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Review: Decapitated - Nihility

Label: Earache Records
Year released: 2002
Duration: 35:07
Tracks: 8
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: September 11, 2003
Reviewed by: Scott Murray
Readers Rating

Rated 4.05/5 (80.91%) (22 Votes)

The second album and Earache debut of the punishing Polish protél;gél;s of Decapitated sees the band upping the ante on the tech scale to mind-numbing degrees and at the same time winning over death heads world wide.

Winds of Creation was a masterpiece, simply put, especially considering the musical prowess of these youngsters (just in their 20's now) rivals the best of 'em, even the mighty Vader who obviously hold much sway in the Polish scene. In fact, Peter himself produced Decapitated's first album.

This time around, the band itself takes the production credit and show that they aren't playing in anyone's shadow. The debut had a very heavy Vader influence, especially in the guitars, but that's pretty much been dropped this time around.

The big difference is in the amount of plodding time as compared to the last release. There's still riffs bursting the seams and stop and go drumming madness that's sure to leave heads spinning, but less blazing passages and more grinding. This slower format provides more of a showcase for the band's unique talent rather than producing more traditional Polish death worship.

Also, vocalist Sauron has dropped the brooding death-grind style (the only complaint I can come up with for Winds of Creation) for some rougher, up front growling which is certainly welcome, and adds another layer to this already overwhelming onslaught.

I find that with each listen to a Decapitated album I find myself shifting my focus back and forth from the guitars and drums, because this chunky slab of meat is way too thick to take in whole. Nihility stands at a solid 35 minute length, but encourages multiple listens to catch a riff or beat you may have missed the first zillionth time spinning this addictive sucker.

Easily one of the best newer death metal acts. I can't help but shutter at the thought that the geniuses behind these albums are still kids basically, and what they could accomplish after playing another five years. They certainly grew up in the right country, that's for sure.

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