Sixth Chapter from DECAPITATED Arrives September 2014

The sixth album from Polish gods, DECAPITATED, will be entitled Blood Mantra and is set to be released September 26, 2014 via Nuclear Blast and Mystic Production (Poland)

The artwork was created by Polish artist, Lukasz Jaszak Design & Photography, who also made the cover of Carnival is Forever.

Blood Mantra was recorded at Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland under the direction of Wojtek and Slawek Wiesawski.

Guitarist & founding member Waclaw “Vogg” Kieltyka states:

“Extreme and groove – I think that’s the best way to describe our new album. This time we feel that we have something totally crushing and huge.

Blood Mantra is the most heavy and mature album we ever did in our carrier. I cannot wait to start to play songs live because riffs are soo deep and powerful.”

Check out this excellent drum cam footage shot from the band’s show last week in Poland with GOJIRA.

NADER SADEK Announces Canadian and European Tour Dates with New Line Up

Visual/performance artist NADER SADEK, who conceptualized the 2011 blackened death masterpiece In the Flesh and its live follow-up Living Flesh, will return to the stage in late May with a string of Canadian and European dates.

The band also has a new line up of all-stars for the tour:

Vocals – Travis Ryan (CATTLE DECAPITATION)
Guitars – Rune Eriksen (AURA NOIR/ex-MAYHEM)
Guitars – Bobby Koelble (DEATH TO ALL/ex-DEATH)
Bass – Martin Rygiel (ex-DECAPITATED)
Drums – Flo Mournier (CRYPTOPSY)
Concepts and Direction – Nader Sadek

Tour dates are as follows:

5/20 Montreal, Quebec @ Petit Campus
5/23 Rome, Italy @ Traffic Live Club
5/24 Florence, Italy @ Cycle Club
5/25 Novara, Italy @ Rock’N’Roll
5/26 Martigny, Switzerland @ Sunset Bar
5/27 Paris, France @ Glazart

DECAPITATED Enter the Studio with New Drummer

Polish death metallers DECAPITATED entered Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland this week to record their sixth studio album and follow-up to 2011’s critically-acclaimed Carnival is Forever.

Drummer Michal Lysejko – who assisted with the band’s live shows on the most recent LAMB OF GOD tour –  has been announced as a full-time addition to DECAPITATED.

DECAPITATED founding member & guitarist Waclaw “Vogg” Kie?tyka comments:

“We would like to share few news with you. First of all, we want to introduce you to DECAPITATED’s new drummer Michal Lysejko. Some of you had a chance to meet him already during the tour with LAMB OF GOD. Also, I want to say THANK YOU to the rest of the people who took a challenge and sent their video for an audition.

“All of you know that we’ve been quite busy lately. We had some personal/personnel changes in the band and also we did the best tours we’ve ever had with MESHUGGAH, LAMB OF GOD, and CHILDREN OF BODOM.  Since January of this year, we signed a worldwide management contract with Continental Concerts & Management. That’s for sure a big step and opportunity for us and a big challenge. But I guess the most important news for most of you is that after almost nine years, we went back to Hertz Studio (albumsNihility, The Negation, Organic Hallucinosis) to record the new album which will be released this year. We will inform you about details soon. Keep in touch!!”

Check out the video for “Carnival is Forever” where the band take a lighthearted approach to metal videos:

National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) 2014 Show Report

The month of January brings excitement to the City of Anaheim every year, and the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) 2014 show is no exception!  Let’s cut to the chase this year!  A few highlights of the gazillions of musical instruments and gadgets are found below…enjoy!
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APESHIT’s Top Metal Albums of 2011

2011 was a very productive and enjoyable year for extreme music, perhaps the best in years. Thus, it was not an easy task choosing what we enjoyed best since they were just so many. 2011 also gave us unforgettably bad albums by LOU REED and METALLICA, flops by THE HAUNTED as well as controversial ones by MORBID ANGEL.

We look forward to another strong year in 2012 in which we will celebrate our 10 years online. Cheers for all of your support in 2011! Radikult!!
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DECAPITATED to Headline 2011 Carnival is Forever North America Tour This Fall

Fresh off the July 12th release of their excellent new album, Carnival is Forever (read our review here), Poland’s DECAPITATED are headed to North America for a headlining tour alongside DECREPIT BIRTH, FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE, RINGS OF SATURN, and THE HAARP MACHINE.

2011 Carnival is Forever North America Tour:
09/30/11 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
10/01/11 Kingdom – Richmond, VA
10/02/11 The Acheron – Atlanta, GA
10/03/11 State Theater – St. Petersburg, FL
10/05/11 White Rabbit San Antonio, TX
10/06/11 TBA
10/07/11 Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ
10/08/11 SOMA – San Diego, CA
10/09/11 Foro Alicia – Mexico City, MÉXICO
10/10/11 The Whisky – Hollywood, CA
10/11/11 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
10/12/11 Branx – Portland, OR
10/14/11 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
10/15/11 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, B.C. – CANADA
10/16/11 Republik – Calgary, AB – CANADA
10/17/11 The Exchange – Regina, SK – CANADA
10/18/11 Park Theater – Winnipeg, MB – CANADA
10/20/11 Miramar Theatre – Milwaukee, WI
10/21/11 Mojoe’s – Joliet, IL
10/22/11 Alrosa Villa – Columbus, OH
10/23/11 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
10/24/11 Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA
10/26/11 Club Soda – Montreal, QC – CANADA
10/27/11 Gramercy Theater – New York, NY
10/28/11 The Reverb – Reading, PA
10/29/11 Saints & Sinners Fest – Asbury Park, NJ
10/30/11 Jaxx – Springfield, VA

DECAPITATED – Carnival is Forever

It’s been a long and tragic five years since the world was bestowed with a new DECAPITATED record. Lone returning member, guitarist Vogg, admirably decided to continue the band with a new line-up, that symbolize the best possible tribute to his brother, the late Vitek, and Covan. If there was ever a return that showed no ill effects in the face of tragedy, Carnival is Forever is that return.

The new record picks up where one of the truly classic death metal albums of the 2000′s, Organic Hallucinosis, left off. Carnival is Forever is a progression, an expansion, of those ideas. The trademark DECAPITATED slamming, shifting, circulating, and ultra precise riffs are back alongside the wild time changes played above the relentless, precise drumming. The drugged out, narcotic, and almost nightmarish atmospheres are here as well but are further expanded with clean guitar parts and arguably wilder song shifts between the brutal, clean, and minimalist sections. Guitarist Vogg‘s solos are absolutely excellent and that’s probably why many will considered them too short-lived in the songs.

Songwriting-wise, Carnival is Forever is airtight and created with the same level of focus and precision as the musicianship. Most of the songs range in the four to five minute range while the title track clocks in at 8:49. The aforementioned title track is easily the most narcotic and atmospheric, and sounds similar to OPETH at their most heavy, dark and progressive in parts. There is a very subtle and distinctly DECAPITATED progressive edge to the sound.

So everyone is curious about the new band members. It’s clear that Vogg has chosen the right men for the job. Vocalist Rafal Piotrowski has own his style – abrasive and dry, well enunciated shouts as opposed more traditional death metal vocals. Drummer Kerim “Krimh” Lechner fits the role well with his tight, machine gun playing. Bassist Filip “Heinrich” Halucha aptly fills Marcin “Martin” Rygiel‘s shoes.

Carnival is Forever symbolizes the spirit and excellence of this band. Through everything they’ve been through, DECAPITATED has only grown stronger and better. Easily one of the 2011′s best albums. Hail. (Nuclear Blast Records)