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Like Phoenix from the ashes: DECAPITATED prove they are unmatched in the death metal scene!
The band formed in the town of Krosno, in south-eastern Poland, when the members were only in their mid teens and shortly after they released two demos - 1997’s ' Cemeteral Gardens' and ' The Eye of Horus ' in 1998, before signing a contract with Earache Records. Witold ' Vitek ' Kieltyka and his older brother Waclaw ' Vogg ' Kieltyka founded what would become one of the metal’s most improbable success stories at the tender ages of 12 and 15 respectively. There haven't been many death metal bands as dedicated to the genre as Decapitated. All four of the band’s original members had a good couple of years of music school under their belts. In fact Vogg was in one of Poland’s best music academies studying, of all instruments, the accordion. Decapitated have taken their music school lessons and applied into their own stunningly intense framework.
From the recording of their debut album ' Winds of Creation ', released to a largely unsuspecting public on May 22, 2000 when Wojciech ' Sauron ' Wasowicz (vocal) and Vogg (guitar) were about 18, Marcin ' Martin ' Rygiel ( bassist) 16 and Vitek (drummer ) 15, Decapitated were hailed as one of death metal's most promising bands. By he time the band released their second album ' Nihility ' ( 2002 ), the metal press woke up to their self-evident brilliance and the glowing reviews began to pour in. However, some people still did not seem to take the band seriously due to their very young age. The second album ' Nihility ' ( 2002 ) had a great response and had become a classic to most of the metal maniacs. What was interesting then that a lot of American bands of that newer death metal scene really noted Decapitated as their band of choice. Some critics even claim that the album's classic song ' Spheres of Madness ', the videoclip of which was commisioned by MTV2 station, is one of death metal's greatest anthems and it helped to some degree inspire the creation of modern sub-genres of metal such as deathcore, etc.
Decapitated have always been identified with what is fresh and exhilirating about the genre that suddenly reached the point where it seemed to be running out of its creative force and losing its momentum. Decapitated ruthlessly kept on pushing the boundaries of extreme music. The band's constant evolution away from their highly traditional influences helped to establish Decapitated as the avant-garde of modern death metal. The precision and passion-bursting albums that followed, ' The Negation' ( 2004 ) and ' Organic Hallucinosis ' ( 2006 ), attracted and inspired a new generation of kids who started discovering the genre, while still gaining the respect of the ' old school ' fans. At that time Decapitated were simply unstoppable, hungry for success and playing more and more prestigious tours with the likes of: Fear Factory, Hypocrisy, Enslaved, Suffocation, Nile; sharing stage with Ozzy, Tool and Slayer at Ozzfest, or co-headlining the first edition of The Summer Slaughter Tour in North America, to name but a few of their accomplishments back then.
Their march towards the imminent world's domination tragically drew to a close in 2007 with a bus accident on a tour in Russia in the aftermath of which the drummer Witold ' Vitek ' Kieltyka, one of the best in the genre, sadly passed away and the vocalist Adrian ' Covan ' Kowanek, who replaced the band's first singer Wojciech ' Sauron ' Wasowicz in 2005, is still bedridden and fighting to get back to normal life. Suddenly the band's future became uncertain. The only remaining original member, apart from Marcin ' Martin ' Rygiel who had left the band shortly before the Russian tour, was Vitek's brother Waclaw ' Vogg ' Kieltyka, the man behind the band's creative side.
After over two years of pain, fighting the demons of the past and doubts whether he should play again without Vitek and Covan, Vogg decided to start over and continue the legacy of the band in honour of his brother's life and to rekindle the passion and energy they once shared. Luckily enough, he managed to find the new talented musicians in the persons of Kerimh ' Krimh 'Lechner ( drums ), Rafal Piotrowski ( vocal ) and Filip ' Heinrich ' Halucha ( bass ). The new line-up have already played together over 100 shows since January 2010, including the headlining tours in the UK, Australia, the US and Poland; the European tour with Behemoth and Exodus, and a series of major European summer festivals. And especially worth touching upon is the mammoth trek they headlined in North America - The Summer Slaughter Tour, which showed what a tremendous inspiration the band had been over the years for the whole new generation of death metal bands, the majority of which openly confirm the fact they have been influenced or even grown up listening to Decapitated's albums.
The year 2011 begins the whole new chapter in the history of the band. They are currently in the studio of Radio Gdansk recording their newest opus. DECAPITATED’s fifth studio album is being produced by Waclaw ' Vogg ' Kieltyka and sound engineered by Arkadiusz ' Malta ' Malczewski. Drums are being recorded with Daniel Bergstrand (BEHEMOTH, MESHUGGAH, DIMMU BORGIR, KEEP OF KALESSIN, DEFLESHED), who is also to handle mixing duties. The album will be released this summer via band's new label Nuclear Blast. To demonstrate the level of excitement accompanying the new release,it is worth mentioning that DECAPITATED’s as-yet-untitled new album appeared on ' The Top 25 Most Anticipated Albums of 2011 ' list in Decibel magazine’s February 2011 issue, available now at newsstands.
From the press:
After Decapitated released their classic death metal album Organic Hallucinosis, the last thing anyone expected was …true death. After a tragic tour bus accident which left singer Covan seriously injured and drummer Vitek dead, founding guitarist Vogg announced a hiatus. Four years later, with a new band behind him, Vogg and Decapitated have paid homage to their fallen brothers the best way possible – delivering Carnival is Forever; an album worthy of their stellar past with horns raised toward the future.
Decapitated has always been more than just a metal band. The layering of sounds, the atmosphere the passion – it’s all on Carnival… in spades. As a fan from the beginning, listening to the opening track, ‘The Knife’, brought equal parts of emotion and adrenaline. The drums and guitars swirl in a maelstrom of sound while Rafal Piotrowski’s vocals pierce your speakers. Any nervousness is replaced by elation and an almost calmness, since this effort is worthy of past and current members.
All musicians are in step, which one would expect after playing over 100 shows together. However the quality of songwriting and execution is beyond expectation. Take ‘United’, the second track which bludgeons at breakneck speed until Vogg lights a 5-note fuse leading to an explosive jaw-dropping solo. Each song delivers such a complex, unique experience, it seems like there are more than 8 tracks.
The riffs shift, clean parts are punctuated by death metal bursts. Time slows to a crawl on the title track, only to slam the listener to the floor the next moment. Decapitated has taken a page from Meshuggah and Opeth; mixing them perfectly throughout the album.
Carnival is Forever is both beautiful and brutal. Songs are allowed to develop and the hooks stay with the listener for days. And that’s what is forever. The music itself. In the face of adversity, Decapitated has delivered one of their finest.
5 out of 5
- The Knife
- Carnival Is Forever
- Homo Sum
- A View From A Hole
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