Decapitated Announce European Tour

Decapitated have announced a European tour with HateSphere and Thy Disease. You can see the band’s updated schedule below. The group have been getting ready to make their return since the rape and kidnapping charges made against them were dropped. Those charges originally stemmed from an incident that occurred after their August 31, 2017 show in Spokane, WA, in which a woman claimed to have been gang raped by the band.

Tour Dates:

05/19 Poznan, POL – Polfinal Eliminacji do PolAndRock Festival
06/01 Malbork, POL – Metal Fest
06/02 Kutno, POL – Rock & Rose Fest
06/05 Krakow, POL – Kwadrat (feat. Meshuggah)
06/06 Warszawa, POL – Progresja (feat. Meshuggah)
06/14 Cerveny Kostelec, CZE – Czech Deathfest
07/06 Lasko, SLO – Metaljot Raspaljot
08/10 Leeuwarden, NET – Into The Grave
08/16 Cieszanow, POL – Rock Festival
08/25 Walbrzych, POL – Metal Mine
08/31 Edinburgh, UK – Heavy Scotland
10/05 Brighton, UK – Mammothfest
11/06 Ostrava, CZE – Barrak (with HateSphere & Thy Disease)
11/07 Brno, CZE – Melodka (with HateSphere & Thy Disease)
11/08 Budapest, HUN – Durer Kert (with HateSphere & Thy Disease)
11/10 Rijeka, HR – Oke Palach (with HateSphere & Thy Disease)
11/11 Novi Sad, SER – Firchie Club (with HateSphere & Thy Disease)
11/13 Sofia, BUL – Mixtape (with HateSphere & Thy Disease)
11/14 Bucharest, ROM – Quantic (with HateSphere & Thy Disease)
11/15 Cluj Napoca, ROM – Reflektor (with HateSphere & Thy Disease)
11/18 Bratislava, SLO – Randall (with HateSphere & Thy Disease)

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Decapitated To Support Meshuggah On Their Upcoming Polish Dates

Decapitated have announced that they will be supporting Meshuggah on their upcoming Polish dates. These will be the band’s first shows since the rape and kidnapping charges made against them were dropped. This news comes after the group previously announced that they were getting ready to return. Here’s their current dates:

06/05 Krakow, POL – Kwadrat (feat. Meshuggah)
06/06 Warszawa, POL – Progresja (feat. Meshuggah)
06/14 Cerveny Kostelec, CZE – Czech Deathfest
10/05-07 Brighton, UK – Mammothfest

Decapitated Announce Plans To Return: “We Are Innocent, We Are Free, We Are Back Home, And We Are Ready To Return With The Band”

Decapitated guitarist Waclaw “Vogg” Kieltyka has issued a new statement regarding the dropped rape and kidnapping charges made against the band. You can read that below. The charges originally stemmed from an incident that occurred after their August 31, 2017 show in Spokane, WA, in which a woman claimed to have been gang raped by them.

Vlogg’s statement:

“We are innocent. We are free. We are back home. And we are ready to return with the band.

The last few months were one of the most terrible and irrational times in our lives.

Jail is a horrible place. 96 days in jail and almost a month outside the jail where we dealing with fear, unbelievable stress, depression, and even violence. It was a really hard time – especially for our families.

Being in jail in another country with charges that became a criminal case is an extreme experience. We do not wish this on anyone. It caused ourselves and our families many stressful days and sleepless nights. The cancelled tour meant loss of the income we use to support ourselves and our families, but worst of all, it cost us our professional reputation in a community we have loved and been members of all of our lives.

Unfortunately, while we were jailed, we could not communicate with the outside world, leaving our fans and our metal community to read many news stories and posts on social media that contained inaccurate information because there were no direct statements from us, the band, the ones in the middle of all of this.

We ourselves could not report on how the situation was unfolding. This led people who were so shocked by the news to make untrue narrations. Without walking our experience with us, they felt obligated to comment on our case and blamed us, without even knowing the facts that said something opposite. They came to a very fast opinion about us in a very public way.

In this internet age, it is really easy to ruin someone, their life, their family, their career. Some media and people just jumped on a topic and made their own inconsistent storytelling, taking one piece of information and creating a story they wanted to tell about us around it.

For those who do not know yet: Our case was dropped. All charges against all members were dropped.

Words hurt. Words matter. Truth matters.

Does sexual harassment happen and do crimes against women exist? Yes, and it is horrible.

Do false accusations happen? Yes, this really happens. And it is also horrible.

Many people are falsely accused everyday and the metal community is not immune. Unfortunately, it happened to us. People with their own motivations who falsely accuse someone don’t seem to understand they can ruin somebody’s life without facing any public consequences themselves. A false accusation can change a life in one moment.

One day, everything is normal. Then the next day, you wake up in jail with a police record. You are marked, stigmatized while waiting to see how things unfold, even if the charges are not true. And then, when it’s all over, it is not a “hot topic” on the internet anymore. Not many people spend time on social media to spread the truth, not many people even care what the truth was. It is hard to feel relief when this happens.

We cannot and we will never accept someone else’s narration about who we are. That is why we have chosen to return with the band. We know who we are and we can hold our heads and our music high with that knowledge.

I want to thank all of you – families, friends, other bands, and our amazing fans – for your belief in us and your support throughout a horrible situation. Our incredible lawyers, Steve Graham, Karren Lindholdt, Chris Bugbee, Jeffry Finner, and all the teams who stood by us – our management and our label. It’s priceless to see that we have so many people who were, are, and will be, with us. You know who you are.

I also want to thank Mr. Dominik Tarczynski from the Polish Parliament who visited us in Spokane and checked if our human rights were protected during the whole process, for supporting our families from the beginning. It means a lot more than words can express.

There will be more time in the future to talk about the path of our return, but now the most important thing for us is to get back to our lives, to return to the people and places and things that had been taken from us, to return to what became even more precious to us while we were away.

We are eager to get our lives back and we are grateful for the opportunity.

We are really sorry we were forced to cancel tours and festivals, but we will work very hard to bring all plans back to meet with all of you again, our community.

“From Pain To Strength” is still a valid motto.

Thank you, everyone, for your patience.

Vogg“

Confirmed Dates:

06/14 Cerveny Kostelec, CZE – Czech Deathfest
10/05-07 Brighton, UK – Mammothfest

Behemoth’s Nergal On Decapitated: “I Hope They Get Their Justice And Strike Back Soon”

Back in September, Behemoth’s Nergal commented on Decapitated’s kidnapping and rape accusations and told fans not to judge them until they knew for sure if they were guilty. Now, with all the charges being dropped without prejudice, he has issued a new statement saying he “hope(s) they get their justice.” You can read his full thoughts in the below Instagram post:

4 months ago, Decapitated were accused of kidnap and gang rape – subsequently they were put in a County prison and later into a local jail…and the shit hit the fan! I recall the similar case of my friends from Satyricon/Keep of Kalessin who spent 2 months in a Canadian prison because someone accused them of rape. It took 2 months of legal bureaucracy and the help of the Norwegian government to get them out. The accuser finally recanted the allegations, claiming it was a mistake. They never received compensation for financial losses or emotional trauma, just a brief apology and a document to prove their innocence (which they must always carry around with them). Somehow, from the very beginning my intuition told me my friends from Decapitated would be just fine. Now, I’m not claiming to be a prophet but I'm an optimist and a good judge of character, I know these guys and I know they couldn’t/wouldn’t hurt a fly. They are now released and have had charges dropped (without prejudice). It’s obviously a big relief to their families and friends, including myself. So…what’s next for their career after such severe defamation? What about their good name? What about their families? I hope they get their justice and strike back soon!!! And Justice For All? Well…not quite. But getting innocent people back home…HELL YES! Last thing, friends – stay rational and reasonable and think carefully before you speak… and caste a stone at innocent people. Welcome home brothers.

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All Rape & Kidnapping Charges Against Decapitated Have Been Dropped

According to The Spokesman-Review, all rape and kidnapping charges made against Decapitated have been dropped. Spokane County prosecutor Kelly Fitzgerald filed a motion to dismiss the charges due to “the well being of the victim.” Despite this, they were dropped without prejudice, meaning there is a possibility that the band can still be prosecuted in the future.

All four members were previously waiting to go to trial on January 16, and had pleaded not guilty. The charges originally stemmed from an incident that occurred after their August 31, 2017 show in Spokane, WA, in which a woman claimed to have been gang raped by them. Attorneys were putting together a defense strategy, which was supposed to prove the accuser was untrustworthy, since she lied to authorities before, including one case in 2014 when “she admitted to lying to police about injuries she sustained during an assault, when her boyfriend was accused of stabbing three people.”

Decapitated have since issued the below statement:

“All charges against Decapitated have formally been dropped. Arrested September 8 in Santa Ana whilst on tour, the members of the band were jailed until December where they were released on their own recognizance.

New evidence arose that helped show that the band was innocent. While a trial would have given the band the opportunity to have all this evidence heard, the band welcome the decision and are excited to return back to their homes in Poland.

The members of Decapitated – Waclaw, Rafal, Michal and Hubert – send a sincere and heartfelt thanks to all who supported them during this difficult time, including fans, friends, and family.”

Decapitated Released From Jail, Trial Date Set For January

According to The Spokesman-Review, all four members of Decapitated have been released from jail, while they wait to go to trial for kidnapping and rape charges, which they have pleaded not guilty to. These charges stem from an incident that occurred after their August 31 show in Spokane, WA, in which a woman claims to have been gang raped by them. The band were released on their own recognizance and did not have to post bail, which was originally set at $100,000. They are scheduled to go to trial on January 16, and Judge Julie McKay has ordered them not to leave Washington until then. To make sure they comply, they were forced to sign waivers of extradition. They are also forbidden to talk to each other without lawyers present. It is also worth noting that the group have gained the support of Polish politician Dominik Tarczynsk, and that Thy Art Is Murder’s Andy Marsh has given a testimony saying the woman’s injuries were related to moshing.

Decapitated Members Enter Not Guilty Pleas To Rape & Kidnapping Charges

According to komonews.com, all four members of Decapitated returned to court in Spokane, WA today (October 24), where they pleaded not guilty to kidnapping and rape charges. They are scheduled to go to trial on December 18, but it may get pushed forward to 2018. The band are still in police custody with bail set at $100,000 following an incident that occurred after their August 31 in Spokane, WA.