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


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 Post "Controversial" New Video to MySpace

Candlelight USA has posted to its official My Space page the new video from VADER. The controversial clip can be viewed by bringing your browser to www.myspace.com/candlelightrecordsusa and clicking on the "video" section (located under the label's phoenix logo on the upper left-hand side of the page).

VADER's new album “Impressions in Blood” is in stores now and available via Candlelight USA's web store at www.candlelightrecordsusa.com

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Vader's Latest Charts At #8 In Poland

VADER's "Impressions in Blood" album has entered the Polish national chart at position No. 8. It is "quite unbelievable when you consider it's a death metal band!" reads a posting on the band's official web site. "For example, new album of AUDIOSLAVE debuted on 24th position."

As previously reported, VADER's video for the song "Helleluyah (God Is Dead)" has been posted online at YouTube.com. The clip was shot with director Andrzej Wyrozebski, who is said to be one of the leading movie producers in Poland. Janusz Król (known from the Polish fantasy movie "Wiedzmin") was responsible for all special effects and the whole set design. Slawomir Panasewicz (who has worked on over 140 video clips!) was a cameraman.

"Impressions in Blood" was recorded at Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland and features artwork by Greek artist Seth (ROTTING CHRIST, PARADISE LOST). A track from the album, entitled "Shadow Fear", is available for preview at Candlelight Records USA's official MySpace page. A full-length MP3 of the song "Warlords" can be downloaded here. More...

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Severe Torture To Head Out On Massive Euro Tour

Dutch brutal death metalers Severe Torture head out on their biggest ever tour supporting Vader starting September 28th in Berlin and running through Europe until November 10th in support of the Earache released CD "Fall of the Despised."

Singer Patrick said "We are very excited about our first official tour since 2002 with one of the best death metal bands around, Vader. This also marks our first touras a five-piece unit, so people who haven't seen us since our tour with Cannibal Corpse will be blown away by our wall of brutal death metal. Our setlist will contain songs from our latest and best effort so far, "Fall of the Despised", and of course a collection of songs from our death metal classic "Feasting on Blood" and the ultra brutal "Misanthropic Carnage". Make sure to come out and support Severe Torture and be prepared to get blown away by a heavy dose of aggressive brutal death metal!"

The full listing of tour dates is as follows:

Vader, Illdisposed, Severe Torture (+ opening acts): More...

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Vader Frontman Talks About Passing Of Doc

Dr. Abner Mality of Wormwood Chronicles webzine recently conducted an interview with Peter of Polish death metal stalwarts VADER. A few excerpts from the chat follow:

Wormwood Chronicles: The next question is kind of intense. When you're up on stage this year, do you ever look back at the drumkit and still see Doc there? (Former VADER drummer Doc died in 2005 after a long battle with addiction.)

Peter: Actually, I don't think that way. I knew Doc a long time. I tried to help him so many times. I lost a passion for it after many years of trials of trying to explain to him what was so clear for everybody else. So he was my friend. I'm so sorry that something like this happened, that I could do nothing after so many attempts. So this should be a lesson for others... how stories end when you can't control yourself. That's about all I can say about that. What we're trying to do now is to help Doc's family."

Wormwood Chronicles: You recently changed your record label from Metal Blade to Regain Records. What was the reason for the switch?

Peter: The same reason we have changed labels in the past. Not enough attention for us. We don't expect anything special from a label but we do expect a kind of trust for our band and our music. We could not do anything more on our own than we did without support from a record label. We expect this sort of support from Regain and right now we are full of hope. Metal Blade in America is quite different from Metal Blade in Europe. Metal Blade in Europe did a lot for us...they wanted to help us. Metal Blade in America...I had the chance to talk to the bosses there and what I heard was "You're great, man!" and that was it. (chuckles) Nothing more!

Wormwood Chronicles: They didn't have a plan, in other words.

Peter: Right, right. If a record company puts all their attention on three other bands, they're not the record company for us, because we need to be one of those bands! We need to have a chance. We spent a long time waiting for more from Metal Blade America and we expected more.

Read the full article at Wormwood Chronicles.

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God Dethroned Added To Vader Tour

GOD DETHRONED are the confirmed replacement for ILLDISPOSED on VADER's upcoming Blitzkrieg 4 Tour. The band announced last week that they were canceling all forthcoming tour dates due to "family and job related obligations." Upcoming Blitzkrieg 4 Tour dates that also feature SEVERE TORTURE are as follows

28 - Berlin, Germany at K17
29 - Jena, Germany at F-Haus
30 - Giebelstadt, Germany at Stadhalle-I Park Klingholz

1 - Hannover, Germany at MuzikZentrum
2 - Mons, Belgium at La Marginale
3 - France at venue tba
4 - France at venue tba
5 - Lausanne, Switzerland at Le Docks
6 - Rennes, France at Antipode
7 - Le Havre, France at Centre Culturel
8 - Limoges, France at John Lennon
9 - Irun, Spain at Tunk
10 - Vigo, Spain at La Iguana
11 - Gaia (Porto), Portugal at Hard Club
12 - Sevilla, Spain at Sala Q
13 - Murcia, Spain at Gamma
14 - Madrid, Spain at Ritmo & Compas
15 - Barcelona, Spain at Mephisto
16 - Toulouse, France at Havana
17 - Dijon, France at Vapeur
18 - Bolgna, Italy at Estragon
19 - Rome, Italy at Alpheus
20 - Milan, Italy at Transilvania Live
21 - Prato, Italy at Anomalia
22 - Althofen, Austria at Endorphin Club
23 - Salzburg, Austria at Rockhaus
24 - Vienna, Austria at Planet Music
25 - Augsburg, Germany at The Kantine
26 - Zurich, Switzerland at Abart Music
27 - Trier, Germany at Exhaus
28 - Sneek, Holland at Bolwerk
29 - Vosselaar, Belgium at Biebob
31 - Bradford, UK at Rio

1 - Dublin, Ireland at Temple Bar Music Centre
2 - Glasgow, UK at Temple Bar Music Centre
3 - London, UK at Camden Underworld
4 - Brighton, UK at Concorde 2
5 - Manchester, UK at Satan's Hollow
6 - Essen, Germany at Turock
7 - Haarlem, Holland at Patronaat
8 - Bremen, Germany at Slachthof
9 - Eindhoven, Holland at Effenaar

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Vader Post New Song Online

Candlelight Records has premiered 'ShadowsFear' from VADER's forthcoming album, Impressions In Blood, at their official MySpace page here. The album, recorded at Hertz Studios with the production team of Wojtek and Slawek Wieslawscy, is due out via Regain Records on September 4th. As previously report, the band are shooting a promotional videoclip for the track 'Helleluyah!!! (God Is Dead)'. Impressions In Blood will feature the following tracks: 'Between Day and Night', 'ShadowsFear', 'As Heavens Collide...', 'Helleluyah!!! (God Is Dead)', 'Field Of Heads', 'Predator', 'Warlords', 'Red Code', 'Amongst The Ruins', 'They Live!!!'.

Upcoming Vader tour dates can be found here.

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Vader Post New Song Online

Candlelight Records has premiered 'ShadowsFear' from VADER's forthcoming album, Impressions In Blood, at their official MySpace page here. The album, recorded at Hertz Studios with the production team of Wojtek and Slawek Wieslawscy, is due out via Regain Records on September 4th. As previously report, the band are shooting a promotional videoclip for the track 'Helleluyah!!! (God Is Dead)'. Impressions In Blood will feature the following tracks: 'Between Day and Night', 'ShadowsFear', 'As Heavens Collide...', 'Helleluyah!!! (God Is Dead)', 'Field Of Heads', 'Predator', 'Warlords', 'Red Code', 'Amongst The Ruins', 'They Live!!!'.

Upcoming Vader tour dates can be found here.

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Vader Release Album Details

Vader have posted the cover art, a song from their new album, the tracklisting for their new album, and a release date for it. Vader's new album will be entitled "Impressions In Blood" and released September 4th through Regain Records. The "Impressions In Blood" tracklisting is as follows:

1. Between Day and Night
2. ShadowsFear
3. As Heavens Collide...
4. Helleluyah!!! (God is Dead)
5. Field of Heads
6. Predator
7. Warlords
8. Red Code
9. Amongst The Ruins
10. They Live!!!
11. The Book

You can view the cover art here and download the track "Warlords" here.

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Vader Make Changes To UK Tour Schedule

According to the official Vader website, the band has decided to make some small changes to the UK leg of the Blitzkrieg 4 tour schedule. They will now play Soundhous in Glasgow, Scotland on November 1st and the Temple Bar in Dublin, Ireland on November 2nd. In addition, the band have confirmed a show at Rock Bottom in Thessaloniki, Greece on December 8th.

Vader's complete 2006 tour schedule is as follows:

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 P.
30 - Seattle, WA at Studio Seven (no Graveworm)
* Kataklysm Headlines
** Vader / Kataklysm only

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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:

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

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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