Guitarist/vocalist Piotr “Peter” Wiwczarek of Polish extreme metal veterans VADER was interviewed at the 2011 edition of the Dokk’em Open Air festival, which was held on May 28 at Spriens Raard in Dokkum, Netherlands. Check out the chat in two parts below.
VADER entered Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland in March to begin recording their new album, “Welcome To The Morbid Reich”. The band laid down a total of 12 songs for the CD, which was scheduled to be mixed and mastered in May for a tentative late 2011 release. Working songtitles set to appear on the effort include “Lords of Thorns”, “I Am Who Feast Upon Your Souls”, “Only Hell Knows”, “Return to the Morbid Reich” and “I Had A Dream”.
As previously reported, due to “family matters,” drummer Pawel “Paul” Jaroszewicz has decided to leave VADER. Despite this, he committed to laying down tracks for the band’s new album, “Welcome To The Morbid Reich”, and taking part in the group’s already confirmed concerts in May, June and July. Jaroszewicz‘s replacement in VADER is the “very talented” 21-year-old English musician James Stewart, who has previously played with DIVINE CHAOS.
VADER recently parted ways with bassist Tomasz “Reyash” Rejek and replaced him with Hal (HERMH, DEAD INFECTION, ABUSED MAJESTY).
VADER will debut one or two tracks from “Welcome To The Morbid Reich” during the band’s summer festival appearances.
VADER recently celebrated the 15th anniversary of its classic second album, “De Profundis”, by performing the LP in its entirety. Piotr “Peter” Wiwczarek stated, “[The fans’] response for this idea was more than great so we decided to repeat this in the future with other VADER titles, too.”
VADER‘s latest album, “Necropolis”, sold around 1,130 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The CD landed at position No. 19 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.