. But, as with most great death metal, there is somewhat of a method to this album's mayhem. The drumming is precise, and the riffs are very technical and sometimes even catchy.
"A Poem About an Old Man" is a scorching album opener which has explosive riffs and a pounding double bass. Later on, "Day 69" has a thunderous, jackhammer beat and is capped off by a searing guitar solo. "Post (?) Organic" begins as a lightning fast, almost buzzsaw flurry of guitars, but a tempo change kicks in and the beat becomes rhythmic and choppy, with punching power chords that sound like shotgun fire. "Visual Delusion" has heavy, churning guitars and an insanely fast and brutal blast beat, and, finally, "Invisible Control" is an almost deafening album closer.
"Organic Hallucinosis" is somewhat short (only 32 minutes long), but what's here is gold! If you like bands like Behemoth, Cryptopsy, and Nile, you should definitely pick this up. It's definitely the best extreme metal album of 2006 so far, and probably one of the best to be released all year long.
Review by ChildofKorn
Categories: music, metal, reviews, deathmetal, decapitated, athwart666