Polish death metallers DECAPITATED will release their sixth album, "Blood Mantra", on September 26 via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2011's "Carnival Is Forever" was recorded at Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland with producers Wojtek and Slawek Wiesawski. The CD cover artwork was created by the Polish artist Lukasz Jaszak, who previously worked with the band on "Carnival Is Forever".
Comments DECAPITATED guitarist and founding member Waclaw "Vogg" Kieltyka: "Extreme and groove — I think that's the best way to describe our new album.
"This time we feel that we have something totally crushing and huge.
"'Blood Mantra' is the most heavy and mature album we ever did in our carrier. I cannot wait to start to play songs live because riffs are soo deep and powerful."
DECAPITATED's forthcoming effort will mark the recording debut of the band's new drummer, Michal Lysejko, who joined the group in time for their tour with LAMB OF GOD in January.
Vogg previously stated that the musical direction of the next DECAPITATED album: "We flirt with various tempos mixing death metal with grindcore and almost outright black metal atmosphere together with more, so to speak, 'crowd-puller' beats verging on groovy, almost stoner-rock climates. There are also a few more modern metal rhythmic riffs where we return to the climate of 'Organic Hallucinosis' album. I'm certain that the very fact we are again, after 9 years, in Hertz studio will evoke the spirit of that album. The vocals sound very promising. Rasta [Rafał Piotrowski] is a much more experienced vocalist compared to the 'Carnival Is Forever' album times. And his voice sounds more powerful and deeper."
"Carnival Is Forever" sold around 2,100 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 11 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
"Carnival Is Forever" was released in North America on July 12, 2011 via Nuclear Blast Records.