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Nihility

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Since their debut, Winds of Creation, Decapitated have divided their time between relentless touring and a more academic musical education back home in Poland. As a result, Nihility displays a consistency of power rare in the world of death metal. The fastest developing member of this youthful bunch (when this recording was made, Decapitated's average age was under 20) is guitarist Vogg. As on the debut, he indulges in bursts of Eddie Van Halen-style pyrotechnics, but his sound has matured to a point that his work sometimes recalls Ritchie Blackmore in the early days of Rainbow. He creates a torrent of noise driven to ever-greater speed and violence by Vitek's savage percussion. On the downside, tracks sometimes wander, and the uniform pace strips the group of the power of surprise. Vocalist Sauron could certainly vary his infernal grunting; during "Mother War," he sounds like a buffalo attempting to recite nursery rhymes. Taken as a whole though, Nihility is a step forward that won't disappoint Decapitated's growing legion of fans. --Dominic Wills

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Perfect Dehumanisation (The Answer?)
  2. Eternity Too Short
  3. Mother War
  4. Nihility (Anti-Human Manifesto)
  5. Names
  6. Spheres Of Madness
  7. Babylon's Pride
  8. Symmetry Of Zero


Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 19, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Earache Records
  • ASIN: B000060ON9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,852 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The world needs more of this band. These guys do for death metal what later day King Crimson did for "rock" music. They have cemented technical ability with the human touch to create death metal perfection. Too many bands are all flying fingers and speed with no soul. Decapitated are the one of the best the genre has to offer. Speed. Surrealism. Hallucinations. Lyrical mazes strobing and pulsing. Listen to track 6 and lose yourself in the best "bad trip" you'll ever go on. Spin this while you are enjoying your art collection, a good pulpy Lovecratian story, or your first cup of coffee before work. You will be hooked.
Buy it now and buy the first album while you're at it.
Thanks.
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This album floors me everytime I hear it. It is utterly amazing. It is hard to belive a band this young at the time this album was release could create such a punishily brutal technical master work. If you are impressed by the works of bands like Suffocation, Cryptopsy, and Morbid Angel this will be right up your alley in fact it will probably turn your alley upside down and set it on fire. Caution buying this album may forever make all other death metal albums sound weak and unimpressive to you, listen at your own risk
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The first song I heard off of Nihility was "Spheres of Madness", and right from the first double-bass drum kick and the first heavily palm-muted chug, I knew that these Polish youngsters had taken death metal into the new millennium. Their style is a meaty blend of old school death metal and a newfound sense of technicality. No doubt they are ready to tackle even more complex song structures, push the boundaries of insanity, and shut the pathetic pieholes of all naysayers of the death metal genre. If you don't believe me, just check out "Nihility (Anti-Human Manifesto)". If you're still standing after that, go buy the album immediately. The relentless assault is sure to please anyone from the rabid deathmetalhead to those just looking for something new and not-MTV. By the way, does anyone besides me remember a day when MTV--which stands for MUSIC TELEVISION; I'll bet you teenyboppers didn't even know that--used to, ya know, PLAY MUSIC?! Oh well, I don't want my music mass-produced for public consumption any more than the rest of the metal crowd does, I'm sure. For the complete Decapitated experience, buy both Winds of Creation and Nihility; you won't be dissappointed.
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By Dave on October 25, 2004
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Well you probably have been reading the other reviews about Decapitation, and most of them are correct. This band is extremely talented and especially for how young they are. They sound like they have been playing for years and years. Not much more to say except that these guys are awesome. If they are this good now, then think of what they will sound like 5 years from now.....WOW!
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After hearing Decapitated's "Sphere's of Madness" on MTV2's headbangers ball I thought I should get this record as it has been a while since I've heard something so tight and brutal as Decapitated. I purchased the album and really enjoyed it. I heard the Polish 4some were only about 18 years old when thier first album was released, how cool! Anyways, the musicianship on this record is simple; guitar, bass, drums, vocals death metal. No fancy production tricks or effects, hardly or no reverb or hall effects in instruments, just fast and brutal death. I would most likely consider this what cannibal corpse would sound like with extremely tight drums and guitars. The whole record sounds like they were playing right in front of you, the metal guitars sound like metal guitars, the drums sound like drums.
The production on this record is raw, most sounding like Metallica's Justice album, everything is in the for-front, well, almost everything.
So like I said before, the music is tight. It's the epitamy of what death metal was originally supposed to sound like, before bands like cannibal corpse and six feet under came along and diversified it somewhat, and groups branched out the category with melodic singing and keyboards. It's still great though, the machine gun riffs are bone crunching and real, the drums are greatly audible and quick with the blast beats (not overdone though), the vocals were deep and powerful, but not completely cannibal corpse cookie monster. The only thing I was dissappointed with was the bass. It just seemed the bass knob and volume even on the bass amp wasn't tuned up high enough, so parts where you actually hear the bass, it comes up a mostly weak (if I were the bass player in this band, I wouldn't be happy).
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With their scorching riffs, airtight and uber-precise drumming, exceptional solos, and competent vocals, Decapitated prove on their sophomoric effort that they are the best thing to come out of Poland since Behemoth and Vader. (They are easily said country’s best band of the new millennium, edging out Yattering and solidly beating acts like Squash Bowels.) Indeed, 2002’s “Nihility” is filled with the usual death metal goodies and fixin’s, but it is not uncommon for the album to up the levels of intensity enough to enter grindcore-worthy territory. Yes, it is that fast and brutal.

Tracks like the opener, “Perfect Dehumanization (The Answer),” tack on a weird and portentous little intro just for good measure, but primarily revolve around grinding death metal mayhem, with ferocious riffing, walloping drums, and growly death vocals. But a brief break in the action is taken around the four-and-a-half minute mark, when we are treated to a memorable, and surprisingly melodic guitar solo. “Eternity Too Short” continues this “melody as an afterthought” approach, with occasional guitar harmonies peppering the brutal arrangements, which are otherwise consisting of an ominous guitar lick, pulsing double time drum slamming, and deep, brooding grooves. A couple of excellent, technical, and surprisingly lengthy drum fills/solos also highlight this track, as well.

Next comes “Mother War,” a lean and mean beating that hammers home some chunky, thrashy riffing with pounding, machine gun-fast blast beats.
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