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Polish death metal gems from Lost Soul and Decapitated

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Not sure if others like to have similar experiences, but on the rare few evenings on which I’ve still got time for it and am alone at home, I like to pour myself some Scotch – the proper single malt stuff, not the milky commercial crap – and enjoy YouTube music videos through headphones. Better than a CD, because I get to take in a varied pallet of bands and styles. Better than .mp3 or similar shit because there’s something to watch.

In any case, it occurred to me during one of my recent sessions that I often revisit the same videos. Obviously the associated bands are doing something right from my point of view and hence they must be shared. This is the same philosophy that got me into extreme metal blogging in the first place, closing in on four years ago: the intention and desire to introduce readers to new bands and styles in bite-sized portions.

Let’s do that again: Baboon’s Balls-Bustin’ Beats!

Lost Soul: “…If the Dead Can Speak

Just to get any sort of order or pattern going we kick off with songs by two Polish bands, the first of which is Lost Soul. This band was formed in the city of Wrocław way back in 1990 – that’s when Germany reunified, Nelson Mandela was released from prison, the Hubble Space Telescope was launched and McDonalds opened its first fast food joint in China – by guitaring frontman Jacek Grecki, bassist Tomasz Fornalski and drummer Adam Sierżęga. The latter two have since left, but Grecki is still heading the group.

After albums in 2000, 2002 and 2005, 2009 saw the release of what is still their most recent record, Immerse in Infinity, released through Witching Hour Productions. To promote it, the band produced its first music video ever, for the song “…If the Dead Can Speak“, a song that keeps jerking my pisser ever since. Classic Polish-style death metal with a strong technical component and an absolutely awesome guitar solo at the very end, complemented by screenplay building on the ancient themes of religion and angry looking men with guitars in bad weather.

Decapitated: “Homo Sum

Indeed, that’s Latin for ‘I’m homo’, excepting that it’s meant as homo sapiens and there’s absolutely nothing homosexual about this band or song. As well a technical death metal outfit, Decapitated require very little introduction: since formation in 1996 – at that time the youngest member, drummer Witold “Vitek” Kiełtyka, was only 12 years old – the band have made a massive name for themselves. It all temporarily ended after the huge smack in the face of many fans that was a car accident in Russia that killed Vitek and severely injured vocalist Adrian “Covan” Kowanek, who has not recovered to date.

In 2009 the band decided to fire up the engine again, with a new drummer and new vocalist Rafał Piotrowski, as Covan was unable to take up his old role. Carnival is Forever (2011) is the first, and as of yet only, record that has since been put out. They did a vid for “Pest” and “Homo Sum“, both all sorts of awesome in their simplicity. “Homo Sum” as a song, however, is a masterpiece in their old style.

A couple of Polish greats, worth checking out if you haven’t already heard them. We’re sure we’ll be hearing back from The Baboon on more tasty gems soon! – Ed.

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