Guitarist Wacław “Vogg” Kiełtyka leaves Machine Head: “It was bound to happen sooner or later”

Author Hernan Osuna - 19.2.2024

Polish guitarist Wacław “Vogg” Kiełtyka has announced his departure from Machine Head, stating that he is leaving the band to concentrate on Decapitated.

His last performance with the band took place on their tour of South America in 2023.

The guitarist, who joined Machine Head before the start of the band’s 25th anniversary “Burn My Eyes” tour in 2019, took to Instagram on Saturday 17 and wrote: “Hey there! I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about my role as the Machine Head guitarist,” wrote Vogg. “So, I wanted to give you all a quick update on what’s been going on. The South American tour [in October 2023] was my last with MH. Hope that clears things up for you!

“It was bound to happen sooner or later as both Decapitated and Machine Head are active bands these days. So, it’s no surprise that some tours overlap.

Decapitated is my absolute No. 1 band, and we have some incredible plans coming up. We are all set to hit the US again and embark on a European tour this year. That’s not all; we also have some exciting shows and a studio session lined up that I just can’t wait for!

I just wanted to thank Rob Flynn, Joseph, Jared MacEachern, Matt Alston, and all the amazing Crew members I had the pleasure of working with during my time at MH. I can’t thank you enough for the incredible opportunities and experiences that I had there. I’ll always cherish the crazy moments we shared together. I hope that MH continues to thrive in the future.

“As for me, I’m focusing on the new Decap stuff but I’m also still ready to help out in case of any tour emergencies for other bands.

Decapitated will hit the road with Septicflesh, Kataklysm and Allegaeon this spring on the “Cancel Culture Over North American 2024” tour.

04/16 Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
04/17 Mesa, AZ @ Nile Theater
04/18 Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
04/19 Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
04/20 Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
04/21 Austin, TX @ Come and Take It Live
04/23 Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
04/24 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (Hell)
04/25 Greensboro, NC @ Hangar 1819
04/26 Wilmington, DE @ The Queen
04/27 Hartford, CT @ The Webster
04/28 Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw
04/29 Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
05/01 Quebec City, QC @ Imperial Bell
05/02 Montreal, QC @ Beanfield Theater
05/03 Toronto, ON @ The Phoenix
05/04 Pittsburgh, PA @ Preserving Underground
05/05 Fort Wayne, IN @ Piere’s Entertainment Center
05/06 Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
05/07 Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall
05/08 Joliet, IL @ The Forge
05/10 Minneapolis, MN @ Green Room
05/11 Winnipeg, MB @ Park Theater
05/12 Saskatoon, SK @ Louis (USSU)
05/13 Edmonton, AB @ The Starlite Room
05/14 Calgary, AB @ The Back Alley
05/16 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
05/17 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
05/18 San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
05/19 Los Angeles, CA @ 1720