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Formed: 1986
From: Olsztyn, Poland
Last Known Status: Active

Background

Formed in Poland in 1986, it was three years before the band's 'Necrolust' demo saw them attain the attention of the underground, and led to the band's now infamous 'Morbid Reich' cassette release via the Polish Carnage Records, a release which legend has it was one of the biggest selling Death Metal demos/cassettes ever. The band signed to Earache in 1992 and in July of that year Vader recorded their one and only Earache album 'The Ultimate Incantation' with producer Paul Johnson.

Subsequently the band toured Europe with Bolt Thrower and Grave, and also hit the US with Deicide and Suffocation, but then left Earache to puruse a career on many and varied labels, gaining a gretaer reputation with each release for a more intellectual lyrical stance as well as sound based heavily around drummer Doc's amazing blastbeat control. As the band continued churning out album after album, they moved towards their own unique style of death-thrash metal fusion with the landmark releases of 'Litany' and 'Revalations'.

Latest Vader News

Below is our complete Vader news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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5Rand Joining Vader Tour

Rock On Agency today announces that Italian band 5Rand will join Vader, Immolation, and Monument Of Misanthropy on tour next month. Dates are available below.

5Rand released debut album “Sacred/Scared” on the 24th of February 2017, recorded at Kick Recording Studios (Rome, Italy), engineered and mixed by Marco Mastrobuono, and mastered at Finnvox Studios (Helsinki, Finland) by Mika Jussila.

Catch the band live:

Apr 01 Slowianin Szczecin, Poland
Apr 02 Hellraiser Leipzig, Germany
Apr 04 De Kreun Kortrijk, Belgium
Apr 05 Doornroosje Nijmegen, Netherlands
Apr 06 P60 Amstelveen, Netherlands
Apr 07 Hypothalamus Rheine, Germany
Apr 08 Royal Metal Festival Aarhus, Denmark
Apr 09 Roxy Concerts Flensburg, Germany More...

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Documentary On Immolation’s Ross Dolan Streaming

Fret12 just released a new short documentary on Immolation vocalist/bassist Ross Dolan. It’s the latest contribution in its ongoing "The Sound And The Story" series. Immolation‘s new album "Atonement”"saw a release last month. Catch the band live this April supporting Vader and Monument Of Misanthropy on the upcoming "Rise Of The Empire - European Tour 2017". Check out all dates after the jump.

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Monument Of Misanthropy Working On New EP

Austrian/French brutal death metal maniacs of Monument Of Misanthropy are currently working on their upcoming new EP titled "Capital Punisher". French drum-wizard Romain Goulon (Necrophagist, Benighted) will be providing studio-drums again. In other news the band welcomes new band members Sam Terrak on bass and Cedric Lorin on live-drums. The album's cover artwork was again created by Remy Cuveillier of Headsplit Design, Paris, France.

"Capital Punisher" will contain the following new tracks:

- "Capital Punisher"
- "Killing Spree"
- "At Death's Door"
- "Pull The Plug" (Death cover)

+ one new secret track

Catch the band live this April supporting Vader and Immolation on the upcoming "Rise Of The Empire - European Tour 2017". Check out all dates below: More...

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Vader Announces Complete European/UK Tour

Massive Music proudly announces the 2nd leg of the upcoming Vader "Rise Of The Empire - European Tour 2017", with Immolation and Monument Of Misanthropy as support acts. More support acts will be confirmed soon.

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Vader Announces Tour With Immolation

Polish death metal group Vader and Yonkers NY’s unique death metal crew Immolation are very pleased to announce that they will be touring the U.K. and playing a show in Dublin this coming April.

Vader will be headlining the six shows, with Immolation performing as main support. Also supporting will be Austrian brutal death metal troupe Monument Of Misanthropy, with more supports to be announced in due course.

The death metal onslaught will commence on 11th April with a performance at Manchester’s Rebellion venue, taking the extreme package to Dublin, Glasgow and London, before concluding at Bristol Death Fest and Brighton’s Mammothfest Death Metal All Dayer. More...

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Internal Bleeding Announces U.S. Tour

New York death metal crew Internal Bleeding will bring crushing brutality to stages across the country this spring on the "Strike Of The Empire" U.S. tour with Vader.

Set to commence on May 27th in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and running through June 16th in New York City, New York, the trek will annihilate a total of eighteen venues across the country. Additional support will be provided by Sacrificial Slaughter, Voices of Ruin and Micawber.

5/27/2017 Ground Zero - Spartanburg, SC
5/28/2017 Brass Mug - Tampa, FL
5/29/2017 Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
5/30/2017 Siberia - New Orleans, LA
5/31/2017 Acadia - Houston, TX
6/01/2017 Curtain Club - Dallas, TX
6/03/2017 Blu Phoenix - Albuquerque, NM
6/04/2017 Club Red - Phoenix, AZ
6/05/2017 Malones - Santa Ana, CA
6/06/2017 Oakland Metro - Oakland, CA
6/07/2017 Brick By Brick - San Diego, CA
6/08/2017 Las Vegas Death Fest - Las Vegas, NV
6/09/2017 Metro - Salt Lake City, UT
6/10/2017 Bluebird Theatre - Denver, CO
6/11/2017 Riot Room - Kansas City, MO
6/13/2017 High Noon Saloon - Madison, WI
6/14/2017 Reggies - Chicago, IL
6/16/2017 Webster Music Hall - New York City, NY More...

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Vader: "Strike Of The Empire" US-Tour Announced

Poland's death metal veterans of Vader have announced the following dates for their "Strike Of The Empire Tour" with support from Internal Bleeding, Sacrificial Slaughter, Voices Of Ruin and Micawber.

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Vader Issues Year End Message

After releasing new album "The Empire" (reviewed here), Vader just checked in with this year-end message to all the fans out there:

"VADERMANIAX! Thanks so much for your support in 2016! That was another one busy, crazy and satisfactory year. We have played over 70 shows, from which 1/4 were festivals.

"We released also new album 'The Empire,' which has so good a response from you. However, the NEW YEAR is coming and we are pretty much ready for 2017 \m/\m/

"This 'imperial year' starts in a few months for Vader. We have many surprises for ALL of you for the whole coming season. Stay VADERIZED and have much fun in NEW YEAR 2017!" More...

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Vader And Immolation To Headline Bristol Deathfest

NYC death metal masters Immolation and Polish death metal legends Vader are very pleased to announce that they will both returning to our U.K. shores in 2017. Both bands will be co-headlining day one of Bristol Deathfest on Saturday, the 15th of April 2017.

Bristol Deathfest is a two day indoor death metal festival held at The Bierkeller in Bristol over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend on Saturday the 15th and Sunday the 16th. Tickets for the event are available here.

Immolation vocalist & bassist Ross Dolan commented: "We are very excited to be part of this year's Bristol Death Fest. It looks like it is going to be a great show with a lot of killer bands, and we are really looking forward to getting back on the road in April to support our new release! We will be touring with our long-time friends and brothers in Vader, so it should be a great tour with great people. We will see everyone on tour in 2017! "

Vader drummer James Stewart commented: "Vader are so excited to be bringing our punishing show to next year's Bristol Deathfest!!! 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of Vader's first full-length 'The Ultimate Incantation', so you can expect some older material alongside a selection of hits and new songs from our record the 'The Empire.'" More...

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Reader Poll: Vote Your Best Metal Album

Update: the staff awards are now here! Check 'em out and see who won at this location.

Our year-end awards for 2016 are nearly here as the staff just wrapped up our internal voting on the best album, performance, DVD, and metal newcomer of the year, along with a vote on our most anticipated album coming in 2017.

While awaiting our official awards ceremony later this week, we want to know: what was YOUR favorite metal album that came out this year? Cast your vote below!

In the poll we've listed out every single album that was nominated by our staff this year, but if you thought some other album should be #1 instead that's perfectly fine - just hit "Other" and type in your nominee.

Wondering why we have so many nominees? Each of our staff members nominates five albums, and we reach our winner by consensus of the album that gets the most votes, resulting in a well-rounded winner who was appreciated by a larger group of metal heads rather than just by people who prefer one sub-genre.

Since you can see who we nominated, we'd also like to know: who do you think was our ultimate winner in all the nominees? More...

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Vader Builds An "Empire" In London

Death metal is perhaps the most expansive of metal's many sub-genres. It ranges from the extremely brutal to the hauntingly melodic and often displays amazing technical ability from the musicians involved. A night full of death metal may seem a bit much for some people, but for devoted death heads, it might seem like paradise. So it was that when Vader embarked on their first headlining tour in support of their new album, "The Empire," they brought no less than four bands with them, all of which performing death metal in one form or another.

Having not seen enough of the first two bands to really comment, it's fair to start the review by discussing Canadian quintet, Threat Signal. Unfortunately, not being familiar with the group or able to find a setlist, I can't name any of the songs they performed, but every single one of them was played with a sincere energy. The group carry themselves very well, unafraid and confident about supporting two death metal legends but respectful enough not to be cocky about their clear talents. The crowd were visibly impressed too, with newcomers and doubters being won over just as much as their fans enjoyed their set. While not everyone enjoys the studio output from Threat Signal, they're a sight to behold live and a band which must be watched at least once. More...

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Vader Unleashes The "Angels Of Steel"

Polish death metal veterans Vader released a lyric video for the new song "Angels of Steel." The song is the opening cut from the new album "The Empire," which is due out on November 4th via Nuclear Blast.

The track listing is:

1. Angels of Steel
2. Tempest
3. Prayer to the God of War (song streaming here)
4. Iron Reign
5. No Gravity
6. Genocidius
7. The Army-Geddon
8. Feel My Pain
9. Parabellum (song streaming here)
10. Send Me Back to Hell

Check out "Angels Of Steel" here: More...

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Vader Streams New Song "Parabellum"

The longest living and most resilient tank of Poland’s death metal fleet - Vader - is streaming another new track from the upcoming release "The Empire." Check out "Parabellum" in the player below. "The Empire" is due out on November 4th via Nuclear Blast.

The track listing is:

1. Angels of Steel
2. Tempest
3. Prayer to the God of War (song streaming here)
4. Iron Reign
5. No Gravity
6. Genocidius
7. The Army-Geddon
8. Feel My Pain
9. Parabellum
10. Send Me Back to Hell

Check out "Parabellum" here: More...

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Vader Posts Track-By-Track Video

Poland's crushing death metal tank Vader is set to unleash another sonic attack entitled "The Empire" on November 4th through Nuclear Blast. Today, a warning shot is fired in the form of the first track-by-track commentary trailer. Below you can find out what Piotr "Peter" Wiwczarek has to say about "Tempest," "Prayer To The God Of War," and "Iron Reign."

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Apophys Supporting Vader / Hate Eternal On Tour

This November, Dutch death metallers Apophys will join Vader and Hate Eternal on their co-headlining European run. The trek also features Threat Signal and Lord Of War as support.

Apophys comments: "We couldn't be more excited about this tour! Being able to embark on a three week trip with some of our favourite bands is an honor and a privilege. We've been working hard to get to this point and this makes our determination that much stronger. See you on the road!"

Apophys tour dates w/ Vader, Hate Eternal, Threat Signal, Lord Of War

Nov. 4 - Bad Oeynhausen, Germany - Druckerei
Nov. 5 - Andernach, Germany - Juz
Nov. 6 - Arlon, Belgium - L'Entrepot
Nov. 7 - Jena, Germany - F-Haus
Nov. 8 - Weinheim, Germany - Cafe Central
Nov. 9 - Zurich, Switzerland - Dynamo
Nov. 10 - Puget, France - Le Rat's
Nov. 11 - Brescia, Italy - Circolo Colony
Nov. 12 - Munchen, Germany - Backstage
Nov. 13 - Rotterdam, Netherlands - Baroeg
Nov. 14 - London, UK - The Dome
Nov. 15 - Birmingham, UK - The Courtyard
Nov. 16 - Bremen, Germany - Tivoli
Nov. 17 - Haarlem, Netherlands - Patronaat
Nov. 18 - Berlin, Germany - Nuke Club
Nov. 19 - Essen, Germany - Turock
Nov. 20 - Rostock, Germany - Alte Zuckerfabrik More...

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Vader Premieres "Prayer To The God Of War"

Poland’s death metal veterans Vader premiere a new song and lyric video entitled "Prayer To The God Of War", taken from their upcoming new EP "Iron Times", due out on November 4th via Nuclear Blast.

Check out now "Prayer To The God Of War" below.

The track listing for "The Empire" is: More...

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Vader Reveals Details Of "The Empire"

The longest living and most resilient tank of Poland’s death metal fleet has once again hoisted its flag – ready to overrun the world with its new triumphant procession. They recently fired a preliminary warning shot with the release of the "Iron Times" EP and now Vader is building an all conquering empire with new studio album "The Empire" - due out on November 4th via Nuclear Blast.

Today, the band has revealed the cover artwork of that new masterpiece. This stunning visualisation was created by acclaimed artist Joe Petagno who has also created artwork for Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Motörhead, Marduk, Illdisposed and Sodom.

Mastermind Piotr ‘Peter’ Wiwczarek states: "Here is the cover artwork for ‘The Empire’ created by Joe Petagno himself!! The design as a whole includes many details connected to the main theme which influenced me before and during the process of recording: war and the ‘cold crisis’ around us today. There are also links to couple of famous movie series, which influence the generations and erupt with violence, hate and ‘imperial tendencies’... Is this just a fantasy or maybe a sign of the 21st century generation? You have to answer that yourself... and the future will show us. Enjoy ‘The Empire’ and join us on tour soon!"

The track listing for "The Empire" is:

1. Angels of Steel
2. Tempest
3. Prayer to the God of War (album edition) (song streaming here)
4. Iron Reign
5. No Gravity
6. Genocidius
7. The Army-Geddon
8. Feel My Pain
9. Parabellum (album edition)
10. Send Me Back to Hell More...

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Threat Signal Announces Tour With Vader

Canada's melodic thrash metallers Threat Signal have a lot in store for the near future, now that their new album "Disconnect" is finally on the way. The band will be paving the way for its early 2017 release on road, having teamed up with death metal heavyweights Vader and Hate Eternal for a European tour starting this November. The first dates have been revealed and are available below.

On top of that, the upcoming tour will officially introduce Christian Olde Wolbers (ex-Fear Factory) as Threat Signal's new live bassist. Christian will be taking the place of Pat Kavanagh - the band's long-standing member and co-author of "Disconnect" - only at shows, as Pat will continue his work with the band off stage.

Threat Signal commented: "We would like to officially welcome Christian Olde Wolbers (ex Fear Factory) into Threat Signal as our new bass player! Christian has been involved with us since the very beginning, having produced and recorded our debut album Under Reprisal. He recently preformed live with us during a short string of local dates, and we had a blast!”

??On the upcoming European tour, they added: "You can catch us this November touring Europe alongside Vader and Hate Eternal. We are very excited to bring our live show across the pond again! Especially playing with bands of this caliber. Can’t wait!”??

Threat Signal's highly anticipated new album, "Disconnect," will be the first one for Agonia Records, after the band left Nuclear Blast's roster earlier this year. It's final release date and details will be revealed over the coming weeks. More...

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Vader Posts New Song Online

Polish death metal legends Vader has posted a new lyric video online for the song, "Prayer to the God of War," which will appear on their forthcoming, "Iron Times" EP. You can check it out below.

"Iron Times" will be released on September 23rd through Nuclear Blast and is the precursor to the band's eleventh studio album, "The Empire," which will also be released via Nuclear Blast on November 4th. The tracklisting for "Iron Times" can be seen below, though it is not yet known which, if any, of the tracks will appear on "The Empire."

Side A:
1. Parabellum
2. Prayer To The God Of War

Side B
1. Piesc I Stal
2. Overkill More...

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Fall Of Summer Reveals Final Band Additions

The Fall Of Summer team is proud to announce the last seven bands of the third edition's line up. The festival's organizers comment:

"So we will start with two bands from the 70s. For the first one, formed in 1972 if you don't recall their name, you will certainly remember their music, as the Italian progressive rock band Claudio Simonetti's Goblin is known for their soundtrack work for films like 'Suspiria,' 'Dawn of the Dead,' 'Profondo Rosso' and we know already that their performance on the Blackwater stage with it's natural amphitheater, the video screening and the lake behind will be one of the highlights of the festival.

"Another band you would be a fool to miss and we are glad to announce is Riot V. If you search for heavy speed ,etal at its best don't search further and just enjoy a pure metal moment with a band that hasn't played in France for so long that we had to do something.

"Let's move to the 80's with two great and solid bands who have always been a reference in their countries, with Heavy Metal french representatives ADX and polish death metal masters Vader. Two bands that don't need introduction and who will as always provide a kick ass gig.

"If we now look at the 90's, we are thrilled to remind you the birth of funeral doom in Finland and announce that, one of its pioneers, Skepticism will join us, or another crucial band that we needed to bring to Fall Of Summer and to France for the first time. More...

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