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Beheaded is a death metal band from Malta. They were formed in 1991, by singer Marcel Scalpello, guitarist David Bugeja, and drummer Chris Brincat. They have performed in Malta, Europe, and the US, and have released several albums.

History

Formation and Demo (1991 – 1995)

The band was founded in 1991 by drummer Chris Brincat, vocalist Marcel Scalpello and guitarist David Bugeja, becoming the first Death Metal band in Malta after Biblical Infamy (which also had David Cachia on Bass in its ranks). With the country being considered one of the most Catholic in the world[1], the band has claimed that it has encountered a lot of confrontation and negativity[2], also mentioning this in some interviews as being a major setback of the country[3]. A demo tape called ‘Souldead’ was released in 1995, making it the first Death Metal studio recording released by a Maltese band, putting the country on the extreme music map. Souldead was made to circulate strongly in the fanzine and tape trading circuits of the era.

Record deal, debut album, and first tour (1996 – 1999)

1996 saw the band signing its first Record Deal with Sweden’s X-Treme Records. The first official full length, entitled 'Perpetual Mockery', was recorded at Temple Studios in June 1996. Unforeseen hindrances determined that the CD saw its release in early 1998. Even so, the release was again praised in countless reviews including a 4K/5K review in Kerrang[4], and 7/10 review in Terrorizer Magazine. Summer 1998 also saw the band embark for the first time outside Maltese shores to play shows in Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Germany. During this tour the band played opening shows for Vader, Dying Fetus, Defaced Creation and Deranged, as well as gigs with Fleshless. New material started to outline a more brutal and heavy approach in the songs.

Resurgence of Oblivion (1999 – 2001)

A 5-track promo disc was recorded in 1999, which captured the attention of several record labels. However, the band opted to sign with Danish Label Mighty Music[5]. The same five tracks were released as the Resurgence of Oblivion MCD. In 2001, Beheaded composed all the songs for the upcoming ‘Recounts of Disembodiment’ full-length between January and May 2001. The recording took place once again at Temple Studios in June 2001 with sound engineer David Vella behind the mixing desk. ‘The European Extermination Tour’ took place all over Europe in July 2001 which saw Beheaded headline alongside label mates Anasarca, stopping by at the Obscene Extreme Festival [6] in the Czech Republic. 2001 was the year when Chris got endorsed by Paiste for his abilities behind the skins.

Mighty Music and Recounts of Disembodiment (2002 – 2003)

Early 2002 saw the release of ‘Recounts of Disembodiment’ on Denmark’s Mighty Music, an album which went down exceptionally well with the followers of this extreme form of music. Positive reviews cropped up from every where in every country, and countless of interviews were done in numerous publications, including a 9/10 review on Terrorizer Magazine[7]. Mighty Music also licensed the Resurgence of Oblivion MCD, and Recounts of Disembodiment CD to US label Forever Underground Records. April and May 2002 was the time when the first US tour took place. Such tour included over 20 shows and boasted appearances at the Ohio Deathfest[8] and New Jersey Metal Meltdown 4.[9] Back in Europe, Beheaded took part in the Fuck the Commerce V festival in Germany[10].

Unique Leader and Ominous Bloodline (2004 – 2008)

2004 saw the band hit the European roads again on the ‘Beheaded Europe with Prejudice Tour’ along Belgian Death Metal band Prejudice[11]. Beheaded inked a new record deal with US label Unique Leader Records in April 2004.[12] The ‘Ominous Bloodline’ album was recorded in July / August 2004, at Temple Studios, Malta and Mastered at Imperial Mastering in the USA. The album was officially launched on March 8th, 2005[13]. It marked a significant step forward for Beheaded on all fronts, landing them spots in some of the major Death Metal festivals in Europe, including the NRW Deathfest[14] and the Death Feast Open Air[15], both in Germany.

New Lineup and album (2009 - present)

After various line-up changes, by the end of 2009 guitarist Omar Grech returned on guitars after a break from the band. In the same period of time, a new frontman, Frank Calleja, vocalist with Maltese band Slit, joined the band as the fourth permanent vocalist. In December 2009, the band performed live after a period of a year and a half. This was the first time that the band performed live as a quartet.

In 2010, Robert Agius, formerly known as Lord Trebor with Archaean Harmony, joined in as the second guitarist on this new line-up and performed live with the band in March 2010, in preparation for their performance at the Neurotic Deathfest[16] that same year.

The band entered Temple Studios in Mistra Bay, Malta, on 29 October 2010 to record the 4th, as yet unnamed, full-length album,[17] to be released under Unique Leader Records.


Members

Current members

  • Chris Brincat - drums
  • David Cachia - bass
  • Frank Calleja - vocals
  • Omar Grech - guitar
  • Robert Agius - guitar

Former members

  • Tysone Fenech - guitar
  • Marcel Scalpello - vocals
  • David Bugeja - guitar
  • Lawrence Joyce - vocals
  • Melchior Borg - vocals
  • Chris Mintoff - guitar
  • Nicky Farrugia - guitar
  • Malcolm Alden - vocals
  • James Horton - guitars
  • Clint Aquilina - vocals

Discography

Full length albums

  • Perpetual Mockery - 1998
  • Recounts of Disembodiment - 2002
  • Ominous Bloodline - 2005

Extended Play

  • Resurgence of Oblivion - 2000

Demos

  • Souldead - 1995

References

  1. [1], World ranking of Catholics by country
  2. [2], Bio section on Official MySpace page
  3. [3], Interview with David by CarnageDeathMetal.de
  4. Kerrang, April 28th, 2001 Issue, Pg. 45
  5. [4], Might Music artist roster
  6. [5], Obscene Extreme Festival history page
  7. Terrorizer Magazine, Issue nr. 99, May 2002
  8. [6], Blabbermouth.net
  9. [7], KNAC.com
  10. [8], Fuck the Commerce history page
  11. [9], Prejudice official site. 2004 tourdates
  12. [10], Unique Leader Summer '04 news
  13. [11], Ominous Bloodline entry on Metal-Archives.com
  14. [12], Blabbermouth.net
  15. [13], Blabbermouth.net
  16. [14], Neurotic Deathfest history page showing 2010 lineup.
  17. [15], Official Beheaded blog post

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