Sunday, September 19, 2010


Biography :

Decapitated is a death metal band that formed in Krosno, Poland in 1996. The band was founded by guitarist Wacław "Vogg" Kiełtyka, his brother, drummer Witold "Vitek" Kiełtyka. One year later, Decapitated was joined by vocalist Wojciech "Sauron" Wąsowicz and bassist Marcin "Martin" Rygiel. After releasing two demos, the band signed with Wicked World (subsidiary of Earache Records) and, in 2000, released their debut album, Winds of Creation. In 2002 and 2004 the band released the albums Nihility and The Negation, respectively. The band's ambitious fourth album, Organic Hallucinosis, was released in 2006 with a new vocalist Adrian "Covan" Kowanek.

In late 2007, the band was involved in an automobile accident. Vitek died at the age of 23 on November 2, 2007 of the injuries he suffered from the accident and Covan survived, but he slipped into a coma as a result. After a period of disbandment, Vogg decided to continue the band and reformed Decapitated with the Austrian drummer Kerim "Krimh" Lechner, vocalist Rafał Piotrowski and bassist Filip "Heinrich" Hałucha throughout 2009. In 2010, the new line-up embarked on a tour in Europe, Australia and North America.

Decapitated have gained recognition as one of Europe's "finest" exponents of technical death metal at an extraordinary young age and earned an international fan base in the underground music community.

History :

Winds of Creation, Nihility and The Negation (1996–2004)
Vitek in 2006. He was 15 years old during the recording sessions of Winds of Creation.

Decapitated was formed in Krosno, Poland in 1996, by guitarist Wacław "Vogg" Kiełtyka, who was 15 at the time, and his brother drummer Witold "Vitek" Kiełtyka, who was 12 years old. One year later, Vocalist Wojciech "Sauron" Wąsowicz, 16, and bassist Marcin "Martin" Rygiel, 13, joined the band. Decapitated released its first demo, Cemeterial Gardens, in 1997 and its second demo, The Eye of Horus, in 1998. After signing to Earache Records subsidiary Wicked World, the band released its debut album, Winds of Creation, which included a cover version of Slayer's "Mandatory Suicide", and was produced by Piotr Wiwczarek from the Polish band Vader, in April 2000. The band toured with Vader in early 2001 in the United Kingdom. Allmusic states that "Decapitated have quickly gained recognition as one of Poland's, and even Europe's, finest exponents of ultra-technical death metal."

Decapitated's self-produced second album, Nihility, which was released in February 2002, fulfilled the high expectations that followed the well-received debut album. Nihility also included a cover version of Napalm Death's "Suffer the Children". Decapitated was chosen to perform at the Polish Ozzfest event in late May and toured in North America and Europe in August. Slawek and Vojtek Wieslawski produced the band's next album, The Negation, which was released in February 2004 and was also followed by a tour. The album received a positive response from the critics.

Organic Hallucinosis, Vitek's death and hiatus (2005–2008)

In June 2005, Sauron announced his withdrawal from Decapitated. The band chose Adrian "Covan" Kowanek, a previous member of Atrophia Red Sun, as his replacement and entered Hertz Studios in Bialystok in August to record their ambitious fourth album Organic Hallucinosis, which was released the following February. According to Allmusic, the band's musical change of direction on this album was "likely to polarize longtime Decapitated fans". During the following tour in early 2006, Martin could not perform with the band due to military conscription issues, but joined again in February. During the year, Decapitated toured with American bands Suffocation, Six Feet Under, Fear Factory, and others. In June and July 2007, Decapitated played with Cephalic Carnage and others in the "Summer Slaughter" trek across the US.

On October 28, 2007 the band members were involved in an automobile accident that injured Vitek and Covan. Their tour bus collided with a truck carrying wood in Gomel, near the Russia/Belarus border. Vitek died on November 2, 2007 at the age of 23 in a Russian hospital from the injuries. Covan slipped into a coma and was later moved to Poland. In 2008, Metal Mind Productions released the concert DVD Human's Dust.

Reunion (2009-present)
Vogg in 2009

On March 8, 2009, after a period of disbandment, Vogg announced he was planning to continue the band and was searching for a new drummer and vocalist. Covan was unable to continue with Decapitated due to the slow improvement of his condition. In early 2009, Vogg participated on recording of the guitars for Vader's album Necropolis and continued with the band on a tour in support of the album, starting in September.

In mid-2009 Vogg stated: "It has been the hardest thing for me to move on without 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." "There's no sense in stopping this amazing thing we built up so many years ago together with Vitek, Sauron, Martin and Covan."

On July 31, 2009, the Austrian drummer Kerim "Krimh" Lechner from the bands Thorns of Ivy and Tone Intimacy joined Decapitated. On November 20, 2009, the new line-up was completed with the vocalist Rafał Piotrowski of the bands Ketha and Forgotten Souls and bassist Filip "Heinrich" Hałucha of Vesania, Rootwater, UnSun and Masachist.

Decapitated continues with support of Nuclear Blast record label and Hard Impact Music management. The band had concerts in United Kingdom in February 2010 as well as April and May tour dates in Australia, New Zealand and European festivals and confirmed the Summer Slaughter tour in United States in mid-2010 along with The Red Chord, Cephalic Carnage, The Faceless and others. After the brief polish tour in the mid fall, Decapitated plans to concentrate on a new studio album.

Musical style and legacy

Decapitated's music is composed by the "mastermind" of the band, Vogg, who co-worked with Vitek while writing prior to his death. Decapitated became known for its songwriting and technical instrumental approach at an extraordinarily young age and earned an international fan base in the underground music community. In the review of Decapitated's debut album, Allmusic said "the band has a seemingly effortless understanding and command of ... their instruments and ... the songwriting is extremely solid; even in the first listen." The characteristics of Nihility and Negation are "powerful, blastbeat-filled drumming, dissonant yet memorable guitar riffs, and inventive guitar solos" and substantially high production quality. In the review of The Negation, Metal Hammer states that "Sauron is one of the most capable vocalists on the scene". With Organic Halucinosis, Decapitated focused on non-traditional death metal aesthetics, more complex songwriting and grooves, and polyrhythmic approach; Covan contributed more versatile vocals. A notable element of groove is present in Decapitated's death metal sound.

The band innovated the death metal genre: "Decapitated truly seem committed to getting death metal out of its then current rut and taking it to another level." Decapitated's releases are one of death metal's most significant albums of the early 21st century. Tomas Haake, the drummer of the Swedish band Meshuggah, commented the death of Vitek: "The metal community has lost one of the most talented and skillful drummers of our time! Vitek was a true talent and drummer genius."

Band Members :

Current members :

* Wacław "Vogg" Kiełtyka – guitars (1996−present)
* Kerim "Krimh" Lechner – drums (2009−present)
* Rafał Piotrowski – vocals (2009−present)
* Filip "Heinrich" Hałucha – bass guitar (2009−present)

Former members :

* Witold "Vitek" Kiełtyka (deceased) – drums (1996–2007)
* Marcin "Martin" Rygiel – bass (1996–2007)
* Wojciech "Sauron" Wąsowicz – vocals (1996–2005)
* Adrian "Covan" Kowanek – vocals (2005–2007)

Discography :

* Decapitated - Winds of Creation (2000)
* Decapitated - Nihility (2002)
* Decapitated - The Negation (2004)
* Decapitated - Organic Hallucinosis (2006)

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