Wacek "Vogg" Kieltyka, guitarist & founding member of the Polish death metal band DECAPITATED, has issued the following statement:
"It's time to come back! After a two-year break, DECAPITATED is coming back with new members. The official new line-up for DECAPITATED will be announced at the end of December.
"As you all know, the decision to continue the band was really, really hard for me, but everything I do now is to keep DECAPITATED alive. [Vocalist] Covan's situation has not improved much and he is still in bed and unable to function on his own. He still fights to recover as we speak and we are all still 100% behind him and hope for the best. It has been the hardest thing for me to move on without [brother & drummer] Vitek by my side, but he would have wanted me to continue with the band.
"Finally, I have found some great musicians who can continue the work of Vitek and Covan. At the beginning of April, DECAPITATED will start to play our first reunion shows. We will visit the biggest cities in Australia and play some of the biggest summer festivals in Europe. Don't worry, we won't forget about the U.K.! After this, the band will concentrate on the making of a new album! I would like to thank all the people who have supported us all this time."
Maurizio Iacono of the artist management firm Hard Impact Music adds:
"I feel very privileged to have been given the management duties of guiding this great band's future. DECAPITATED was a band on the verge of greatness until tragedy hit them and the band's world stopped suddenly. Today, we have a man on a quest to bring the glory back that was taken from them prematurely. Vogg, the band's last remaining founding member, has had the gut-wrenching task of forming a new line-up for DECAPITATED. You can bet that the mission has been accomplished and in honor of the fallen, their legacies will be given the justice they deserve. Our job at Hard Impact is to make sure that DECAPITATED are guided the right way back to the top."
"I don't think there's anyone happier to know that the legacy of DECAPITATED will continue and the fact that Vogg has overcome the biggest obstacle of his life. We all at Nuclear Blast are extremely excited about the news and know that 2010 and beyond will bring a new chapter for DECAPITATED in the shape of live shows and the imminent new album. The masters of modern technical death metal are back!"
DECAPITATED's Australian tour dates and Metalfest Open Air festival appearances are as follows:
2010 Australian Tour Dates
April 1, 2010 The Transmission Room - Auckland, NZ
April 2, 2010 The Esplanade Hotel - Melbourne, AUS
April 3, 2010 The Gaelic Club - Sydney, AUS
April 4, 2010 The Hi Fi Bar - Brisbane, AUS
April 5, 2010 Fowlers Live - Adelaide, AUS
April 6, 2010 Black Betty's - Perth, AUS
2010 European Festivals
May 13, 2010 METALFEST OPEN AIR AUSTRIA - Mining
May 14, 2010 METALFEST OPEN AIR SWITZERLAND - Pratteln
May 15, 2010 METALFEST OPEN AIR GERMANY - Dessau
May 22, 2010 METALFEST OPEN AIR HUNGARY Budapest
May 23, 2010 METALFEST OPEN AIR CZECH REPUBLIC Pilsen
A North American tour is on the horizon for the Summer of 2010. More DECAPITATED tour dates to come.
Visit DECAPITATED online at www.DECAPITATEDBAND.net & www.myspace.com/DECAPITATED.