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Anticult Superstars: Celebrating 20 years of Decapitated

Polish death metal machine Decapitated have defied tragedy to reach their 20th anniversary. Armed with new album Anticult, there’s no stopping them now...

“When I see kids that are 12 and 15 now, I can’t believe it… it’s hard to imagine that we were that young and trying to play death metal!”

Where would we be without teenage dreams? When Poland’s death metal masters Decapitated began their now two-decade journey, founder members Wacław ‘Vogg’ Kiełtyka and his brother Witold (a.k.a. Vitek) were only 15 and 12 years of age, respectively. However, anyone that heard the band’s debut demo, Cemeteral Gardens, back in the mid-90s, would have found it hard to believe that the supremely confident and complex music that the brothers were making had been created, in truth, by children.

“The budget for the first demo was €100!” Vogg chuckles today. “That was a lot of money for us, and we had to sell a lot of cassettes from our collections, just to pay for the train tickets and the studio. It was crazy. We knew a little bit about how to play. We had a big passion for music, we were big metalheads, but we were very, very young.”

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