Genre: Groove/Melodic/Technical Death
Label:Nuclear Blast Records
Decapitated are one of the very few bands that their fan base won’t really complain about their constant change of musical direction. People actually seem more interested in the result rather than the initial decision for a change. Decapitateds fanbase might not be as big as Metallica’s for example, but the way fans react to new stuff is worth mentioning. So, even though there are still people that are complaining about the swift from the traditional death metal style of “Winds Of Creation”, most of the fans saw that change coming from “Carnival is Forever”. “Blood Mantra” divided people’s opinions, not for its groove and melodic-oriented direction, but mostly because of the duration of the tracks and the lack of inspiration when it comes to Vogg’s riffs, which is a brilliant guitarist, by all means. Their choice of following a more Soulfly and Lamb of God inspired path, is enriched with structures that even Strapping Young Lad would be jealous of, they are more than capable of doing so, anyways. This new formula of composing tracks seems to be working flawlessly for them, and so does the unique guitaring by Vogg that isn’t in Pantera’s sharp riffs style, that appear very frequently throughout the album. The oriental style solos let the talent of the composer shine through. Drums are simple, but they’re not lacking on aggression which is exactly what the songs need, while on fast tempos, blast beats are so frequent that resemble Lock Up. Even though there are moments that stand out as well with 4 tracks (‘Deathvaluation’, ‘Kill the Cult’, ‘One-Eyed Nation’ which are randomly placed one after another in the album, plus ‘Never’), the rest of the songs (half album) aren’t that good but at least they don’t sound like 4 different takes on the same song.However “Anticult” is lacking on many things, as it may show a band that has already made their mind about their musical direction, but doesn’t really say a lot about their focus on composing tracks that would support said decision. The bar that they’ve set for themselves is high and which makes us judge them even more. And yeah, guitars are awesome and still their strong card, but the admittance of Vogg’s talent alone, won’t make the after taste of this album any less bitter. If you are a diehard fan, just add an extra point to my rating on this album.