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Vader are a Polish Death Metal/Thrash Metal Band, with good emphasis on the Thrash. Originally starting off simply as a harder thrash band before shifting towards the style that they play.


  • Piotr "Peter" Wiwczarek – lead guitar, vocals (1983–present)
  • Marek "Spider" Pająk – rhythm guitar (2010–present)
  • Tomasz "Hal" Halicki – bass (2011–present)
  • Michal Andrzejczyk - drums (2022-present)


  • The Ultimate Incantation (1992; re-recorded in 2017)
  • De Profundis (1995)
  • Black to the Blind (1997)
  • Litany (2000)
  • Revelations (2002)
  • The Beast (2004)
  • Impressions in Blood (2006)
  • Necropolis (2009)
  • Welcome to the Morbid Reich (2011)
  • Tibi Et Igni (2014)
  • The Empire (2016)
  • Solitude in Madness (2020)


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  • The Alcoholic: Why Krzysztof "Doc" Raczkowski was fired. By the end of his run in the band, he was an out-of-control alcoholic who was fast approaching rock bottom, and the band was fast losing their patience with him. The last straw came during the recording sessions for The Beast, when Doc (who was still in the band at the time) drunkenly fell down a flight of stairs during the sessions and fractured his hand, and the band had to hire Dariusz Brzozowski as a session member because they knew then and there that they could no longer have Doc in the band. It wound up killing him just a year later, as he died of heart failure at just thirty-four years old.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: They have Covered "Raining Blood" by Slayer, Extreme Noise Terror's "Raping the Earth", The Exploited's "Troops of Tomorrow" and... Depeche Mode's "I Feel You."
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  • Ascended Extra: Marek Pająk.
  • Call-Back: The album Welcome to the Morbid Reich, to the Morbid Reich demo.
  • Cool Old Guy: Peter is over 50, and he's still playing intense death metal.
  • Cover Album: The two Future of the Past albums.
  • Death Metal
  • Epic Rocking: "Revelation of Black Moses".
  • Genre-Busting: Death Metal and Thrash Metal molded into one.
  • Harsh Vocals: Subverted, surprisingly, as Piotr Wiwczarek instead opts for a very clear throaty bellow with a noticeable accent (which is rare in death metal). This style was later popularized by several other vocalists (Nergal, Adam Buszko, and Adrian Kowanek) and has become known as the "Polish Growler" style.
  • Heavy Mithril: They wrote and performed "Sword of the Witcher" for the compilation album The Witcher: Music Inspired By the Game.
  • "I Am" Song: "I Am Who Feasts Upon Your Soul".
  • I Am the Band: Peter.
  • "I Hate" Song: "Litany" is a list of things the author hates about the person they are addressing the song to, as well as nasty things that he would like to do to them.
  • Instrumentals: "Creation", "Red Dunes", "Between Day and Night", "Ultima Thule", "They Are Coming".
  • Live Album: The Darkest Age, Live in Japan.
  • Miniscule Rocking: "An Act of Darkness", "The Innermost Ambience", and "Forwards to Die!!!" are just a few examples.
  • Motor Mouth: Peter's vocal delivery can get insanely fast at times, "Decapitated Saints" and "The Final Massacre" being the most prominent examples.
  • Rearrange the Song: The band frequently re-records old material and puts it on new releases. They did that to the entire The Ultimate Incantation album for its 25th anniversary under the name Dark Age.
  • Shout-Out: The name is one to Darth Vader. The Empire is also a pretty obvious nod to the same franchise. "Silent Empire" is about Trystero from Thomas Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49.
  • Special Guest: Nergal delivers guest vocals on "Revelations", and he's just one of them in all of Vader history. It'd be far too difficult to list them all.
  • Strictly Formula: While they have generally grown heavier and more technical over the years (particularly after Marek "Spider" Pajak joined and was able to provide more traditional shred riffs to contrast Peter's chaotic and primitive leads) and have been willing to embrace more modern conventions, Vader albums have stayed highly consistent. A Vader album will include a bunch of speedy death/thrash tracks, a few midpaced tracks, maybe an oddball track or two, and maybe a bigger epic, but anyone who listens to a given release will know what to expect.
  • Thrash Metal