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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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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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Headline News

Former Vader Drummer "Doc" Dies

Former Vader drummer Krzysztof "Docent" Raczkowski (a.k.a. Doc) has passed away at age 35. No further details about his death are currently available.

In a March 2005 statement announcing Doc's departure from the group, Vader frontman Peter said, "Doc pretty hard tried to 'fight' against his weaknesses, which were troubles for all of us. Finaly he had not prevailed over that battle... All in all, he attempted. . . Vader today is not just a friendship anymore — it's our life with armies of man involved in music, releases and — first of all — fans waiting for shows or new albums... This is a high responsibility, not too many know about. If a person, even the most talented one, cannot stand it — [he] has to leave... That was Doc's decision as well."

In an April 2005 interview with AbrasiveRock.com, Vader guitarist Mauser elaborated on Doc's "weaknesses," stating, "He had a problem with alcohol and this is the problem. Maybe in the future, if he will be alright, he may be back in the band. Maybe someday. We will see what happens."

This news has been confirmed by Vader's official website, Vader.pl.

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Vader Nearly Completed EP

Polish death metallers VADER have finished the recording of their new EP, "The Art Of War", containing 4 brand new tracks plus 2 intros, both made by Siegmar from VESANIA. The album was engineered, mixed, and mastered by S³awek & Wojtek Wies³awscy at Hertz Studio. Frontman Peter comments:

"We have just finished recordings of "The Art Of War"- our newest effort at Hertz Studio. The MCD will be out in October, but we are going to include 2 new tracks in Blitzkrieg 3 live set. The new songs, what can I say... musicwise they are extremely fast and incredibly aggressive...This is the time for new gigs, new emotions and... the War you've wanted!!! See you soon!!!"

The EP will be released by Regain Records, with mp3 samples to be posted online shortly.

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Decpaitated Enter Studio w/ New Vocalist

Polish death metallers DECAPITATED will enter Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland on August 1 with producers Slawek and Wojtek Wieslawski to begin recording their new album, entitled "Organic Hallucinosis". The follow-up to 2004's "The Negation" will feature artwork and layout by Seth (ROTTING CHRIST, PARADISE LOST) and is tentatively scheduled for release in January/February 2006.

DECAPITATED will embark on a European headlining tour in September, with support from GOREROTTED, DETONATION and DAM. A U.S. tour with VADER and DEW-SCENTED will follow in November.

DECAPITATED recently parted ways with vocalist Sauron and replaced him with Covan, formerly of ATROPHIA RED SUN.

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Divine Empire To Tour With Vader

Ascending from the infamous blast furnaces of the death metal stronghold of Florida, Divine Empire are already planning their next sonic live assault. Having just returned from their successful tour with the legendary Bay Area thrashers of Testament, the new divine bomb raid over the old world already lies ahead. Don't miss the emperors of dark and disdainful death metal, joining forces with the Polish war machinery of Vader, the Greek diabolical force of Hades, Rotting Christ, as well as Anorexia Nervosa and Lost Soul.

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Vesania Sign With Napalm Records

Polish Black Metal masters VESANIA, featuring Orion ( BEHEMOTH) and Daray ( VADER), have signed to Napalm Records. Expect their dark, brutal, symphonic debut release, God the Lux on 25 July.

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