Another musical obsession dangerously growing. I might have to wait until next week to get a Decapitated album in my hands - aaagghh the wait is unbearable... In the meanwhile:
Here's a story of how this obsession started. I think this is a good example of how I stumble upon bands and might end up getting slightly addicted to the music.
I've heard of the Polish death metal group Decapitated before, but always found it hard to relate to the music. That is probably because Decapitated is so technical and cold in a way. Often machine-like, although not as machine-like as Meshuggah, which I cannot relate to at all. I need both time, repetition and some sort of human (emotional?) connection to technical bands to get a "way" to get inside the music. Initial spark for interest. In this sense live videos, interviews and other visual media are of great assistance.
(Might be a gender thing.. Is it maybe easier for guys to instantly hear the awesomeness of very technical and "cold" types of music? That's probably a harsh generalization, but, fuck, just look at for instance the audience at Decapitated shows. Not very girly.)
Anygays. Where was I. Yes, seeing musicians play insanely difficult stuff is both interesting and inspiring. It's not only with very technical bands like Decapitated, but in general I do often get more out of music if I've seen the musicians play or talk about music. For example, Mastodon's documentary about the making of Crack the Skye definitely deepened my obsession with the band and made me respect them even more. So yes, I think I like both visual and emotional connections to music. I don't always need them, but they help. (I don't know if it would work the other way around: if the musicians were complete assholes in an interview or played like shit live, would my feelings for them change, no matter how much I loved their recorded music..?)
Anyway. Oddly enough, this time I ran into Decapitated while browsing the channels of YouTube musicians. Hmm. Anyone who is familiar with Decapitated would know that their current drummer Krimh (from Austria), who replaced the original drummer, now deceased Vitek (R.I.P.), was a prominent musician on YouTube long before joining Decapitated. I don't know whether this YouTube thing had anything to do with him joining the band but I'm not surprised if it did. First, I stumbled upon Krimh's videos where he plays his own music. Check this out (is there anything he can't play??):
Then, flicking through his drumming videos I soon came to realize that he is the drummer of Decapitated now. And what an amazing drummer he is. There is something hypnotizing in watching metal drummers work, provided that they are good at what they do, and my god, is Krimh good. Probably one of the best drummers I've ever heard. And he's young too - not much over 20 I think? After watching him play Decapitated songs I soon ended up listening to their latest album, Carnival Is Forever, on Spotify, and watching recent live videos of the band playing... Result: My obsession is complete. I find it difficult to go through the day without listening to Decapitated and since I don't have their albums yet, I cannot listen to them outside home and that is so annoying.. It's like coffee, almost. I need to get some regularly or I'll get depressed. I will get my hands on a physical copy of Carnival Is Forever next week, I hope. My 10 hours on Spotify won't last forever.
Decapitated's music in exceptional in this genre in the sense that it keeps my interest up. It's not monotonous, even within one song there are so many shifts and changes that I don't get bored. The groovines of Carnival Is Forever isn't bad either. Sepultura vibes ain't bad at all.
Here are a few of my favs from Carnival Is Forever:
United. (Live version here.)
Pest. (Warning: This will get your groove on.)
Yeah. What did I learn from this? 1.) You never know what you might find on YouTube. Keep your eyes open. 2.) If a technical band doesn't instantly knock you off your feet, give it time. 3.) Watch live performances and playing videos, if possible.
Going to see live shows would be ideal of course. It's something I should work on.