DECAPITATED has been one of Europe’s (Poland) biggest Death Metal exports. Since their teenage years, the band has been through a lot to be where they are today. They are ready with their seventh full length ‘Anticult‘ that is all set to be out via Nuclear Blast this July 7th, 2017. I am speaking with the band’s founder/ guitarist/ composer/ song writer Waclaw “Vogg”Kieltyka in this special interview we did. Excerpts:
MJM. You guys have been in the scene for about 2 decades. Still sounding fresh and raw just like the old times. What is it that keeps you motivated so much?
Vogg: Well it’s all about enjoying the music you know. We are inspired by many great legends and I personally love the guitars. I cannot imagine what I would have done without the guitars. Plus, it’s all about getting together with a bunch of other band mates and creating something.
MJM. You formed Decapitated with your late brother Vitek back in the mid 90’s when you were in your teenage. What was your aim and idea back then with the band? Did you anticipate the band to gain such a huge fan base in a good span of time?
Vogg: We never anticipated at all. We just wanted to play for fun and in due time, we took it up seriously and full time. We didn’t expect people to respond so much to our music. It feels great. Back then, we were still learning instruments. We had a demo tape released by a small label who seemed interested. There was no looking back since then.
MJM. Unlike most traditional Death Metal bands, Decapitated has a lot of complex song structures, tonnes of blast beats and grooves. What inspired you to play this form of Death Metal?
Vogg: We are heavily inspired by the Floridian Death Metal scene, with bands like Morbid Angel, Deicide and also bands like Vader from our home, Poland. As a band, our idea was to stay true to our music. We write stuff that is original and truly unique and staying true to our sound. As a composer, this was the most important part to me to. We wanted to make something different.
MJM. With the seventh album ‘Anticult’ all set for a wide release, how are things shaping up?
Vogg: We are super excited about it. Everything is in place. We are getting ready for our European/ Baltic countries tour.
MJM. Tell us about the concept behind this album. What is the reference to the ‘Anticult’ here?
Vogg: Oh, yes. The new album, Anticult is a deep mixture of all the Decapitated albums. Everything from the sound, approach, musicality, production and just about everything. It’s going to be a lot different. It’s not just going to be Death Metal or Technical Death Metal stuff with chunky riffs and blast beats but we have explored all the metal genres with this album. We have touched every aspect of it.
We have all evolved from what we were.
MJM. This is also your 3rd release under Nuclear Blast records. How is it working with them?
Vogg: They are very cool and extremely easy to work with. Besides, our band now has a new management- 5B Artist Management. So our management does a lot of work. In terms of booking, promoting etc., On the other hand, our label is involved a lot with the licensing, printing, selling, merchandises and economy. In that way, our label has a different set of functions at the same time, they are very hardworking. They treat their bands well. They push their bands well and far ahead.
MJM. How does this album symbolize the evolution that you guys are going through? How has this change been in terms of evolution and writing approach?
Vogg: We have all evolved from what we were. We follow mostly traditional methods to record. It’s the same with this album. This one is a mixture of all, like I mentioned. I first make the demo tracks and check with the guys. Then we jam the track out to see if we can get everything going with the coordination to keep it more fluid. Then we record the album. We follow the usual systematic way to record the drums, guitars, vocals and bass.
MJM. How do you guys ease of the tense and focus on getting it right? Might help the new bands who are experiencing recording their studio album for the first time.
Vogg: Get together more. More time spent in the studio. So we jam a lot.
DECAPITATED- Never (OFFICIAL VIDEO)
MJM. Apart from writing music, what are the other things that you do in your leisure time?
Vogg- I have 2 kids. Each of them is 2 and 4 years old respectively. When I am at home, I am usually taking care of them. I have my own home studio. I love cooking. I love spending time with my family. I also make sure to spend time in between to record the guitars. It’s pretty much this while I am at it. Being a family man is great.
MJM. Any favorite movies? Or Filmmakers?
Vogg: I love Quinten Tarantino and Gangster flicks, thrillers, crime movies. I do enjoy other stuffs as well. I love the movie Whiplash. I am not sure if you watched it, but it’s very inspirational. My wife enjoys watching this movie as well. I watch dramas, all genres basically.
We are close friends with Behemoth; I was even speaking to Seth three days ago.
MJM. Poland is also an export of bands like Behemoth, Vader, and Hate as such. Are you guys friends by chance?
Vogg: Yes, very much. We are close friends with Behemoth; I was even speaking to Seth three days ago. I keep following Nergal on social media, we speak a lot. He is someone who keeps posting things about everything in life on social media; his instagram, facebook and stuff. And about Vader, I grew up listening to them. Feels amazing to tour with them now. Great guys. Just about everyone.
MJM. What are some of the other non-metal bands that you enjoy listening to?
Vogg: There’s too many to name. Not remembering anything now hahaha! But let me tell you that I love metal, we guys love metal. We listen to metal a lot while touring as well. But listening to metal does not necessarily mean that you have to play a show and come back and listen to metal in the backstage or hotel room. I personally listen to a wide range of musical styles, as long as it pleases me musically.
MJM. You guys will be on tour very soon with some amazing bands. How excited are you to put up the new songs on tour?
Vogg: We are very excited! We are going to be touring Europe and Baltic countries with Vader and another couple of Polish bands and a Swedish band as well. It’s going to be a Polish invasion. A good combination of Extreme Metal.
MJM. And is there is a possibility you guys might just drop by in India again?
Vogg: We would certainly love to. We have a tight schedule this year; we have Europe, North America, some major Festival appearances. So we are free early next year, with our tour schedule availability. If promoters in India want to see us, they just have to reach out. We will be there. We would love to.
MJM. Thank you so much for speaking with us, and all the best with the new release! Take care.
Vogg: It was amazing speaking with you my friend. We hope to come there soon again and also meet our fans. We had an amazing time there before. Thanks for your support and interest in us.
True story: I was sitting in my dentist’s chair this past Monday morning and we got to talking about metal (I recently turned him onto Gojira). He asked me how it was possible that all these metal vocalists are able to scream their guts out for extended periods of time and not constantly a) blow out their voices and b) develop nodules on their vocal cords? Fair questions, and I was somewhat embarrassed to admit that I didn’t have any good answers.
Luckily, science does! According to this new video from Inside Science, San Francisco’s Dr. Krzysztof Izdebski of the Pacific Voice and Speech Foundation, who specializes in working with patients that have damaged their vocal cords, believes that metal singers have basically figured out a way to do what comes naturally to human babies. And no, he’s not talking about Lead Singer’s Disease/throwing tantrums:
“A little baby has all the sounds — it has the sounds of scream and growl, and inhalation and high pitch and whistle and low pitch, and so I thought, wow, you know, all of this we have, we learn from the beginning. We have it and then we somehow lose it, and the patients who suffer can’t learn how to do this.”
Dr. Izdebski goes on to explain that by using a very, very high-speed camera (16,000 frames per second — by way of contrast, note that a movie is traditionally only 24 frames per second) placed inside a singer’s throat, he was able to determine that the vocal cords of your average metal frontman or woman never collide, which is how damage to those cords is normally created:
“The images that we recorded clearly show that it’s produced predominately, predominately by structures above the glottis. So, the vocal folds do open and vibrate but actually don’t collide, and the entire sick area above — aryepiglottic folds, arachnoids, epiglottis — everything claps and dances, basically, and creates vibrations and creates acoustic orchestration… It’s that the area above [that’s] very loose and the air turbulence that comes through. The air that comes through produces turbulence, and the turbulence produces the sound.”
Dr. Izdebski also believes this knowledge could be helpful to his patients:
“When you crush the larynx it cannot be repaired, and these people suffer — they cannot talk. So, you know, we can use this, this technology — this artistic technology — perhaps to try to restore some phonation in these individuals.”
Fascinating stuff, right?
Heavy Metal Singers are Just Big Babies (watch video here):
In March 2017, extreme metal giants ARCH ENEMY completed the “War Eternal” album cycle with the highly successful “As The Stages Burn!” live release, which was filmed and recorded at the band’s massive headlining show at Wacken Open Air 2016:
Now, it is time for the next chapter in the band’s history as ARCH ENEMY hereby announce the title and release date of their forthcoming tenth studio album, “Will To Power”, with a worldwide release on September 8th, 2017 through Century Media Records and via Trooper Entertainment in Japan.
Shortly after the album’s release, the “Will To Power” touring cycle will kick off with shows in Eastern Europe, Austria, Finland and Russia, to be followed by an extensive North America tour in October / November. A full European tour can be expected in early 2018. Dates will be announced soon!
Michael Amott comments: “After many months of writing and recording in the studio we are delighted to have finally completed work on our 10th studio album, “Will To Power”. We are looking forward to sharing new music with you soon. We are equally excited to announce the first leg of our “Will To Power” world tour… Can’t wait to play new and old songs for our fans, see you all soon!”
“Will To Power” will be a bold sonic statement that ARCH ENEMY in this day and age is virtually unstoppable.
ARCH ENEMY @ Summer festivals 2017
06.07.2017 Rock Harz Festival, Ballenstedt, Germany
08.07.2017 Resurrection Fest, Viveiro, Spain
12.07.2017 Rockmarathon, Dunaújváros, Hungary
15.07.2017 Gefle Metal Festival, Sweden
04.08.2017 Rock Pod Kamenom Festival, Snina, Slovakia
05.08.2017 Ostrave v Plamenech, Ostrave, Czech Republic
07.08.2017 Festival Di Majano, Majano, Itlay
08.08.2017 Conrad Sohm, Dornbirn, Austria
10.08.2017 Leyendas Del Rock, Villena, Spain
11.08.2017 Vagos Metal Fest, Vagos, Portugal
12.08.2017 Into The Grave, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
13.08.2017 Bloodstock Open Air, Walton-On-Trent, UK
“Will To Power Tour 2017”
w/ special guest Jinjer
15.09.2017 Music Hall, Innsbruck, Austria
16.09.2017 Posthof, Linz, Austria
17.09.2017 Cvetlicarna, Ljubljana, Slovenia
18.09.2017 Dom Omladine, Belgrade, Serbia
20.09.2017 Quantic Club Open Air Stage, Bucharest, Rumania
21.09.2017 Universiada Hall, Sofia, Bulgaria
22.09.2017 Piraeus 117 Academy, Athens, Greece
23.09.2017 Principal Club Theater Thessaloniki, Greece
25.09.2017 Majestic Music Club, Bratislava, Slovakia
26.09.2017 Progresja, Warsaw, Poland
27.09.2017 Loftas, Vilnius, Lithuania
29.09.2017 Melna Piektdiena, Riga, Latvia
30.09.2017 Rock Café, Tallinn, Estonia
01.10.2017 The Circus, Helsinki, Finland
03.10.2017 Re:Public, Minsk, Belarus *
04.10.2017 Aurora, St. Petersburg, Russia *
06.10.2017 Otdyh, Novosibirsk, Russia *
08.10.2017 Tele Club, Yekaterinburg, Russia *
10.10.2017 Yotaspace, Moscow, Russia *
11.10.2017 Zvezda, Samara, Russia*
Death-metal band Cannibal Corpse and pop singer Nicki Minaj are working on a surprising collaboration birthed from a mutual appreciation of “ass eating,” their respective record labels confirmed earlier today. “Eating human asses has been a subject of rumination throughout our band’s entire existence,” said founding Cannibal Corpse member Alex Webster. “Nicki’s lyrical fantasy of getting her ass eaten is pretty twisted, and we thought we could do some great stuff with her.”
The song, tentatively titled “Choked to Death by Voluminous Rump,” is expected to bridge the gap between Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” and Cannibal Corpse’s “Meat Hook Sodomy” by delving into the decreasingly taboo subject of ass eating. However, those close to the project report creative differences have already arisen. “The ‘diva’ rumors are totally true,” said Cannibal Corpse vocalist George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher, killing a cockroach in the band’s sweaty, gory-movie-poster-decorated Tampa storage unit and practice space. “She refuses to practice here for some reason. It’s very unprofessional in my eyes. You get used to dead rodents in the walls and on the floors after 35 minutes or so.”
Minaj, was worried that Cannibal Corpse’s use of euphemisms was excessive. “I have this line, ‘You got a Nicki sandwich, boy. You ain’t eating gluten-free.’ And they rhyme it with, ‘I’ll dissect your rectum with chisel-sharpened teeth.’ Like, dude! Just say you wanna toss that salad,” said Minaj, taking a break in an air-conditioned Cadillac Escalade.
Webster confirmed both lyricists were struggling to find the right way to fit together. “She added a lot about expensive purses and jewelry and stuff like that. I’d prefer if she described the angular trajectory of the blood spatter from cutting ass flesh with a table knife. Or something like that, anyway,” said Webster. The artists have found common ground, however, agreeing that the song’s tempo will sit somewhere between 120 and 265 BPM, and to stop touching each other’s hair.
The song is slated to be released mid-summer, provided the timetable remains intact for the artists’ cross-promotional fragrance, “Pink Entrails.”
One of India’s most celebrated Death Metal acts PLAGUE THROAT have finally put down their debut full length album- The Human Paradox via Transcending Obscurity Records that is all set to release this May 30th, 2017.
Upon the first listen, I could clearly sense that the band has taken the Old School Death Metal trait with a horde of brutality down their path sticking to the roots of their ascendants. Unlike their debut EP, this album carries a much better production and enriched with immense technicality and variety. I still remember watching them live a couple of times and these guys absolutely butcher everything in their path and carry the ultimate motto of ‘No bullshit Death Metal’. It was interesting to witness how well they could refurbish their studio quality on a live stage. Perhaps, that’s also one of the reasons why they are among the top tier bands in the sub-continent.
The Human Paradox can be termed as the band’s most ambitious project till date. It’s impressive that the band has still managed to put this release without compromising on anything and after everything that they have been through. The album is a sturdy amalgamation of blood, sweat and Death Metal. Front man, Nangsan has epitomized the guitars with great riffs and skills. The writing involves a great mixture of old school styles and improvisation, yet abiding by their lineage. The focus of the band is clear-cut and it is exceptionally stylized to fit into the current era in their own distinct fashion. It’s a fine spirit that lies embedded in this album. The speed and the essence of melody is deep rooted within. Tracks like ‘Dominion Breach‘, ‘Fallible Transgression‘ easily stand out. You can definitely hear a Dying Fetus, a Cannibal Corpse, some Suffocation and Hypocrisy as well but the band knows what they want. The solo in ‘Conception Subjection‘ is worth mentioning too. The track ‘Hour of Darkness‘ and ‘Corporeal‘ are great tracks that show the core of the bass lines. It’s very groovy and reckons the depth of the album. New addition to the band, Jerry has taken the responsibility for the bass sessions.
Nangsan‘s style of death growls focuses more on clear vocal exhibition without stressing and also adds a raspy element which sounds compelling at the same time. Influenced by the likes of Frank Mullen, Corpsegrinder to name a few. The man behind the kit, Malice deserves a special mention as this is clearly his best work. It’s the drums that complement the overall gut of the album. The drums have splattered the ruthless nature of this record. From terrific double bass to the extreme blast beats; they maintain a rich tone throughout without losing out on it. His agility and dexterity to adapt to a wide style is greatly elucidated from the start till the end without any hindrances. The track ‘Conflict Resolution‘ is everything that I have described above.
This album will go down as one of the best releases for this year. One of the most remarkable factors in this album is the fact that it is fluid. There’s a really good flow between the songs and nothing seemed to be a bad addition to this album. The consistency is maintained well which is one of the most important things to be noted.
Plague Throat‘s The Human Paradox is a Death Metal album in it’s finest form. The impeccable artisanship of these guys are yet again proved to a great extent.
If you have been following the legendary Death Metal group SUFFOCATION‘s new album updates, you are surely in for a treat. The band has released an explosive new track that advances with it’s in brand of Death Metal.
SUFFOCATION’s latest album called ‘….Of The Dark Light‘ is all set to be released on June 9th, 2017 via Nuclear Blast Records. The latest track off this album, ‘Return to the Abyss‘ promises to intensify the album and has created strong expectations among the Death Metal community. Geared with sick riffs and fierce drum work alongside Frank Mullen‘s undisputed growls, this album promises to be the ultimate Death Metal party. The atmosphere built in this track is admirable yet compliments the brutality of this track, honouring the epitome of Death Metal.
Listen to it here-
SUFFOCATION- Return To The Abyss
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