MetalBite Review by Adam M on 8/8/2017 11:01:11 AM
Decapitated have certainly evolved a lot over the years and this is certainly the case with Anticult. They continue to craft their new sound and while it may have a good deal of groove to go along with the death metal, they are still undeniably Decapitated sounding. The groove seeps its way into these tracks and gives them as much in common with Machine Head as they have with Immolation. There are moments where the band breaks down and these are often very interesting. Add those to the death/groove approach and the music here is certainly interesting.
I feel the band are trying to take small steps and really starting to evolve less and less. The music here is similar to the last couple of albums, but brings the headbanging portions with regularity as well. The first track Impulse shows off the groove aspect of the band and sets the scene for the remainder of the tracks. If you’re looking for catchy death metal, then look no further. If you’re looking for the most innovative thing in the world, you might want to look elsewhere, however. Small tweaks are the only thing present on this disc that are noteworthy. However, one must realize they’ve found a nice formula for their new releases. It really resonates strongly how the band have come to grips with this formula and perfected it to a great degree.
Where does the future lie for the outfit? Well, I can see them becoming more progressive in nature, but I hope they don’t completely sell out and at least have some grounding in the death metal genre. The varied approach works here and results in a strong album, even though I believe that Carnival is Forever might have had slightly more impact at the time. Still, Decapitated must be commended for their work.
Rating: 7.4 out of 10