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Review of the Album "Nihility" by Polish Technical Death Metal Band Decapitated

Ara is a journalism graduate from California State University, Northridge, who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.


Why is Nihility a Memorable Death Metal Album?

Decapitated is a very heavy technical death metal band that is from Poland and some of you upon even analyzing the band’s name will be tempted to turn away immediately but for those of you that love death metal that is technical and that has great riffs then this band should eventually end up being one of your favorites in the genre. Their 2002 studio album Nihility really caught my attention many years ago because of their amazing song called “Spheres of Madness.”

A Brief Interesting History Behind the Formation

This Polish band has a really long history dating as far back as 1996 when the ages of the members ranged from 12 to 16. Yeah, I know that for anyone to join a band at just 12 years of age is really early but that’s what happened to the drummer known by his performance name of “Vitek” (1984-2007).

The Style of the Album Nihility

I like to look at the music on this second album as being technical in nature with some of the most competently played drums that you will hear in your life and it is similar to Morbid Angel only better than that! Some of you may take this statement as something extreme and wonder if any death metal band can compare to those Floridians and I’m here to say that yes, Morbid Angel has competition in the name of Poland’s Decapitated who in spite of their band name offer the listener some of the best technical death metal on the planet.


This Album's Best Musical Moment

“Spheres of Madness” the one song that got me into the music of these guys has a few varying tempos which make the song a sort of classic. It has that slow, heavy beginning part, the good mid-tempo part and then a melodic third riff to beautifully complement it.

"Spheres of Madness"

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How Does the Album Begin?

“Perfect Dehumanisation (The Answer)” starts off this amazing album as the focus is put on what it would be like in the world without human life. The first melodic repeating interlude greets the listener and there is a certain beauty that encompasses this riff that is hard to explain in words.

There is Technical Death Metal Perfection On Display in This Album

Nihility also has traces of that Cannibal Corpse style melody which isn’t necessarily bad. It just means that these guys might have been influenced by them. Nihility is one of those albums that can be described in about two or three words. They are technical perfection. That’s one way to describe this 2002 album which would be considered old by some fans because we are in 2021. However you want to describe Nihility is up to you but for the technical death metal fan this should be considered a masterpiece. In terms of death metal albums, there is not one thing wrong or out of place musically for this album. It has eight songs of pure technical mastery and brilliance and it doesn’t matter whether you listen to the first song and go through them in numerical order from one through eight or whether you decide to start with the mentioned "Spheres of Madness." All eight of these songs are GOOD! These Polish guys are better than Spain’s Avulsed. The vocal style is similar but in terms of the technicality, these guys are a few notches better. Perhaps the only con to this album may be that the vocals are hard to understand but that’s about it. There is the double bass drumming that Morbid Angel had early in their career. That’s one of the most noticeable aspects to technical death metal music.

"Eternity Too Short"

Drummer Vitek's Best Musical Moment Perhaps

Listening to the album Nihility in 2021, only now do I fully realize the immense talent that the drummer “Vitek” had. He was only 23 years old when he died tragically in 2007 and obviously left us far too soon.

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© 2021 Ara Vahanian

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