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)


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
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

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.