Organic Hallucinosis

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Organic Hallucinosis
Decapitated - Organic Hallucinosis.jpg
Cover art by Seth Siro Anton
Studio album by Decapitated
Released February 7, 2006 (2006-02-07)[1]
Recorded August 2005, Hertz Studio, Białystok, Poland[1]
Genre Technical death metal
Length 32:39
Label Earache, Teichiku, Soyuz Music
Producer Decapitated
Decapitated chronology
The Negation
(2004)
Organic Hallucinosis
(2006)
Carnival Is Forever
(2011)

Organic Hallucinosis is the fourth studio album by Polish death metal band Decapitated. The album was released on February 7, 2006, in the United States, on February 13 in Europe, and on February 22 in Japan. The release was followed by European and North American tours.

It is Decapitated's only album to feature vocalist Adrian "Covan" Kowanek, and their final album to feature bassist Marcin "Martin" Rygiel and drummer Witold "Vitek" Kiełtyka, who died at the age of 23 in an tour bus accident in Russia that also seriously injured Covan.

Background and release[edit]

In mid-2005, Decapitated's vocalist Wojciech "Sauron" Wąsowicz departed from the band and was replaced by Adrian "Covan" Kowanek.[2] Organic Hallucinosis was recorded in August 2005 at Hertz Studio in Białystok, Poland with producers Slawek and Wojtek Wiesławski and features artwork and layout by Spiros Antoniou (Seth). The album was released by Earache Records on February 7, 2006, in the United States and on February 13 internationally.[3][4] A music video was filmed for the song "Day 69" and released that year.[5]

Organic Hallucinosis is the only album by Decapitated with Adrian "Covan" Kowanek.

A limited edition of 1000 bonus CDs were given away for free by Earache Records for people who purchased Organic Hallucinosis in United Kingdom independent stores. It contains tracks from live at Earache Christmas party, Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, December 20, 2004.[6] A Japanese edition was released by Teichiku Records, which contains live bonus tracks taken from the same recording as the bonus CD.[7]

The album's release was followed by a headlining European tour starting in September 2006[3] and a North American tour with Suffocation.[4][5] Later on, Decapitated's bassist Marcin "Martin" Rygiel departed from the band.[8]

In November, Decapitated's tour bus was involved in an automobile accident in Russia that killed drummer Witold "Vitek" Kiełtyka at the age of 23 and seriously injured Covan. The band's guitarist Wacław "Vogg" Kiełtyka announced an indefinite hiatus.[9]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
About.com 4/5 stars[10]
Blabbermouth.net 8/10 stars[11]
Kerrang! 5/5 stars[12]
Stylus Magazine B−[13]

Allmusic stated about Organic Hallucinosis: "Launching off of their new frontman's more versatile skills in delivering various stages of deathly grunting, the band has stepped up the complexity of their songwriting to match, while establishing a non-traditional death metal aesthetic."[14]

According to Kerrang!, "Decapitated have already released three classic albums; superbly conceived and executed eruptions of technical brilliance and razor-sharp songwriting that have turned these youthful Poles into one of the genre's most widely respected bands. Remarkably, Organic Hallucinosis takes that knack for producing extreme music with integrity and bagfuls of hooks even closer to perfection."[12]

Blabbermouth.net stated later in 2010 about the album, "A hugely forward-thinking and ambitious album, Organic Hallucinosis defined Decapitated's sound and spawned a host of imitators."[15]

Tomas Haake of the Swedish band Meshuggah announced a statement following the death of Vitek: "The metal community has lost one of the most talented and skillful drummers of our time! I remember when I first heard Decapitated's Organic Hallucinosis and it just blew me away! What a band and what a drummer! Vitek was a true talent and drummer genius".[16]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Covan, except "A Poem About an Old Prison Man" written by Charles Manson; all music composed by Decapitated.

No. Title Length
1. "A Poem About an Old Prison Man" 4:42
2. "Day 69" 3:14
3. "Revelation of Existence (The Trip)" 4:39
4. "Post (?) Organic" 5:45
5. "Visual Delusion" 5:55
6. "Flash-B(l)ack" 3:42
7. "Invisible Control" 4:45
Total length: 32:39

Personnel[edit]

Decapitated[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Decapitated – production
  • Sławek and Wojtek Wiesławski – engineering (at Hertz Studio, Białystok, Poland, August 2005)
  • Seth Siro Anton – front cover and design
  • Jacek Wisniewski – layout
  • Marta Filewicz, Kastor, ARS, Tim from Boston – lyrics revision and consultation

Release history[edit]

Formats Region/Country Date Label Notes
CD, 2 CD, DualDisc, LP, digital download United States February 7, 2006 (2006-02-07) Earache Records
UK, Europe February 13, 2006 (2006-02-13)
UK bonus CD in UK indie shops
UK, Europe February 20, 2006 (2006-02-20) Ltd Edition Dual Disc CD/DVD
Japan February 22, 2006 (2006-02-22) Teichiku Records incl. two bonus tracks
Russia 2006 Earache Records/Soyuz Music
Europe July 26, 2010 (2010-07-26) Earache Records Limited Vinyl LP[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Organic Hallucinosis > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved 20 July 2009. 
  2. ^ Decapitated Part Ways With Singer, Announce Replacement - July 4, 2005, Blabbermouth.net
  3. ^ a b Decapitated To Enter Studio In August - July 21, 2005, Blabbermouth.net
  4. ^ a b Decapitated: Release Date Set For 'Organic Hallucinosis' - Dec. 8, 2005, Blabbermouth.net
  5. ^ a b Decapitated: 'Day 69' Video Available In Its Entirety - Oct. 3, 2006, Blabbermouth.net
  6. ^ Decapitated Give Away Free Live Album To U.K. Fans - Feb. 3, 2006, Blabbermouth.net
  7. ^ "オーガニック・ハルシノシス/ディキャピテイテッド (TKCS-85137) デイキヤピテイテツド". rakuten.co.jp. Retrieved September 21, 2014. 
  8. ^ Former Decapitated Bassist: 'My Thoughts Are With The Guys And Their Families' - Oct. 30, 2007, Blabbermouth
  9. ^ Decapitated Guitarist: 'We Are On Indefinite Hiatus For Now' - Aug. 12, 2008, Blabbermouth.net
  10. ^ Bowar, Chad. "Decapitated - Organic Hallucinosis review". heavymetal.about.com. Retrieved September 19, 2014. 
  11. ^ Alisoglu, Scott. "Decapitated - Organic Hallucinosis review". blabbermouth.net. Retrieved September 19, 2014. 
  12. ^ a b Lawson, Dom (February 2006). "Heads Above The Rest" [Polish Destroyers Deliver The Death Metal Goods Again]. Kerrang!. 
  13. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo (22 March 2006). "Decapitated - Organic Hallucinosis - Review - Stylus Magazine". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved 20 July 2009. 
  14. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Organic Halucinosis". Allmusic. Retrieved June 18, 2009. 
  15. ^ a b Decapitated's 'Winds Of Creation', 'Organic Hallucinosis' Released On Vinyl For First Time - July 20, 2010, Blabbermouth.net
  16. ^ "Meshuggah's Haake: The Future Will Be A Sadder Place Without Vitek's Drumming". Blabbermouth.net. November 4, 2007. Retrieved September 21, 2014.