Decapitated is a Polish technical death metal band, considered one of the most important acts in the genre—Alternative Press once suitably described them as 'death metal elite'. The band's leader and sole constant member is guitarist Wacław "Vogg" Kiełtyka, who founded the band in 1996 at the age of just 15; the first Decapitated line-up was completed by his then 13-year-old brother—the immensely talented drummer Vitek, as well as vocalist Sauron and bassist Marcin Rygiel. Just three years later, they were already recording their debut material for the cult metal imprint Earache Records, which was released in 2000 as Winds of Creation. Throughout the 2000s, Decapitated toured with the likes of Suffocation, Six Feet Under and Fear Factory and released three more albums that achieved classic status; however, the band's streak came to a brutal end in 2007 with a tragic car accident that killed Vitek and left the band's then-vocalist Covan with serious injuries that would not allow him to return to the stage. However, Decapitated endured, returning to the stage with a new line-up two years later—since then, they have released four more albums, the latest being 2022's Cancer Culture; they have also toured alongside Soulfly or Lamb of God. Their more recent output has incorporated elements of groove metal into their techdeath sound, with Cancer Culture featuring members of Jinjer and Machine Head.