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'.
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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".
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...
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...
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.
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
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.
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...
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
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...
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...
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
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...
The Black Dahlia Murder is confirmed to play the Barfly in London, England on December 3rd 2004 and will then head out to tour through Europe with Marduk, Napalm Death, Vader and more! For a full list of dates in the tour update section.
X-Mass Festivals 2004 w/ Marduk, Napalm Death, Vader tour dates:
12/05 Paris, France La Locomotive
12/06 Essen, Germany Zech Carl
12/07 Osnabruck, Germany Hype Park
12/08 Berlin, Germany Columbia Club
12/09 Prague, Czech Republic Lucerna Music Club
12/10 Engelsdorf, Germany Hellraiser
12/11 Vienna, Austria Planet Music
12/12 Innsbruck, Austria Hafen
12/13 Milan, Italy Transylvania
12/14 Pratteln, Switzerland Z7
12/15 Ludwigsburg, Germany Rock Fabrik
12/16 Frankfurt, Germany C. Royal
12/17 Strasbourg, France La Laiterie
12/18 Tilburg, Holland 013 w/ Dark Funeral and more
12/19 Antwerpen, Belgium Hof Ter Loo w/ Dark Funeral and more
Birmingham's fathers of grindcore, Napalm Death, kickoff their 36-date North American tour tonight with their headlining show in Toronto, Canada. The first eight dates the band performs with Misery Index, and the remaining dates take the band across the U.S. with Cannibal Corpse, Kataklysm, and Goatwhore.
Always outspoken about politics, Napalm Death vocalist Barney Greenway had this to say about the elections:
If Bush gets voted in for another term, people really need to take a long, hard look at themselves. With Bush back in power, there'll be more unjustified military intervention, more shitty healthcare provisions for the poor, a country mired further in religious dogma etc. Not to mention seeing more of Jeb Bush's fat head on TV. On the other hand, the Democrats don't offer a real alternative. They're very close to the Republicans on a few issues, which is disappointing. I noted how some of the anti-war advocates in the Democratic Party were silenced quite early on. The crazy thing is that voting for the Green Party guy Ralph Nader is considered a pointless exercise, where as he is one of the only people to offer radical thinking. Based purely on his thoughts, I would probably go for Nader if I was an American.
That said, I think the whole system needs an overhaul. That whole 'vote-rig' thing by the Republicans in Florida last time was such a farce, people outside of the U.S. just could not believe that Americans would let something like that pass. I find it really amusing that the Republicans cast themselves as pillars of honesty when everything they do is steeped in corruption and self-interest. Similarly, I lived through Thatcher's ruthless conservatism in Britain, and I would not want to go through it again.
Napalm Death released their Century Media debut, "Leaders Not Followers: Part 2" on October 5.
The band's full North American tour itinerary: More...
Vader have been forced to cancel the upcoming North American tour with Cannibal Corpse, Napalm Death, Goatwhore, and Kataklysm due to an injury suffered by vocalist/guitarist, Peter Wiwczarek, while on tour. The band's manager Mariusz Kmioek has released this official statement:
We are sorry to inform everyone that during Scandinavian tour (October 2004) Peter has suffered from a minor spinal injury (vertebra-related) and will have to undergo a procedure to set things right (1 week at hospital and 2 weeks of rehabilitation). The only possible date to enter the hospital and fix it is in October, so we have decided on not going on our US tour! Our first idea was to schedule the procedure at hospital next year, but it would be big risk for Peter's health.
We'd like to apologize all people - Metal Blade USA, First Row Agency, Cannibal Corpse and their booking agency, Napalm Death and all maniacs - we are very sorry and we'd like to thank everyone for all their hard work in booking and arranging this tour! It's the first cancelled tour in our long (18 years) activity, and it's really a shock for us!
Let's keep our fingers crossed everything will turn out OK.
Canadian death metallers KATAKLYSM have finalized their European and North American tour itineraries. Confirmed dates are as follows:
"No More Serenity" European Tour 2004 w/ Graveworm, Mystic Circle, Into Eternity: More...
Armageddon Over Wacken
Street Date: October 19, 2004
Catalog Number: CMU 61127
Wacken Open Air is a yearly metal festival held in the small farming town of Wacken, Germany.The festival started out 14 years ago and has now amassed an attendance up to 35,000 people and is the largest metal gathering in Europe. Crash Music is proud to release the live concert two DVD set.
The DVD includes performances by many well known metal gods such as Twisted Sister, Saxon, Nile, The Crown, Testament, Vader, In Flames, Gamma Ray and many more. Also includes backstage and behind the scenes footage of the Wacken Open Air festival. The DVD was shot in 5.1 Surround Sound for exceptional audio quality.
Artist & Song Listing: More...
Polish death kings Vader were involved in another bus crash while on tour in Germany. The posting on their official website reads:
On the way to Falkenstein (Germany) near Leipzig Vader's new tour bus was involved in a car accident! The bus has been seriously smashed but fortunately its occupants managed to escape unharmed. The band was forced to spend a few hours at local police station and due to that, the gig in Falkenstein has been cancelled. We would like to apologize all the fans and organizers for the abcence at the show. It really didn't depend on us! Now we are waiting for a new car because the police has kept the broken one and hope that everything will go smoothly. Hope to visit you in the near future!
Vader's new album, "The Beast," will be released on September 20 through Metal Blade Records.
Cannibal Corpse and Napalm Death will be teaming up for a North American tour this coming fall. They will also be joined by Kataklysm, Vader and Goatwhore. Here are the tour dates:
Oct. 29 - Engine - Room Houston, TX
Oct. 30 - The Back Room - Austin, TX
Oct. 31 - Trees - Dallas, TX
Nov. 02 - Marquee Theatre - Tempe, AZ
Nov. 03 - House of Blues - Los Angeles West Hollywood, CA
Nov. 04 - Canes Bar and Grill - San Diego, CA
Nov. 05 - House of Blues - Anaheim Anaheim, CA
Nov. 08 - Ogden Theatre - Denver, CO
Nov. 09 - Granada Theatre - Lawrence, KS
Nov. 10 - The Quest - Minneapolis, MN
Nov. 11 - The Rave Bar - Milwaukee, WI
Nov. 12 - Harpo's Concert Theatre - Detroit, MI
Nov. 13 - House of Blues - Chicago Chicago, IL
Nov. 14 - Agora Ballroom - Cleveland, OH
Nov. 16 - The World - Pittsburgh, PA
Nov. 17 - Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA
Nov. 18 -The Downtown - Farmingdale, NY
Nov. 19 - The Palladium - Worcester, MA
Nov. 20 - Jaxx - W. Springfield, VA
Nov. 22 - Masquerade - Atlanta Atlanta, GA
Nov. 23 - Masquerade - Tampa - Tampa, FL
Nov. 24 - Culture Room - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Visit the MP3 section http://www.vader.pl/mp-e.html and download an exclusive foretaste of Vader's new album. The song is called "Dark Transmission" and it's probably the slowest part of the album.
"The Beast" will rise on 20th of September.
On September 21st "The Beast" will rise. Right, we are talking about the new album from almighty Vader!
"The Beast" was recorded at Radio Gdansk Studio with producer Piotr Lukaszewski ("Reign Forever World," "Revelations," "Blood") and was mixed while the band were away on the first part of their European tour. Jacek Wisniewski was responsible for the album artwork and other graphics. The mastering session took place on July 1.
Here’s the track listing of "The Beast":
2. Out Of The Deep
3. Dark Transmission
5. The Sea Came In At Last
6. I Shall Prevail
7. The Zone
And for all you hardcore Vader fans, the European version of "The Beast" will be released as a limited first edition that will contain a bonus-DVD! The bonus DVD includes a report from the studio, a video clip recorded during the session, and some fragments of one of the most important gigs in 2003.