Black to the Blind

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Black to the Blind
Vader - Black to the Blind.jpg
Cover art by Jacek Wiśniewski
Studio album by
Released13 October 1997
Recorded1997, Selani Studio, Olsztyn, Poland
GenreDeath metal
LabelSystem Shock/Impact Records, Koch International Poland, Pavement Music, Witching Hour Productions, Avalon Marquee
ProducerPiotr "Peter" Wiwczarek, Andrzej Bomba
Vader chronology
De Profundis
Black to the Blind
Alternative cover
studio cover of 2012 re-release
studio cover of 2012 re-release
Singles from Black to the Blind
  1. "Carnal / Black to the Blind"
    Released: 1997
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2.5/5 stars [1]
Chronicles of Chaos9/10 stars[2]
Teraz Rockfavorable[3]

Black to the Blind is the third album by the Polish death metal band Vader. It was released on 13 October 1997 in Europe and Poland by System Shock/Impact Records and Koch International Poland, respectively. Japanese edition with one bonus track was released by Avalon/Marquee. The album was nominated for a Fryderyk Award in the category 'Hard & Heavy Album of the Year (Album roku - hard & heavy)'.[4]

Black to the Blind was recorded between July and August 1997 at Selani Studio in Olsztyn, Poland, and was produced by Piotr "Peter" Wiwczarek and Andrzej Bomba. The album was mastered by Julita Emanuiłow. The album features cover art by Jacek Wiśniewski. Song "Carnal" from the album was used in Polish action movie Gniew (Anger) from 1998, directed by Marcin Ziębiński. It was also released by Koch International as part of soundtrack for this movie.

In 2012 Witching Hour Productions released remastered edition of Black to the Blind with new cover art, and layout by Zbigniew Bielak. Remastering was made by Wiesławscy Brothers, and it took place at Hertz Studio, Białystok in Poland.

Track listing[edit]

1."Heading for Internal Darkness"Paweł FrelikPiotr Wiwczarek3:46
2."The Innermost Ambience"Paweł WasilewskiPiotr Wiwczarek1:32
3."Carnal"Paweł FrelikPiotr Wiwczarek2:09
4."Fractal Light"Paweł FrelikPiotr Wiwczarek2:42
5."True Names"Paweł FrelikPiotr Wiwczarek3:36
6."Beast Raping"Paweł WasilewskiPiotr Wiwczarek2:42
7."Foetus God"Paweł WasilewskiPiotr Wiwczarek2:43
8."The Red Passage"Paweł WasilewskiPiotr Wiwczarek3:01
9."Distant Dream"Tomasz KrajewskiPiotr Wiwczarek2:25
10."Black to the Blind"Paweł WasilewskiPiotr Wiwczarek4:08
Total length:28:47
Japanese Bonus Track
11."Anamnesis"Paweł WasilewskiPiotr Wiwczarek3:08


Production and performance credits are adapted from the album liner notes.

  • Paweł Frelik – lyrics
  • Tomasz Krajewski – lyrics
  • Paweł Wasilewski – lyrics
  • Andrzej Bomba – sound engineering, production[6]
  • Julita Emanuiłow – mastering
  • Jacek Wiśniewski – cover art[7]
  • Michał Pasich – photos
  • Takahisa Okuno – Japanese liner notes
  • Wojtek & Sławek Wiesławscy – remastering[8]
  • Zbigniew Bielak – cover art, layout (re-release)[8]
  • Recorded & mixed at Selani Studio, Olsztyn, July & August 1997

Carnal / Black to the Blind[edit]

Carnal / Black to the Blind is the second single by the Polish death metal band Vader. It was released only in Poland in 1997 with special edition of Thrash'em All magazine entitled Super Poster" #1. Apart from promo single insert includes interview with Piotr "Peter" Wiwczarek, Polish translation of lyrics from Black to the Blind, and additional information about the band.

Track listing[edit]

1."Carnal"Paweł FrelikPiotr Wiwczarek2:09
2."Black to the Blind"Paweł WasilewskiPiotr Wiwczarek4:08

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label
Europe, Poland 13 October 1997[9][10] System Shock/Impact Records, Koch International Poland
USA 21 April 1998[11] Pavement Music
Japan 23 March 2000[12] Avalon Marquee
Poland 27 November 2012[13] Witching Hour Productions


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  2. ^ Schwarz, Paul. "Vader - "Black to the Blind" review". Retrieved 2014-02-16.
  3. ^ Celiński, Krzysztof. "Vader - "Black to the Blind" review". Retrieved 2014-02-16.
  4. ^ "Fryderyki 1997: nominowani i laureaci" (in Polish). Retrieved 6 November 2011.
  5. ^ a b Walewski, Jacek. "Piotr Peter Wiwczarek (Vader)" (in Polish). Retrieved 27 December 2011.
  6. ^ a b "Vader - "Black to the Blind"". Retrieved 2014-02-16.
  7. ^ "Jacek Wiśniewski works". Archived from the original on February 22, 2008. Retrieved 2014-02-16.
  8. ^ a b "DWA LEGENDARNE ALBUMY VADER SĄ JUŻ DOSTĘPNE!!!" (in Polish). Archived from the original on 2014-02-27. Retrieved 2014-02-16.
  9. ^ "Vader - "Black to the Blind"". Retrieved 2014-02-16.
  10. ^ "Vader - "Black to the Blind"". Retrieved 2014-02-16.
  11. ^ "Vader - "Black to the Blind"". Retrieved 2014-02-16.
  12. ^ "Vader - "Black to the Blind"" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2014-02-16.
  13. ^ "Vader - "Black to the Blind"". Archived from the original on March 12, 2013. Retrieved 2014-02-16.