VADER Reveal cover artwork for ‘The Empire’


image006The longest living and most resilient tank of Poland’s death metal fleet has once again hoisted its flag – ready to overrun the world with its new triumphant procession. They recently fired a preliminary warning shot with the release of their ‘Iron Times’ EP, and now VADER are building their own all conquering empire with new studio album ‘The Empire’ – out on 4th  November via Nuclear Blast.

Today, the band has revealed the cover artwork of that new masterpiece.
This stunning visualisation was created by acclaimed artist Joe Petagno who has also created artwork for Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Motörhead, Marduk, Illdisposed and Sodom.

Mastermind Piotr ‘Peter’ Wiwczarek states:

“Here is the cover artwork for ‘The Empire’ created by Joe Petagno himself!! The design as a whole includes many details connected to the main theme which influenced me before and during the process of recording: war and the ‘cold crisis’ around us today. There are also links to couple of famous movie series, which influence the generations and erupt with violence, hate and ‘imperial tendencies’… Is this just a fantasy or maybe a sign of the 21st century generation?  You have to answer that yourself… and the future will show us. Enjoy ‘The Empire’ and join us on tour soon!”

Tracklisting for ‘The Empire’
Angels of Steel
Prayer to the God of War (album edition)
Iron Reign
No Gravity
The Army-Geddon
Feel My Pain
Parabellum (album edition)
Send Me Back to Hell

The lyric video for brand new track ‘Prayer To The God Of War’ is out now.  Check it out here:

Without doubt, ‘The Empire’ falls under the category of VADER’s classic albums. The impressive monument that they’ve built with their 13th studio album will immediately find its place in metal history. And it will also prove that VADER don’t need to make their peace with the world; they never did, and they certainly don’t now – especially after writing more than 30 years’ worth of death metal history.

The globally conquering weapon was produced, mixed and mastered by Wojtek and Slawek Wiesawski. ‘The Empire’ was completed within the secret bunkers of Hertz Studios in Bialystok, Poland.

Their brand new EP ‘Iron Times’ is available now digitally. You can order it here:

VADER will be returning to London this November, as part of their 9 date ‘Rise Of The Empire’ European tour.
They will be playing London venue, The Dome on 14th November alongside Florida death metal mob Hate Eternal and Canada’s syncopated metal machine Threat Signal.
You can purchase tickets here:

14th November – London, The Dome

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