DECAPITATED - Nihility
April 5, 2002, 16 years ago
I'm pretty sure the members of this vicious Polish death beast have reached the legal drinking age by now (maybe not for the U.S.), as the average member age for their last album was around 17 years old. But Decapitated surely solidify the fact that Poland are practically the most potent nation churning out death metal. Nihility, the follow up to Winds Of Creation continues where the predecessor left off. Musically it's tighter, the playing a bit more technical, yet not as technical as fellow country-deathsters Yattering, but still calculated, with a constant brutal flow. And it is the overall production - a tight clean openly heavy sound - that gives Nihility that "classic feel," a sound which is a cool mix of the classic Florida vibe bled with the classic Stockholm sound. It's a nostalgic feast to wrap your ears around, with a strong and pounding crunch circa Deicide or Vader, the smooth soloing in the intricate more controlled vein of Morbid Angel also adding old school ambience. The band do succeed in creating a vibe that some of us clearly still thirst for and will always thirst for, even though it might not sound particularly original or groundbreaking.