Decapitated Announce Departure Of Drummer Michal Lysejko, Tap Vader Drummer To Fill-In


Decapitated have announced the departure of drummer Michal Lysejko from their ranks. Vader drummer James Stewart has been recruited as a touring member in the interim until the band are able to find a permanent replacement. The group issued the following statement on the matter:

“Although we finished 2018 completely tired, we are happy.

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We would not have been able to end this year on such a positive note without you – our fans, our families & friends, our labels Nuclear Blast and Mystic Production, and our booking agents. Everyone gave their best to help us on this journey and we have given our everything not to let anyone down.

It was a totally new & stressful experience for us: To pick up our instruments again, return to the stage, and play this music that we love. What we got back in return from all of you was worth it. What an incredible feeling.

This also marks Michal‘s last year with us. We would like to thank him for his friendship, his huge support, and his hard work as the drummer for DECAPITATED. We wish him well on his new path. All the best, BROTHER!

We will take some time before we find and announce our new drummer. Until then, our friend James Stewart (Vader) will join us as a session drummer. Luckily, he found some free time between VADER shows and is able to play some selected live shows. You will all experience his talents soon.

The start of our 2019 tour, Killing The European Cult, will arrive shortly, and I hope to see you there, headbanging and sweating along with us. We are going to prepare a special set for these live shows which I hope will satisfy you all. More shows & festival appearances are still to be announced because we are truly hungry to play more and more.

We thank you sincerely for your continuing loyalty, support, and goodwill.

See you on the road in 2019!


11.01. CH Zurich – Meh Suff! Winter-Festival
25.01. PL Ilawa -IOWA Music Bar
26.01. PL Olsztyn – Festiwal im.Szymona Czecha

Killing The European Cult 2019
w/ Heart Attack, ACOD

01.02. F Épinal – La Souris Verte
02.02. F Metz – Haunting The Chapel Festival (brez ACOD)
04.02. F Marseille – Le Jas Rod
05.02. F Lyon – CCO Villeurbanne
06.02. F Nantes – Le Ferrailleur
07.02. F St. Brieuc – La Citrouille
08.02. F Savigny-le-Temple – L’Empreinte

Killing The European Cult 2019
w/ BAEST, For I Am King
09.02. NL Alkmaar – Podium Victorie
10.02. NL Eindhoven – Dynamo

Killing The European Cult 2019
w/ Dyscarnate, BAEST
11.02. UK Brighton – Concorde 2
12.02. UK Manchester- Academy 3
13.02. UK Glasgow – Classic Grand
14.02. UK Belfast – Voodoo
15.02. IRL Dublin – The Voodoo Lounge
16.02. UK Sheffield – Corporation
17.02. UK Birmingham – HRH Metal III
18.02. UK Bristol – Thekla
19.02. UK London – Camden Underworld

Killing The European Cult 2019
w/ BAEST, Letters From The Colony
21.02. B Roeselare – De Verlichte Geest
22.02. D Trier – Exhaus
23.02. D Hanover – Béi Chéz Heinz
24.02. D Dresden – Club Puschkin
16.03. F Lievin- Lievin Metal Fest

Killing The European Cult 2019
w/ BAEST, @Mentor
21.03. PL Torun, Lizard King
22.03. PL GostynGOK “Hutnik”
23.03. PL Gdynia, Klub Ucho
24.03. PL Swidnica, Klub Bolko
28.03. PL Tychy, Underground Pub
29.03. PL Opole, NCPP
30.03. PL Krosno, Pub Iron
31.03. PL Krakow, Zet Pe Te

06.04. P Moita – Moita Metal Fest
04.05. N Kopervik – Karmøygeddon Metal Festival
06. – 09.06. D Hauptmannsgrün – Chronical Moshers Open Air
20.06. FI Nummirock Festival
20.07. D Weil am Rhein – Baden in Blut
21. – 27.07. SLO Tolmin – MetalDays
07. – 10.08. E Villena – Leyendas del Rock
15. – 18.08. F St. Nolff – Motocultor Festival
23./24.08. PL Gdynia – Helliad Fest”

2018 saw Decapitated return to the road after all four members spent a considerable portion of 2017 in jail awaiting trial after being accused of gang raping a female fan after a show in Spokane, WA. Those charges were eventually dropped ahead of a trial.

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