Photos: Decapitated – Killing The European Cult (2019 Tour)

Decapitated is a Polish band with a focus on creating raw, uncompromising death metal. Having been active since the mid-1990s, the group has gained a massive following throughout the years, consistently dishing out high-quality releases, with a sound that feels sophisticated and nuanced, yet raw and impactful. Unlike some of their peers, Decapitated never fell into the trap of overproduction. Some death metal bands have tended to embellish and clean up their sound over time, but this isn’t the case for these musicians.

The fact that they have stayed true to their dynamics as a band makes their live shows even more enjoyable, and closer in spirit to what fans can expect from their albums.

Recently, Decapitated has embarked on a massive array of tour dates throughout continental Europe, as well as the British Isles. The group is in excellent shape for this tour, rocking rabid fans and audiences with a set of songs that dates back to several key career periods for this talented death metal act. Whether they’re performing a deep cut or one of their new releases, I love the fact that their set feels very consistent and dynamic.

There are moments of extreme energy, as well as other times when the band explores different paces, allowing more rooms to breathe. The group sounds as tight as ever, and lead guitarist / founding member Waclaw “Vogg” Kieltyka still stands out as one of the most accomplished guitarists in the genre. His playing is so effortless, and he is able to come up with muscular, yet intricate lines that bring the band’s songs to life.

The bands chemistry is very remarkable, and each song was performed with commitment, giving the setlist a bold, relentless tone. The audience responded well to the newest tracks, but it’s with the oldies that hell brook loose in the pit.

There is nothing much else I could add, other than if you are a fan of authentic death metal, you owe it to yourself to check out Decapitated. It is not by chance that they are highly regarded as one of the most influential groups in the scene. They still retain so much power and energy, and their commitment to their fans (and their music) is really inspiring to witness, especially at a time when real, uncompromising death metal bands are becoming somewhat of a scarce commodity!

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