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Decapitated

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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 To Raise Money For Victims Families

DECAPITATED's official MySpace page has been update with the following message:

"We are getting ready to organize a special sale with original DECAPITATED gear (some of which was actually used in the recording studio) limited/never before printed T-shirts and merch, other one-of-a-kind memorabilia, and gifts from our friends in other bands to help raise money for Vitek's and Covan's families. For those who would like to make donations directly, there will be more information posted in a few days, so please keep checking back with us. Every effort, big or small, counts for something!"

DECAPITATED drummer Witold "Vitek" Kieltyka died late last week at the age of 23 in a Russian hospital from injuries sustained in a recent road collision. DECAPITATED singer Covan (real name: Adrian Kowanek) was also hurt in the accident, which involved the band's tour bus and a truck carrying wood in Gomel, on the Russia/Belarus border. The frontman reportedly also sustained a head injury in the collision, which is believed to have been the fault of the band's driver (although this has not yet been officially confirmed).

Covan's family released a statement on Thursday (November 1) that the vocalist's condition had improved. At the time, the singer was still said to be at a hospital in Novozybkov, Russia, where he and Vitek were taken following the accident.

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Behemoth Frontman Comments On Decapitated Drummer

BEHEMOTH mainman Adam "Nergal" Darski issued the following statement regarding the untimely death of DECAPITATED drummer Witold "Vitek" Kieltyka who passed away on November 2nd in a Russian hospital from injuries sustained in a recent road collision:

"It's still so abstract to me…I don't know what to say, don't know what to do. This morning's news brought a lot of pain in our lives and some reflections at the same time. We're not only missing a dear friend but also a great talent. It was so awesome to watch Decapitated growing bigger and bigger with every step they made. We just went off the stage in Denver, Colorado. Tonight we didn't play for ourselves; we didn't play for these people either. All we could do was to put up the best METAL show we could afford in honor of our friend. See you in the afterlife Vitek!"

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More Bands Offer Condolences To Decapitated

Belgian progressive death metallers PREJUDICE and Utah-based speed metal band DEATHEAD have offered up their condolences for late DECAPITATED drummer Witold "Vitek" Kieltyka who passed away yesterday (November 2nd) in a Russian hospital from injuries sustained in a recent road collision. They read as follows:

Prejudice: "RIP Vitek! Spent 7 weeks on tour with Decapitated in 2002, Vitek was without no doubt the most down to earth guy from them. Really sad to see someone so talented & being a great person to be killed in a accident while being on tour. Hope to see Covan recovering out of his injuries. Our thoughts go out to their family and friends and fellow Decapitated members."

Deathead: "We all wish condolences to the friends and family of Decapitated's drummer Witold 'Vitek' Kieltyka. As a fan of the bands music, it is saddening to hear of such a loss especially in such a way. Our condolences go to his friends, family and bandmates."

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Soilwork Comment On Witold "Vitek" Kieltyka Death

SOILWORK drummer Dirk Verbeuren has commented on the passing of DECAPITATED drummer Witold "Vitek" Kieltyka, who died in a Russian hospital from injuries sustained in a recent road collision. He was 23 years old.

"I'm truly devastated about this untimely passing," Dirk said in a statement. "Vitek was without a doubt one of the most talented and hard-working extreme metal drummers around. He was a great inspiration to me, a mind-blowing force behind the kit. To die at such a young age and in such dramatic circumstances is just horrible. My deepest condolences to his wife and child, his family and friends, and to the band. Vitek will be sorely missed. R.I.P. Vitek."

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Kataklysm Comment On Decapitated Drummer's Death

KATAKLYSM producer/guitarist Jean-Francois Dagenais has issued the following statement:

"It's with sad regret I learned this morning of the tragic passing of [DECAPITATED drummer Witold 'Vitek' Kieltyka]. I met him on the NILE tour. I was doing sound for HYPOCRISY, and DECAPITATED was sharing a bus with us. He was a real cool dude and very down to earth. We had some good times on that tour."

"I'm just out of words with what happened."

"On behalf of all in KATAKLYSM, our deepest thoughts are with Vitek's family and friends. We would also like to send positive messages to Adam 'Covan' [DECAPITATED singer] to keep fighting to get better and come back to the stage soon."

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Dimmu Borgir Dedicate Show To Decapitated Drummer

Norwegian symphonic black metallers DIMMU BORGIR have commented on the passing of DECAPITATED drummer Witold "Vitek" Kieltyka, who died in a Russian hospital from injuries sustained in a recent road collision. He was 23 years old.

"Let it be known that we are shocked and saddened to hear about Vitek's passing," DIMMU BORGIR said in a statement. "Our condolences to his family and the other DECAPITATED members. We will be playing for him tonight [at Teatria in Oulu, Finland]. We wish Adrian 'Covan' Kowanek a quick recovery!"

Vitek and DECAPITATED singer Covan (real name: Adrian Kowanek) were hurt in an accident earlier in the week involving DECAPITATED's tour bus and a truck carrying wood in Gomel, on the Russia/Belarus border. Both musicians reportedly sustained serious head injuries in the collision, which is believed to have been the fault of the band's driver (although this has not yet been officially confirmed).

According to the Polish Internet portal Onet.pl, Vitek underwent trepanation, a form of surgery in which a hole is drilled or scraped into the skull, and was due to be transported to a hospital in Krakow, Poland for further treatment.

Covan's family released a statement yesterday (Thursday, November 1) that the vocalist's condition had improved. At the time, the vocalist was still said to be at a hospital in Novozybkov, Russia, where he and Vitek were taken following the accident.

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Crionics Recovering From Decapitated Bus Crash

Members of the Polish band CRIONICS — who were sharing a tour bus with DECAPITATED when they were involved in a road collision that claimed the life the life of their friend, DECAPITATED drummer Witold "Vitek" Kieltyka — sustained broken bones and lacerations in the accident that took place three days ago near Gomel, on the Russia/Belarus border. CRIONICS vocalist/guitarist War-an said via e-mail earlier today (Friday, November 2), "our drummer has a broken jaw, our keyboard player injuries to his wrist and I'm suffering from rib injuries. Covan [vocals] from DECAPITATED is better as of today but is still in serious condition."

CRIONICS' latest album, "NeuThrone", was released in July via Candlelight Records. The recording session took place at Zed Studio in Olkusz, Poland with the very talented Tomasz Zalewski, who recorded the most recent albums by THY DISEASE, TOTEM, and HORRORSCOPE, among many others. The follow-up to 2005's "Armageddon's Evolution" contains 10 compositions and one bonus track. The cover and layout art was done by Michal "Czecza" Czekaj (not Jacek Wisniewski, as was the case in the past).

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Amon Amarth Comment On Decapitated Drummer's Death

Swedish metallers AMON AMARTH have released the following statement:

"It's with deep shock and sadness we have received the tragic news of the death of Witold 'Vitek' Kieltyka, drummer in DECAPITATED, and we want to express our deepest condolences to his family and friends. We were really looking forward to touring North America with DECAPITATED, and the news of the accident came as a real shock. We also want to send our best well wishes to Adrian 'Covan' Kowanek, who also was injured in the accident, and we sincerely hope that he will recover soon."

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Decapitated Drummer Dead At 23

Drummer Witold "Vitek" Kieltyka of the Polish extreme metal band DECAPITATED passed away in a Russian hospital from injuries sustained in a recent road collision. He was 23 years old.

Vitek and DECAPITATED singer Covan (real name: Adrian Kowanek) were hurt in an accident earlier in the week involving DECAPITATED's tour bus and a truck carrying wood in Gomel, on the Russia/Belarus border. Both musicians reportedly sustained serious head injuries in the collision, which is believed to have been the fault of the band's driver (although this has not yet been officially confirmed).

According to the Polish Internet portal Onet.pl, Vitek underwent trepanation, a form of surgery in which a hole is drilled or scraped into the skull, and was due to be transported to a hospital in Krakow, Poland for further treatment.

Covan's family released a statement yesterday (Thursday, November 1) that the vocalist's condition had improved. At the time, the vocalist was still said to be at a hospital in Novozybkov, Russia, where he and Vitek were taken following the accident.

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Decapitated Singer 'Showing Some Progress'

Two members of the Polish extreme metal band DECAPITATED — Vitek (real name: Witold Kieltykaand; drums) and Covan (real name: Adrian Kowanek; vocals) — were seriously injured in a road accident earlier in the week involving DECAPITATED's tour bus and a truck carrying wood in Gomel, on the Russia/Belarus border. Both musicians reportedly sustained serious head injuries as a result of the accident.

One of Covan's family members issue the following update:

"Covan and Vitek are still at the hospital in Novozybkov, Russia, where they were taken to following the accident. Despite the rumors, they are not in Moscow. Their families are currently trying to decide the best possible city and hospital to take them to next for additional medical attention.

"Covan is showing some progress, but unfortunately, there have been no signs of improvement on Vitek's condition. The familes of Covan and Vitek appreciate everyone's concern on the matter, but please do not spread any more uncomfirmed rumors or information on the Internet. More details will soon be released."

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Former Decapitated Bassist Issues Statement

Former DECAPITATED bassist Marcin "Martin" Rygiel has released the following statement:

"As many of you know, there was bad accident in Russia yesterday. I wasn't there. I'm not in the band anymore since I'm expecting a baby and I've decided to move to California."

"To all the people that I'm getting emails from: Vitek [real name: Witold Kieltykaand; drums] and Covan [real name: Adrian Kowanek; vocals] were injured really bad and their families are on their way to Russia."

"To keep up to date on this incident please check BLABBERMOUTH.NET, as I am unable to respond to the amount of emails I am getting on this subject. All we can do is just have hope that they will recover soon, and that everything will be fine."

"My thoughts are with the guys and their families right now..."

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Decapitated Injured In Road Crash

Earache Records issue the following press release for Decapitated:

"Two members of Decapitated have been seriously injured in a road accident involving their tour bus and a truck carrying wood in Gomel, on the Russia/Belarus border."

"Vocalist Covan and drummer Vitek sustained serious head injuries as a result of the accident, and are to be taken 550km from Gomel to Moscow for emergency treatment."

"All other members of the touring party are not reported to be seriously hurt."

"Our thoughts are with all members of the tour at this time."

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Decapitated, Crionics Members Injured In Bus Crash

Russia's Darkside webzine has informed BLABBERMOUTH.NET that several members of the Polish extreme metal acts DECAPITATED and CRIONICS were badly injured in a bus crash which took place when the two bands were traveling to Gomel, Belarus (located in the former Soviet Union) to perform a concert Monday night (October 29) as part of their joint tour. Two members of DECAPITATED are reportedly in intensive care at a local hospital while the bus itself is said to be "beyond repair." More information will be made available soon.

DECAPITATED issued a limited-edition version of their classic debut "Winds of Creation" on October 8 featuring a bonus DVD containing a full live show filmed in Nottingham on December 20, 2004 with original vocalist Sauron.

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A Life Once Lost Announce New York City Show

A LIFE ONCE LOST have lined up a warm up show before their upcoming U.S. tour with SUICIDE SILENCE. The show will take place in New York City on October 29th at the Lit Lounge and feature performances from ALOL, BLOODY PANDA, and CASKET ARCHITECTS.

The band have also been added to the following dates of the AMON AMARTH, DECAPITATED, and SONIC SYNDICATE tour:

November 29 - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
November 30 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx

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Sonic Syndicate Gearing Up For Amon Amarth Tour

Sweden’s hottest newcomers, SONIC SYNDICATE, will be making their US debut with a tour alongside HIMSA, DECAPITATED and fellow countrymen AMON AMARTH this November. Since the release of the band’s second opus, “Only Inhuman,” the band has been taking Europe by storm with many festival appearances and a tour with DARK TRANQUILLITY. Soon after the band finishes their current European tour with SOILWORK and CALIBAN it’s off to the States to wreak even more metal havoc. Lead singer Richard Sjunnesson had this to say about the bands hectic schedule:

“We are excited and really looking forward to finally getting over there to see the American fans. This is SONIC SYNDICATE’s very first tour on American soil and we are very happy to be doing this under the wings of the vile Vikings, AMON AMARTH, who are of course countrymen of ours. I have personally followed them since the early 90s and touring with them makes me happier than words can express. It will of course also be a honor to share the stage with the brilliant metal acts HIMSA and DECAPITATED. See you all soon!”

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Decapitated Announce Russian Tour Dates

Polish metallers Decapitated will tour Russia in October. Here are the tour dates:

18/10 Kaliningrad @ Tower (Russia)
19/10 Vilnius @ Mulen Ruzas (Lithuania)
20/10 Riga @ Melna Piektdiena (Latvia)
21/10 Saint-Petersburg @ Orlandina (Russia)
23/10 Jaroslavl @ Partizan (Russia)
24/10 Voronezh tbc (Russia)
25/10 Rostov-on-Don @ Podzemka (Russia)
26/10 Krasnodar @ Orbita (Russia)
27/10 Moscow @ Plan B (Russia)
28/10 Rjazan @ Planetary (Russia)
30/10 Gomel @ GCK (Belarus)

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Amon Amarth At Sweden Rock To Be Broadcasted

Swedish National Radio show "P3 Live" will be broadcasting Amon Amarth's performance from Sweden Rock Festival on Thursday, September 20th. The broadcast will start at 9:30pm (CET). International fans can listen to the streaming online at www.sr.se.

Amon Amarth will be embarking on a headlining North American tour this winter, with Decapitated, Himsa and Sonic Syndicate. Tour dates are as follows: More...

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Amon Amarth Announce North American Tour Dates

Swedish metallers AMON AMARTH will embark on a North American headlining tour in November. Support on the trek will come from DECAPITATED, HIMSA, and SONIC SYNDICATE. Dates so far include:

Nov. 19 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
Nov. 25 - Houston, TX - Meridian
Dec. 01 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
Dec. 06 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
Dec. 12 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Avalon Theater
Dec. 15 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon More...

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Summer Festival Slaughters New York City

On July 8th 2007 I went to see the Summer Slaughter Festival at BBkings in New York City. Of the venues in my area that book metal bands, BBkings has been one of my favorites for its amazing sound and size. It is never too loud that I feel like I’m going deaf, but still loud enough that I feel the music and rock out. The venue definitely has great tech guys running the soundboards and lights. With this in mind, I knew that I would get proper enjoyment of the bands and not focus on how much I can't hear a certain instrument or the vocals. I entered without knowing what to expect because I am not a fan of most brutal death metal, but there were a few bands I recognized and wanted to see how they were live, namely, Necrophagist, Beneath the Massacre, and Cephalic Carnage. I really wish I could have seen Arsis, but they had troubles with their van on tour and couldn't make it out. More...

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Watch Decapitated Concert Footage Online

Capital Chaos TV has posted video footage of DECAPITATED's June 17, 2007 performance at The Boardwalk in Orangevale, California. Watch it below.

DECAPITATED vocalist Covan recently announced that his band will hit the road as direct support to AMON AMARTH on the Swedish group's first U.S. headlining tour this November.

Covan was recently interviewed by Andrew Haug of Triple J's "Full Metal Racket" (based in Australia). Download the interview in MP3 format at this location.

DECAPITATED's latest effort, "Organic Halucinosis", is a pummeling wall of concise sound that has turned the heads and ears of many within the metal community. The "Day 69" music video, a featured track from "Organic Halucinosis", is available for viewing at Earache.com. More...

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