VADER

Death Metal • Poland
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Vader is a death metal band from Olsztyn, Poland founded in 1983.

They stand as one of the best-known European death metal bands utilizing a style of death metal different from that of their American counterparts, but their approach is firmly based upon the template created by Morbid Angel. For example, many bands of this genre tend to play guitar solos and lead parts which do not adhere strictly to traditional musical principles (such as being in key) and make extensive use of tremolo bar, creating a rather dissonant sound.

Vader, whilst often playing in this style, occasionally diverge and play diminished, augmented, and minor scale solos. The band is also different in that vocalist Piotr Wiwczarek's vocals do not follow the standard sound widely considered acceptable for death metal. While his vocal delivery remains extreme, it is a much throatier approach, giving him the ability to enunciate words more
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VADER Discography

VADER albums / top albums

VADER The Ultimate Incantation album cover 3.63 | 11 ratings
The Ultimate Incantation
Death Metal 1992
VADER De Profundis album cover 4.11 | 13 ratings
De Profundis
Death Metal 1995
VADER Black to the Blind album cover 3.81 | 8 ratings
Black to the Blind
Death Metal 1997
VADER Litany album cover 3.86 | 10 ratings
Litany
Death Metal 2000
VADER Revelations album cover 3.75 | 12 ratings
Revelations
Death Metal 2002
VADER The Beast album cover 3.14 | 7 ratings
The Beast
Death Metal 2004
VADER Impressions in Blood album cover 3.57 | 7 ratings
Impressions in Blood
Death Metal 2006
VADER Necropolis album cover 3.70 | 11 ratings
Necropolis
Death Metal 2009
VADER Welcome to the Morbid Reich album cover 3.76 | 13 ratings
Welcome to the Morbid Reich
Death Metal 2011
VADER Tibi et Igni album cover 4.25 | 8 ratings
Tibi et Igni
Death Metal 2014
VADER The Empire album cover 4.07 | 5 ratings
The Empire
Death Metal 2016
VADER Solitude In Madness album cover 3.97 | 6 ratings
Solitude In Madness
Death Metal 2020

VADER EPs & splits

VADER Sothis album cover 3.88 | 4 ratings
Sothis
Death Metal 1994
VADER Kingdom album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Kingdom
Death Metal 1998
VADER Reign Forever World album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
Reign Forever World
Death Metal 2001
VADER Blood album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Blood
Death Metal 2003
VADER The Art of War album cover 4.31 | 4 ratings
The Art of War
Death Metal 2005
VADER Lead Us!!! album cover 2.67 | 3 ratings
Lead Us!!!
Death Metal 2008
VADER The Upcoming Chaos album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Upcoming Chaos
Death Metal 2008
VADER Nile / Vader album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Nile / Vader
Death Metal 2009
VADER Iron Times album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Iron Times
Death Metal 2016
VADER Thy Messenger album cover 4.42 | 2 ratings
Thy Messenger
Death Metal 2019

VADER live albums

VADER The Darkest Age - Live '93 album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
The Darkest Age - Live '93
Death Metal 1993
VADER Live in Japan album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Live in Japan
Death Metal 1998
VADER Before The Age Of Chaos - Live 2015 album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
Before The Age Of Chaos - Live 2015
Death Metal 2015

VADER demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

VADER Live in Decay album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live in Decay
Death Metal 1986
VADER Necrolust album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Necrolust
Death Metal 1989
VADER Morbid Reich album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Morbid Reich
Death Metal 1990

VADER re-issues & compilations

VADER Reborn in Chaos album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Reborn in Chaos
Death Metal 1996
VADER Future of the Past album cover 4.25 | 2 ratings
Future of the Past
Death Metal 1996
VADER Armageddon: The Best Of album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Armageddon: The Best Of
Death Metal 2001
VADER XXV album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
XXV
Death Metal 2008
VADER Future Of The Past II - Hell In The East album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Future Of The Past II - Hell In The East
Death Metal 2015
VADER Live In Necro Reich album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In Necro Reich
Death Metal 2015
VADER Geneza Chaosu MCMLXXXIII - MCMXC album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Geneza Chaosu MCMLXXXIII - MCMXC
Death Metal 2015

VADER singles (12)

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An Act of Darkness / IFY
Death Metal 1995
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Carnal / Black to the Blind
Death Metal 1997
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Xeper / North
Death Metal 2000
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Angel of Death
Death Metal 2002
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Beware the Beast
Death Metal 2004
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v.666
Death Metal 2008
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We Are the Horde
Death Metal 2009
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Come And See My Sacrifice
Death Metal 2011
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Decapitated Saints
Death Metal 2011
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Go to Hell
Death Metal 2014
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Litania
Death Metal 2019
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Shock And Awe
Death Metal 2020

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Vision and Voice
Death Metal 1998
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More Vision and the Voice
Death Metal 2002
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Night of the Apocalypse
Death Metal 2004
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And Blood Was Shed in Warsaw
Death Metal 2007

VADER Reviews

VADER Solitude In Madness

Album · 2020 · Death Metal
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Kev Rowland
After 37 years leading Poland’s top death/thrash band, Piotr Wiwczarek is showing no sign whatsoever of slowing down. Back with their sixteenth studio album, here is a band who are very polished indeed, perhaps too much? This is all very clean indeed, and while the instruments are delineated, they are somehow muddled together. It is quite a short album, as there are eleven songs at less than 30 minutes in length, and while solid just seems to be missing the mark for me. While there are plenty of death influences in here as well to give it some grunt, there are also times when it feels almost as if they are going through the motions and can’t wait to get out on the road and transform them into something else quite different indeed. The twin guitars on “Emptiness” actually sound more like Thin Lizzy than Vader, certainly not containing the threat I expected at all.

I have listened to Vader on and off for many years, and while this is good, I do not think it stands up against albums such as ‘Tibi Et Igni’, even though it is the same line-up. Mind you, looking at the reviews around the internet it appears I am very much in the minority as lots of others think this is a masterpiece. For me it is crying out for more aggression, roughness and sheer raw unadulterated power, and while that will come through on the live circuit when it gets going again, for now all of that has been subsumed under too many layers of polish and varnish. This needs to be sweaty and visceral, and instead we have something which is far more refined, and not in a good way.

VADER Solitude In Madness

Album · 2020 · Death Metal
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Apart from a couple of lacklustre albums – The Beast springs to mind, Vader have been releasing quality death metal for near enough thirty years. A couple of masterpieces – De Profundis and Welcome To The Morbid Reich remain highpoints but now onto their twelfth studio album there’s been no shortage of gems to get stuck into including Litany, Necropolis, Tibi Et Igni and most recently 2016’s The Empire.

Some people felt Vader had gone a bit soft on their last album The Empire. I’m sure they were talking relatively speaking as Vader could never be accused of being soft but I can understand what they were getting at as by death metal standards it was a fairly accessible album. A strong collection of great riffs, quality songs and strong musicianship won me over however and I still rate it very highly. Solitude In Madness should have no problem shutting the doubters up. From the off they hit harder and faster with the aggressive Shock And Awe, a grand statement of intent all over in just over two minutes. Most of the songs are on the short side in fact, but what they lack in length they make up for in ferocity. They still manage to pack a lot into the short time frames making some of them seem longer than they actually are but it’s all over in a mere thirty minutes. There’s no shortage of compelling riffs that soon get under the skin and of course the musicianship is top notch. Drummer James Stewart in particular demonstrating with inventiveness and precision why he’s one of the best in extreme metal. A powerful production is the icing on the cake that really brings this excellent collection of songs to life.

Vader have surpassed themselves with this one and as good as the last couple of studio albums have been I’d say this is their best since 2011’s Welcome To The Morbid Reich putting it up there with the bands best work. When you’ve been doing this as long as Vader have that must take some doing but they attack this stuff with the vigour of a band half their age. Awesome stuff indeed.

VADER The Ultimate Incantation

Album · 1992 · Death Metal
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VADER has been one of Poland’s greatest metal exports with its multi-decade attack of excellent death metal albums since this debut release THE ULTIMATE INCANTATION hit the scene in 1992. This band from Olsztyn actually formed as far back as 1983 which is the same year as Death and Possessed but doesn’t receive the plaudits as a death metal pioneer due to the fact that at that early stage the band which as been led by Piotr Wiwczarek since its inception began as a heavy metal band but throughout the 80s evolved into a speed metal band, then thrash metal and didn’t go full-on death metal until it released its first demo “Live In Decay” in 1986. It would take the band nine full years to go from formation to this debut album and would go through many lineup changes but certainly didn’t waste any time developing the sounds of fully fueled old school death metal.

THE ULTIMATE INCANTATION proved to be quite the project as it was originally recorded at the famous Sunlight Studios in Stockholm, Sweden but neither the band or record label Earache were pleased and the whole thing was scrapped and re-recorded at Rhythm Studios in England with a new producer. Another strange thing about THE ULTIMATE INCANTATION is that two musicians: bassist Jacek Kalisz and guitarist Jarslaw Labieniec were credited on the album but didn’t actually perform so the band on this recording is really just Wiwczarek on guitars, bass and vocals along with Krysztof Raczkowski on drums. Despite all the fussing around trying to get the perfect album, THE ULTIMATE INCANTATION nevertheless still suffered from a substandard production that keeps the album from reaching its full potential, however on the musical side of the equation, this one is a ferocious beast!

By 1992 many death metal bands were splintering off into myriad directions. Incantation was adding elements of doom metal to its sound. Death and Atrocity were becoming more progressive and a few bands like Pan.Thy.Monium were going avant-garde, however there were a few bands in this era that were more rooted in death metal’s thrash origins. Along with bands like Deicide, Bolt Thrower and Demigod, VADER was all about keeping things pure with all those rampaging guitar riffs at high speed tempos, palm muting techniques, distortion overload and labyrinthine compositions. Add to that the double bass drum and death growls and VADER nailed the classic old school death metal sound and would quickly arise from the underground to become one of the most successful extreme metal bands to emerge from Poland.

While VADER hadn’t crafted anything groundbreaking with THE ULTIMATE INCANTATION, the album is nonetheless quite a satisfying listen as the compositions are all steeped in everything that made old school death metal so fucking cool. The riffs are on steroids but laced with that 80s thrash metal mojo along with those squealing guitar antics that were a staple of bands like Slayer and then Morbid Angel. Despite the album having a classic 1989 sound still delivers all the death metal goods in abundance with extra kudos to the phenomenal drumming prowess of Raczkowski who displays perfectly why an excellent death metal album absolutely requires a primo drum abuser. While not exactly technically adept, THE ULTIMATE INCANTATION makes up for it with an obsessive fury and indelible hunger to reach the big boy’s club. Overall this debut by VADER may not be the band’s best but is very much a satisfying period piece marred only by the weak production.

VADER Thy Messenger

EP · 2019 · Death Metal
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Kev Rowland
This five-track EP originally wasn’t supposed to be coming out like this, but as the band explains, “We recorded those five songs in January , when we supposed to record full length album. However, we changed some plans and dates, which delayed the album until December 2019. Since we already had several songs ready, we decided to travel to Hertz Studio again and record an independent release. We added a re-make of the title track from ‘Litany’, which was recorded 20 years ago. The other song is our version of “Steeler” from legendary Judas Priest’s ‘British Steel’ record and is our huge respect for their heritage in metal scene.”

Five songs, just a tad over thirteen minutes in length, by a band who honestly sound as if they are having fun in the studio, especially on “Steeler”. I hadn’t realised just how close to Priest they can sound if they wish, as in many ways this is quite a bit more basic than one would normally expect from them, but they push through it in a very powerful way indeed. Some three years since ‘The Empire’, and still with the same line-up, it is best to treat this EP as an 'amuse bouche’ for the ears. There is only one thing wrong with it, and that it is just too short! It is fun, it is metallic, it is a band totally at home with their identity and what they wish to deliver. In many ways this release sees Vader far more in the thrash space than death but keeping the death mentality while speeding through the songs. The confidence in this is palpable, and is essential for anyone who wants to play their music very loudly indeed.

VADER Tibi et Igni

Album · 2014 · Death Metal
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Kev Rowland
Polish band Vader were formed as long ago as 1983 by Piotr "Peter" Wiwczarek and guitarist Zbigniew "Vika" Wróblewski, although over the years there have been multiple line-up changes with Peter being the only constant. There was a major shift in 2011, with ‘Welcome To The Morbid Reich’ being recorded by what was basically a new band, and ‘Tibi Et Igni’ followed some 3 years later. By now the guys were all bedded in as the result of constant touring, and Peter (vocals, lead guitar) along with Marek "Spider" Pająk (rhythm guitar), Tomasz "Hal" Halicki (bass) and James Stewart (drums) deliver the goods. This is a potent mix of death and thrash, with plenty of riff-heavy melodies and a stunning production (take a bow Wojtek and Sławek Wiesławscy) and they even secured the services of the mighty Joe Petagno (yes, the man behind Snaggletooth) for the cover art. They need powerful and strong imagery to go with this as here is a band with a long history behind them who are determined to keep delivering the goods.

There are few extreme bands with a history as long as Vader, and this album shows that they are no content to rest on their laurels just yet but are going to keep delivering time and again. It is the guitar solos more than anything else which move this out of death and into thrash, yet they also combine symphonic sounds to produce something which is atmospheric and 100% Vader. While some bands have mellowed out in their latter years, or turned into something which early fans of the band may not recognise (who said Opeth?), Vader continue to deliver. Rich, chunky, this is incredibly heavy yet still melodic as the music twists and turns and will certainly bring a smile to anyone into this style of music. If you have yet to come across Vader then this is definitely a great place to start.

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One of my first death metal bands! :P

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