Just a day ago, my merry crew and me went on a little trip to the city of Rijeka. We were hyped exclusively for the gig of the polish death metal invaders – Decapitated in Palach club. Rolling their best hits on CD player as we drove on from Zagreb had meant that we’d come completely stoked for the concert… And we were, trust me!
Usually, I don’t appreciate people avoiding or purposely missing on support bands, but on Saturday, time just wasn’t on our ally. Although the Palach club is quite small and had some minor accoustic/sound problems, capable organizers from Ri Rock made sure everything is delivered properly and in absoultely great atmosphere.
Decapitated have had their misfortunes in the past, but they’ve overcome some of the worst that life can throw at a band to stay on top of their game, although admittedly with only one founder member remaining. They have, however, come back stronger than ever as they set out to prove on this night.
Polish death metal heavy weights took the stage. The band’s one hour set consisted mostly of material from Anticult & Blood Mantra including the tracks; “Veins”, “Instinct”, etc. They got the crowd moving and it kept going the rest of the night. The club erupted when, late in the set, the Poles took to blasting the mighty, “Spheres of Madness,” a fan favorite off of the Nihility LP (2002).
The energetic vocalist Rafal “Rasta” Piotrowski didn’t just headbang, his whole body seemed to thrash about as the band played. The drumming was fast and complex, vocals had just the right amount of growl in them to be menacing and overpowering.
The band’s drummer Michal Lysejko and bassist Hubert E. Więcek pummeled their instruments from the depths of abyss and they’ve decimated the audience!
This performance was a hell of a tribute to the fact that no matter how bad shit can become, you can put it behind you. Decapitated is a must see death metal band for any fan of the genre.
2. Kill the Cult
3. Post(?) Organic
4. The Blasphemous Psalm to the Dummy God Creation
6. Day 69
7. Mother War
8. Spheres of Madness
10. Earth Scar
12. Blood Mantra