Vader (band)

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Vader
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Vader playing in Rostock (2011)
Background information
Origin Olsztyn, Poland
Genres Death metal
thrash metal (some demos)
Years active1983–present
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Associated acts
Website www.vader.pl
Members

Vader is a Polish death metal band from Olsztyn. Formed in 1983, the group was founded by then-bassist Piotr "Peter" Wiwczarek and guitarist Zbigniew "Vika" Wróblewski. Vader went through several lineup changes over the years, with Wiwczarek as the only constant member. Since 2011, the band has comprised Wiwczarek on guitars and vocals, guitarist Marek "Spider" Pająk, bassist Tomasz "Hal" Halicki, and British drummer James Stewart.

Death metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music. It typically employs heavily distorted and low-tuned guitars, played with techniques such as palm muting and tremolo picking, deep growling vocals, aggressive, powerful drumming featuring double kick and blast beat techniques, minor keys or atonality, abrupt tempo, key, and time signature changes, and chromatic chord progressions. The lyrical themes of death metal may invoke slasher film-stylized violence, religion, occultism, Lovecraftian horror, nature, mysticism, mythology, philosophy, science fiction, and politics, and they may describe extreme acts, including mutilation, dissection, torture, rape, cannibalism, and necrophilia.

Olsztyn Place in Warmian-Masurian, Poland

Olsztyn is a city on the Łyna River in northeastern Poland. Olsztyn is the capital of the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship, and is a city with county rights. The population of the city was estimated at 172,362 residents in 2018.

Piotr Wiwczarek Polish musician

Piotr Paweł Wiwczarek, also known as Peter, is a Polish musician who is the vocalist and lead guitarist for the death metal band Vader, as the only constant member of the band since its inception. He has also collaborated with Kazimierz "Para" Paraszczuk on his tribute album, Bandid Rockin', and is the producer of several of Vader's releases. He is also the founder and guitarist of a side-project, named Panzer X.

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Starting as a heavy metal group, Vader eventually went to thrash, speed, and then in the late 1980s became a death metal band. It would not be until nine years after forming that they managed to release their debut album The Ultimate Incantation (1992). The band's name was inspired by Darth Vader from the Star Wars film series. [1] Lyrical themes include stories by H. P. Lovecraft, [2] World War II, and horror. According to Billboard magazine, by 2002 Vader sold approximately 500,000 releases around the world. [3]

Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre's lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.

Thrash metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music characterized by its overall aggression and often fast tempo. The songs usually use fast percussive beats and low-register guitar riffs, overlaid with shredding-style lead guitar work. The lyrical subject matter often deals with criticisms of The Establishment, and at times shares a disdain for Christian dogma resembling that of their black metal counterparts. The language is typically quite direct and denunciatory, an approach borrowed from hardcore punk.

Speed metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music that originated in the late 1970s from new wave of British heavy metal (NWOBHM) roots. It is described by AllMusic as "extremely fast, abrasive, and technically demanding" music.

Biography

From left: Waclaw "Vogg" Kieltyka, Pawel "Paul" Jaroszewicz, Piotr "Peter" Wiwczarek and Tomasz "Reyash" Rejek, August 28, 2009 Vader 2009-08-29 (1).JPG
From left: Wacław "Vogg" Kiełtyka, Paweł "Paul" Jaroszewicz, Piotr "Peter" Wiwczarek and Tomasz "Reyash" Rejek, August 28, 2009

Vader was formed in 1983, the same year as the very first death metal pioneers Possessed and Death. However, at this time Vader was a heavy/speed metal band, later evolving into thrash metal and then finally death metal for the band's first demo, Live in Decay, in 1986. Vader released another demo, Necrolust, in 1989, but it was not until the band's third demo, Morbid Reich, in 1990, that Vader gained international attention. Morbid Reich sold nearly 10,000 copies, making it one of the most sold metal demos ever. This success earned the group a contract with Earache Records. The songs from Morbid Reich would appear later on Vader's full-length debut album in 1993, The Ultimate Incantation .

Possessed (band) American death metal band

Possessed is an American death metal band, originally formed in 1983. Noted for their fast style of playing and Jeff Becerra's growled vocals, they are often called the first band in the death metal genre. The band is also notable for featuring Larry LaLonde, who was the guitarist of Possessed during the mid-1980s, and went on to join Primus.

Death (metal band) American death/progressive metal band

Death was an American death metal band from Orlando, Florida, founded in 1983 by guitarist and vocalist Chuck Schuldiner. Death is considered to be among the most influential bands in heavy metal and a pioneering force in the extreme metal subgenre of death metal. Their debut album, Scream Bloody Gore, has been widely regarded as the first death metal record.

Demo (music) song or group of songs recorded for limited circulation or reference use rather than for general public release

A demo is a song or group of songs recorded for limited circulation or reference use rather than for general public release. A demo is a way for a musician to approximate their ideas in a fixed format, such as cassette tape, compact disc, or digital audio files, and to thereby pass along those ideas to record labels, producers, or other artists.

Due to communication breakdowns, the contract with Earache was terminated and the release of Sothis and The Darkest Age: Live '93 , both in 1994, had to be released on different labels. In the meantime, Vader toured relentlessly, and in 1995, the band signed a contract with Impact Records. Vader then released De Profundis , Future of the Past , and Black to the Blind . Then, Hammerheart Records re-released two early demos, Necrolust and Morbid Reich, as the compilation Reborn in Chaos. In August 1998, Vader released Live in Japan . Vader also recorded the Kingdom EP and a VHS video entitled Vision and Voice around this time; both were released in December. In October 1998, Vader opened for Slayer during a show in Poland. At the end of 1998, Vader signed a contract to Metal Blade Records.

<i>Sothis</i> (EP) 1994 EP by Vader

Sothis is an EP by the Polish death metal band Vader. It was released in 1994 by Baron Records. Tracks 2 and 4 appear on their next release, De Profundis, and track 7 appears on Vader's tribute album Future of the Past.

<i>The Darkest Age: Live 93</i> 1994 live album by Vader

The Darkest Age: Live '93 is a live album by the death metal band Vader. It was recorded at Corona Hall in Kraków, Poland on 13 December 1993, originally released on Baron Records in 1994 in cassette format.

A recording contract is a legal agreement between a record label and a recording artist, where the artist makes a record for the label to sell and promote. Artists under contract are normally only allowed to record for that label exclusively; guest appearances on other artists' records will carry a notice "By courtesy of ", and that label may receive a percentage of sales.

Vader spent most of 1999 touring. In March, Vader embarked on their first headlining US tour, the International Extreme Music Festival 1999, and in May Vader played at Metalmania. In June, the band went on another European tour, and the rest of the summer was filled with numerous appearances at festivals in Central Europe. Vader concluded touring by embarking on a European tour with thrash metal band Testament.

Metalmania

Metalmania was a heavy metal music festival in Central Europe. It was held annually from 1986 to 2009, and is set to return in 2017. The 2008 event was held on the 8th of March at Spodek in Katowice, Poland.

Testament (band) American metal band

Testament is an American thrash metal band from Berkeley, California. Formed in 1982 under the name Legacy, the band's current lineup comprises guitarists Eric Peterson and Alex Skolnick, lead vocalist Chuck Billy, drummer Gene Hoglan, and bassist Steve Di Giorgio. Since its inception, Testament has had numerous lineup changes, leaving Peterson as the only constant member. Billy replaced original singer Steve "Zetro" Souza in 1986, prior to the recording of their first studio album, The Legacy, and has been a member of the band since. He and Peterson are the only members to appear on all of Testament's studio albums.

In November and December 1999, Vader recorded the album Litany , which was released in March 2000, and recorded a music video for the song "Cold Demons," which appeared on a special-edition digipack. The release of the album was also supported by live shows, including April's No Mercy Festival 2000, and in June, the band embarked on a 30-date European tour with Vital Remains, Fleshcrawl, and The Crown.

<i>Litany</i> (album) 2000 studio album by Vader

Litany is the fourth album by the Polish death metal band Vader. It was released in 2000 by Metal Blade Records. The album was nominated for a Fryderyk Award in the category 'Hard & Heavy Album of the Year '.

The No Mercy Festival is an annual heavy metal music festival/tour in Europe. It is organized by the Metallysee booking agency. The 2007 edition will take place from March 31 to April 15, 2007, and it will visit eight countries.

Vital Remains band

Vital Remains is an American death metal band from Providence, Rhode Island, formed in 1988.

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Piotr Wiwczarek, 2015
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Marek Pająk, 2015

In April 2001, Vader released the EP Reign Forever World, featuring re-recorded songs, cover songs, and live tracks. The band promoted the album intensively, touring Poland, Russia and Ukraine, and again in the US. In September 2001, they did another European tour with Cryptopsy, Dying Fetus, Catastrophic, and several other bands. This was followed by ten Polish appearances as part of the Thrash'em All Festival 2001, along with Krisiun, Behemoth and several Polish death metal and black metal bands.

In 2002, Vader released Revelations , and toured England, Scotland, and Ireland during the No Mercy Festival's dates. In May, the band released its first DVD, More Vision and the Voice. In 2004, the band started recording The Beast . Recording sessions for the album were postponed in May due to an accident which injured the drummer, Doc. He was replaced with Daray from the Polish band Vesania. Recording was finished in mid-July, and to support the album, the band toured again, appearing at over 170 concerts. The Europe-wide tour saw Vader's first trip to the Balkans. The most important gig of 2004 was at the Silesian Stadium in Chorzów, where the band opened for Metallica in front of 50,000 people. [4]

In March 2005, long-time drummer, Doc, left the band due to struggling with alcoholism. Five months later, he died unexpectedly from heart failure. He was 34 years old. [5]

In 2008, Novy decided to leave Vader after five years; Marcin Rygiel (ex-Decapitated) replaced him on bass for the U.S. Summer Slaughter Tour 2008. Reyash would join as a permanent bassist later in the year. [6]

In 2009, Vader's eighth album, Necropolis , was released via Nuclear Blast Records. The album was recorded at Hertz studios in Bialystok, Poland with the Wieslawski Bros. [7] In 2011, Vader released another album, entitled Welcome to the Morbid Reich . [8]

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Vader performing in 2015

In December 2013, Vader entered the studio to record their then-upcoming tenth album, titled Tibi Et Igni , for an early 2014 release. [9] On March 7, 2014, the band finished recording the album, which was released on May 30 by Nuclear Blast. [10] Their next album, The Empire , was released on November 4, 2016. [11] The band toured for nearly two years in support of The Empire, including headlining a US tour (with support from Internal Bleeding, Sacrificial Slaughter, Voices of Ruin and Micawber) in May and June 2017, [12] and supporting Testament and Annihilator on the European Brotherhood of the Snake tour in March and April 2018. [13] [14]

The band released an extended play titled Thy Messenger on May 31, 2019 through Nuclear Blast. [15]

The name of American rock band Eagles of Death Metal was influenced by Vader. When a friend was trying to introduce Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme to the death metal genre, he played Vader's music. Homme called them "The Eagles of death metal." After hearing this phrase, he wondered what a cross between the Eagles and a death metal band would sound like. Afterwards, the phrase became the name of his band. [16]

Band members

Timeline

Vader (band)

Discography

Awards

Fryderyk Awards
YearCategoryNominated workNote
1997Hard & Heavy Album of the Year (Album roku - hard & heavy) Black to the Blind Nominated [28]
2000Hard & Heavy Album of the Year (Album roku - hard & heavy) Litany Nominated [29]
2002Heavy Metal Album of the Year (Album roku - heavy metal) Revelations Nominated [30]
2004Metal Album of the Year (Album roku metal) The Beast Nominated [31]
2006Rock/Metal Album of the Year (Album roku rock/ metal) Impressions in Blood Nominated [32]
2009Heavy Metal Album of the Year (Album roku heavy metal) Necropolis Nominated [33]
2012Heavy Metal Album of the Year (Album roku heavy metal) Welcome to the Morbid Reich Won [34]

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