Vader Biography

At one stage they were cited by many as the band most likely to topple Morbid Angel, Deicide, Cannibal Corpse and Nile from the top of the death metal tree, Poland’s Vader produce savagely aggressive music, but retain enough melody and subtlety so that the sounds they make do not degrade merely into white noise.

Formed by Peter (Piotr Pawel Wiwczarek, 22 October 1965, Olsztyn, Poland; vocals/guitar), Doc (b. Krzysztof Raczkowski, 29 October 1970, Ketrzyn, Poland, d. August 2005; drums), China (guitar) and Jackie (bass) in the industrial town of Olsztyn in Poland in the pre-glasnost era of 1986, Vader became the first Eastern Bloc metal band to be signed to a Western record company, in this case the Earache label from Nottingham, England, whose A&R had been impressed by the band’s Morbid Reich demo. The first two albums were promising enough, but it seemed unlikely that the West would ever be able to see Vader in person until the Soviet Union collapsed at the end of the 80s and tours with the aforementioned Deicide and Cannibal Corpse, as well as Broken Hope and Malevolent Creation, could be arranged. By this point Peter, Doc and China had been joined by new bass player Shambo (b. Leszek Stanislaw Rakowski, 18 April 1972, Lidzbark Warminski, Poland), who made his recording debut on 1994’s mini-album Sothis.

Over a three-year period in the late 90s the band notched up over 350 shows but lost long-serving guitarist China. Mauser (b. Maurycy Stefanowicz, 6 February 1976, Elk, Poland) was brought in to replace him on 1997’s Black To The Blind. Further personnel change ensued in the new millennium, with Novy (ex-Behemoth) making his debut on bass on the 2003 recording (MCD) Blood, and Daray installed as the new drummer on the following year’s The Beast. The band reached an early creative peak on 2000’s Litany; this blinding aural assault is the recommended starting point for those interested in Vader.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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