Polish death metal veterans Vader are joining Kreator for their Australian tour, arriving in Adelaide on Thursday September 7 to play at The Gov.
Their eleventh album The Empire was released in 2016 and it has been seven years since they have visited the land down under.
Frontman Piotr ”Peter” Wiwczarek says the band is excited to see faces they have missed for so long, as well as all the new ones.
“I remember it as a great trip to the continent, many friends, great shows, I expect a lot more this time around!” Peter says.
The band is hard to describe; Josh Homme came up with the name for his band The Eagles of Death Metal after his own reaction to a friend playing Vader.
“It’s not possible, never ask me to explain Vader to somebody, the only way to know is to come to the show and feel it,” Peter says.
“Anything I say is not going to be a full explanation, it’s emotional extreme fucking music – I’m a composer I have no idea how to explain it into words.”
Vader have sold over half a million copies worldwide since their inception in 1983, starting from humble beginnings in Olsztyn, Poland.
They evolved from the typical style of thrash prevalent at the time and evolved into their death metal sound by the late 1980s.
“Metallica was playing in a garage back then, infecting the young guys like me behind the Iron Curtain with extreme music,” Peter says.
“Guys from Poland who were living in fucking grey nothing, the realities were bad and that was our escape from the realities.”
The band was founded in the members’ youth, back in a time when Poland was still part of the Eastern Bloc under Communist rule.
“It’s hard to explain the situation of [Poland in] the ‘80s to people living today, they could not understand this,” Peter says.
“To go to the store and see nothing or to listen to the one or two radio channels, with the only chance to get any music is just to record off the radio.”
Despite the overall improvement in quality of life, there was a social shift that took place in Poland that affected Vader.
Social conservatism, guided by a strong religious base in the country, became part of the democratic governing force.
“They [Communist government] didn’t care about metal bands like Vader, they cared about wanting to keep power and keep everything under control,” Peter says.
“But now we have a Right-wing government with a high connection with Christian church, so they try to ban bands or people who try to be different.”
These types of encounters were well known in America, with Al Gore’s ex-wife Tipper infamously leading the crusade for censoring music in the 1980s.
However, this battle was also fought in Poland with many metal bands coming under scrutiny for their anti-religious messaging.
“Today, the economic situation is different in Poland, we’re like a regular part of Europe as a nation, but mentally they are the same.”
“They still try to bullshit people with some idiot censorship and blame those who never should be blamed, that’s how it is in Poland.”
Tickets are available here.