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Features – DECAPITATED’s VOGG On New Album ‘Cancer Culture’: ‘It Was Time To Return With The Brutality And Aggression’

By David E. Gehlke

DECAPITATED guitarist Wacław“Vogg”Kiełtyka speaks glowingly of his band’s newest studio album, “Most cancers Tradition”. And he ought to — the album marks a return of the brutality that instantly put the Polish quartet on the map for his or her 2000 “Winds Of Creation” debut, an LP recorded after they had been teenagers. Other than Vogg‘s trademark face-melting riffs and relentless right-arm, “Most cancers Tradition” contains visitor vocals from JINJER‘s Tatiana Shmayluk and MACHINE HEAD‘s Robb Flynn, the latter of whom recruited Vogg into his personal band three years in the past. Not coincidently, Shmayluk and Flynn‘s appearances present DECAPITATED with a melodic edge that would broaden their enchantment, however make no mistake — “Most cancers Tradition” is the band’s most excessive effort since 2011’s “Carnival Is Ceaselessly”.

For all of the discuss Vogg‘s skills as a guitarist, DECAPITATED has stared down two career-altering occasions. In 2007, the band was concerned in a bus accident whereas touring via Russia. Their bus collided with a truck hauling wooden, significantly injuring vocalist Adrian“Covan”Kowanek, who stays paralyzed and in a wheelchair. Vogg‘s brother, drummer Witold “Vitek” Kiełtyka, succumbed to accidents from the crash just a few days later. In 2017, the members of DECAPITATED had been arrested and charged with rape and kidnapping in Spokane, Washington. The band was detained in america for practically 4 months till they had been cleared of all costs. To his credit score, Vogg managed to maintain DECAPITATED going after each occasions and in talking with Phoosi, it was clear the guitarist had loads to sit up for.

Blabbermouth: What introduced again the brutal, technical riffs?

Vogg: “Properly, I believe it was time to return with the brutality and aggression. Whenever you take heed to the entire album, there’s a lot variety, flavors and totally different songs. It is coming again with aggression, pace, blast beats and double-bass and loopy tempos. It is just like the previous days once we did ‘Nihility’ in 2002. It was about time to do that after the final two data, ‘Anticult’ and ‘Blood Mantra’. They centered on crunchy, groovy riffs. They’re nonetheless dying metallic and excessive, nevertheless it was extra of a spot for ‘simple taking part in.’ Now, we made just a little shock for the followers.”

Blabbermouth: Have been you in search of a problem on the guitar once more?

Vogg: “Perhaps I used to be difficult myself about taking part in extra technical and placing extra melodies — extra of every little thing. The album is filled with concepts, filled with riffs. I spent a lot time with the guitar due to Covid. It gave us extra time to follow, to be at residence with the instrument and within the studio. I centered on making riffs, making music. It gave me a chance to be a greater guitar participant. [Laughs] It is a foolish purpose, however possibly the riffs on ‘Good day Demise’ and when Tatiana begins singing, it is insanely quick and technical. It is like a solo riff like I did prior to now with ‘View From Nihil’ or the ‘Winds Of Creation’ album. I challenged myself extra on the compositions and preparations. I attempted to take a step up as a composer and look extra on the left aspect, like my left hand on the neck. As you’ll be able to most likely hear, there’s a lot melody this time. Since ‘Winds Of Creation’, we did not have these melodies. That was extra vital in difficult myself as a composer. Fortunately, throughout these loopy circumstances, it was actually useful to have this free time with out touring and festivals. We took some good issues from the expertise to make a fantastic album.”

Blabbermouth: You already mentioned it, however this is likely one of the few instances when DECAPITATED has entered melodic territory. What was {that a} results of?

Vogg: “That is fully new for DECAPITATED: Singing vocals from Robb and Tatiana. We have by no means achieved this earlier than. Rasta [Rafał Piotrowski] was generally singing together with his ‘soiled’ voice — you’ll be able to hear it on ‘Earth Scar’, however now we now have clear vocals from superb friends. It was nice to have them each and after I created a riff, somebody might really sing over it. That is the primary time that I’ve skilled one thing like that in my profession. The primary time I heard it, it was in the summertime, actually late as a result of the time distinction is big between California [where Shmayluk tracked her vocals] and Poland. I listened to it round eleven or midnight. It was simply one thing that hit me so onerous. I had such a tremendous expertise listening to Tatiana‘s first demo of ‘Good day Demise’. It was one thing fully new and superb. I am actually proud that it occurred and that she agreed to make the cooperation between DECAPITATED and JINJER. It is superb that it occurred.”

Blabbermouth: How do you suppose the 2002 model of your self would have reacted figuring out DECAPITATED was utilizing clear vocals?

Vogg: [Laughs] “After all, I’d be fully towards them. No clear singing. Again within the day once we began with ‘Winds Of Creation’ in 2000, it was a difficulty to have a SLIPKNOT hoodie in your promotional photos. So many issues have modified since then. The metallic neighborhood has turn out to be relaxed about sure issues, which is nice. I like this. Proper now, seeing BEHEMOTH touring with SLIPKNOT, come on, man, again within the day, they might be referred to as ‘posers’ or ‘not true’ or all this shit. Today, it is all attainable and thrilling to see totally different bands with totally different types in the identical tour lineup and poster. It is nice that each one these issues have occurred. For instance, we toured the U.S. with MESHUGGAH and BARONESS. Every band was from a unique planet, nevertheless it labored so nice collectively.”

Blabbermouth: Is “Locked” the shortest tune in DECAPITATED historical past?

Vogg: “It’s. Once I was doing the ‘Burn My Eyes’ tour with MACHINE HEAD, I had this one riff, this loopy, quick opening riff. It is form of like SLAYER, like double-speed SLAYER. It is a SLAYER riff blended with PANTERA utilizing the whammy pedal on the similar time. It sounds superb. It is simply rattling quick with the SLAYER beat with probably the most excessive riff I might ship. Whenever you play with MACHINE HEAD, we had so many days off between the reveals, so it is advisable discover methods to spend your time. I had a lot time, however I did not need to spend it within the resort room watching TV. I had my laptop computer and music card and I took my guitar to the resort and began creating this tune. I really feel like this riff would have been a gap riff to a standard tune that’s three or 4 minutes. Then I assumed, ‘This riff, dang, it has every little thing I want!’ All the things I wanted was there. I added the second half that was extra atmospheric, then ended it with loopy drums from James [Stewart]. I simply left it like that.

“Additionally, I all the time dreamed of getting ten songs on my album. It by no means occurred earlier than; we all the time had eight or 9 songs. Ten songs are one thing that makes an album epic or legendary. So, I created this tune as a result of I needed to have one further tune so we might get to 10 songs and that was it. That is why I did it and I did not spend extra time engaged on it. It is really turn out to be a fairly cool tune.”

Blabbermouth: Are you able to clarify the which means behind “Simply A Cigarette”? It is actually not a title you’d affiliate with dying metallic.

Vogg: “It is fully not a dying metallic title. It is a pop music title. You may have Bruce Springsteen or Britney Spears having this as a title. You may think about each pop singer having this sort of title or Celine Dion. [Laughs] My pal did the lyrics, Jarek Szubrycht. He did the lyrics on the ‘Carnival Is Ceaselessly’ album. His lyrics are totally different; very metallic. The tune could be very brutal. Perhaps not brutal, however melodic, nevertheless it’s intense. It has a lot of blast beats and dying metallic components. Folks will probably be stunned to listen to the tune with this title. Folks would anticipate one thing slower or extra atmospheric or a ballad like [METALLICA‘s] ‘Nothing Else Issues’. [Laughs] Will probably be a cool shock to see the title and listen to the tune. I used to be towards the title: ‘What? ‘Simply A Cigarette?’ Are you critical? We have to change it. It would not match for dying metallic. It isn’t even metallic.’ However, Jarek mentioned, ‘Actually? You accepted ‘Carnival Is Ceaselessly’, so that is nothing.’ I used to be like, ‘Hmmm…actually? ‘Carnival Is Ceaselessly’ sounds extra metallic than ‘Simply A Cigarette’. I caught with the title and mentioned, ‘You realize, why not? Perhaps we should not all the time use traditional dying metallic titles.’ This was so totally different and the lyrics will not be optimistic. It isn’t about love. There’s nothing blissful in regards to the tune. It is actually miserable — it is about how our life is brief, how our expectations we now have for our quick lives about how we need to turn out to be a hero or very wealthy, blissful, superb those that we uncover one thing vital for humanity. Generally, our expectations are big, then not on a regular basis [good] issues occur. And your life can finish unexpectedly.”

Blabbermouth: “Natural Hallucinosis” holds a singular spot in DECAPITATED‘s discography for its brutality and manufacturing, then the occasions that adopted with the bus accident. How has that coloured the best way you view what’s arguably your greatest album?

Vogg: “It is an vital album. Each album could possibly be vital. The debut was vital and it confirmed everybody who we’re and we arrived on the music scene with one thing recent and technical, which wasn’t occurring. Then we had ‘Nihility’ with ‘Spheres Of Insanity’, however ‘Natural’ was closing a chapter for the band. I bear in mind after we launched the album, we completed our take care of Earache Data. Not lengthy after the album got here out, I obtained a name from Nuclear Blast Data from Jaap [Wagemaker], who was doing A&R. He referred to as me and I used to be so pressured. I wasn’t anticipating this to occur as a result of Nuclear Blast was one thing we might solely dream about. We knew that this album opened a very new starting. It was a touching second. I did not know what to say to Nuclear Blast. I used to be standing on the sting of one thing actually big. I knew it as a result of with ‘Natural’, we had been going to go to a very new degree. Then, we had the accident. Vitek handed away and Covan continues to be in a very dangerous situation. It was a very horrible factor. You’ve got the most effective album of your profession, signal to Nuclear Blast, then you’ve gotten the accident and every little thing was destroyed. It is part of our lives. Life will be shocking. However, for certain, ‘Natural Hallucinosis’ was an enormous album for us.”

Blabbermouth: Will DECAPITATED return to america even after what occurred 5 years in the past?

Vogg: “I used to be already within the States with MACHINE HEAD. With DECAPITATED, we are going to most likely be coming again within the first a part of 2023. I can’t say who we will probably be taking part in with as a result of it is nonetheless within the plans, however we’re undoubtedly coming again to the U.S. with the brand new album and songs. This yr, it is the twenty fifth anniversary of the band. We simply completed a tour within the U.Okay. taking part in the previous songs, like 5 from ‘Nihility’, three from ‘Natural’. We have been mixing them in with the newer songs. It was an unbelievable, nice response, so we’ll deliver this setlist of 16, 17 songs, mixing the brand new album and the previous songs from the primary three, 4 albums, which can nonetheless be celebrating our twenty sixth anniversary. [Laughs] It will be okay. These form of celebrations by some means makes reveals extra distinctive. It is like a celebration, mainly. It makes everybody happier. It appears like greater than a typical present.”

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