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Decapitated: The First Damned

The original release year of this CD was 2000 and thanking the people of Metal Mind Productions for re-issuing it would have to be an understatement. The First Damned brings the listener into the earliest works of the mighty Decapitated, another brutal Death Metal group straight out of Poland. The CD takes the bands cult demos "Cemeteral Gardens" and "The Eye Of Horus" (1997-98 respectively) and cleans up the production a little bit bringing you right into the Death Metal scene of the time. As you listen to their early work you can see that the band knew very quickly the direction they wanted to take their sound in and unlike countrymen in Behemoth, began as Death Metal and remained so throughout their career. Many who follow Behemoth will remember the band starting out with more of a Black Metal sound until the wise change to the style that they currently do with excellence. Now back to Decapitated, not only do these early tracks show a level of musicianship not often associated with the genre back then but it also shows how tight the group was at a very early age. The title tracks of their demos are the most appealing and hold the most impact as well as the Death Metal tongued cover of Slayer's "Mandatory Suicide". A couple of live tracks from 2000 are thrown in for good measure. Sauron's vocals are dark but not impossible to understand and the guitars of Vogg and Martin (bass) are consistent across the whole release. Vitek not only provides staggering blast beats but shows a lot of other drumming skills across the entire drum kit. Fans of the Death Metal genre as a whole should look more into Decapitated, but especially those who like to find the musicianship of a higher level and content.

Track Listing
1. Intro
2. Eye Of Horus
3. Blessed
4. First Damned
5. Nine Steps
6. Dance Macabre
7. Mandatory Suicide
8. Destiny
9. Way To Salvation
10. Ereshkigal
11. Cemeteral Gardens
12. Way To Salvation live
13. Nine Steps - live

Added: July 30th 2006
Reviewer: Ken Pierce
Related Link: Decapitated Website
Hits: 2755
Language: english

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Decapitated: The First Damned
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2006-07-30 14:36:38
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Poland has been one of the hottest countries as far as death metal goes the last few years, and Decapitated has been near the top of the list as far as the best of the bands to come out and create some happening music, alongside Vader and Behemoth. The First Damned combines their 1997 and 1998 demos, The Eye of Horus and Cemeteral Gardens (both with improved sound) plus a couple of live tracks. Those who have followed the band over the last couple of years on releases such as Organic Hallucinosis, The Negation, and Winds of Creation, will be thrilled to hear the complex death metal sounds of these early recordings. Songs like "The Eye of Horus", "The First Damned", and "Way to Salvation" contain brutal rhythms and layers of intricate guitar riffs, giving the music a very technical feel. The vocals of original singer Sauron are solid, and there's even some keyboards thrown in here and there which add some gothic creepiness to the songs. Perhaps the most punishing song is "Cemeteral Gardens", a bruising piece with evil growls, shredding guitar solos, heavy riffs, and pounding drum work.

While not the machine-like powerhouse that Decapitated would later become, these early recordings show a young band that had all the tools that they would quickly learn how to use and become one of the more accomplished extreme metal bands on the planet.

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Decapitated: The First Damned
Posted by Hugh Dark on 2006-11-17 11:41:04
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This is my second favorite Decapitated release. The versions of the Winds of Creation songs are much better represented here than on that release. It is just easier to suss out the songs. The advantages: clearer, more definition, better seperation and finally, more detail and dimension around the instruments. Listening to this will really let you know what you have been missing. It is a good thing that the bad decided to self produce themselves later on because it brought out their originality and improved the sonics in their recordings exponentially. Great artwork and cool digipack design make this a must have for Decapitated collectors. Simply Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!

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