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KILLING YOURSELF TO LIVE

OVER THEIR TWENTY YEAR EXISTENCE, POLAND’S DECAPITATED HAVE ENJOYED MUCH ACCLAIM, BUT ALSO ENDURED THE KIND OF IMMEASURABLE TRAGEDY THAT WOULD FINISH MOST BANDS IN A HEARTBEAT. TERRORIZER CAUGHT UP WITH GUITARIST AND SONGWRITER WACŁAW ‘VOGG’ KIEŁTYKA AND VOCALIST RAFAŁ ‘RASTA’ PIOTROWSKI TO GET THE SKINNY ON THE BAND’S TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY AND NEW OPUS ‘ANTICULT’

DECAPITATED

Decapitated are survivors. A young Polish band that rose to prominence through a combination of prodigious talent and hard graft. Their debut album ‘Winds Of Creation’ was produced by Piotr Wiwczarek of countrymen Vader and saw the light of day back in 2000 when brothers, guitarist Wacław ‘Vogg’ Kiełtyka and drummer Witold ‘Vitek’ Kiełtyka were a mere seventeen and fifteen years old respectively. Their furious intensity and blistering technical prowess belied their tender years and the group would release three more crushing and complex releases – 2002’s ‘Nihility’, 2004’s ‘The Negation’ and 2006 opus ‘Organic Hallucinosis’ – before the tragic bus crash that killed 23-year-old Vitek and saw vocalist Adrian ‘Covan’ Kowanek placed in full-time medical care.

“It felt like we were cursed,” reflects Vogg. “After the accident I was totally crushed. I stopped playing guitar and didn’t take part in the metal scene. I had to put myself back together. I chose to come back because I’m a musician and metalhead for life, but I didn’t make the decision lightly. My wife helped me realise that this was what I needed to do. She helped me decide to reform Decapitated. Peter from Vader also helped reintroduce me to the scene. I played with Vader for a year and a half as a touring guitarist, which helped me get back into music. I’m so thankful to them for that.”

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I can still recall the phone call I had from Earache’s label manager Dan about this incredibly awesome Polish band the label had just signed called Decapitated. The enthusiasm that he conveyed down the phone line was infectious and although I was working for a more mainstream metal/rock mag at the time, and bands like Decapitated were on the periphery of the magazine’s demographic, I was excited to check them out. Sure enough the sheer power, professionalism and technical brilliance that pummelled out of the office speakers was enough to have me (and the office) hooked in a nanosecond. That was, of course, back in 2000 when Decapitated had just released their incredible (and still awesome) ‘Winds Of Creation’. Fast-forward seventeen years and even though Lady Luck has not, in many ways, been on the band’s side, Decapitated have continued to push their own creative boundaries and their new album ‘Anticult’ is testament to this. It’s a pleasure to have them grace Terrorizer’s new cover and we hope you enjoy reading about the album’s creation and everything that’s been going on in their world. Elsewhere, we’ve put all our collective blood, sweat, tears and breakdowns into ensuring we have all bases covered in the extreme world. It’s a volatile time right now, but music continues to bring plenty of pleasure, so indulge in it as much as you can! See you next month! Darren Sadler
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