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)

DECAPITATED-THE KNIFE 2011 by FLEGETANIS

MISERY INDEX Announce North American Tour Dates

MISERY INDEX will join label-mates DYING FETUS for a month-long US tour starting in early May. This tour will also include ARSIS, ANNOTATIONS OF AN AUTOPSY and CONDUCTING FROM THE GRAVE and will be making a stop at the California Metalfest on May 15th in Pomona, CA. A complete listing of tour dates and cities can be found below.

MISERY INDEX is currently on tour in Australia with Poland’s DECAPITATED. From there, MISERY INDEX will head to Singapore and Taiwan for the first time. The band has also been confirmed as one of the headliners at this year’s Obscene Extreme Festival held in July in the Czech Republic.

MISERY INDEX is touring in support of their brand new album Heirs To Thievery. The album is set for a May 11th North American release date.

MISERY INDEX Tour Dates:

***All dates from April 2 thru 6 w/ DECAPITATED, PSYCROPTIC, ORIGIN***

April 2 Melbourne, Australia The Esplanade Hotel
April 3 Sydney, Australia The Factory
April 4 Brisbane, Australia The Hifi
April 5 Adelaide, Australia Fowler’s Live
April 6 Perth, Australia Black Betty’s
April 9 Singapore Substation Theatre
April 11 Taipei, Taiwan The WALL Livehouse

***All dates from May 6 thru June 6 w/ DYING FETUS, ARSIS, ANNOTATIONS OF AN AUTOPSY, CONDUCTING FROM THE GRAVE***

May 6 Baltimore, MD Sonar
May 7 Spartanburg, SC Ground Zero
May 8 Tampa, FL Brass Mug
May 9 New Orleans, LA High Ground
May 10 Houston, TX Wired Live
May 11 Austin, TX Emo’s
May 12 Fort Worth, TX Ridglea Theater
May 13 Albuquerque, NM The Compound
May 14 Mesa, AZ U.B.’s
May 15 Pomona, CA The Glass House (as part of California Metalfest)
May 16 Modesto, CA Moesto Virtual
May 17 Bend, OR Bend Event Center
May 18 Seattle, WA Studio Seven
May 19 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theater
May 21 Denver, CO Marquis Theater
May 22 Des Moines, IA House of Bricks
May 23 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
May 24 Minneapolis, MN The Rock
May 26 West Dundee, IL Clearwater Theater
May 27 Louisville, KY Phoenix Hill Tavern
May 28 Indianapolis, IN Emerson Theatre
May 29 Detroit, MI Harpo’s
May 30 Windsor, ON Chubby Pickle
May 31 Toronto, ON The Mod Club
June 1 Quebec City, QC L’Imperial
June 2 Montreal, QC FouFounes
June 4 Cleveland, OH Peabody’s
June 5 Pittsburgh, PA The Smiling Moose
June 6 Farmingdale, NY Crazy Donkey

July 16 Trutnov, Czech Rep. Obscene Extreme Festival 2010

DECAPITATED Announce New Lineup

Poland’s DECAPITATED have announced their new lineup. Joining founding guitarist/songwriter/vocalist Waclaw “Vogg” Kieltyka, are Rafal Piotrowski (vocals), Filip “Henrich” Halucha (bass), and Kerim “Krimh” Lechner (drums).

Vogg commented: “I am really happy to announce this short message for all DECAPITATED fans: As you all know, two years after the tragedies we had to suffer, I decided to continue the band. There’s no sense in stopping this amazing thing we built up so many years ago together with Witek [Witold Kieltyka, drummer, R.I.P.], Sauron [Wojciech Wisowicz, the band’s first lead singer], Martin [Marcin Rygiel, the band’s first bassist] and Covan [Adrian Kowanek, second vocalist, still recovering from injuries]. We chose to do our first tour in the U.K. because we have only good memories from this place and we are sure that you guys will support us… We need you!! I am very pleased to announce the new killer line-up of DECAPITATED: Kerim ‘Krimh’ Lechner on drums – he’s a new blood, very talented and used to playing in bands like THORNS OF IVY and TONE INTIMACY; amazing Rafal Piotrowski comes from bands like KETHA and FORGOTTEN SOULS and will take over vocal duties; masterous Filip ‘Heinrich’ Halucha from VESENIA, ROOTWATER, UNSUN and MASACHIST will be destroying the bass! See you all soon! We honestly can’t wait!”

The band will be touring Europe the first half of 2010. A North American tour is on the horizon for the Summer of 2010.

DECAPITATED Announce Plans to Reform with New Members

Wacek “Vogg” Kieltyka, guitarist and founding member of the Polish death metal band DECAPITATED, has announced plans to reform the band following the tragic road accident that occurred in October 2007. Here’s his official announcement:

“It’s time to come back! After a two-year break, DECAPITATED is coming back with new members. The official new line-up for DECAPITATED will be announced at the end of December.

“As you all know, the decision to continue the band was really, really hard for me, but everything I do now is to keep DECAPITATED alive. [Vocalist] Covan‘s situation has not improved much and he is still in bed and unable to function on his own. He still fights to recover as we speak and we are all still 100% behind him and hope for the best. It has been the hardest thing for me to move on without [brother & drummer] Vitek by my side, but he would have wanted me to continue with the band.

“Finally, I have found some great musicians who can continue the work of Vitek and Covan. At the beginning of April, DECAPITATED will start to play our first reunion shows. We will visit the biggest cities in Australia and play some of the biggest summer festivals in Europe. Don’t worry, we won’t forget about the U.K.! After this, the band will concentrate on the making of a new album! I would like to thank all the people who have supported us all this time.”

The band have some touring plans for 2010 including shows in Australia and European festival appearances in May. A North American tour is also being planned for the Summer of 2010. Visit DECAPITATED online for tour dates and more info:
www.decapitatedband.net
www.myspace.com/decapitated

DECAPITATED Looking for New Members

DECAPITATED guitarist Vogg has made the decision to continue the band and is looking for a new drummer to replace his brother Witek, and vocalist Covan, who remains hospitalized following their tragic van accident. Here is what Vogg had to say:

“Hello everyone

“I was thinking about that for a long time and it’s really hard decision for me, but I have decided to continue this band and keep DECAPITATED alive. I know it will be not the same anymore but I want to try and I’m sure Witek and Covan will support me and will be happy about that

“So I want to say that:

“If anybody from drummers and vocalists feel that they can continue what Witek and Covan did and put all power, energy and live time for this band – contact me- [email protected]

“Everyone who is interested, please prepare this tracks:

day 69

post organic

invisible control

long desired dementia

“and send it as audiovideo format

“Vogg”

Donate Money to Support DECAPITATED’s Vitek and Covan

DECAPITATED, their families, and Nuclear Blast Records is asking for donations to help support the families of DECAPITATED drummer Vitek, who tragically passes away earlier this week, and vocalist Covan who remains hospitalized in serious condition.

To send Paypal donations:

Go to www.paypal.com
Log Into Your Account (…or Sign Yourself Up)
Click on the “Personal” Tab
Click on “Send Money”

To: [email protected]
From: Your Paypal e-mail address
Amount: Your choice!
For: Service/Other (Donation)

To send donations via bank money transfers, here is info:

Recipient’s name: Anna Kieltyka
Account Number: 70 1050 1458 10 0000 2293 2551 01
Bank Swift Code: INGBPLPW
Bank Name: ING Bank Slaski
Bank Address: Rynek 8, 38-400 Krosno, Poland

Please add the word “Vitek” as the bank transfer description.

To send donations via cash and check:

Send well hidden cash at your own risk –
Please make all checks/money orders payable to:
Anna Kieltyka

European donations can be mailed to:

Nuclear Blast EUROPE GmBH
Attention: Vitek/Covan Assistance
Oeschstr. 40
73072 Donsdorf
Germany

North American donations can be mailed to:

Nuclear Blast USA
Attention: Vitek/Covan Assistance
2323 W. El Segundo Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA 90250
United States of America

DECAPITATED Drummer Vitek Passes Away

DECAPITATED drummer Witold “Vitek” Kieltyka passed away this morning as a result of injuries sustained from a vehicular accident involving their tour bus and a truck carrying wood in Gomel, on the Russia/Belarus border.

Vocalist Covan also suffered serious head injuries and is still in Moscow receiving emergency treatment. His family stated that his condition has improved.

All other members of the touring party are not reported to be seriously hurt.