Carnival Is Forever

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Carnival Is Forever
Decapitated - Carnival Is Forever.jpg
Cover art by Łukasz Jaszak
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 12, 2011 (2011-07-12)
RecordedFebruary 9 – March 31, 2011, RG Studio, Gdańsk, Poland
GenreTechnical death metal
LabelNuclear Blast, Riffs Factory/Mystic Production, Nippon Columbia
ProducerWacław "Vogg" Kiełtyka, Daniel Bergstrand
Decapitated chronology
Organic Hallucinosis
Carnival Is Forever
Blood Mantra
Alternative cover
Special edition CD+DVD
Special edition CD+DVD

Carnival Is Forever is the fifth studio album by Polish death metal band Decapitated. It was released on July 12, 2011, via Nuclear Blast Records. Carnival Is Forever was produced by Wacław "Vogg" Kiełtyka with Daniel Bergstrand.

Carnival Is Forever is Decapitated's first album to feature vocalist Rafał "Rasta" Piotrowski, and their only album to feature bassist Filip "Heinrich" Hałucha and drummer Kerim "Krimh" Lechner.


In 2009, after a period of disbandment, Decapitated's guitarist, composer and founding member Wacław "Vogg" Kiełtyka reformed the band with Austrian drummer Kerim "Krimh" Lechner, vocalist Rafał Piotrowski, and bassist Filip "Heinrich" Hałucha.[1][2] Throughout 2010, the band toured in Europe, United States, Australia and New Zealand.[3][4]

Decapitated entered RG Studio in Gdańsk, Poland on February 9, 2011, to record Carnival Is Forever, the follow-up to Organic Hallucinosis (2006). The album was produced by Kiełtyka, and the drum tracks were recorded with Daniel Bergstrand.[5][6] In order to achieve "the 'true', organic and natural sound", the band recorded with live drums (without using drum triggers) and without double guitar tracks.[6][7][8]

Several riffs on the new album were created with previous drummer Witold "Vitek" Kiełtyka. The almost two-month recording session was finished on March 31.[7][8] The cover art was created by Łukasz Jaszak.[9] The lyrics were contributed by Jarosław Szubrycht, the vocalist for Lux Occulta.[10]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[11]
About.com4/5 stars[12]
Blabbermouth.net8/10 stars[13]
Brave Words9/10 stars[14]
Revolver2.5/5 stars[15]
Teraz Rock4/5 stars[16]

Eduardo Rivadavia of Allmusic said [...] implausibly heavy, musically vicious and polyrhythmically busy numbers such as "The Knife," "United," "404," and "Pest" (all of which owe a trick or two to Meshuggah, Gojira, and even Byzantine) appear to be at war with themselves—such is the instrumental complexity displayed by each musician as he fights to out-shred his bandmates."[11] Dave Schalek of noted Decapitated musicians skills "[...] the quality of the musicianship is as high as ever. Vogg’s riffing and staccato time changes are tight and flawlessly played, and drummer Krimh fills out the sound with perfect accompaniment to Vogg’s frenetic riffing."[12]

Scott Alisoglu of also praised musicianship: "In what turns out to be an ace rhythm section, bassist Filip Halucha and Kerim "Krimh" Lechner deliver the rhythmic goods in the form of tight, acrobatic performances and some very colorful percussion that both contrasts and syncs up with all those gouging and biting Waclaw riffs."[13]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics are written by Jarosław Szubrycht.

1."The Knife"Wacław Kiełtyka, Witold Kiełtyka, Kerim Lechner4:31
2."United"Kiełtyka, Lechner5:24
3."Carnival Is Forever"Kiełtyka, Kiełtyka, Lechner8:49
4."Homo Sum"Kiełtyka, Kiełtyka, Lechner4:33
5."404"Kiełtyka, Kiełtyka, Lechner5:08
6."A View from a Hole"Kiełtyka, Lechner6:11
7."Pest"Kiełtyka, Kiełtyka, Lechner3:36
8."Silence" (Instrumental)Kiełtyka4:18
Total length:42:30
Special edition DVD
1."Studio Report 2011"19:35



Chart (2011) Peak
US Billboard Top Heatseekers[17] 11
US Billboard Top Heatseekers (Northeast)[17] 4
US Billboard Top Heatseekers (Pacific)[17] 8

Release history[edit]

Region/Country Date Label Format
Poland July 12, 2011 (2011-07-12) Riffs Factory/Mystic Production[18] CD, CD+DVD
United States Nuclear Blast[19] CD, LP, CD+DVD
Europe July 15, 2011 (2011-07-15) CD, LP, CD+DVD
Japan July 20, 2011 (2011-07-20) Nippon Columbia[20] CD
Argentina July 20, 2011 (2011-07-20) Icarus Music[21] CD


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  14. ^ Perri, David (July 8, 2011). "Decapitated - Carnival Is Forever". Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles. Retrieved August 25, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. ^ Krovatin, Christopher (July 13, 2011). "Review: Decapitated – Carnival Is Forever". Revolver. Archived from the original on September 29, 2012. Retrieved September 8, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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