Decapitated had been around for while now, and they have become a respected band within the technical metal circuit, and there is not doubt that albums like Winds Of Creation & Nihility pushed the genre to its limits when they were released. However, time and events had pushed the band towards new musical horizons, this uncharted territories are reflected on albums like Carnival Is Forever and their newest album Blood Mantra.
Regardless of the hardships that Decapitated had to experienced in the past, their continued to move forward creating new music and touring the world. Currently they are on a North American tour as supporting act for Gwar along with Texas band American Sharks. This caravan passed through Tempe, AZ last Sunday (11/02/14). At this show it felt like Decapitated delivered a more compact show, that the last time they were here with Meshuggah in 2012.
Not only they sound more united as a band, but you could see the chemistry between its members. It was interesting to see that their set list was filled with songs of their new album, not something you might expect from a long career band, but I must say that its something that fits Decapitated as they move forward into their new chapter as a band. Their show was received pretty well by the Gwar horde of plain white shirts that dominated the front row at Marquee Theater, and it was also received fairly by those that knew the band from before.
It was great to see a band like Decapitated back in form, delivering a heavy show, and see them enjoy playing the new songs and forging a new connection with new and old fans alike. After their set, The Age Of Metal had the chance to speak with guitar player and founder member Vogg of Decapitated. We talked about the tour and how the fans of Gwar had received Decapitated‘s music, the effect of Blood Mantra, his collaboration with Lux Occulta, his new partnership with Ibanes Guitars, and his memories of Vitek as they played the Marquee Theater during the seventh anniversary of his passing.
Decapitated tour dates
With Gwar, American Sharks:
Oct. 15 – Norfolk, VA – The Norva
Oct. 16 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
Oct. 17 – Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theater
Oct. 18 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium – “Rock and Shock Festival”
Oct. 19 – Buffalo, NY – The Town Ballroom
Oct. 21 – Louisville, KY – Expo Five
Oct. 22 – Memphis, TN – New Daisy Theater
Oct. 23 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live
Oct. 24 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
Oct. 25 – Austin, TX – Emo’s – “Housecore Horror Film Festival*
Oct. 26 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
Oct. 28 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
Oct. 29 – Sauget, IL – Pop’s Nightclub
Oct. 30 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
Oct. 31 – Denver, CO – The Summit Music Hall**
Nov. 01 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
Nov. 02 – Tempe, AZ – The Marquee
Nov. 03 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
Nov. 04 – Reno, NV – Knitting Factory Concert House
Nov. 05 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
Nov. 06 – Hollywood, CA – House of Blues
Nov. 07 – Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock Live
Nov. 08 – Magna, UT – The Great Salt Air
Nov. 10 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory Concert House
Nov. 11 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
Nov. 12 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SODO