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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

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Sunday Old School: Vader

In 1992, Brutal Truth released their debut album, "Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses." Perhaps this was a phrase ringing around the minds of a group of young men nine years earlier in Olsztyn, Poland, who formed a metal band while living under Communist rule and named it, Vader. The group was started by bassist Piotr Wiwczarek and guitar player Zbigniew "Vika" Wróblewski, initially as a speed metal band, though they eventually progressed into a death metal sound by the time they recorded their first demo, "Live in Decay" in 1986. It would be another three years before another demo, "Necrolust" was recorded, followed closely by a third demo, "Morbid Reich" in 1990. The demo circulated around the European metal scene, selling almost ten thousand copies, a very impressive tally for an underground group from Eastern Europe. The success of the demo earned them a deal with Earache Records, who were known at the time for releasing some of the heaviest bands around, including the likes of Godflesh and Carcass. They first attempted to record their debut album at Sunlight Studios in Sweden, however both the band and the label were unhappy with the end result and so it was re-recorded at Rhythm Studios in England. The finished product was finally released in November 1992 under the title, "The Ultimate Incantation." After releasing the album, Vader was able to tour in the West for the first time, initially in Europe with Bolt Thrower and Grave and then in the United States with Deicide and Suffocation .

Following a breakdown of communications with Earache, the EP, "Sothis" and live album, "The Darkest Age: Live '93" had to be released under different record labels, something which would also happen after the band recorded their sophomore full length, "De Profundis." The album received some excellent reviews in parts of the music media and included a cover of the Depeche Mode song, "I Feel You" on the American version of the release. It was something of a success in their home country, where they also recorded the album, selling over seventeen thousand copies in two weeks. They promoted the album by once again teaming up with some of the heaviest names in death metal, partnering with Cannibal Corpse and Immolation in Europe, before heading back to the United States to support Monstrosity and Broken Hope. The touring cycle for the album featured no less than 250 concerts and concluded with the band recording a covers album, "Future of the Past," which paid tribute to the likes of Celtic Frost, Sodom and Terrorizer. More...

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Vader Posts Track-By-Track Video, Part III

Polish death metal legends Vader issued the third track-by-track video in the series promoting the new album "Tibi Et Igni." The release is set to drop on May 30th (EU), June 2nd (UK) and June 10 (USA) via Nuclear Blast Records.

The full track listing is:

1. Go To Hell
2. Where Angels Weep (see lyric video)
3. Armada On Fire
4. Triumph Of Death (streaming here)
5. Hexenkessel
6. Abandon All Hope
7. Worms Of Eden
8. The Eye Of The Abyss
9. Light Reaper
10. The End

Digipak Bonus:
11. Necropolis
12. Des Satans Neue Kleider

Check out part three here: More...

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Vader Posts New Song Online

Polish death metal legends Vader have posted another new track online from their forthcoming album, "Tibi Et Igni." You can check out the song, "Triumph of Death" below.

"Tibi Et Igni" will be released through Nuclear Blast Records on May 30th in most of Europe, with a British release date of June 2nd to follow, before the record hits North American shelves on June 10th.

This will be their first studio album since 2011's, "Welcome to the Morbid Reich" and boasts cover art by Joe Petagno, who famously created the logo for Motorhead. More...

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Vader Posts Track-By-Track Video, Part II

Polish death metal legends Vader issued the second part in a series of track-by-track videos leading to the release of the new album "Tibi Et Igni." Nuclear Blast Records will set the album free on May 30th (EU), June 2nd (UK) and June 10 (USA).

The full track listing is:

1. Go To Hell
2. Where Angels Weep (see lyric video)
3. Armada On Fire
4. Triumph Of Death
5. Hexenkessel
6. Abandon All Hope
7. Worms Of Eden
8. The Eye Of The Abyss
9. Light Reaper
10. The End

Digipak Bonus:
11. Necropolis
12. Des Satans Neue Kleider

Check out part two here: More...

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Vader Posts Track-By-Track Video, Part I

Polish death metal legends Vader released the first part in a series of track-by-track videos showcasing the upcoming new album "Tibi Et Igni." The album is set for release via Nuclear Blast Records on May 30th (EU), June 2nd (UK) and June 10 (USA).

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Go To Hell
2. Where Angels Weep (see lyric video)
3. Armada On Fire
4. Triumph Of Death
5. Hexenkessel
6. Abandon All Hope
7. Worms Of Eden
8. The Eye Of The Abyss
9. Light Reaper
10. The End

Digipak Bonus:
11. Necropolis
12. Des Satans Neue Kleider

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Vader Posts "Where Angels Weep" Lyric Video

Polish death metal act Vader released a lyric video for the new track "Where Angels Weep." The song appears on the new release "Tibi Et Igni." The album is set for release on May 30th (EU), June 2nd (UK) and June 10 (USA) via Nuclear Blast Records.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Go To Hell
2. Where Angels Weep
3. Armada On Fire
4. Triumph Of Death
5. Hexenkessel
6. Abandon All Hope
7. Worms Of Eden
8. The Eye Of The Abyss
9. Light Reaper
10. The End

Digipak Bonus:
11. Necropolis
12. Des Satans Neue Kleider

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Kreator To Tour With Arch Enemy, Sodom & Vader

Kreator announced a new headline European tour with Arch Enemy, Sodom and Vader in support. The tour will begin on December 4th in Tilburg, Netherlands. The press release reads:

"Following the release of last year’s highly acclaimed and critically hailed live DVD/Blu-ray "Dying Alive," German thrash metal giants Kreator now announces a tour for November/December 2014, leading the true "hordes of chaos" throughout Europe as headliners, and with them a real high class selection of bands.

"Joining Kreator for the upcoming live shenanigans are Polish label mates Vader, Swedish death metal masters Arch Enemy and German thrash veterans Sodom.

"Frontman and icon Mille Petrozza comments: 'A lot of our European fans voiced their discontent over the fact that the band hardly does European club tours – apart from our festival shows. In 2013 we were mainly busy playing for our fans overseas. We want to change this now. In time for the reissues of 'Endless Pain,' 'Pleasure To Kill' and 'Extreme Aggression' in all kinds of formats – finally on vinyl again too - we'll end the 'Phantom Antichrist' tour cycle in Europe with a massive string of shows. This will be your last chance to see Kreator live in clubs for quite a while, because we'll be busy working on a new album in 2015 and only play carefully selected shows. Right now we're working on a new multimedia stage show and we'll also have a bunch of surprises in the setlist. Our friends of Arch Enemy are part of the trek to present their new album 'War Eternal,' and so will Vader and our old companions Sodom. This tour will be KILLER!!!“

Check out this killer package at the following dates:

KREATOR Tour 2014
Kreator
Arch Enemy
Sodom
Vader

Presented by Metal Hammer, Blast!, Guitar, Slam, Piranha, Musix, Noizeletter, Metalnews.de

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Vader Posts "Tibi Et Igni" Preview Clip

Polish death metal act Vader released a preview clip of the upcoming new release "Tibi Et Igni." The album is set for release on May 30th (EU), June 2nd (UK) and June 10 (USA) via Nuclear Blast Records.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Go To Hell
2. Where Angels Weep
3. Armada On Fire
4. Triumph Of Death
5. Hexenkessel
6. Abandon All Hope
7. Worms Of Eden
8. The Eye Of The Abyss
9. Light Reaper
10. The End

Digipak Bonus:
11. Necropolis
12. Des Satans Neue Kleider

Bonus 7“ Vinyl Version:
Side A: 01. Necropolis
Side B: 01. Przeklety Na Wieki (Cursed Eternally)

Check out the preview here: More...

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Vader Unveils New Album Artwork

Polish Death Metal legends Vader just revealed the cover artwork for upcoming album "Tibi Et Igni." The artwork was handled this time by Joe Petagno and can be seen below. Vader mastermind Piotr states:

“Joe is a Legend! Not just because he created Motorhead logo or breathtaking artworks for many outstanding albums. Joe is over all times and his imagination touches the Hell itself….And this is enough reason to ask him for painting 'a Hellfire' for Vader’s new music. He accepted it and… made me so proud!“

Joe Petagno adds: “They have been on my 'get in touch' list for years. Finally we managed it and for a Killer album very appropriately titled: Tibi et Igni.”

The album's track listing is as follows:

01. Go To Hell
02. Where Angels Weep
03. Armada On Fire
04. Triumph Of Death
05. Hexenkessel
06. Abandon All Hope
07. Worms Of Eden
08. The Eye Of The Abyss
09. Light Reaper
10. The End
Digipak Bonus:
11. Necropolis
12. Des Satans Neue Kleider
Bonus 7“ Vinyl Version:
Side A: 01. Necropolis
Side B: 01. Przeklety Na Wieki (Cursed Eternally) More...

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Vader To Release 7" Single

Polish death metal legends Vader just announced the release of a special 7“ single off their upcoming album “Tibi Et Igni.” The 7” single is titled “Go To Hell” and includes following songs:

Side A: “Where Angels Weep”
Side B: “Triumph Of Death”

The song “Where Angels Weep” will also be available digitally. The vinyl and the digitally version will be released on April 18th via Nuclear Blast. Vader comments:

"We are almost ready with final mix and master 'Tibi et Igni,' the new Vader album. To give you a little touch of what is coming at the end of May - we prepared two songs for special 7' vinyl even before we started to work with mixing process. This limited little 'fire breath' is called 'Go To Hell' and includes tracks: 'Where Angels Weep' and 'Triumph Of Death.'

"It will be available soon in April. Digital version - just one track - is gonna be available too. The mix and some details are different then all You will find on the album in May. ENJOY ... and call the fiery winds of Hell!" More...

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Vader Announces New Album Release

The Polish death metal legends in Vader have just finished recording the follow up to 2011 album, “Welcome To The Morbid Reich.”

The new album is titled “Tibi Et Igni” and is set to be released on May 30th, 2014 via Nuclear Blast. The band recorded the album at Hertz Studio in Bialystok (Poland) and it was produced by Wojtek and Slawek Wiesawski. Vader comments:

“The Fire was released!! The word made flesh and new Vader album - 'Tibi Et Igni' - is done! We were working four weeks in Hertz Studio between December and February. 10 brand new songs plus 4 bonus tracks are recorded and ready for YOU. Two songs in special mix versions shall be released as 7' yet in April. The whole album at the end of May.

"In April and May Vader and Nuclear Blast are preparing some videos to close up the process of work and the album itself. Be ready for interviews and other surprise until 'Tibi et Igni' will be in your hands. The absolute heaviest VADER album in the history!!!! Demons are knocking to your door now \m/”

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Vader To Release New Album This Spring

Polish death metal veterans Vader have announced that they will be releasing their new studio album, "Tibi Et Igni" sometime this Spring, with an April or May date most likely.

This will be their first album since "Welcome To the Morbid Reich," which was released in the Summer of 2011. A message from the band reads as follows:

"2013 is over. This year was for us very active and successful indeed. We were touring twice in Europe, we visited Brazil and took part in many great festivals in summer season. We also came back to US with amazing tour after three years of silence. 2013 was a year crowning our last album Welcome To The Morbid Reich. It is time for NEW quality and challenges! NEW album - Tibi Et Igni - is in progress in fiery crucible of Hertz Studio. All track will be done till the end of January and whole thing by the February.

"Expect the album in stores about April/May 2014. To all expecting new forms, artistic experiments or other pathetic garbage we say: GO TO HELL!! We are devoted to metal and loyal to our fans. Vader was born in the heat of the stages and it was YOU, who always keep that Fire burning. This new album is our dedication for that power and loyalty! We'll hit the road yet in Spring , so You can check some flames form the new Vader's Hell. To all of you we wish ALL THE BEST IN THE UPCOMING NEW YEAR 2014!! See you in hell soon brothers and sisters."

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Vader Recording New Album

Polish death metal act Vader is currently working on a new album and follow-up to previous release "Welcome to the Morbid Reich." The band comments:

"Straight from Hertz Studio-we have a bunch of fresh news about Vader's empire. First of all: WE'RE STARTING WITH THE NEXT ALBUM!

"Today yet nice and easy we're calibrating the heavy weapon for James, so his drumming can blow heads off your necks. From tomorrow we record all these bloody tracks of new incantations.

"The next chapter, a new bible for all those hungry for extreme massacre and dark challenges is called: TIBI ET IGNI 'For You (And Only You) and Fire' - so we can translate from Latin this pretty symbolic title.

"10 songs PLUS 4 bonuses are in plans to be created.... More details soon. Will we set anxiety in your minds? We film the recording process to show the whole thing in a while. Of course, we'll keep You informed about each next step in recordings regularly. Stay alert!"

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Vader Announces "Back To The Black 2013" Tour

After a 3-year lull since their last trek west, Poland’s extreme metallers Vader are returning to the U.S. to headline the "Back To The Black 2013" tour with Vital Remains, Sacrificial Slaughter, Execration, and Extremely Rotten.

The tour launches on September 6th in Santa Ana, California and boomerangs back to The Whisky in Hollywood, California for the tour-closing show on September 29th.

While Vader' headlining set will definitely include selections from 2011’s "Welcome To The Morbid Reich," frontman/guitarist Peter W. states the band will reach as far back as 1994’s "Sothis" EP to satisfy long-time fans.

09/06/13 Yost Theatre - Santa Ana, CA
09/07/13 Oakland Metro - Oakland, CA
09/08/13 Alhambra Theatre - Portland, OR
09/09/13 El Corazon - Seattle, WA
09/10/13 The Venue – Caldwell, ID
09/12/13 Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO
09/13/13 Aftershock – Kansas City, MO
09/14/13 Fubar – St. Louis, MO
09/15/13 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
09/16/13 The Detroit Pub – Detroit, MI
09/17/13 The Paper Box – Brooklyn, NY
09/18/13 Mojo 13 – Wilmington, DE
09/19/13 Kings – Raleigh, NC
09/20/13 Oasis – Charleston, SC
09/21/13 The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
09/22/13 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
09/24/13 Chameleon Room – Oklahoma City, OK
09/25/13 Korova - – San Antonio, TX
09/26/13 The Boiler Room – Dallas, TX
09/27/13 Launchpad - Albuquerque, NM
09/28/13 The Rock – Tucson, AZ
09/29/13 Whisky A Go Go – Hollywood, CA More...

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Melechesh To Hit The Road With Vader

Sumerian black / thrash pioneers Melechesh will hit the road together with fellow label mates Vader for an upcoming European run. The dates are as follows:

12.04.2013 (DEN) Aarhus / Metal Royal Festival*
13.04.2013 (FR) Nancy / Metal Ride Festival
14.04.2013 (GER) Darmstadt / Steinbruch Theater
15.04.2013 (GER) Munich / Backstage
16.04.2013 (CRO) Zagreb / Mochvara
17.04.2013 (HUN) Budapest / Blue Hell
18.04.2013 (ROM) Timisoara / Daos
19.04.2013 (ROM) Bucarest / Fabrica
20.04.2013 (BUL) Sofia / RBF
21.04.2013 (SER) Belgrade / Gun
23.04.2013 (ITA) Bari / Demode
24.04.2013 (ITA) Rome / Jailbreak
25.04.2013 (ITA) Milano / The Theatre Live Music
26.04.2013 (CH) Bern / Kultarena
27.04.2013 (GER) Annaberg / Alte Brauerei
28.04.2013 (CZ) Ostrava / Barrak More...

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"Back To The Black Tour" 2013 Teaser Available

Vader has announced dates for the first leg of the “Back To The Black Tour” 2013, which will also feature Aborted and Bonded By Blood. A teaser trailer for the trek is now available online and can be viewed below. The tour will also feature opening guests on the these dates:

FHOBI /17.01-10.02/
Adimiron /2.02-10.02/
Bloodshot Dawn /21.01-2.02/
Flayed Disciple /17.01-20.01/ More...

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Vader Drum Cam Footage Available

Vader has posted drum cam footage online from the "Back to the Black" tour 2012. Check out a video shot at the Rude Boy Club in Bielsko below. Vader also has upcoming January European tour dates with Bonded By Blood, with full details on the run available at this location.

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Bonded By Blood Announces European Shows

Bonded By Blood has confirmed the dates for a 2013 European tour with Vader. The "Back to the Black" tour kicks off on January 17th in Berlin, Germany, and also features Aborted. The tour will be Bonded By Blood's first visit to Europe since the release of their new album, The Aftermath.

Bonded By Blood drummer Carlos Regalado comments: "We are excited to announce that in January we are heading oversees to Europe to tour with the legendary Vader! It's been a while since we have done a proper European tour and we just can't wait to get back out there and support The Aftermath live. We look forward to meeting some new fans and seeing some familiar faces. See you on the road!"

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Vader Announces Shows With Aborted

Poland's Vader has issued the following announcement about hitting the road in Europe alongside Aborted and Bonded By Blood:

"In the mid-January 2013 there starts long-awaited 'Back To The Black Tour' in Europe. Vader will give around 30 shows presenting the whole cult albums 'Black To The Blind' and 'Sothis.' You won't miss the bands hits too and a couple of surprises. Peter announces a real high quality death metal strike.

"The tour will be supported by the guests from Belgium's Aborted and Bonded By Blood from California, USA. Aborted is one of the leading brutal gore death metal bands. They have quite a lot albums and tours that were a great success. Recently on tour as a direct support for Cannibal Corpse. Bonded By Blood is one of the revelations of the rebirth of thrash metal.

"We will announce the full line-up and tour schedule soon."

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Vader Announces European Shows

In addition to working on a new album, the mighty Polish death metal overlords Vader have now checked in with the following update about new tour dates:

"It's time for Polish shows! Long awaited 'Back To The Black' tour is confirmed and we'll start promotion soon. With great pleasure we present almost all cities Vader will visit with new concert set prepared by the General & co.

"As Peter announced, full material from the cult 'Black To The Blind' and 'Sothis' will be played during the tour. On top of that, you can also expect the biggest hits of the band. Get ready for 75-minute show! We start on November 28th with a show in Kwidzy.

"Vader will give 18 gigs in Poland, 4 in the Czech Republic, and one in Slovakia. We invited special guests to jazz up the tour. Their names and places where they will perform will be revealed in the nearest future. More about the shows, tickets distribution and other organisational details soon.

"Nevertheless, we can confirm that the tour will be ended in Progresja Club in Warsaw during Metal Christmas Eve. It will be a small festival, bands meeting and a real winter feast. We plan to invite 6-7 Polish bands to take part in this event. Check our website for their names soon. Stay VADERized!"

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