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Formed: 1996
From: Krosno, Poland
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Decapitated News

Below is our complete Decapitated news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Decapitated Announces New Album "Anticult"

Polish technical death metal act Decapitated has revealed details of the upcoming seventh album "Anticult," out July 7th via Nuclear Blast. The band has also dropped the new song "Never," which you can check out below. The song is available as an instant grat track for all fans who pre-order the album. Anticult is available for pre-order here:

Limited Silver & Clear Vinyl (inc signed insert)
Limited Digipack CD & Vinyl (inc signed insert)

"Anticult" highlights just how vital Decapitated have remained two decades into a stellar career. Decapitated has long been undeniable masters of the craft and is expanding the parameters with "Anticult," which should elevate the band's profile beyond the death metal realm in which it has dominated for years.

"'Anticult' represents the legacy and future of Decapitated," said guitarist Vogg. "We're extremely proud of the record, in both the song compositions and the production. This is the best representation of our music and we're really excited for the world to hear it!"

The album's massive musical leap forward is evidenced by "Never." It's a song with an incredible bite and retains Decapitated's signature fury. But it's also undeniably catchy and takes up residence in your brain and stays there.

"'Never,' the first track we are showcasing from the record, is fast, it's technical, and most importantly, it's heavy," Vogg commented. "For us, it's what Decapitated is all about… and it will be really fun to play live. Enjoy it!"

Vocalist Rasta weighed in about the subject matter of "Never," offering this insight into the lyrical content: "There is no mystical, doomish fate waiting for us. The only judgement pending is our own. The simple relationship between cause and effect is what determines our future. We are now witnessing something that should never have happened — our homes have become our civilisation's grave."

The band will announce U.S. tour plans shortly.

The album's track list is:

1. Impulse
2. Deathvaluation
3. Kill the Cult
4. One Eyed Nation
5. Anger Line
6. Earth Scar
7. Never
8. Amen More...

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Three More Acts Confirmed For Bloodstock 2017

Promoters for Bloodstock announced another three acts for the 2017 edition of the annual festival. Bloodstock will be held at Catton Park, Derbyshire on August 10-13, 2017. Already announced for 2017 are Friday’s headliners Amon Amarth plus Blind Guardian, Hatebreed, Testament, Whitechapel, Possessed and Hell.

Florida death metal kingpins Obituary land themselves a Sunday slot on the main stage. With a brand new studio album coming in Spring 2017 via Relapse Records, the band recently unleashed the 'Ten Thousand Ways To Die" CD, featuring two brand new studio tracks and a full live set from the '"Onked In Blood" World Tour.

Poland’s tech/death-meisters Decapitated are lined up for a Friday slot. Having delivered some of the most influential death metal of the 21st century, anticipation is high for Decapitated’s new studio album set for release in 2017. Guitarist/founder Vogg commented: "We're very excited to be returning to Bloodstock Festival - it will have been three years since our last time. We're currently in the studio getting ready to unleash the monster we've been working on for the past twelve months and can't wait to play some Polish metal for our UK fans next Summer!"

Mexican-American agitators, Brujeria also join the main stage bill! The band recently released their first album in 16 years, "Pocho Aztlan" via Nuclear Blast, comprising twelve tracks of uncompromising riffs and brutality.

Early bird weekend camping tix are already on sale at a discounted £120 and due to exceptional demand, a limited number of VIP packages were put on sale last month on a first come, first served basis. This allocation has now SOLD OUT!

VIP sold out well in advance in 2016. VIP upgrades (for those who’ve already bought an early bird ticket) and the remaining VIP allocation will be available from December 16th, but don’t hang around if you want these, as they will sell out even earlier for 2017.

Early bird weekend tickets with camping are available now, priced from £120 (+ booking fee) at this location. Children’s weekend tickets are also available, priced £35 (+ booking fee). Camper van pitches have now SOLD OUT.

Many more acts are still to be announced. More...

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Banisher Premieres Pre-Release Full-Album Stream

Polish death metal band Banisher premieres the pre-release full-album stream of the band's upcoming new album "Oniric Delusions", which will be out in stores September 3rd, 2016 via Deformeathing Productions. The band's current line-up includes members of Decapitated, Redemptor, Darzamat, Nuclear Vomit, Shodan, and Ketha.

Check out now "Oniric Delusions" in its entirety below.


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Decapitated Suing Earache

Decapitated has announced legal action is now underway against former label Earache Records.

The band alleges that Earache hasn't paid a penny in royalties for years despite putting out four releases as the contract stipulated ("Nihility," "The Negation," "Organic Hallucinosis," and "Tribute to Vitek.")

To raise funds for the legal fees, Decapitated is also releasing a limited edition shirt. The band comments:

"We have released a brand new ’20 Years of Madness’ t-shirt to help raise legal funds to get our catalogue back from Earache Records - check the video for the full story below."

Fans can pick up the "20 Years of Madness" shirt or hoodie at this location. Here's the video announcement from Decapitated: More...

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Decapitated Premieres New Live Music Video

Decapitated premieres a new live performance music video of the track "Blood Mantra", taken from the band's latest album "Blood Mantra". The clip was captured during the band’s March 2016 UK tour.

Check out now "Blood Mantra" below.

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Decapitated Premieres In-Studio Performance Clip

Decapitated premieres a new music video of an in-studio performance of the track "The Blasphemous Psalm To The Dummy God Creation", taken from the band's latest album "Blood Mantra". The performance was recorded at the Lightship95 studio in London, UK.

Check out now "The Blasphemous Psalm To The Dummy God Creation" below.

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At The Gates Inspires Generations of Austinites

In Central Texas, the weekend that fell on Friday, February 12th through the 14th was filled with great shows featuring major European extreme metal bands, bands that rarely appear in North America. First, I caught Cradle of Filth (visit link) put on a spectacular show at the Aztec Theater in San Antonio. Two days later, the immortal At The Gates made it’s first ever appearance in Austin.

The forerunners of melodic death previously toured North America in 2008 with Darkest Hour and Municipal Waste. Then, they played San Antonio. Due to a publicist error, I couldn’t get into that show, so I partook in other debaucheries. I did, however, catch At The Gates tour twenty-years ago with Morbid Angel and Dissection as the opener. (Readers may have seen them on 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise or Maryland Death Fest).

I didn’t know anything about them. I was there to see Dissection (the only time I caught the band), but liked what I heard and shortly after became a fan of Gothenburg bands. Twenty years later and I can sing all the songs, pump my fest and bang my head with the rest of the packed club at the Mohawk’s punk/metal-friendly club. More...

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Decapitated Premieres New Animated Music Video

Decapitated premieres a new animated music video for "Veins", taken from the band's latest album "Blood Mantra", out in stores via Nuclear Blast Records.

Check out now "Veins" below.

The clip was created by Lukasz Rusinek, who comments: More...

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Decapitated Adds More Tour Dates

Polish technical death metal group Decapitated has added yet more European dates to round out the coming year.

These new shows are also in support of latest album "Blood Mantra," out now via Nuclear Blast and will feature support from Heart Of A Coward from March 29th to April 8th.

Prior to that run, Decapitated has shows with Black Breath and Theories from January 27th through February 8th, as well as dates alongside At The Gates from February 9th to the 23rd. Full tour dates are available below. More...

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Decapitated Announces Tour Dates With Black Breath

Polish technical death metal band Decapitated will return to conquer North America once again this upcoming January. Just prior to being direct support to At The Gates on a U.S. tour, Decapitated will do a headlining run with support coming from Black Breath and Theories.

Founding guitarist Vogg comments: "We’re very excited to announce that we will be returning to North America in January and February as a part of the At The Gates tour, along with our first headline dates in over 3 years. As you probably know due to unexpected problems with U.S.C.I.S. we were forced to cancel our tour with Soulfly in October this year. We can’t wait to get back and play for our loyal fans all over North America and we hope to see you there! Nothing will stop us this time!!!"

Vocalist Rasta adds: "The beginning of 2016 is gonna be awesome. We are coming back to United States and Canada!!! As we all perfectly know, North America is one of the best place to play hard music. This continent was simply built on a Rock and Roll music, and I feel it every time we play there. Amazing crowds, constant headbanging and of course unforgettable shows. North America are you ready?! We are coming! See you there!" More...

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At The Gates Announces Tour With The Haunted

The Swedish melodic death metal masters At The Gates just announced a string of U.S. tour dates to follow their appearance on the 2016 version of the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise.

Set to kick off on February 9, 2016 in Fort Lauderdale FL, this tour of tours will feature label mates The Haunted as well as Decapitated (direct support) and Harms Way. Tomas Lindberg from At The Gates comments:

"We are so excited to finally come back to the states for more shows. The last tour was such a great thing for us, and the line up for this one is equally awesome. We can't wait to get out there, reaching some of the places that missed out on the action last time! See you there!"

Marco Aro from The Haunted adds: "Finally!.....we are going to the US! We've been trying to get this tour together for quite some time now, and now it's official... The Haunted is teaming up with our brothers in At The Gates, Decapitated and Harms Way. All of us are so stoked about this and we hope you are too....see you out there!!"

02/09/2016 Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live
02/10/2016 Orlando, FL @ House of Blues*
02/11/2016 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
02/13/2015 Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey
02/14/2016 Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
02/16/2015 Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
02/17/2015 Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
02/18/2016 Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
02/19/2016 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
02/20/2016 Pomona, CA @ The Glasshouse
02/21/2016 San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
* AT THE GATES and HARMS WAY only More...

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Decapitated In Legal Dispute With Earache

Although currently signed to Nuclear Blast, the back catalog from Decapitated is owned by Earache Records, and a legal dispute between the band and label has caused the group's early material to be pulled from online streaming services.

The Polish death metal band comments:

"Decapitated advises that they have resolved to take long-overdue action to redress various legal, copyright and financial disputes with their former label Earache Records.

"In response, Earache has removed from streaming sites the band’s entire catalogue of music released by Earache.

"Although it is not their doing, Decapitated apologises to their fans for any disappointment and inconvenience and hopes that matters can be resolved as soon as possible. We will keep you informed as to developments and thank you sincerely for your continuing loyalty, support and goodwill."

Decapitated's latest full-length release "Blood Mantra" (reviewed here) dropped back in 2014. More...

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Soulfly Announces Tour With Soilwork, Decapitated

Metal icons Soulfly will embark on a monumental North American headlining tour starting September 30th in Los Angeles, CA. The band will be supporting upcoming vicious new release "Archangel," which was produced by Matt Hyde and will be released on August 14th via Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

Joining on this epic campaign are Swedish melodic-death metal visionaries Soilwork, Polish technical death metallers Decapitated, and newcomer Shattered Sun.

“This is a great package and brutal lineup,” commented Soulfly frontman Max Cavalera. “I personally am a fan of all these bands and it’s an honor to have them touring with us! See you in the pit!” More...

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Dischordia Streaming Decapitated Cover

Following the release of a genre-bending cover of Thrice's "All The World Is Mad," Dischordia has unveiled the second cut off upcoming new covers EP, "Sources."

Check out Dischordia's version of the Decapitated track "Three Dimensional Defect" below.

"Sources shows where Dischordia's influences clearly came from," says Dean Martinetti, Media Manager for Rogue Records America. "The influence is there, but in true Dischordia style, they pull it together in their own unique way."

Sources will be released entirely for free on March 17th through Rogue Records. The track listing is as follows:

1. Three Dimensional Defect ­- Written by Decapitated
2. All The World Is Mad ­- Written by Thrice
3. Sugar Coated Sour ­- Written by The Dillinger Escape Plan
4. Don’t Go Into That Barn -­ Written by Tom Waits & Kathleen Brennan More...

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Suffocation And Decapitated Announces Live Shows

The death metal masters from Suffocation and Decapitated are teaming up for a co-headlining showdown in Australia and New Zealand. Nuclear Blast Records comments:

"Without any argument, New York’s Suffocation are known for their style of fusing aspects of technical modern metal with the percussive, brutal attack of classic death metal which prove they proudly stand well above the myriads of metal bands in the world today.

"Since their inception way back in 1988, Suffocation have been terrorizing stages across the globe for 25+ years with a backlog of explosively brutal cuts such as Pierced From Within, As Grace Descends, Thrones Of Blood, Infecting The Crypts, Breeding The Spawn and Effigy Of The Forgotten that violently bludgeon your senses while making you bang your head to the uber-groove with technical and precise guitar wizardry melded together with a bone crushing rhythm section and savagely fierce vocal assault, the band proves with every show why they are as well respected as they are. Just listen to their latest album Pinnacle Of Bedlam and you will see what we mean."

Thu 30th April – Christchurch – DuxLive
Fri 1st May – Wellington – Bodega
Sat 2nd May – Auckland – Kings Arms
Wed 6th May – Adelaide – The Gov
Thu 7th May – Brisbane – The HiFi
Fri 8th May – Sydney – The Manning Bar
Sat 9th May – Melbourne – Corner Hotel
Sun 10th May – Perth – The Rosemount Hotel More...

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Housecore Horror Film Festival Day 2

Michigan psyche doom-death group, Acid Witch opened day two on Midway’s outdoor stage. After a night of barely any sleep, I didn’t arrive in time to catch their set. It’s a shame because they were one of the bands I wanted to see. I heard a burst of guitar notes from tech-death metallers Archspire but only as I pulled into the venue. The first part of this day would be spent around the press tent conducting interviews with Napalm Death and Gwar. This included missing most of the set from Polish death metal veterans Decapitated, whose late coming was the apparent reason for Midway being behind on time. The day before their appearance at Housecore the group had totaled their van. I’m not sure how they made it to Austin, but they were there and played a full set. More...

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Blastfest Announces Final Band Confirmations

The organizers of the Blastfest have checked in with the following announcement about final band confirmations:

"The lineup announcements had to come to an end eventually and Blastfest has now revealed the final three bands for the main lineup. But that’s not to say what you see on the burgeoning Blastfest poster is all that’s happening. No, no, no, there will be more!

"There’s already a lineup that would bring tears to the eyes of even the toughest metalhead with bands such as Demilich, Satyricon, Decapitated, Paradise Lost, At The Gates & Moonsorrow... and just last week a cruise up the Norwegian fjords with live bands was announced as part of the first days festivities. We still have to hear more… the clinics, the stand up comedy, the exhibitions, and lots more have yet to be revealed!

"For now, let’s leave this here… Sweden’s Uppsala upstarts, the black metal powerhouse, the entity of its own who released possibly their best work to date just last year with ‘The Hunt’, yes, the mighty Watain have been announced as another Blastfest 2015 headliner. The festival has also welcomed Austria’s sickest death metal export Schrinec Plays Pungent Stench and Bergens blackened deaththrash horde Grimfist." More...

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Decapitated Discusses Latest Van Crash

Decapitated singer Rafal "Rasta" Piotrowski talked to the MetalSucks podcast at Housecore Horror Film Festival this weekend, just one day after the band was involved in another van accident.

In 2007, Decapitated was in a tragic tour bus accident, claiming the life of drummer Witold “Vitek” Kieltyka and leaving vocalist Adrian “Covan” Kowanek with limb paralysis.

New vocalist Rafal stated: “I’m used to it because a couple of years ago, like three years ago, we had a [plane] landing without wheels. This band is professional at accidents. We try to make jokes about it.”

This interview can be streamed over at Metal Sucks here. More...

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Decapitated Crashes Van On Tour

Decapitated has been on the road supporting the new album "Blood Mantra" (reviewed here) but the festivities were almost stopped due to a vehicle crash. The band comments:

"Decapitated was involved in a serious van accident on Friday afternoon on their way to a show in House of Blues, New Orleans, LA. We are all ok (two persons were hospitalized and released after a few hours) and we will continue our tour with American Sharks and GWAR. This time we were lucky."

Be sure to let the Decapitated lads know you are glad they are alright at the band's Facebook profile, and you can also check out the group's new music video for "Instinct" at this location. More...

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"Here's the Metal" Compilation For Free Download

A free "Here's the Metal - October 2014" compilation has been released on Google Play. Unfortunately, you need a Google Play account and valid payment method to download this free compilation.

The "Here's the Metal - October 2014" tracklisting is as follows:

1. A Greater Sense of Self (4:01) by Fit For A King
2. Chaos Royale (3:39) by Sister Sin
3. Puppets 3 (The Grand Finale) [feat. Dani Filth] (4:15) by Motionless In White
4. Slaves (4:53) by 1349
5. This Is the Time (Ballast) (3:40) by Nothing More
6. Exitium (Anthem of the Living) (4:53) by Sanctuary
7. The Hands That Bled (4:05) by Darkness Divided
8. Everything's Gone (3:24) by In Flames
9. Do Not Look Down (4:56) by Meshuggah
10. Blood in Blood Out (3:42) by Exodus
11. Moth (4:51) by HELLYEAH
12. The Blasphemous Psalm to the Dummy God Creation (2:31) by Decapitated
13. Animal Mother (4:57) by Today Is The Day

You can download the compilation here.

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