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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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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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Suffocation, Cryptopsy, Cephalic Carnage Tour

Suffocation/Cryptopsy/Cephalic Carnage/Aborted and others will be doing a fall tour with Cattle Decapitation, With Passion, and Vader as supporting acts. Dates are as follows:

October 6 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launch Pad
October 7 - Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
October 11 - Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues (w/ Cattle Decapitation)
October 12 - Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
October 13 - Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk (w/ With Passion)
October 14 - San Francisco, CA @ The Pound
October 15 - Portland, OR @ Meow Meow
October 16 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
October 17 - Victoria, BC @ Sugar Night Club (w/ With Passion)
October 20 - Calgary, AB @ The Warehouse (w/ With Passion)
October 21 - Edmonton, AB @ The Starlight (w/ With Passion)
October 22 - Regina, SK @ Riddel Center (w/ With Passion)
October 23 - Saskatoon, SK @ The Roxy (w/ With Passion)
October 24 - Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid Cabaret (w/ With Passion)
October 27 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
October 28 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
October 29 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House (w/ With Passion)
October 30 - Ottawa, ON @ Capital Music Hall (w/ With Passion)
October 31 - Royun-Noranda, QC @ Petit Theatre Du Vieux Noranda (w/ Vader, With Passion)
November 1 - Chicoutimi, QC @ Poly Laure Conan (w/ Vader, With Passion)
November 2 - Rimouski, QC @ Le Coudee (w/ Vader, With Passion)
November 3 - Quebec City, QC @ L' Imperial (w/ Vader, With Passion)
November 4 - Montreal, QC @ Le Medley (w/ Vader, With Passion)
November 6 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx (w/ Vader, Decapitated, Ecliptic)
November 7 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club (w/ Vader, Decapitated, Dew-Scented)

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Kreator Announce Changes To U.S. Tour Schedule

KREATOR have made a few changes to their upcoming North American tour with VADER and PRO-PAIN. In order to hopefully minimize the confusion, the changes are noted beside the dates in question. In addition, the April 28th gig in Albuquerque, NM at Launchpad has been cancelled.

The updates itinerary now includes: More...

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Vader Announces More Tour Dates

Vader is currently preparing for the upcoming, very hard touring season. On the 4th of April starts US trip along with Kreator and Pro-Pain which ends with 5 headlining shows. A few days later Vader will be invading Mexico and South America. After 2 months of American destruction the band will play a few single shows in Germany and Belgium and five battles in the UK. Then Vader is going to record a brand new MCD (Hertz Studio), right before their tour along with Rotting Christ and Anorexia Nervosa under the name of "Blitzkrieg 3" (September). The next US tour will come right after September's invasion, containing about 30 dates along with Decapitated and two other bands. Japanese Isles & other Asia's territories will be attacked in December.

Upcoming Vader tour dates: More...

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Vader Signs With Regain Records

Poland's Vader have signed with Regain Records. The first release under the new deal will be the MCD "The Art Of War", which is scheduled to be released in October. The next full length album will be released in autumn, 2006.

The band says, "We would like to thank our previous label Metal Blade for years of cooperation and other labels, who were interested in signing us. Regain Records is a great label so we hope for the best! See you all on the upcoming tour!"

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Vader Part Ways With Drummer, Announce Replacement

Polish death metal kings Vader have parted ways with longtime drummer Doc. In a press release on their official website, band leader Peter had this to say:

We have been building "the Vader's Empire" together since '88... The success of our music was no doubt the success of Doc himself. Not just a talent is but the main point of being a part of a BAND, not only musical abilities but - first of all - devotion, utterance.... We had already such a problems before (Shambo, Simon..). Doc pretty hard tried to "fight" against his weaknesses, which were troubles for all of us. Finally he had not prevail 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 - has to leave... That was Doc's decision as well. "But the world keeps turnin'..." and the same is with VADER. We were and we will be!!!

For Doc, his girlfriend and newborn son we all wish good luck and wanna thank him for all those great years, in which we were touring across the world!!!

From now Daray has been officially confirmed as a new drummer of the band. Not really brand new, he has been playing with the band since one year and recorded the latest album "The Beast".

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Anorexia Nervosa Join Vader's Blitzkrieg 3 Tour

French black metal act ANOREXIA NERVOSA have been confirmed for the VADER's Blitzkrieg 3 tour through Poland, which also features ROTTING CHRIST. The dates are as follows: More...

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Rotting Christ Confirmed For Blitzkrieg 3 Tour

VADER has announced that Greek dark metallers ROTTING CHRIST will be accompanying them on their Blitzkrieg 3 tour through Poland. It will be Rotting Christ's first extensive tour through the country. The dates, which have been updated, are as follows: More...

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Vader Nominated For Poland's Fryderyk Award

VADER's latest CD, "The Beast", has been nominated in the "Best Metal Album" category at the Fryderyk awards, which is one of the most prestigious music award shows in Poland.

In other news, VADER have achieved the following results in Polish Metal Hammer's annual readers' poll:

Band Of The Year - 2nd
Album Of The Year - 3rd (for "The Beast")
Musician Of The Year - 1st (for Peter)
Famous Person - 1st (for Peter)
Hit Of The Year - 2nd (for "Dark Transmission")

VADER will enter Hertz Studio in Bialystok in early July to record a brand new mini-CD under the working title of "The Art of War".

The CD will be produced by the Wieslawscy brothers and will contain "three extremely intense and fast cuts and one song in the vein of the band's typical style," according to a posting on the group's web site. "The Art of War" will also contain a special bonus video clip for the title track. "It's going to be something really new, unconventional and powerful, expect the unexpectable (the production itself has taken almost 5 months)!" reads a posting on the band's web site.

VADER fulfilled their contractual obligations to Metal Blade Records with the release of their most recent effort, "The Beast" (2004), and are currently negotiating with several labels about a new deal. An announcement regarding the group's new label home will be made soon.

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The Autumn Offering Joins Kreator, Vader Tour

THE AUTUMN OFFERING have now replaced IF HOPE DIES as the opening band on the upcoming KREATOR, VADER, DEATH ANGEL tour, according to several club sites. Here are all of the confirmed dates for the tour:

April 3 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
April 4 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater
April 5 - Worcester, MA @ Palladium
April 6 - Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
April 7 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar (note the venue change)
April 8 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
April 9 - Montreal, QC @ Le Medley
April 10 - Toronto, ONT @ Opera House
April 11 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
April 12 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues (with STRAPPING YOUNG LAD)
April 13 - Minneapolis, MN @ Ascot Room @ Quest Club
April 14 - Omaha, NE @ Ranch Bowl
April 15 - Fort Collins, CO @ Aggie Theater
April 16 - Denver, CO @ BlueBird Theater
April 17 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Lo-Fi Cafe
April 18 - Boise, ID @ The Venue
April 19 - Seattle, WA @ Graceland
April 20 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
April 21 - Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
April 22 - San Francisco, CA @ The Pound
April 23 - Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
April 24 - Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
April 25 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Mason Jar
April 26 - Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
April 28 - Alburquerque, NM @ Launchpad
April 29 - San Antonio, TX @ The Sanctuary
April 30 - Dallas, TX @ Trees
May 1 - Nashville, TN @ Exit / In
May 3 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
May 5 - Tampa, FL @ Masquerade
May 6 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
May 7 - Fayetteville, NC @ Jesters Pubc
May 8 - West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
May 10 - Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights
May 11 - Farmingdale, NY @ The Downtown
May 12 - Rochester, NY @ Penny Arcade

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Vader To Release New Material

The following update has been posted on the official Vader website:

It's not a joke, the band is going to enter Hertz Studio, Bialystok at the beginning of July to record a brand new MCD under a working title "The Art Of War". It's worth to add here, Wieslawscy brothers will take care not only of the recordings but also will produce it! The MCD will contain only new songs! Follow with Peter's opinion, the release will feature 3 extremely intense and fast cuts and one song in a vein of band's typical style. "The Art Of War" will also contain a special bonus videoclip for the title track. It's going to be something really new, unconventional and powerful, expect the unexpectable (the production itself has taken almost 5 months)! This time a different person will take care of layout and MCD's artwork. Stay tuned for more details.

As you maybe know, the old deal with Metal Blade Records has been recently fulfilled, so the band is currently looking for a new contract and negotiating with some partners. For the moment nobody actually knows who will sign Panzer Division Vader for this and future releases. But don't be afraid, there's a few serious offers from well known and established labels, just be patient and cross your fingers for us! More details will follow soon.

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Enter To Win King Diamond Or Vader Tickets & More

Since it’s Pivotal Rage’s 1-year anniversary of being online, they’ve teamed up with Metal Blade Records and Blackmarket Activities to sponsor the latest contest. Metal Blade was the first to sponsor a contest on Pivotal Rage.

What to Win: More...

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Napalm Death Special Show Details

More details unfold about Napalm Death's special show to present their forthcoming album “The Code Is Red… Long Live The Code” live in Bochum:

UK’s grind-legend will be supported by labelmates Heaven Shall Burn and Maroon. Furthermore, Century Media’s new p&d partner Alveran Records added Belgium’s Do Or Die and Germany’s End Of Days to the billing. Presale for the tickets has already begun, so be sure you get your ticket for EUR 12,00!
Jan. 22 Bochum, D @ Matrix

For the UK, it will be Napalm Death's first live performance in a year and a half.
Jan. 24 London, UK @ Underworld
Booking: MAD Tourbooking

Both dates will see special shows by Napalm Death focussing on “The Code Is Red… Long Live The Code” long before it’s release in April 2005.

After the release of their highly acclaimed covers album “Leaders Not Followers: Part 2,” Napalm Death are currently thrashing Europe’s stages on the X-Mass Festivals with Finntroll, Marduk, Vader, The Black Dahlia Murder and Belphegor: More...

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Metalunderground's "Best Metal Album of The Year"

This year, Metalunderground.com is figuratively handing out an award of its own for "Best Metal Album of The Year." Everyone else hands out "best of year" awards or lists, so why shouldn't we? Afterall, the staff here at metalunderground.com has very diverse tastes, and we know our metal. So this year I asked each of our writers to pick their top 5 albums of 2004 and rank them form 1 to 5. What I saw was a lot of different opinions, but among the differences, two albums rose to the top.

Without further ado...[drum roll, please]...the winner of Metalunderground.com's "Best Metal Album of The Year" honor for 2004 is: More...

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If Hope Dies Joins Metal Heavyweights

If Hope Dies will be hitting the road with Kreator, Vader and Death Angel in April, dates are as follows:

April 03rd New York, NY - BB Kings Blues Club
April 06th Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero
April 07th Baltimore, MD - Thunderdome
April 08th Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
April 09th Montreal, QC - Medley
April 11th Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
April 12th Chicago, IL - Joes on Weed St.
April 15th Ft. Collins, CO - Aggie Theater
April 16th Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
April 22nd San Francisco, CA - The Pound
April 23rd Los Angeles, CA - House of Blues
April 24th Anaheim, CA - House of Blues
April 25th Phoenix, AZ - Mason Jar
April 26th Tucson, AZ - The Rock

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First Kreator, Vader Tour Dates Announced

Band's participation in the X-Mass Festivals 2004 will close this year touring season. Vader will hit the road along with bands like Marduk, Napalm Death and others. The tour starts on the 5th of December in Paris and ends on the 19th of December in Antwerp (Belgium). After the aformentioned trip the band will take well-deserved rest until March, to charge their batteries before pretty intense touring plans scheduled for the rest of 2005. Some of those plans have been recently confirmed and for instance in March the band will play a tour through Great Britain. US tour along with bands like Kreator and Death Angel starts on the 1st of April. Probably on May/ June band's postponed tour through Japan and Indonesia will finally come into effect and maybe there will be also a chance to set up some RPA dates. In the second half of 2005 Vader will play a pretty short tour through Poland and later on September/October the guys are going to raze some other European countries to the ground. Right after the European tour the band will headline another US tour so as you can see, Panzer Division Vader will be extremely busy until December. There are also some plans to fix up a few additional dates in Scandinavia, The Balkans and some of the Eastern European countries. In the end of 2005 the band is going to write some new songs for a successor of "The Beast", scheduled for release in early 2006.

First confirmed dates for the Kreator/Vader/Death Angel U.S. tour are: More...

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