VOGG [DECAPITATED]: I cannot imagine what I would have done without the guitars.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Science Explains: How do Heavy Metal vocalists perform without damaging their vocal folds?

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):

Source: Metalsucks | Inside Science

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SUFFOCATION release new lyric video for ‘Return To The Abyss’ | New Track

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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ORIGIN- Accident And Error | New Single

American Tech Death quartet ORIGIN have released a surprise track from their new album- ‘Unparalleled Universe‘. All set to release on June 30th, 2017 via Agonia Records and Nuclear Blast.

This new track ‘Accident and Error‘; packs a blow with it’s dose of Death Metal with technicality and gilded production. The serrated guitar work has upheld the track’s brutality yet carries a melodic essence. The extrusive bass and slamming blast beats have made this track thick muscled. The diversity exemplified have been nothing short of their prodigy. The way it was meant to be! The ORIGIN way!

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DYING FETUS [TREY WILLIAMS]: Bands that betray their fans have a hard time gaining back their trust and faith.

DYING FETUS, the American Death Metal group has released some of the greatest Death Metal records in history. With their new album ‘Wrong One To Fuck With‘; the band has pretty much annihilated everything in it’s path to release their much anticipated album after a mammoth 5 years. Trey Williams, the band’s drummer speaks to us in this exclusive interview about a variety of things such as the new album, tour life, India, food and much more. Excerpts:

MJM. Hey there, greetings from MJM! How are you doing?

Trey: I’m doing well; we just got back from a tour. I’m taking a few days to myself before going back to work.

MJM. This also happens to be your tenth year with Dying Fetus. How do you feel now? How has your journey been?

Trey: It’s great. I’m in my favorite band from high school. Being in Dying Fetus has allowed me to see the world. And I got to see India also!  We had an awesome time in Shillong, when we were there.

MJM. Congratulations on the upcoming new album ‘Wrong one to Fuck With’; tell us more about the name! It’s a catchy name and we would love to know how you guys decided it as the album title!

Trey: The album was without a name for a while. It was the last part we needed to create. We needed the album name to sound strong and imposing. So we took the song title “Wrong One To Fuck With” and used it as the album title also.  And we wanted to use a bit of shock and awe to get some attention.

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MJM. Having been in this journey for such a long time, did you ever feel the urge to change the sound of the band? Many bands are sort of changing their sound, as they grow. You guys are still crushing it like the old times! What are your thoughts on that?

Trey: We would never change the direct of this band.  It is a brand and our brand works. If we wanted to do another style of music we would start a different project, and keep dying fetus intact. Bands that betray their fans have a hard time gaining back their trust and faith. Consistency is the key.

DYING FETUS – “Your Treachery Will Die With You” (Official Music Video)

MJM. The last record was released about 5 years ago. How did the writing for the new album start off? 

Trey: We did need some time to switch back into writing mode. We put touring on the back burner unless the offer was good.  And reign supreme was well liked and it improved our ability to stay on tour.  It also took a long time because we really tried to make a good album.  Even the art was greatly discussed and worked on. Quality was the top priority!

MJM. I love the lyrics that you guys put up; it’s not something random. It’s very sensible and certainly conveys messages that really matters a lot in this society. Who does the writing? Do you guys sit together and sort of discuss this or is it just one man taking over the lyrical aspect of it?

Trey: Sean wrote all the lyrics on this one.  We named the songs first and then tried to provide themes to the names. With a theme in place, Sean would have a good starting point. He would consult us and ask us for ideas if he was stumped.

MJM. The band visited India back in 2014. Anything you guys remember from the show here? Are you planning to visit the country again because Indian fans are dying to watch you guys live?

Trey: I kind of touched on this earlier. I enjoyed the food, the scenery, and the fans. We would like to return to India in the future.

MJM. You guys toured recently with Hatebreed, how was it?

Trey: The Hatebreed guys were very cool. We could not have asked for a better time.  I just hope we can tour with them again.

DYING FETUS – “Fixated On Devastation” (Official Music Video)

MJM. Tell us more about the album, what separates it from the rest and still make a powerful Dying Fetus record?

Trey: I wanted this album to burrow its melodies into the head of the listener. We wanted to have you wishing the songs would get out of your head. Heads bouncing along the whole time.

MJM. The metal community is always critical about how a band sounds, and there is always a comparison going on between the old and the new. So what’s your take on that? Is it necessary to always compare between the old and new?

Trey: You can’t stop that from happening. Even at your day job your performance will be compared to your previous work.  Of course, some people will say that a different album was better.

MJM. What are your genuine expectations from your fans? Are you guys nervous, as it’s been 5 years since the last album?

Trey: I expect our fans to throw down in the pit!

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MJM. Any message for the fans that look up to you and are eagerly waiting for your record?

Trey: Thanks for all the support. Without the fans, we would be nothing. It’s all about you, the fans.

MJM. Thank you so much for speaking with us! Hope to see you here in India soon again!

Trey: Thanks and cheers!

“Wrong One To Fuck With“ track listing:

01. Fixated On Devastation
02. Panic Amongst The Herd
03. Die With Integrity
04. Reveling In The Abyss
05. Seething With Disdain
06. Ideological Subjugation
07. Weaken The Structure
08. Fallacy
09. Unmitigated Detestation
10. Wrong One To Fuck With

 

Wrong One To Fuck With will be releasing on June 23 via Relapse Records. 

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DECAPITATED release a new single and video from the upcoming album- ‘Anticult’!

Polish Death Metal masters DECAPITATED have unleashed a brand new video for the track- ‘Never‘ taken from their upcoming 7th studio album ‘Anticult’. The album is due this July 7th, 2017 via Nuclear Blast Records.

The new track is packed with sick riffs and growls with insane blast beats that ram through our ears. The track starts on a slow note but however picks up and swarms with it’s technicality.

DECAPITATED – Never (OFFICIAL VIDEO)

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Death Metal giants SUFFOCATION release a bone crushing track off the new album!

US based Death Metal legends, SUFFOCATION have premiered a brand new single off their upcoming album- ‘…..Of The Dark Light‘ where we earlier mentioned about the album that is all set to release worldwide on 9th of June via Nuclear Blast Records.

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The band themselves went public today about this information, thereby confirming the news. Founder/ Guitarist Hobbs says, “The moment we have been waiting for is here, our new album ‘…Of The Dark Light’ will finally be released through Nuclear Blast on June 9, 2017! Over the last 4 year period SUFFOCATION has taken its time to write this record and we couldn’t be prouder. It is our most brutal record yet!” He adds, “SUFFOCATION worked through the end of 2016 to hash out and lay down the tracks at Full Force Studios with Joe Cincotta and once again enlisted Zeuss to bring this creation to life! Myself, Frank Mullen, Charles Errigo, Eric Morotti and Derek Boyer have all pushed the limit of what SUFFOCATION is and we hope you enjoy it! We also had the honor of having Colin Marks handling our artwork which is a new frontier for us and a different avenue and style to the traditional SUFFOCATION records. We also included some backup vocals from Kevin Muller (THE MERCILESS CONCEPT) which for us makes this album very unique! This will be our 10th studio release and we really hope you like …Of The Dark Light! Keep the grind alive and hope to see you on the road“.

It will be the band’s first album with guitarist Charlie Errigo (ex-Pyrexia) and drummer Eric Morotti (Killitorous, Blind Witness). Look below for the complete tracklist and the amazing 360 visualisation!

SUFFOCATION- Your Last Breaths (OFFICIAL 360 VISUALIZER VIDEO)

Full Tracklist-

1. Clarity Through Deprivation
2. The Warmth Within The Dark
3. Your Last Breaths
4. Return To The Abyss
5. The Violation
6. Of The Dark Light
7. Some Things Should Be Left Alone
8. Caught Between Two Worlds
9. Epitaph Of The Credulous

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The band:
Frank Mullen – Vocals
Terrance Hobbs – Guitars
Charles Errigo – Guitars
Derek Boyer – Bass
Eric Morotti – Drums

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