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Released in 2004, 'The Negation' is an excellent slab of technical, groove-laden death metal with a cold and mechanical-sounding edge to it. This was the last album to feature Sauron on vocals, and is regarded by many as the band's proudest moment. The songs are a mix of cold, and at times almost doomy guitar lines and incredibly tight high-speed riffing backed up by fast, clinical, blastbeat-heavy percussion courtesy of the now sadly departed drummer Vitek. The vocals are a guttoral, largely emotionless affair, bellowed in a slow and calculated manner over the chaotic mailstrom of riffs and drums in a way that suits the music perfectly.
The songs are full of tight, chugging riffs that are worked with almost surgical precision into the various deep, slow grooves that each track hammers home repeatedly, and this is contrasted with insanley melodic guitar solos at various intervals. The whole thing is reminiscient of a tighter, faster version of early Deicide in places, and the album closes with an excellent cover of the Deicide track "Lunatic of God's Creation" from their excellent 1990 debut.
There are enough interesting riffs and timechanges on offer throughout to keep things sounding fresh the whole way through, and midway through the album the title track "The Negation" acts as a superb bridge between the album's two halves, sporting some excellent mid-paced, relentless, yet simultaneously lethargic chugging riffs, which are masterfully built up then deconstructed throughout its five minute running time.
Well produced, well written and extremely well executed, every aspect of the album comes together brilliantly to form superb piece of cold and relentless technical death metal. A must.
1. The Fury 04:26
2. Three-Dimensional Defect 03:57
3. Lying and Weak 03:25
4. Sensual Sickness 04:05
5. The Calling (instrumental) 01:17
6. The Negation 05:04
7. Long-Desired Dementia 03:21
8. The Empty Throne 04:41
9. Lunatic of God's Creation (Deicide cover) 02:34
Total playing time 32:50
The Negation is Decapitated's 3rd album and was released in 2004 by Wicked World Records. It's one of their best albums in my eyes although it still has some weak points.
The band's line-up was
Wacław "Vogg" Kiełtyka - Guitar
Marcin "Martin" Rygiel - Bass
Witold "Vitek" Kieltyka - Drums (RIP)
Wojciech "Sauron" Wąsowicz - Vocals
1 - The Fury - Literally what you'd expect from a song called this, deep growling vocals, incredibly quick guitar playing, an awesome solo and the occasional slap of the symbols so hard, you'd think they'd fall off.
2 - Three Dimensional Effect - Machine gun metal guitar playing with a crazy solo that sounds like Joe Satriani in the middle of a war! Vocals are Napalm Deathesque
3 - Lying and Weak - Back to a more rational guitar sound, the same vocals as the previous track, the track seems to speed up throughout, it's not that memorable though.
4 - Sensual Sickness - Fast and brutal, the guitar is insanely quick, once again with some fairly good solos and as my dad would say "he'll get a sore throat, singing like that"
5 - The Calling - Quite unmemorable, mostly because it starts off with these progressive noises and absolutely no metal which you may be pleasant for the neighbours but it loses my attention and I normally forget about it until the next track!
6 - The Negation - Superb guitar solos throughout, played in such a high pitch manner when compared to the dampened death bass that it really leaves an impression behind. Apart from the solos it's pretty unremarkable but the guitar talks to you and this makes all the difference. Superb.
7 - Long Desired Dementia - Apart from a great name, this track is heavy and hard but apart from that unmemorable.
8 - The Empty Throne - An intriguing track that all though at first listening sounds like 7, 3 or 4, it also has some more interesting things going on and is much more memorable.
9. - Lunatic of God's Creation - A cover of the Deicide track that doesn't wildly sound too different.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
2 Three-Dimensional Defect
3 Lying and Weak
4 Sensual Sickness
5 Calling [Instrumental]
7 Long-Desired Dementia
8 Empty Throne
9 Lunatic of God's Creation [*]