November 02, 2007
The following news was posted on Blabbermouth today: Drummer Witold "Vitek" Kieltyka of the Polish extreme Metal band DECAPITATED passed away in a Russian hospital from injuries sustained in a recent road collision. He was 23 years old. Vitek and DECAPITATED singer Covan (real name: Adrian Kowanek) were hurt in an accident earlier in the week involving DECAPITATED’s tour bus and a truck carrying wood in Gomel, on the Russia/Belarus border. Both musicians reportedly sustained serious head injuries in the collision, which is believed to have been the fault of the band’s driver (although this has not yet been officially confirmed). According to the Polish Internet portal Onet.pl, Vitek underwent trepanation, a form of surgery in which a hole is drilled or scraped into the skull, and was due to be transported to a hospital in Krakow, Poland for further treatment. Covan’s family released a statement yesterday (Thursday, November 1) that the vocalist’s condition had improved. At the time, the vocalist was still said to be at a hospital in Novozybkov, Russia, where he and Vitek were taken following the accident.
Canada’s Metal legend ANVIL has a new album out, entitled "This Is Thirteen". The album was engineered by no other than Chris Tsangarides (who already worked with ANVIL on their two alltime classics "Metal On Metal" and "Forged In Fire" back in the 80s) and is currently only available through the band directly (http://my.tbaytel.net/tgallo/anvil/) in a limited edition of 1.000 handnumbered copies. When we contacted frontman Lips about the album he explained the situation like this: "There has been a Hollywood movie made about ANVIL and we are waiting to see the results before looking for a label. We don’t want to sell ourselves away before we know what kind of response the movie gets. You will love what Lars has to say about Anvil and particularly about Robb. Tom Araya of Slayer, Lemmy, Slash and Scott Ian have also wonderful comments about Anvil including out right admitions we were doing Speed Metal before they did… In the meantime we have self manufactured a short run of CDs that is only available from the band. They are limited edition and marked as such, meaning they will be worth more money later as there is only 1000 and most are sold."