Decapitated – Cancer Culture (Album Review)

Decapitated – Cancer Culture (Album Review)

Death Metal, although the heaviest sub-genres of Heavy Metal, it is also one of the more universally accepted. One band who has made a significant impact on the more groove and technical varieties of Death Metal since the late ’90s is Poland’s Decapitated. Although they have had many unexpected and unfortunate circumstances act as a wrecking ball to advancing they music career, they have never given up. From losing a member to a horrible vehicle accident, to the entire band being charged for an alleged rape in 2017 that was later dropped, to having members come and go over the years, they are still as strong as ever with the release of Cancer Culture on May 27, 2022 via. 

The whole premise of the band Decapitated is to broaden one’s horizon into something relatable, fresh, and honest. The new album Cancer Culture is meant to cover a wide range of topics, thus it should be enjoyed without pre-judgement. At ten songs of ferocious detonation and proper magnitude, the album has a variety of good tunes to enjoy. Starting off with a brief intro “From The Nothingness With Love,” the album then seamlessly transports you into the title-track. Four minutes of technical tribulations with a high stamina, and it again seamlessly works its way into the even heavier “Just A Cigarette” which pushes out the best groove driven aggression.

Moving on, you also “Hello Death” features Tatiana Shmailyuk of Jinjer on guest vocals and it is a nice surprise that features a good balance of groove with technical Death Metal riffs. Next “Iconoclast” blast off with a powerful message before “Suicidal Space Programme” comes in with some great growling vocals delivery by Rafał “Rasta” Piotrowski. The latter also featuring some solid shredding from Waclaw ‘Vogg’ Kieltyka, it proves one of most well-rounded tunes in defining the heightened technical awareness prominent throughout the album. Later on James Stewart continues the acceleration of technical skill on drums for “Locked” while the enhancements of the vocals also bring out the best of Decapitated.

It should be noted that Cancer Culture is only a total of thirty-eight minutes, but it does not beat around the bush with its message, and that in itself is righteous. There is a darkness to the music, but really that is more expressive as a thrashing release of inner pain. Songs like “Hours At Battlegrounds” depicts this well, but the final key to the album is “Last Supper” which is more direct aggression with class and purpose.

Decapitated seems to have suffered a great deal of being in the wrong place at the right time, but many certainly hope they will one day return to the US for another tour. However, after spending a month or so in jail, no one would blame them for never return again. Hopefully, in the light of some current events, it can be a new day for freedom of speech, and justice for truth. For letting the music carry on, including using it as a release of all weighty burdens, Cryptic Rock gives Cancer Culture 4 out of 5 stars. 

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Lisa Burke
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Lisa is a metalhead at heart with a variety of musical genre interests, and the determination to save the world, one Metal show at a time. Her professional passions range from Rock n Roll and Gothic Metal inspired fashion design to Heavy Metal and Rock n Roll journalism for live and album reviews. She currently contributes these reviews to Metal Assault and CrypticRock.

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