Death Metal (Poland)
Label: NUCLEAR BLAST
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 line up changes over the years, and since 2011 comprises Wiwczarek on guitars and vocals, guitarist Marek „Spider“ Pająk, bassist Tomasz „Hal“ Halicki, and British drummer James Stewart.
Starting as a heavy metal group, Vader eventually went to thrash, speed, and then in the late 1980s became a death metal band. The band’s name was inspired by Darth Vader from the Star Wars film series. Lyrical themes include stories by H. P. Lovecraft, World War II, horror, and anti-religious messages. According to Billboard magazine, by 2002 Vader sold approximately 500,000 releases around the world.
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.
Due to communication breakdowns, the contract with Earache was terminated and the release of Sothis and TheDarkest 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.
Vader spent most of 1999 touring. In March, Vader embarked on their first headlining U.S. 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 CentralEurope. Vader concluded touring by embarking on a European tour with thrash metal band Testament. 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.
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 U.S. 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.
In March 2005, drummer Doc left the band due to apparent drug problems. Five months later, he died unexpectedly from heart failure. 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.
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. In 2011, Vader released another album, entitled Welcome to the Morbid Reich. In December 2013, Vader entered the studio to record their upcoming album, titled Tibi Et Igni, for an early 2014 release. On March 7, 2014, the band finished recording the album, which was released on May 30 by Nuclear Blast. Their latest album, The Empire, was released on November 4, 2016.
Polish extreme metal veterans released a new EP titled „Thy Messenger“ on May 31st 2019. The effort contains four of the five songs that were recorded over a week-long period in January and February at Hertz Studio in Białystok, Poland under the supervision of the Wiesławski Brothers. The cover art was painted by Wes Benscoter, who previously worked with VADER on the „De Profundis“ LP and has collaborated with such bands as SLAYER, KREATOR and SINISTER. A new full VADER album will be recorded later this year for a tentative autumn release.
Industrial Groove Metal (POLAND)
Label: Mystic / Fono / Indie / Mvd
Thy Disease was formed in 1999 in Cracow, Poland on the initiative of a guitarist Dariusz Styczen aka Yanuary. The band’s music combines elements of modern groove/death metal and strong industrial influences enriched with electronic sounds. The first demo called „Art Of Decadence“ was recorded in December the same year. In 2001 Thy Disease’s first album „Devilish Act Of Creation“ was released. It was considered as a debut of the year among readers of Metal Hammer.
During the winter of 2003-2004 the band recorded third CD named „Neurotic World Of Guilt“. The LP got very enthusiastic reviews in music magazines around the world. It was also the last album released by Metal Mind Productions. In 2006 Thy Disease signed a new deal with Empire Records and released the fourth album „Rat Age (Sworn Kinds Final Verses)“. This was a breakthrough in the band’s discography. In Poland 5000 copies of this CD were sold.
In 2009 Thy Disease signed a three-album deal with Mystic Production. On the 30th of November 2009 the bands 5th CD called “Anshur-Za” was released. Through all the years of its activity on the stage the band played dozens of tours and festivals in Poland and abroad, including Metal Heads Mission, Hard Rock Laager, Metalmania, Metal Crowd and many others. After several personnel changes in the line-up the sixth album called „Costumes of Technocracy” was released by Mystic Production in 2014.
Band’s new album will be released in the autumn of 2019.