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Decapitated Launch North American Tour with Lamb of God


In support of their fifth studio album, Carnival Is Forever, Polish technical death metal band Decapitated are returning to the U.S. as direct support for extreme modern metal headliners Lamb of God.  With a tour bill including Terror (through June 10th) and The Acacia Strain (remaining shows), the 28-show trek launches on May 16th at The Orange Peel in Asheville, North Carolina and rounds up on June 20th at The Norva in Norfolk, Virginia.

Decapitated tour dates with Lamb of God, Terror, and The Acacia Strain are:

05/16/13   The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC
05/17/13   Track 29 – Chattanooga, TN
05/18/13   Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN
05/20/13   The Blue Note – Columbia, MO
05/22/13   Boulder Theater – Boulder, CO
05/23/13   In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT
05/24/13   Revolution Center – Garden City, ID
05/25/13   Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
05/26/13   Majestic Ventura Theater – Ventura, CA
05/28/13   Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ
05/29/13   City National Grove of Anaheim – Anaheim, CA
05/31/13   Senator Theatre – Chico, CA
06/01/13   Roseland Theater – Portland, OR
06/02/13   Toyota Ice Arena – Kennewick, WA
06/03/13   Wilma Theater – Missoula, MT
06/04/13   Shrine Auditorium –  Billings, MT
06/06/13   Concert Hall at The Venue – Fargo, ND
06/07/13   Orpheum Theatre – Madison, WI
06/08/13   Bourbon Theatre – Lincoln, NE
06/09/13   The Cotillion – Wichita, KS
06/10/13   Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, OK
06/12/13   Piere’s – Ft. Wayne, IN
06/13/13   Water Street Music Hall – Rochester, NY
06/14/13   House of Blues – Atlantic City, NJ
06/16/13   State Theatre – Portland, ME
06/18/13   The Palladium – Worcester, MA
06/19/13   Rams Head Live – Baltimore, MD
06/20/13   The Norva – Norfolk, VA

Check out “Homo Sum” and “Pest,” Decapitated’s latest videos.

Carnival Is Forever debuted at #11 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart in July 2011:


“Great musicianship, great songs.  Decapitated is top notch all the way through… extreme metal doesn’t come better than this!!!” ~ Drummer Tomas Haake of Meshuggah

“Scorching.” ~ Drum! Magazine

“Regrouped and reformed by Wacław Vogg Kiełtyka, against all odds Carnival Is Forever is Decapitated’s defining moment.” ~ Outburn Magazine

“Ridiculously vicious & power-tool precise.  An absolute marvel.” ~ Decibel Magazine

“Meticulously crafted, exceptionally played and stupendously recorded, Carnival Is Forever represents a new lease on life for Decapitated.” ~ Decibel Magazine

“This truly is a band reborn, and one that sounds like it has a hell of a lot more to accomplish.” ~

“[A] reinterpretation of Pantera aggression and Meshuggah angularity, Carnival is Forever is the sonic manifestation of an exciting new era for Decapitated.” ~

For the uninitiated: Decapitated was formed in Poland in 1996 by guitarist Wacław “Vogg” Kiełtyka and younger brother/drummer Witold “Vitek”Kiełtyka who were both barely in their early teens. Despite their young age and after two self-released demos, their contributions to the genre of technical death metal would quickly be revealed.  In the spring of 2000, their debut album Winds of Creation was released to a largely unsuspecting public, and suddenly, Decapitated were hailed around the world as one of death metal’s most promising bands.  2002’s second album, Nihility, cemented that worldwide belief and 2004’s The Negation placed them at the forefront of a newly invigorated genre.  After heavy touring, Decapitated released Organic Hallucinosis in 2006 featuring new frontman Covan, proving this line-up can produce the same devastating music they’d become known for.  Sadly, a tour accident in Belarus in 2007 claimed founding drummer Vitek’s life and left lead singer Covan permanently disabled. With the band & the world in mourning, fans around the world wondered if Vogg would ever make music again. In 2009, Vogg eased his way back into the live arena as a touring guitarist for fellow countrymen Vader.  Two years passed before he would commit to the idea of resurrecting the band he started with his brother. After an exhaustive search, new members were announced in November of 2009… and after a long silence, the songwriting process began once again.


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