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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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Amon Amarth To Play Longer Set On American Tour

Swedish metallers AMON AMARTH have issued the following update:

"There will be a series of meet-and-greets on our North American tour. The meet-and-greet will be half an hour long beginning from when doors open. We are looking forward to meeting our fans in person and we'll try to make them happen at every show. Unfortunately, due to time restraints, we will be unable to have a meet-and-greet on the dates where there will be in-store signing sessions."

"Because of the recent tragic events, DECAPITATED will not be able to be part of the North American tour. We are deeply sadden by the events and are disappointed that our metal brethren will not be able to share the stage with us." More...

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Decapitated Announce Vitek Fund Bank Information

DECAPITATED have announced the bank account information for those that want to support late drummer Witold "Vitek" Kieltyka's family. Vitek passed away on November 2nd in a Russian hospital from injuries sustained in a recent road collision.

For those interested in transfer money:

Recipient's name: Anna Kieltyka
Account number: 70 1050 1458 10 0000 2293 2551 01
Bank swift code: INGBPLPW
Bank name: ING Bank Slaski
Bank address: Rynek 8, 38-400 Krosno, Poland

Please add the word "Vitek" as the transfer description.

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Fear Factory Drummer Talks Decapitated Drummer

FEAR FACTORY drummer Raymond Herrera has issued the following statement regarding the passing of DECAPITATED drummer Witold "Vitek" Kieltyka, who died at the age of 23 in a Russian hospital from injuries sustained in a recent road collision:

"I had the pleasure of sharing the stage with Vitek and the rest of the DECAPITATED boys on a number of occasions. His drumming skills spoke volumes; he was an incredible talent and one can only guess as to what greatness was in store for him and his future endeavors.

"This is very saddening to hear and it must be exponentially worse in Poland since they really are the pride of their home country.

"My condolences go out to his band mates, his friends, loved ones, family and especially his brother Vogg."

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 has since been moved to a hospital in Kraków, Poland. Doctors describe his condition as stable and he is showing signs of improvement every day.

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Florida's WFLM Radio To Air Metal Tribute Show

WFLM Radio will air a special live tribute show honoring the various heavy metal/hard rock musicians who have died. The program will be broadcast all day/night on Saturday, November 24 and will include tributes to the following groups/musicians:

DECAPITATED (Vitek)
PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN (Dimebag Darrell)
KISS (Eric Carr)
METALLICA (Cliff Burton)
Jimi Hendrix
OZZY OSBOURNE (Randy Rhoads)
ACID BATH (Audie Pitre)
MAYHEM (Dead)
DEATH (Chuck Schuldiner)
VOIVOD (Denis "Piggy" D'Amour)

Special guests, other musicians and fans will have the opportunity to speak out on how the various artists have affected their lives.

To listen to the show live via the Internet, visit www.wflmradio.com.

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Vader Members Comment On Decapitated Drummer

Polish death metallers VADER have issued the following statement regarding the passing of DECAPITATED drummer Witold "Vitek" Kieltyka, who died at the age of 23 in a Russian hospital from injuries sustained in a recent road collision:

"Known from such bands as DECAPITATED, DIES IRAE, PANZER X... 23-year old, extremely talented drummer, our brother in metal and dear friend passed away... This is another huge loss for the metal scene and the saddest news we have heard this year... we are all in shock...

"VADER members would like to express their deepest condolences to his family and frends. Vitek — R.I.P."

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 has since been moved to a hospital in Kraków, Poland. Doctors describe his condition as stable and he is showing signs of improvement every day.

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Decapitated Vocalist Moved To Polish Hospital

Decapitated posted an update on vocalist Covan's condition via their myspace blog:

Covan is currently at a hospital in Kraków, Poland. Doctors describe his condition as stable and he is showing signs of improvement everyday. At this time, visiting is prohibited except to family members due to his fragile state. In the coming days, the decision on his follow-up treatment will be made.

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Amon Amarth Confirm Vancouver In-Store Appearance

Swedish Viking metallers AMON AMARTH have confirmed a meet n' greet in Vancouver, BC at Scrape Records on December 14th, just prior to their appearance at the Croatian Cultural Centre later that evening. Their upcoming headlining North American tour also features DECAPITATED, HIMSA, and SONIC SYNDICATE.

Dates are now as follows:

November
19 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
20 - Tempe, AZ - The Clubhouse Music Venue
21 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
23 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
24 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
25 - Houston, TX - Meridian
26 - New Orleans, LA - House Of Blues
27 - Orlando, FL - The Club at Firestone
28 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
29 - Charlotte, NC - Tremont Music Hall
130 - West Springfield, VA - Jaxx

December
1 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
2 - Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero
3 - New York, NY - The Fillmore
5 - Montréal, QC - Medley
6 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
7 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's Down Under
9 - St. Paul, MN - Station 4
11 - Englewood, CO - Gothic Theater
12 - Salt Lake City, UT - Avalon Theater
14 - Vancouver, BC - Croatian Cultural Centre
15 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
16 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
18 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
19 - Los Angeles, CA - The Avalon

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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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