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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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Earache To Release Death Metal 4 DVD Set

Earache Records will be releasing a special live DVD collection on November 30th, which features a live DVD from some of the biggest and most important names in extreme metal. Death Metal Live features four full, original DVDs all housed together in a custom sleeve to create one low-priced, limited edition set, including a Decapitated stand-alone live DVD for the first time ever.

The set clocks in at over seven hours in length and features over one hundred songs, as well as promo videos, documentaries and more. The DVD set can be pre-ordered now for only £6.99 by heading over to Play.com.

The four DVD set includes:

Deicide - When London Burns
Carcass - Wake Up And Smell The... Carcass
Napalm Death - The DVD
Decapitated - Live At The Rescue Rooms

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Decapitated To Return w/ New Lineup, World Tour

Wacek “Vogg” Kieltyka, guitarist & founding member of the Polish death metal band DECAPITATED, has issued the following statement:

"It’s time to come back! After a two-year break, DECAPITATED is coming back with new members. The official new line-up for DECAPITATED will be announced at the end of December.

“As you all know, the decision to continue the band was really, really hard for me, but everything I do now is to keep DECAPITATED alive. [Vocalist] Covan’s situation has not improved much and he is still in bed and unable to function on his own. He still fights to recover as we speak and we are all still 100% behind him and hope for the best. It has been the hardest thing for me to move on without [brother & drummer] Vitek by my side, but he would have wanted me to continue with the band.

“Finally, I have found some great musicians who can continue the work of Vitek and Covan. At the beginning of April, DECAPITATED will start to play our first reunion shows. We will visit the biggest cities in Australia and play some of the biggest summer festivals in Europe. Don’t worry, we won’t forget about the U.K.! After this, the band will concentrate on the making of a new album! I would like to thank all the people who have supported us all this time."

Maurizio Iacono of the artist management firm Hard Impact Music adds:

"I feel very privileged to have been given the management duties of guiding this great band’s future. DECAPITATED was a band on the verge of greatness until tragedy hit them and the band’s world stopped suddenly. Today, we have a man on a quest to bring the glory back that was taken from them prematurely. Vogg, the band’s last remaining founding member, has had the gut-wrenching task of forming a new line-up for DECAPITATED. You can bet that the mission has been accomplished and in honor of the fallen, their legacies will be given the justice they deserve. Our job at Hard Impact is to make sure that DECAPITATED are guided the right way back to the top."

Gerardo Martínez, Nuclear Blast USA’s Label Manager comments:

“I don’t think there’s anyone happier to know that the legacy of DECAPITATED will continue and the fact that Vogg has overcome the biggest obstacle of his life. We all at Nuclear Blast are extremely excited about the news and know that 2010 and beyond will bring a new chapter for DECAPITATED in the shape of live shows and the imminent new album. The masters of modern technical death metal are back!”

DECAPITATED’s Australian tour dates and Metalfest Open Air festival appearances are as follows: More...

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Decapitated Reveals New Drummer

Polish death metal outfit Decapitated has announced that Kerim "Krimh" Lechner, of Thorns Of Ivory fame, is now the band's new permanent drummer. He replaces Witold "Vitek" Kieltyka, who passed away in late 2007 after the band suffered a serious accident on the road.

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Vader Reveals "Necropolis" Details

VADER's new full length album entitled "Necropolis" will be released in Europe on August 21 through Nuclear Blast. The album will be available as a standard CD edition, digi pack (featuring two cover tracks and bonus DVD) edition and vinyl edition. The album artwork and the whole layout was made by Jacek Wisniewski (who also made cover arts for such albums as "Black To The Blind", "Litany", "Revelations" and many more).

"Necropolis" was recorded at Hertz Studio with Slawek and Wojtek Wieslawski behind the helm. Then the album was mixed and mastered by Tue Madsen at his Antfarm Studio (it's been band's first cooperation with a foreign producer since "The Ultimate Incantation").

Peter commented: "Tue Madsen did tremendous work! He modeled power on this album. It is not easy to make VADER sound heavy and clear. When I was listening to the master tape for a first time, I knew after the opening notes that 'Necropolis' is gonna be a BLAST indeed!!! Tue thinks the same, which makes me even more happy. No VADER album sounded so powerful without loss of all these details in the songs. I am impressed indeed!!! We will do video clips, of course! I'm not sure yet which songs are gonna be chosen. I have some 'evil stories' in my mind just waiting to be realized. Personally, I want to see a clip for 'Devilizer', which opens 'Necropolis'. The CD front cover was done by Jacek Wisniewski and explains what's inside the album... We summoned the Old Spirits again. The Unknown is awakened...again. 'Necropolis' is exactly like the picture seen on the front cover: solid, metal and evil, with many details, backgrounds and... hidden mysteries. There's also another thing that don't let me fall asleep since a few days. I mean very honest, positive, almost enthusiastic response from Nuclear Blast!"

Digi pack editions of the album will feature two cover songs: "Black Metal" of VENOM (with a guest appearance of Bart Krysiuk from HERMH), and "Fight Fire With Fire" of METALLICA (featuring Maciek Taff from ROOTWATER, BLACK RIVER). Also included is a bonus DVD featuring a part of a charity show for Covan (DECAPITATED) the band played on April 26 in Krakow. The show recorded by 5 cameras, dynamic editing and HD quality - all that made by Inbornmedia Company from Wroclaw.

Here is the complete "Necropolis" tracklisting: More...

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Decapitated Seeks New Lineup

Decapitated's Vogg has issued the following update regarding the search for new members:

"I was thinking about that for a long time and it’s really hard decision for me, but I have decided to continue this band and keep Decapitated alive. I know it will be not the same anymore but I want to try and I’m sure Witek and Covan will support me and will be happy about that"

"If anybody from drummers and vocalists feel that they can continue what Witek and Covan did and put all power, energy and live time for this band - contact me- decapitatedband@gmail.com" More...

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Decapitated Seeking Donations For Vocalist

Alina Squeak has issued the following press release on the behalf of Decapitated singer Adrian "Covan" Kowanek:

"As most everyone knows, it has been just over a year since the tragic bus accident that ultimately took the life of Vitek, drummer of Decapitated, and seriously injured their singer, Covan. The families of Vitek and Covan wish to express deep gratitude to everyone for their thoughts, prayers, funny stories, and donations sent to them during this last very difficult year.

However, Covan is still going through a long and difficult recovery, and the family would once again ask for you to look into your heart and possibly send donations. It is INCREDIBLY expensive for all the round-the-clock medical care, the doctors, the nurses, the therapy, the medicine, etc. Most of you could also understand that, since he is also in Poland, it is even more expensive than it would be in the US or most other parts of Europe. His care and recovery is ongoing and he is slowly showing some progress, but it will be quite a bit of time before he is completely better. Some people may think that, although they would like to help, that they have nothing to give… but in truth, if every one person out there that thought this could donate even just $1, that amount will significantly multiply and make a huge difference!

If anyone out there would like to help, there are three ways you can do that. All the old paypal donation information has been shut down a while ago, so please make note of the NEW address and account numbers! More...

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Earache Records To Release Box Set

Earache Records has posted the following message online:

"In recognition of a music genre that has spawned some of the most original and talented bands hailing from every corner of the globe, Earache Records is proud to announce the release of Worldwide Metal.

"Celebrating the diversity of metal in all of its forms, Worldwide Metal is the ultimate collection of the fastest, heaviest and most brutal metal tracks to rock this planet. Offering 5 CDs of pure metal mayhem plus a fully playable PC game - all for the price of one CD - this collection consists of over 80 tracks from some of the most legendary and inspirational bands of all time. More...

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Decapitated Singer Adrian Kowanek Still Recovering

The family of Decapitated singer, Adrian "Covan" Kowanek, who was seriously injured a year ago in a automobile accident while on tour in Eastern Europe, has issued a brief statement regarding Kowanek's condition:

"Adrian is [undergoing] a long and hard recovery, but his state is getting a little and slowly better. Adrian's family would like to thank fans and all the people for their support, donations, patience, and faith."

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Decapitated Posts Update On Singers Condition

Polish extreme metallers has posted an update regarding the condition of lead vocalist Adrian "Covan" Kowanek:

"Adrian is during a long and hard recovery but his state is getting a little and slowly better. Adrian's family would like to thank fans and all the people for their support, donations and faith."

Decapitated were involved in a serious road accident last year which resulted in the tragic death of drummer Witold "Vitek" Kieltyka and left singer Adrian "Covan" Kowanek in critical condition.

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Vader Announces New Lineup

The following message has been posted online by Polish death metal legends Vader:

"Good news from VADER's camp! We would like to confirm officially the band's lineup for the upcoming tours in October and January. It features Piotr "Peter" Wiwczarek (guitar, vocal), Reyash (bass), Waclaw "Vogg" Kieltyka (guitar) and Pawe? Jaroszewicz (drums).

"Last Sunday at Progresja Club, Warsaw we had a drummers audition. Earlier, actually just after the anniversary gig we had some talks with a few guitarists about possibilities of joining the band. And now we are ready to announce our new touring lineup. More...

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The Boy Will Drown Scheduled To Enter Studio

British technical metallers The Boy Will Drown are preparing to enter the studio to begin recording of their debut album.

The Boy Will Drown, who recently signed a multi-album, worldwide recording deal with Earache Records, are set to follow in the footsteps of their idols Decapitated and enter Hertz Studios in Bialystok, Poland to record their as-yet untitled debut album. The band are set to enter the studio on October 27th and will be holed up until November 13th.

Guitarist Liam Keel comments: "We really wanted to use Hertz because of their understanding of extreme music, which they have proven with bands like Decapitated, Hate and Behemoth. We want to achieve an extreme sound so the production will match the tunes."

Having only formed in 2006, The Boy Will Drown are currently regarded as one of the most flamboyant and intense bands in the UK. Playing a vicious blend of technical and experimental music based around grindcore and death metal, the band do everything in their power to mesmerize and pulverize the listener whilst simultaneously injecting an element of humor, fun and youth into their music.

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Vader Drummer Joins Dimmu Borgir

According to the official Meinl Cymbals website, drummer Daray Brzozowski has left Polish death metal legends Vader and joined Norwegian black metallers Dimmu Borgir. This comes after recent rumours that Brzozowski and guitarist Mauser have left Vader, with Mauser concentrating on his project Unsun. Word has it that former Lost Soul drummer Adam Sierzega will be taking Brzozowski's place and both Jacek Hiro from Sceptic and Waclaw "Vogg" Kieltyka of Decapitated are rumoured to be joining as the new guitarist.

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Decapitated Guitarist Issues Band Update

Decapitated's lead guitarist Waclaw “Vogg” Kieltyka has recently posted a blog regarding the future of the band, which reads as follows:

“As you probably know, I have been pretty quiet about the whereabouts of the band and the future and I’d like to inform you that we are on indefinite hiatus for now. I feel that it is too early to continue or try to continue without Vitek and/or Covan at this particular moment.

"Regarding Covan. He’s recovering now and needs all the time in the world to comeback to a normal life. So I want to wait for him, so we could both decide what the future will hold for DECAPITATED.

"I definitely want to keep on playing and touring as it’s very important for me to keep on playing music. While we have this break with DECAPITATED, I’d like to mention that I’m open to explore options regarding joining or touring as a session player. Given the seriousness of the project, I could work on dedicating as much time as possible to it.

"I also want to express my respect for everyone who has supported the families of Vitek and Covan on any kind of way since the accident.”

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Decapitated "Human's Dust" Details Revealed

Decapitated will release their first official DVD entitled "Human's Dust" on June 9th in Europe and June 10th in North America. The DVD is packed with live footage including a set performed in Krakow, Poland and footage from Ozzfest in Poland and the 2004 Metalmania festival. It also contains three interviews and the video clip to "Winds Of Creation" amongst other material. You can watch a preview of the DVD below. More...

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Ex-Decapitated Singer Joins Masachist

Masachist guitarist Thrufel has issued the following update:

"We are happy to inform you that we have just laid down the final tracks for our debut album. To be honest, it went far beyond our expectations, and that is mostly because we decided to strengthen the MASA-squad by adding a vocalist, who is one of the best in the genre. We are talking about Pig (aka Wojciech Wasowicz), the former throat destroyer of Decapitated. Welcome aboard!

There is no way we could not mention that we also have a special guest on this album. It is my personal highlight of the year and probably will come as a surprise to many of you. I would like to thank Adam (ex-LOST SOUL) without whom it might not have happened."

Pig comments: “It turns out you can’t live without death metal, at least not for long...haha...But there really wasn’t much to think about when considering taking part in this crime known as Masachist, since it is a bunch of my old friends, and I was sure they will make some good death metal shit. My final decision was made when I heard the songs – real death metal, with the actual essence of the style, without any of this new school crap. It got me started, hahaha... We recorded the album in Progresja Studio without any problems and had a lot of fun, sometimes maybe a little too much, and since at the time of recording the vocals IMMOLATION were playing a gig in Warsaw, we were able to get them in the studio and feature Ross Dolan on one of the songs! This was the biggest surprise for us and definitely something special for fans of Immolation, including us of course. Thanks a lot Ross! All in all we have nine songs, which you just have to hear if the words “death metal” mean anything to you! Of course I should also add that Death March Fury is the fastest, heaviest and meanest stuff this world has ever heard and Masachist is a Prophet that saves death metal and brings a guiding light to all those lost new-metal sheep and kids singing along to melodic choruses. You will apologize.”

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Decapitated To Release First DVD In June

Metal Mind Productions will release the first-ever DVD from Polish extreme metallers DECAPITATED, entitled "Human's Dust", on June 9 in Europe and June 10 in the U.S. The DVD will be available in two versions: as a standard DVD and as a very unique star metalpack DVD edition limited to 3,000 copies.

The main feature of the DVD consists of the band's October 2002 gig in Krakow, which was a part of their European tour with VADER and KRISIUN. Bonus material includes two live performances recorded during Ozzfest in Poland (May 2002) and Metalmania festival (March 2004), the "Winds of Creation" video clip, plus three interviews recorded at various locations: Kraków in 2002 (Vitek and Vogg); Ozzfest in Katowice, 2002 (Vogg and Sauron); Metalmania in Katowice, 2004 (Sauron and Martin). Also included are a photo gallery, biography, discography, desktop images, weblinks.

"Human's Dust" (cover artwork) track listing:

Live in Kraków, October 2002:

01. Nihility
02. Eternity Too Short
03. Way to Salvation
04. Spheres of Madness
05. Names
06. Winds of Creation
07. Babylon's Pride
08. Suffer the Children

Bonus video:

Live at Ozzfest, Katowice, May 2002:

01. Spheres of Madness
02. Eternity Too Short
03. Babylon's Pride

Live at Metalmania Festival, Katowice, March 2004:

01. Three-dimensional Defect
02. Lying and Weak
03. Mother War
04. Sensual Sickness
05. Spheres of Madness
06. The Negation

* Interview with Vitek and Vogg, Kraków, 2002
* Interview with Vogg and Sauron, Ozzfest, Katowice, 2002
* Interview with Sauron and Martin, Metalmania festival, Katowice, 2004
* "Winds of Creation" (video clip)

Also includes:

* Photo gallery
* Biography
* Discography
* Desktop images
* Weblinks
* Logo
* Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound

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Decapitated Reveal Vitek Tribute Merchandise

Now available is an exclusive Vitek tribute t-shirt commemorating the untimely passing of DECAPITATED drummer Witold "Vitek" Kieltyka in 2007. Limited to 100 units, it also commemorates the 2005 Decapitated/GOREROTTED European tour, which hit 12 countries in just under 30 days.

Wilson Gorerotted states, "I wanted to do something to mark our respect for the time we spent with Vitek, and all of Decapitated when we toured in 2005. It was a very important tour for us, and we have remained friends ever since. I felt that this shirt could give metal fans something to remember Vitek, and at the same time raise some money for the family. Vitek's daughter was born when we were on the road together, and hopefully this tour souvenir can provide something for her future too."

Vogg (Decapitated), "This is a tribute shirt for my brother Witek. This shirt is also an expression of respect from our brothers in Gorerotted, and a souvenir of one of the best tours we ever did."

The shirt has been donated 100% to the band, so every penny you spend goes directly to Vitek's family (less shipping cost). All shirts are black short sleeve, with white/silver print that looks killer! Available in M/L/XL, the shirt is extremely limited to 100 units, but if it proves popular, then it may be re-printed.

Wojtek Kieltyka, Vitek's brother, who is dealing with this tribute states, "On behalf of Witek's wife and daughter, I would like to express my sincerest gratitude and respect to everyone who will contribute to supporting his family, and keeping the memory of his genuinely inspiring personality and amazing talent alive by purchasing the t-shirt! 'Nothing truly good can ever be destroyed, or can ever die!'"

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Decapitated Vocalist Nearly Fully Recovered

DECAPITATED drummer Witold "Vitek" Kieltyka sadly passed away at the age of 23 on November 2, 2007 after succumbing to head injuries sustained in a bad van accident in Russia. The band have posted this message on their MySpace page:

"For the people who are sending messages and friend requests:

Unfortunately, we are unable to respond to each and every person due to the overwhelming response followed by the tragic events of last October. The friends and families of Covan (vocals) and Vitek will do their best in keeping you up to date with news on DECAPITATED and everything pertaining to the Vitek and Covan Charity Fund. The auction and tribute shirts have been temporarily delayed - but they are still in the works and should be up and running in the near future.

We are also waiting on a statement from Covan's family about his current condition. As far as we know, he is stable and on his way to a full recovery. We have high hopes for the future.

Thanks again to everyone for your amazing show of support. It really means the world to us. Please check back for updates."

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Death Feast Open Air Confirm Cock and Ball Torture

COCK AND BALL TORTURE has been confirmed for the 2008 edition of the Death Feast Open Air festival, set to take place June 12-14, 2008 in Hünxe, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:


For more information, visit www.deathfeast.de.

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Necrophagist Drummer Performs 10-Minute Drum Solo

Metal Injection TV has posted three new video clips, including footage of NECROPHAGIST drummer Marco Minnemann performing a 10-minute drum solo so crushing a "Holy Sh-t" chant breaks out (see clip below). Also available are two new live clips of NECROPHAGIST. The footage is part of Metal Injection's coverage of the Summer Slaughter tour. These clips, as well as footage of DECAPITATED, CEPHALIC CARNAGE, CATTLE DECAPITATION, THE FACELESS, AS BLOOD RUNS BLACK, ION DISSONANCE and BENEATH THE MASSACRE, can be viewed at this location. More...

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