Formed in 1998, DEDICTED started out as an Ostend-based hardcore/metalcore band. Back then, Ostend had a lot of cool bands around, like Jennifer 8, In The Attic, Deadline, Betterfood, No Excuse, BEDP, and so on. And the Flemish H8000 scene in general was at its peak and really booming with bands like Mindstab, Congress, Liar, Vitality, Sektor, Deformity and many, many more.
Dedicted’s first musical outings were heavilly influenced by these bands. Fast picking, groovy playing, moshparts and breakdowns were the basic ingredients for their first songs, back then labeled as hardcore/metalcore by the band’s members themselves. Circa 1999 guitarist Ruben Platteeuw and vocalist Mehdi Vandecappelle joined the ranks of the Ostend-based trio and the musical direction shifted more towards metal. Demos were made, shows were played and the band had found its musical course.
Over the years, several members left the band. Some of them came back, some of them didn’t... Nonetheless, DEDICTED kept playing shows, taught themselves how to use audio-equipment to record songs themselves, and basically kept going strong. This resulted in a record deal with Belgian label SHIVER RECORDS. The first full-length album “ARGONAUTS” was released in 2008