Waldemar Sorychta

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Waldemar Sorychta
Born 1967 (age 5051)
Zabrze, Poland
Origin Chorzów, Poland
Genres Thrash metal, gothic metal, progressive metal, extreme metal, gothic metal, symphonic metal, groove metal
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, producer
Instruments Guitar, bass, keyboards
Years active 1986–present
Labels SPV GmbH, Century Media, Metal Blade, Massacre
Associated acts Despair, Grip Inc., Voodoocult, Eyes of Eden, Enemy of the Sun
Website http://www.waldemar-sorychta.de/

Waldemar Sorychta (born 1967) is a Polish heavy metal musician, songwriter, producer and artist who lives in Dortmund, Germany since 1982. [1]

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.

Musician person who performs or composes music

A musician is a person who plays a musical instrument or is musically talented. Anyone who composes, conducts, or performs music is referred to as a musician. A musician who plays a musical instrument is also known as an instrumentalist.

A songwriter is a professional that writes lyrics or composes musical compositions for songs. A songwriter can also be called a composer, although the latter term tends to be used mainly for individuals from the classical music genre and film scoring, but is also associated with writing and composing the original musical composition or musical bed. A songwriter that writes the lyrics/words are referred to as lyricist. The pressure from the music industry to produce popular hits means that songwriting is often an activity for which the tasks are distributed between a number of people. For example, a songwriter who excels at writing lyrics might be paired with a songwriter with the task of creating original melodies. Pop songs may be written by group members from the band or by staff writers – songwriters directly employed by music publishers. Some songwriters serve as their own music publishers, while others have outside publishers.



He initially worked with the German thrash metal band Despair, founded in 1986. [2]

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 work. The lyrics often deal with social issues and criticism of The Establishment, using direct and denunciatory language, an approach borrowed from hardcore punk.

Despair is a technical thrash metal band from Germany.

In 1993 he founded the band Grip Inc., which featured former Slayer's drummer Dave Lombardo. He recorded four albums with Grip Inc.: Power of Inner Strength (1995), Nemesis (1997) Solidify (1999) and Incorporated (2004).

Grip Inc. was a groove metal band and side project of drummer Dave Lombardo. The band was formed in 1993, and was signed to SPV Records.

Slayer American thrash metal band

Slayer is an American thrash metal band from Huntington Park, California. The band was formed in 1981 by vocalist and bassist Tom Araya and guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman. Slayer's fast and aggressive musical style made them one of the founding "big four" bands of thrash metal, alongside Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax. Slayer's current lineup comprises King, Araya, drummer Paul Bostaph and guitarist Gary Holt. Hanneman and drummers Dave Lombardo and Jon Dette are former members of the band.

Dave Lombardo Cuban drummer

David Lombardo is a Cuban-American drummer, best known as a co-founding member of American thrash metal band Slayer. Lombardo played drums on nine Slayer albums, including the 1986 album Reign in Blood and the 2006 album Christ Illusion, for which he received critical praise. Lombardo's music career has spanned forty years, during which he has been involved in the production of thirty-five commercial recordings covering a number of genres. He has performed with numerous bands, including Grip Inc., Fantômas, Testament, and Suicidal Tendencies, in addition to Slayer. Lombardo is currently playing drums with Suicidal Tendencies, Dead Cross and the Misfits.

In 1994 he took part in the recording of the album Jesus Killing Machine by supergroup Voodoocult, led by German rock singer Phillip Boa. [3]

<i>Jesus Killing Machine</i> 1994 studio album by Voodoocult

Jesus Killing Machine is the debut album by German heavy metal band Voodoocult, released in February 1994.

Voodoocult was an international thrash metal supergroup formed in 1993 by Phillip Boa, vocalist of the alternative band Phillip Boa & The Voodooclub. The project was especially notable for the reputation of the participating musicians, such as Chuck Schuldiner, Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo, and Mille Petrozza of the German thrash metal band Kreator. The band released two albums, and disbanded in 1996 after the release of the second album and a tour.

Phillip Boa German singer and guitarist

Phillip Boa is a German independent music songwriter, musician, singer, guitarist, composer and producer. His current name is unknown after two divorces and name changes. Phillip Boa lives in Dortmund, Hamburg and on the island of Malta. As a songwriter Boa has written over 400 songs, and 21 of his studio albums made it to the top 60 of the charts. He has received several "Album & Single of the Week" awards in British magazines like NME, Sounds or Melody Maker. The musical style followed by Boa and his band Phillip Boa & The Voodooclub was described in a review by NME as "a cross between B52's and Captain Beefheart". The style of his lyrics is a mix of irony, love songs, sarcasm and is often of bizarre and deranged content.

Sorychta is also well known as a record producer, working with such bands as Lacuna Coil, Sentenced, Tiamat, Samael, The Gathering, Tristania, Moonspell, and many others. In 1995 he was nominated for a Grammi in Sweden as "Producer of the Year" for his recording of Wildhoney by Tiamat. [4]

Lacuna Coil Italian band

Lacuna Coil is a gothic metal band from Milan, Italy. Since their formation in 1994, the group has had two name changes, being previously known as Sleep of Right and Ethereal. Inspired by the combination of gothic imagery and music, the members have been known, musically, for composing mid-tempo songs consisting of prominent guitar lines and contrasting dual female/male vocal harmonies to help create a melodic, detached sound. Much of the band's recent material, however, sees a heavier and more down-tuned style, featuring a more distinct bass line and a higher mixing of the guitars within the songs. The band's 2012 release, Dark Adrenaline, peaked at number 15 on the Billboard 200. They have toured internationally and were nominated in 2006 for an MTV Europe Music Award.

Sentenced Finnish heavy metal band

Sentenced was a Finnish heavy metal band that played melodic death metal in their early years. The band formed in 1989, in the town of Muhos, Finland, and broke up in 2005.

Tiamat (band) metal band

Tiamat is a Swedish band that formed in Stockholm in 1987 and led by Johan Edlund. The band went through a number of stylistic changes, usually leaning towards gothic metal.

In 1999, he recorded the album Sleep of the Angels of the Greek metal band Rotting Christ as a session musician. [5]

<i>Sleep of the Angels</i> 1999 studio album by Rotting Christ

Sleep of the Angels is the fifth full-length album by Greek extreme metal band Rotting Christ. Like previous releases A Dead Poem and Triarchy of the Lost Lovers, the band refined their direction to a slower style with more emphasis on atmosphere and melodicism than brutality. Despite mixed critical consensus of the album, it would be supported during the band's first-ever tour in the United States.

Rotting Christ Greek metal band

Rotting Christ is a Greek black metal band formed in 1987. They are noted for being one of the first black metal bands within this region, as well as a premier act within the European underground metal scene. They are also responsible for creating the signature Greek black metal sound prevalent in the early 1990s.

Following the activity suspension of Grip Inc. in 2006, [6] he founded the gothic metal band Eyes of Eden. He recorded with this band the album Faith , released on 17 August 2007. [7] Also in 2006, he founded the thrash metal group Enemy of the Sun, which recorded the album Shadows, released on 7 December 2007. [8]

In 2009, he worked with Floor Jansen and Joost van den Broek, former members of the Dutch band After Forever, on their then new project called ReVamp. [9] [10]

He is also a well-known guest player for several bands, e.g. Therion on their tour in 2010. [11]


Enemy of the Sun

Eyes of Eden


Grip Inc.

Rotting Christ


As producer


  • Metalmeister Vol. 2 (1997)
  • 21st Century Media Blitz Vol. 2 (1999)
  • Beauty in Darkness Vol. 3 (1999)
  • Metal Dreams (1999)
  • Metal Dreams Vol. 3 (2001)
  • Metal Blade Records 20th Anniversary (2002)
  • Anthems for the Rotten Vol. 1 (2003)
  • MTV2 Headbangers Ball (2003)
  • Resident Evil: Apocalypse Original Soundtrack (2004)
  • Alone in the Dark Original Soundtrack (2005)

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