Decapitated To Release Early Demo Collection “The First Damned”

Decapitated will be releasing a new demo collection titled “The First Damned” on June 4. The effort will feature early tracks in their original state.

“The First Damned” Track Listing:

01. “Intro” (“The Eyes Of Horus” demo, 1998)
02. “The Eye Of Horus” (“The Eyes Of Horus” demo, 1998)
03. “Blessed” (“The Eyes Of Horus” demo, 1998)
04. “The First Damned” (“The Eyes Of Horus” demo, 1998)
05. “Nine Steps” (“The Eyes Of Horus” demo, 1998)
06. “Danse Macabre” (“The Eyes Of Horus” demo, 1998)
07. “Mandatory Suicide” (Slayer cover) (“The Eyes Of Horus” demo, 1998)
08. “Into” (“Cemeterial Gardens” demo, 1997)
09. “Destiny” (“Cemeterial Gardens” demo, 1997)
10. “Way To Salvation” (“Cemeterial Gardens” demo, 1997)
11. “Ereshkigal” (“Cemeterial Gardens” demo, 1997)
12. “Cemeterial Gardens” (“Cemeterial Gardens” demo, 1997)

Guitarist Waclaw “Vogg” Kieltyka commented:

“For some of you, the story behind these demos might be an awesome way to learn about the band or refresh your memory on our history. Demo tape is at the core of the band’s DNA and when I think about it now, I am really surprised that we were able to record both demos at such a young age.

I am excited that it was possible to work on this release with a great team and deliver something for our die-hard fans. ‘The First Damned‘ is unique, with an awesome layout and bio, which some of you might not be familiar with.

If it wasn’t for Sauron who came up with the idea of starting a band, my brother Vitek who played drums at the age of 12, and Martin who had the idea of going to the studio to record those tracks – there wouldn’t be a band called Decapitated. We were just a bunch of young guys who were inspired by thrash and death metal.

Now, with the help of great people: Dom Lawson, Micah Ulrich, Marcelo Vasco, and all the team who worked on this release, we were able to create – in my opinion – a cool design and honoring the true demo cassette vibe.

For the first time this record will be released on LP, and we couldn’t of course forget about cassettes, which are another cool way to keep the memories alive. We didn’t change anything with the sound. We took the sound from the original DAT masters, so it’s the real, organic sound of the music we recorded back in the days.

I hope you will enjoy it the same way I do.”

You can stream “Destiny” from the effort below:

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