Decapitated Re-Sign With Nuclear Blast

Decapitated have officially re-signed with Nuclear Blast Records. With this news, the band have also confirmed that new music is in the works.

Guitarist Waclaw “Vogg” Kieltyka commented:

“We have been working with Nuclear Blast Records for over a decade now and I am more than happy to announce that we have re-signed our contract. The bond which we have between the band and the label is really great, it’s not only a business relationship but also a lot of respect, loyalty, understanding, and support over the years, definitely the core of any relationship. Many things will happen in the upcoming months! I am super excited to continue this journey with such a professional team again! Wait for the new music! It’s coming!”

Nuclear Blast USA General Manager Geraldo Martinez added:

“Decapitated has been in my life literally since the band started, and soon after the first time they toured the US with their second album – first time seeing them live, I knew that the band had “IT”. Fast forward to the Organic Hallucinosis days and I became very good friends with all of them and I haven’t left them since. We’ve gone through highs and lows, but one thing that makes me feel great is that we are here, in 2020, extending their deal so we can continue to be in the family and release more music together for many years to come!”

Waclaw “Vogg” Kieltyka Says Decapitated’s New Album Will Be “A Tribute To The Old Gods” Of Death Metal

Waclaw “Vogg” Kieltyka is currently on tour with Machine Head, but he is still taking time to work on material for Decapitated’s new album. He said the following about the effort during an interview with

“…With the new record, I’ll be back with fast aggressive riffs and technical stuff, so the old fans will get what they deserve after years of my experiments. There will be songs in the style of ‘Earth Scar‘ and ‘Kill The Cult‘, but from what I have now, the new ideas sound brutal and crushing. The new Decapitated will be, in a way, a tribute to the old gods, like Morbid Angel, Suffocation, Deicide… so I feel I want to deliver more blast beats and double bass death Metal. I would also like to go for more melodic things this time, plus heaviness.”

Decapitated Recruit Aborted Drummer Ken Bedene For Upcoming European/UK Tour

Decapitated have recruited Aborted’s Ken Bedene to handle drumming duties on their upcoming European/UK tour. This news comes after the band previously toured with Vader’s James Stewart following Michal Lysejko’s departure.

Waclaw “Vogg” Kieltyka commented:

“Decapitated are stoked to announce that Ken Bedene will play as session drummer throughout the upcoming Faces of death tour! Ken is one of my favourite death metal drummers – he’s a great guy and an incredibly talented musician. We’ve toured with his band Aborted several times in the past, and the experience was always great. We have some awesome memories of sharing the stage together. I cannot wait!”

Bedene added:

“I’m very excited to announce that I will be filling in on drums for death metal legends Decapitated on their upcoming Faces of Death tour. Decapitated is a band that I’ve had the pleasure of knowing very well and have toured with multiple times throughout my career. I can’t wait to share the stage with them and bring my own intensity to their music!”

Tour Dates (with Beyond Creation, Ingested, Lorna Shore, and Viscera):

03/06 Berlin, GER – Lido
03/07 Hamburg, GER – Bahnhof Pauli
03/08 Aarhus, DEN – VoxHall
03/09 Hannover, GER – Bei Chez Heinz
03/10 Oberhausen, GER – Kulttempel
03/11 Nijmegen, NET – Doornroosje
03/12 London, UK – ULU Live
03/13 Glasgow, UK – Slay
03/14 Manchester, UK – Club Academy
03/15 Birmingham, UK – Mama Roux’s
03/16 Bristol, UK – The Fleece
03/17 Southampton, UK – The Loft
03/18 Aarschot, BEL – De Klinker Club
03/19 Paris, FRA – Le Trabendo
03/20 Aarau, SWI – KIFF
03/21 Karlsruhe, GER – Weiße Rose
03/22 Padern Dugnano, ITA – Slaughter Club
03/23 Munich, GER – Backstage
03/24 Vienna, AUT – Viper Room
03/25 Budapest, HUN – Durer Kert
03/26 Prague, CZE – Nova Chmelnice
03/27 Wroclaw, POL – Klub Pralnia
03/28 Dresden, GER – Club Puschkin

Listen To Decapitated & Vader’s Acid Drinkers Covers

Decapitated and Vader are among the artists that contributed to the new Acid Drinkers tribute album “Ladies And Gentlemen On Acid (A Tribute To Acid Drinkers).“ Decapitated and LXMP recorded a cover of “Fuel Of My Soul,“ while Vader recorded a cover of ”Dancing In The Slaughterhouse.“

Former Decapitated Frontman Adrian “Covan” Kowanek Receives New Wheelchair Following Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

As previously reported, a crowdfunding campaign was recently launched to help ex-Decapitated frontman Adrian “Covan” Kowanek get a new wheelchair for Christmas. Now, it has been revealed that the campaign was a success with Kowanek receiving a more modern wheelchair. You can read more about that below. For those unaware, the former singer was paralyzed after the band’s 2007 accident. Drummer Witold “Vitek” Kieltyka also died from injuries he sustained during the wreck.

[via The PRP]

Crowdfunding Campaign Launched To Help Former Decapitated Frontman Adrian “Covan” Kowanek Get A New Wheelchair

A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to help ex-Decapitated frontman Adrian “Covan” Kowanek get a new wheelchair for Christmas. For those unaware, the former singer was paralyzed after the band’s 2007 accident. Drummer Witold “Vitek” Kieltyka also died from injuries he sustained during the wreck.

[via The PRP]

Decapitated Announce Summer European Tour

Decapitated have announced a summer European tour. The trek will include several co-headlining dates with Aborted and one co-headlining date with Thy Art Is Murder.

Tour Dates:

07/06 Zwierzyniec, POL – Rockowisko
07/19 Martigny, SWI – Sunset Bar
07/20 Weil Am Rhein, GER – Baden In Blut
07/21 Rozzano, ITA – Circolo Svolta
07/22 Bratislava, SLO – Randal Club (feat. Aborted)
07/23 Salzburg, AUT – Rockhouse (feat. Aborted)
07/24 Munich, GER – Free & Easy
07/25 Tolmin, SLO – MetalDays
07/26 Erfurt, GER – From Hell (feat. Aborted)
07/27 Swiecie, POL – Festiwal Mocynch Brzmien
08/02 Kostrzyn nad Odra, POL – Pol’and’Rock Festival
08/07 Poznan, POL – u Bazyla (feat. Thy Art Is Murder)
08/08 Jaromer, CZE – Brutal Assault
08/10 Villenia, SPA – Leyendas del Rock
08/11 Kortrijk, BEL – Alcatraz Metal Festival
08/12 Oberhausen, GER – Kulttempel (feat. Aborted)
08/13 Wiesbaden, GER – Schlachthof (feat. Aborted)
08/14 Saarbrucken, GER – Kleiner Klub (feat. Aborted)
08/15 Dinkelsbuhl, GER – Summer Breeze
08/17 St. Nolff, FRA – Motorcultor Festival
08/24 Gdynia, POl – Helliad Fest

Decapitated Part Ways With Drummer Michal Lysejko

Decapitated have parted ways with drummer Michal Lysejko. For now, Vader’s James Stewart will be filling in.

The band commented:

“Although we finished 2018 completely tired, we are happy.

We would not have been able to end this year on such a positive note without you – our fans, our families & friends, our labels Nuclear Blast and Mystic Production, and our booking agents. Everyone gave their best to help us on this journey and we have given our everything not to let anyone down.

It was a totally new & stressful experience for us: To pick up our instruments again, return to the stage, and play this music that we love. What we got back in return from all of you was worth it. What an incredible feeling.

This also marks Michal‘s last year with us. We would like to thank him for his friendship, his huge support, and his hard work as the drummer for DECAPITATED. We wish him well on his new path. All the best, BROTHER!

We will take some time before we find and announce our new drummer. Until then, our friend James Stewart (Vader) will join us as a session drummer. Luckily, he found some free time between VADER shows and is able to play some selected live shows. You will all experience his talents soon.

The start of our 2019 tour, Killing The European Cult, will arrive shortly, and I hope to see you there, headbanging and sweating along with us. We are going to prepare a special set for these live shows which I hope will satisfy you all. More shows & festival appearances are still to be announced because we are truly hungry to play more and more.

We thank you sincerely for your continuing loyalty, support, and goodwill.

See you on the road in 2019!


11.01. CH Zurich – Meh Suff! Winter-Festival
25.01. PL Ilawa -IOWA Music Bar
26.01. PL Olsztyn – Festiwal im.Szymona Czecha

Killing The European Cult 2019
w/ Heart Attack, ACOD

01.02. F Épinal – La Souris Verte
02.02. F Metz – Haunting The Chapel Festival (brez ACOD)
04.02. F Marseille – Le Jas Rod
05.02. F Lyon – CCO Villeurbanne
06.02. F Nantes – Le Ferrailleur
07.02. F St. Brieuc – La Citrouille
08.02. F Savigny-le-Temple – L’Empreinte

Killing The European Cult 2019
w/ BAEST, For I Am King
09.02. NL Alkmaar – Podium Victorie
10.02. NL Eindhoven – Dynamo

Killing The European Cult 2019
w/ Dyscarnate, BAEST
11.02. UK Brighton – Concorde 2
12.02. UK Manchester- Academy 3
13.02. UK Glasgow – Classic Grand
14.02. UK Belfast – Voodoo
15.02. IRL Dublin – The Voodoo Lounge
16.02. UK Sheffield – Corporation
17.02. UK Birmingham – HRH Metal III
18.02. UK Bristol – Thekla
19.02. UK London – Camden Underworld

Killing The European Cult 2019
w/ BAEST, Letters From The Colony
21.02. B Roeselare – De Verlichte Geest
22.02. D Trier – Exhaus
23.02. D Hanover – Béi Chéz Heinz
24.02. D Dresden – Club Puschkin
16.03. F Lievin- Lievin Metal Fest

Killing The European Cult 2019
w/ BAEST, @Mentor
21.03. PL Torun, Lizard King
22.03. PL GostynGOK “Hutnik”
23.03. PL Gdynia, Klub Ucho
24.03. PL Swidnica, Klub Bolko
28.03. PL Tychy, Underground Pub
29.03. PL Opole, NCPP
30.03. PL Krosno, Pub Iron
31.03. PL Krakow, Zet Pe Te

06.04. P Moita – Moita Metal Fest
04.05. N Kopervik – Karmøygeddon Metal Festival
06. – 09.06. D Hauptmannsgrün – Chronical Moshers Open Air
20.06. FI Nummirock Festival
20.07. D Weil am Rhein – Baden in Blut
21. – 27.07. SLO Tolmin – MetalDays
07. – 10.08. E Villena – Leyendas del Rock
15. – 18.08. F St. Nolff – Motocultor Festival
23./24.08. PL Gdynia – Helliad Fest”

Decapitated returned to the stage in 2018 after being arrested in 2017 due to accusations of rape and kidnapping. Those charges were dropped before they even went to trial.