Polish death metal act Decapitated have been hard at work on a new record for some time now, and it feels far too long overdue. Their last album Carnival is Forever was released back in 2011, and compared to the five year gap between that and their 2006 album Organic Hallucinosis, I suppose I’ll happily take a three year wait. You can’t rush perfection, after all.
Fortunately it appears that the band are approaching the finish line for the new record, and according to a new update posted to the band’s website by guitarist Waclaw “Vogg” Kieltyka, it is showing all the promise in the world:
We are now at the stage of tracking the vocals and the guitars. It looks like recording the new DECAPITATED album has so far proved extremely demanding. Never before had we faced a challenge as testing as the new songs turned out to be. We cross-breed various styles, sounds and every day we put the crossbar higher and higher. Slowly but surely everything starts to come along and we can clearly feel something hugely exciting is emerging. Surely it is going to be the new level for DECAPITATED and as usually, as with each subsequent album, both music and sound will be somewhat different.
I’ve been using my new custom-made Ibanez Iceman guitar during this session and EVH amps and cabs. The sound is original, powerful and crushing. We flirt with various tempos mixing death metal with grindcore and almost outright black metal atmosphere together with more, so to speak, ‘crowd-puller’ beats verging on groovy, almost stoner-rock climates. There are also a few more modern metal rhythmic riffs where we return to the climate of »Organic Hallucinosis« album. I’m certain that the very fact we are again, after 9 years, in Hertz studio will evoke the spirit of that album. The vocals sound very promising. Rasta is a much more experienced vocalist compared to the »Carnival Is Forever« album times. And his voice sounds more powerful and deeper. There’s still a lot of work ahead of us so I gotta go now- Vogg”
Of course, this should all be taken with a grain of salt because bands are supposed to be hyped up about their new records, but there’s no reason to believe that Vogg & Co won’t follow through. Grooving technical deathgrind with blackened atmosphere? Sounds like the Decapitated record I want to hear.
Be on the lookout for the new Decapitated record later this year, presumably out through Nuclear Blast.