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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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Vader Working On Their "Fastest" Album Ever

For the last two weeks, Polish death metallers VADER have been working at Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland, recording their new album, tentatively titled "Impressions In Blood". The bandmamebers have issued the following comments regarding the process thus far:

Piotr Wiwczarek (guitar, vocals): "14 day of recordings at Hertz Studio in Bialystok. We've prepared 11 tracks and a bonus track which will be featured on the Asian version of the album. All the drum parts have been already completed and...what can I say? You should expect about 45 minutes of total carnage! The fastest VADER's stuff ever, even a little bit faster than 'Litany' album!!! Currently we are working on guitar sound and kicking off a pretty arduous, but probably the most interesting part of the process, I mean arranging our new songs and album as a whole. Impressions are going to be very bloody!!!"

Daray (drums) summed up his work: "The band entered the studio on 24th of [April]. First two days we spent on preparing everything, soundcheck and so on. Then I started recording my drum tracks which all in all took me 10 days... It's going to be the fastest album I've ever recorded, you will hear there a lot of blastbeats and fast double pedal drumming. This time for the recording I used OSCA 5B drumsticks, TAMA Starclassic drumkit with Ludwig 'Black Beauty' snare drum, Alchemy Professional cymbals, Aquarian Response II pads on toms and Hi-Energy on snare, Roland RT-7K triggers, D-DRUM module and finally, my current favourite thing — AXIS X-Longboards pedals which helped me to achieve a staggering level of speed."

The recording session will last until May 24, after which VADER will team up with DESTRUCTION and KATAKLYSM for a tour in America. Simuntaneously producers Slawek and Wojtek Wieslawscy will take care of mixes and mastering. The complete new album, featuring artwork/ design of Greek artist Seth (ROTTING CHRIST, PARADISE LOST) should be ready in the middle of July. "Impressions In Blood" will be released through Regain Records on September 4. On September 17, the band will kick off a huge European tour which will run through December 20.

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Vader To Record New Album

On April 22nd, Vader will start recording session of their new studio album, entitled "Impressions In Red." The album will be recorded, mixed and mastered at Hertz Studio with brothers Slawek & Wojtek Wieslawscy at the helm. The recording session will run through May, 25th. The new album, unlike the futuristic content of "The Art Of War" MCD, will be entirely focused around dark and mystical vision of hell on earth, inspired by works of medieval visionaries like Hieronymous Bosh. Release date is scheduled for September 4th through Regain Records.

In July, the band is going to shot a videoclip based on that theme as well. "Impressions In Red" artwork and the whole layout have been prepared by Greek maestro Seth (Paradise Lost, Rotting Christ, Septic Flesh).

On September 17th, Vader will kick off their 90-dates European tour. In 2007, the band will appear on tours in North and South America, Asia, Eastern Europe and some other countries.

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Vader To Be Joined By Nightrage, Bloodthorn

According to a posting on VADER's official web site, NIGHTRAGE and BLOODTHORN have been confirmed as the support acts for the Scandinavian leg (Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland) of VADER's Blitzkrieg 4 tour, which is scheduled to kick off on November 11 and run through November 25. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon.

Candlelight Records recently released VADER's new EP, "The Art of War". This special mini-album contains six brand new songs ("Para Bellum!!!", "This Is The War", "Lead Us!!!", "Banners On The Wind", "What Colour Is Your Blood?", "Death In Silence") and was recorded at Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland, with the Wieslawscy brothers at the helm. The MCD also features the band's new video clip (created by Arek Jurcan in 3D systems, well known from computer games) for the track "This Is The War".

VADER will headline the Metal Crusaders tour starting May 26 in Montreal. KATAKLYM, DESTRUCTION, SPEED\KILL/HATE, GRAVEWORM and THE ABSCENCE are also featured on the tour package. Confirmed dates are as follows: More...

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Vader's Blitzkrieg Tour 4 Dates Announced

Massive Music has officially announced Polish dates and support acts of Vader's Blitzkrieg Tour 4. The band will be teaming up with sympho-black metal Vesania (Napalm Records), death metal bands Trauma (Unique Leader) and Azarath (Pagan Records). The tour schedule contains the following 11 gigs in Poland:

Sept. 17 Warszawa - Proxima
Sept. 18 Lublin - Graffiti
Sept. 19 Rzeszów - Akademia
Sept. 20 Kraków - Rotunda
Sept. 21 Katowice - Mega Club
Sept. 22 Opole - MOK
Sept. 23 Wroclaw - Madness
Sept. 24 Lódz - Dekompresja
Sept. 25 Szczecin - Slowianin
Sept. 26 Gdansk - Parlament
Sept. 27 Torun - Od Nowa

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Vader Banned In Malaysia

VADER is on the list of 228 metal bands banned in Islamic Malaysia. The National Fatwa Council issued the religious decree against the "black metal cult", citing practices in which members stamp on the holy Koran, drink alcohol and freely engage in sex. Council chair Shukor Husin said the cult's practices, based on US rock band Metallica which has used symbols including an inverted cross, went against the teachings of Islam and could propel a Muslim out of the religion. However he said, merely listening to heavy metal songs was not a crime.

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Destruction Replace NA On Metal Crusaders Tour

Due to an urgent immediate family situation of one of it’s band members, NUCLEAR ASSAULT have been forced to drop off the Metal Crusaders tour. Their replacement is German legends DESTRUCTION.

As previously reported, the Metal Maniacs/BW&BK presented Metal Crusaders Tour 2006, featuring VADER, KATAKLYSM, DESTRUCTION, SPEED\KILL/HATE, GRAVEWORM and THE ABSENCE, will include the following dates:

May
26 - Montreal, QC at Le Medley
27 - Bedford, NH at Marks Place
28 - Boston, MA at The Middle East
29 - New York City, NY at The Knitting Factory
30 - Springfield, VA at Jaxx
31 - Vernon, NY at Nothing Fancy Cafe

June
1 - Cleveland, OH at The Agora Ballroom
2 - Detroit, MI at TNT
3 - Chicago, IL at Logan Square Auditorium
4 - St-Paul, MN at Station 4
5- Madison, WS at TBA
7 - Fayetteville, NC at Jesters Pub
10 - St-Petersburg, FL at State Theater
11 - Ft- Lauderdale, FL at Culture Room
12 - Tallahassee, FL at Beta Bar
14 - Houston, TX at The Ballroom/Wharehouse live
15 - Corpus Christi, TX at The Ballroom
16 - San Antonio, TX at The White Rabbit
17 - Arlington, TX at The Phoenix Music Complex
18 - Fayetteville, AR at The Dart Room
19 - Oklahoma City, OK at The Conservatory
20 - Denver, CO at Lliff Park Saloon
22 - Tempe, AZ at Clubhouse
23 - Corona, CA at Showcase Theater
24 - W. Hollywood, CA at Knitting Factory
25 - San Francisco, CA at The Pound
26 - Boise, ID at Imparts
27 - Spokane, WA at Fat Tuesdays Concert Hall
28 - Portland, OR at Rock'n' Roll Pizza
29 - Seattle, WA at Studio Seven

More dates coming soon.

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More Metal Crusade Tour Dates Confirmed

More dates have been confirmed for the upcoming Metal Crusade Tour 2006, which features Vader, Kataklysm, Nuclear Assault, Speed\Kill/Hate, Graveworm and the Absence. Here are the list of tour dates:

May 26 Montreal, QC - Le Medley
May 27 Bedford, NH - Marks Place
May 28 Boston, MA - The Middle East
May 29 New York City,NY - The Knitting Factory
May 30 Springfield,VA - Jaxx
May 31 Vernon, NY - Nothing Fancy Cafe
Jun. 01 Cleveland, OH - The Agora Ballroom
Jun. 02 Detroit,MI - TBA
Jun. 03 Chicago,IL - Logan Square Auditorium
Jun. 04 St-Paul,MN - Station 4
Jun. 05 Madison,WS - Big E's beach house
Jun. 06 Cincinatti,OH - Bogarts (TBA)
Jun. 07 Fayetteville,NC - Jesters Pub
Jun. 08 Jacksonville,FL - Thee Imperial
Jun. 09 Orlando,Fl - TBA
Jun. 10 St-Petersburg,FL - State Theater
Jun. 11 Ft- Lauderdale,FL - Culture Room
Jun. 12 Tallahassee,FL - Beta Bar
Jun. 14 Houston, TX - The Ballroom/Wharehouse live
Jun. 15 Corpus Christi,TX - The Ballroom
Jun. 16 San Antonio,TX - The White Rabbit
Jun. 17 Arlington, TX - The Phoenix Music Complex
Jun. 18 Fayetteville, AR - The Dart Room
Jun. 19 Oklahoma city ,OK - The Concervatory (Vader & Kataklysm only)
Jun. 20 Denver, CO - Lliff Park Saloon
Jun. 22 Tempe,AZ - Clubhouse
Jun. 23 Corona,CA - Showcase Theater
Jun. 24 W. Hollywood,CA - Knitting Factory
Jun. 25 San Francisco,CA - The Pound
Jun. 26 Boise,ID - TBC
Jun. 27 Spokane,WA - Fat Tuesdays Concert Hall
Jun. 28 Portland, OR - Rock'n' Roll Pizza
Jun. 29 Seattle,WA - Studio Seven

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Kataklysm Reveal Dates For North American Tour

VADER, KATAKLYSM, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, SPEED\KILL/HATE, GRAVEWORM and THE ABSENCE will be teaming up for the "Metal Crusaders" beginning in late May. The first confirmed dates are as follows:

May 26 - Montreal, QC @ Le Medley
May 27 - Bedford, NH @ Marks Place
May 28 - Boston, MA @ The Middle East
May 31 - Vernon, NY @ Nothing Fancy Cafe
Jun. 01 - Cleveland, OH @ The Agora Ballroom
Jun. 14 - Houston, TX @ The Ballroom/Wharehouse live
Jun. 17 - Arlington, TX @ The Phoenix Music Complex
Jun. 20 - Denver, CO @ Aztlan Theater
Jun. 28 - Portland, OR @ Rock'n' Roll P.

Many more dates will be announced soon.

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Graveworm Added To Metal Crusaders Tour

Italian gothic black metal band GRAVEWORM have been added to the "Metal Crusaders" North American tour, set to take place in May/June next year. Also appearing on the bill will be KATAKLYSM, VADER, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, SPEED\KILL/HATE and THE ABSENCE. The first confirmed date is May 26, 2006 at le Medley in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. All Canadian dates will be headlined by KATAKLYSM.

GRAVEWORM's latest CD, "(N)utopia", was released earlier in the year via Nuclear Blast Records.

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Kataklysm To Tour With Vader And Nuclear Assault

Kataklysm have announced that they are confirmed for the "Metal Crusaders" tour with Vader, Nuclear Assault, Speed Kill Hate and The Absence for May/June 2006. This will be Kataklysm's first North American tour supporting "In the Arms of Devastation."

First confirmed date:

May 26 Montreal, QC @ Le Medley*

*Kataklysm headlines all Canadian dates

In other Kataklysm news, the new album will be released with a bonus live DVD entitled "The End of Serenity: Live in Strasbourg". The DVD was professionaly filmed in France during the "Serenity in Fire" touring campaign. The double CD will be a limited.

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Vader Announced "The Art of War" US Release

In a posting on their offial website, Poland's VADER have revealed that their brand new MCD, "The Art Of War", will be released in North America on January 24, 2006 through Candlelight Records USA.

Here is the complete track listing:

01. Para Bellum
02. This Is the War
03. Lead Us!!!
04. Banners On The Wind
05. What Colour Is Your Blood?
06. Death In Silence
07. This Is The War (Video)

As reported before, "The Art Of War" was recorded at Hertz Studio in Poland and produced by brothers Slawek and Wojtek Wieslawscy. You can download the track "This Is The War" here.

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Vader To Play Benefit Show In Memory Of "Doc"

Vader has teamed up with bands like Ceti, Hate, Dead Infection, Lost Soul, Corruption, Azarath, Chainsaw and Virgin Snatch for a benefit show at the Proxima Club, Warsaw on December 11th in memory of their former drummer, Krzysztof "Doc" Raczkowski. The bands will play there for free, to raise money to help Doc's wife and daughter.

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Vader's "This Is The War" Available For Download

You can now download a track entitled "This Is The War," taken from the newest Vader's release, "The Art Of War," out now on Regain Records. Just click on this link: http://www.vader.pl/music/vader-this%20is%20the%20war.mp3.

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New York Death Fest Line-Up Revised

The revised line-up for the New York Death Fest, which will take place on November 30th at Albie's Bar in Utica, NY, is as follows:

VADER
DECAPITATED
DEW-SCENTED
WASTEFORM
LEUKORRHEA
DOOM SYNDICATE
FECAL CORPSE
SOLACE OF REQUIEM
LIFE SYPHON
ISRAFEL
ORGAN HARVEST
BONE CRUSHING ANNIHILATION
TERROR ASCENDS
PORPHYRIA
GODKING
PSYTOXIA
BLOOD OBSESSION
LEPROSY
HEXEN
KNOW FEAR
RE-CREATION
OVERTURE TO DEATH

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Vader Releases "The Art Of War"

Vader has just released the newest MCD "The Art Of War". The album was recorded at Hertz Studio and produced by Slawek & Wojtek Wieslawscy bros. The release contains the following songs:

1. Para Bellum
2. This Is The War
3. Lead Us !!!
4. Banners On The Wind
5. What Colour Is Your Blood?
6. Death In Silence
7. This Is The War (video)

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Vader Headlining North American Tour Dates

Poland's Vader are set to invade the US on a headline tour that will precede the release of their new EP, The Art of War. Beginning October 31, the equal part US and Canadian tour will be the band's first headline performance in many years; their most recent visit as direct support for Kreator earlier this year.

Newly signed to Sweden's Regain Records (US partnership with Candlelight Records), Vader recorded their new MCD The Art of War at Hertz Studio. Featuring four new songs and a video, the recording will set up the next full-length album that the band plan to start recording in early 2006.

Confirmed dates for Vader are noted below. More...

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Vader Moves Venue In Paris, France

Vader has moved the venue for their upcoming gig in Paris, France on October 3rd from La Maroquinerie to La Boule Noire.

Upcoming Vader European tour dates: More...

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Aborted Updates On Upcoming US Tour, Lineup

Belgium’s Aborted are preparing for their first full North American invasion. Their new album, The Archaic Abattoir, “an epic in its own right” won the band considerable praise. Founder and vocalist Sven De Caluwe commented on the upcoming tour and line-up changes: “Things are really starting to move fast for us, and we're fully preparing ourselves for the upcoming U.S. tour with Cryptopsy, Suffocation and Despised Icon. Needless to say, we're all extremely psyched about this tour and can't wait to spread our own little brand of death-fucking-metal to all our fans. To the people who have been waiting to see us over there; the wait is over, and we'll make sure none of you will have any regrets. Some news on the band, we're also very happy with the way the new line-up is working out. Guitarist Stephane Souteyrand has been in the band since June and has been more than great. He's not only a great musician but also a very cool guy to work with, and we can't wait to start writing the next album with him by our side. See you guys in a month!”

The video for “Dead Wreckoning” will premier on MTV2’s Headbangers Ball Saturday night September 3rd. Produced by Darren Doane (Shadows Fall, Nile) and filmed in Downtown L.A. “in the basement of an old meat factory, De Caluwe said, “Scary fact is that there was blood everywhere, fresh blood, which neither Darren nor the band put there. Weird part is the factory has been out of business for quite some time…”

Aborted tour dates with Suffocation, CRYPTOPSY, DESPISED ICON: More...

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Vader's "This Is The War" Video Posted Online

A brand new video clip of Vader's "This Is The War" (war mix) is available online. The video promotes Vader's upcoming MCD, "The Art Of War", out on November 14th through Regain Records. The video has been created by Arkadiusz Jurcan and edited at Selani Studio. Both "war" and "studio" versions of the clip will be available on "The Art Of War" in best resolution as extra bonus tracks. Check the video out at the official Vader website.

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Vader Say Goodbye To Former Drummer 'Doc'

Polish death metallers VADER have posted the following message on their official web site:

"This day we said last time goodbye to our friend and great musician — Krzysztof 'Docent' Raczkowski. The funeral took place in his hometown Korsze near Olsztyn. We accompanied him on his last journey with great sadness, pain and sorrow flowing from our hearts. After the tragedy we've realized how precious gift life is. Especially now, when we should assume some responsibility for his premature death, shouldn't we?... Doc — you will stay forever in our hearts, thoughts and acts."

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