On October 29, 2007, a tour bus accident claimed the life of DECAPITATED drummer Witold “Vitek” Kieltyka, and gravely injured the band’s lead singer, Adrian “Covan” Kowanek, who has yet to make a full recovery.
After he underwent what was deemed to be “successful” neurosurgery, a 36-hour pharmacological coma ended with Covan suffering a cardiac arrest and diffuse cerebral hypoxia (wherein brain impairment occurs due to low blood oxygen levels) because of alleged “medical negligence.” Covan returned home after another six months of treatment in October 2008. Since then, Covan has made vast improvements, but still is unable to communicate and care for himself and requires 24-hour care.
Are you ready for one of the heaviest metal tours? Meshuggah and Decapitated are going to come and rape your town soon enough. It’s been one hell of a day for tour announcements!
4/29/12 House of Blues – Houston, TX
4/30/12 House of Blues – Dallas, TX
5/01/12 Emo’s – Austin, TX
5/03/12 Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ
5/04/12 House of Blues – Anaheim, CA
5/05/12 House of Blues – Hollywood, CA
5/06/12 The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
5/08/12 Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, B.C. – CANADA
5/09/12 Showbox Sodo – Seattle, WA
5/11/12 Odgen Theatre – Denver, CO
5/13/12 First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
5/15/12 House of Blues – Chicago, IL
5/16/12 St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI
5/17/12 Sound Academy – Toronto, ON – CANADA
5/18/12 Theatre of the Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
5/19/12 Palladium – Worcester, MA
5/20/12 Olympia de Montreal – Montreal, QUE – CANADA
5/22/12 The Fillmore – Silver Springs, MD
5/23/12 Terminal 5 – New York, NY
Pure speculation here but I just saw that Meshuggah and Decapitated will be touring North America in May. Get ready to HEADBANG!!
Drummer extraordinaire would have been 28 today. Listen to some Decapitated and remember VITEK! RIP Brother.
Been a good year. Lot’s of exceptionally great music. However out of the 100+ albums covered and the many more I’ve just listened to…there are only a few that stood out. Here is my list of 2011. Starting with number 20 I have….
20. I Declare War – I Declare War – Kick someone in the chest while listening to this album. Great deathcore. They really improved on their technique and song writing this time around. Maintaining raw brutality while adding some unique leads in the mix.
13. Junius – Reports From The Threshold Of Death – The most “non metal” band on the list. Incredible music and singing. Gives me a Deftones vibe with the singers breathy style and the bands build up during the song. Unexpectedly awesome sound and song writing.
11. Wayne Static – Pighammer – It’s Static-X…but with some of the best riffs and electronic work Wayne has ever done. “Static Killer” is possibly one of the best songs ever written by Wayne Static. It’s also one of the worst album covers of the year. Ah, well. Can’t win em all!
Stay tuned for Part II of my “Best albums of 2011” tomorrow!!
Decapitated survived this! Man, will someone or something give these guys a rest!? They JUST recovered from the car wreck that left Vitek and Covan injured and eventually taking Vitek’s life. Finally out on the road again with a new album under their belt, they deal with THIS bullshit within the same year as returning? Yeesh. I’m just glad everything was OK and no one was hurt. I heard about this 767 landing perfectly fine considering the circumstances a couple of days ago but I just learned that the band was on board.
As you may or may not have heard yet, Decapitated has cancelled a few shows due to this. They must be shakin up a little bit, who wouldn’t be. Right? THEY SURVIVED A POTENTIALLY FATAL PLANE CRASH. You Polish bands are tough as fuck.
We are extremely sorry to inform our fans, that due to unforeseen circumstances that are out of our control, we will unfortunately have to cancel our shows in Aalborg (Aalborg Metal Festival) and Leeds (Damnation Festival).
You know what makes this creepier? It’s been exactly 4 fucking years since that car wreck that took Vitek’s life. Why that makes it a little more eerie because of the exact date is unexplainable but it just is.