Alcatraz Line up: 2019
The year is 2007. Polish death metallers Decapitated are undertaking a successful tour in support of their critically acclaimed fourth album ‘Organic Hallucinations’ when a dramatic road collision claims the life of drummer Witold ‘Vitek’ Kiełtyka and leaves vocalist Witold ‘Vitek’ Kiełtyka with irreparable brain damage. The future of one of the most talented and promising death metal bands of the new millennium now hangs in the balance. Following a period of mourning and reflection, founder/guitarist and sole original band member Waclaw ‘Vogg’ Kieltyka picks himself up and revives the band. The stylistic changes that had seeped in on ‘Organic Hallucinations’ with a more modern, groovy and less ‘pure’ technical approach come to full bloom on the new material. The new musical direction doesn’t go down all that well with some of the fans but Decapitated grows as a band and their reputation and prestige grow. With 2017’s ‘Anticult’ the Polish death metal machine unleashed their third full-length effort since the 2009 resurrection. No return to the likes of ‘Winds of Creation’ or ‘The Negation’ for Decapitated because the new album continues in the same vein as its predecessors ‘Carnival Is Forever’ and ‘Blood Mantra’ with a more modern and groovy sound. We can’t wait for the maniacal total offensive the Poles will launch on 11 August in the Swamp, somewhere out there in Alcatraz’ fields.