|Birth name||Krzysztof Raczkowski|
|Also known as||Docent, Doc|
October 29, 1970|
|Died||August 20, 2005
|Genres||Death metal, black metal|
|Associated acts||Vader, Dies Irae, Sweet Noise, Hunter, Slashing Death, Unborn, Moon, Overdub Trio|
Krzysztof Raczkowski (October 29, 1970 – August 20, 2005), also known as Docent or Doc, was a Polish drummer, best known as a member of Polish death metal bands Vader (1988–2005) and Dies Irae. He also appeared as a guest or temporary musician in Sweet Noise, Hunter, Slashing Death, Unborn, Moon, and Overdub Trio.
In the last few years of his life, Krzysztof Raczkowski had been suffering serious alcohol problems.
Originally, drum sessions for Vader's album, The Beast took place at Hertz Studio in Białystok in February 2004, however, Raczkowski fell down a flight of stairs, causing arm and leg injuries. Because of the accident, the studio sessions was postponed. Ultimately, the band decided to hire Vesania drummer Dariusz "Daray" Brzozowski as a session musician. Piotr "Peter" Wiwczarek talked about the accident while working on the album, saying:
|“||[...]factor that was pretty important was The Beast was the first album without Doc drumming on it. Believe me, if Doc had been on the record (and he was supposed to be, as we had started recording it when he fell and broke his hand, basically because he was drunk, which was one of the reasons we decided he had to quit the band), it wouldn't have been such a big drama around it. First, I tried to make The Beast more melodic compared to the previous one, Revelations. And then we had a new guy (Daray) replacing one the most important persons in the band (Doc), who created Vader and its songs since the beginning.||”|
- Doc pretty hard tried to 'fight' against his weaknesses, which were troubles for all of us. Finally he had not prevailed over that battle... All in all, he attempted... Vader today is not just a friendship anymore — it's our life with armies of man involved in music, releases and, first of all, fans waiting for shows or new albums... This is a high responsibility, not too many know about. If a person, even the most talented one, cannot stand it — [he] has to leave... That was Doc's decision as well.
In August 2005, it was announced that Doc had died.
- Slashing Death - Live at Thrash Camp (1988, demo)
- Slashing Death - Irrevocably & With No Hope (1989, demo)
- Slashing Death - Kill Me 'Coz I Can't Stop (1990, demo)
- Sweet Noise - Getto (1996, as guest)
- Moon - Daemon's Heart (1997)
- Black Altar - Na uroczysku (1998, drums programming)
- Christ Agony - Elysium (1999)
- Tower - Mercury (1999, as produccer)
- Dies Irae - Immolated (2000)
- Dies Irae - The Sin War (2002)
- Sweet Noise - Revolta (2003, guest)
- Dies Irae - Sculpture of Stone (2004)
- Sweet Noise - The Triptic (2007, as member)
- Atrocious Filth - Atrocious Filth (2008)
- Vader - Vision and Voice (1998, VHS)
- Vader - More Vision and the Voice (2002, DVD)
- Vader - Night of the Apocalypse (2005, DVD)
- Dies Irae - The Art Of An Endless Creation (2009, DVD)
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Krzysztof Raczkowski.|
- "Recordings postponed, a new drummer!". vader.pl. 2004-02-17. Retrieved 2014-03-02.
- Martinelli, Roberto. "Interview with Piotr "Peter" Wiwczarek". www.maelstromzine.com.
- "Former VADER Drummer DOC Dead At 35 - Aug. 20, 2005". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. Retrieved January 27, 2006.
- "Former VADER Drummer DOC Dead At 35". Blabbermouth.net. August 20, 2005. Retrieved January 27, 2006.