The Art of War (EP)

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The Art of War
The Art of War EP cover.JPG
Cover art by Arkadiusz Jurcan
EP by Vader
Released November 14, 2006
Recorded Early 2005, Hertz Studio, Białystok, Poland
Genre Death metal
Length 14:31
Language English, Polish
Label Regain, Mystic, Candlelight, Avalon Marquee
Producer Wojtek & Sławek Wiesławscy
Vader chronology
The Beast
The Art of War
Impressions in Blood
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating 4/5 stars[1]
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
Blabbermouth 8/10 stars[3]
Chronicles of Chaos 8/10 stars[4]

The Art of War is an EP by the Polish death metal band Vader. It was released on November 14, 2006 by Regain Records in Europe, and Mystic Production in Poland. Japanese edition was released on November 23, 2006 by Avalon Marquee, and contains bonus track "Die!!!! (Giń Psie)".

The Art of War was recorded in early 2005 at Hertz Studio in Białystok, Poland produced by Wojtek & Sławek Wiesławscy. Photo session was made by Krzysztof "Sado" Sadowski, and it took place at Błędów Desert in Poland. A music video was shot for the song "This Is the War" which was produced and directed by Arkadiusz Jurcan.[5] Screenshots from video have been used as cover art, and layout. The EP is the first Vader release that features guitarist Maurycy "Mauser" Stefanowicz as composer.

Tracks "Para Bellum" and "Banners on the Wind" are intros created by Krzysztof "Siegmar" Oloś from the symphonic black metal band Vesania. It is dedicated to a former drummer of Vader, Krzysztof "Docent" Raczkowski, who died approximately three months before this EP's release.[6]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Para Bellum" (instrumental)   Krzysztof Oloś 1:26
2. "This Is the War" Piotr Wiwczarek Piotr Wiwczarek 2:49
3. "Lead Us!!!" Piotr Wiwczarek Maurycy Stefanowicz 3:16
4. "Banners on the Wind" (instrumental)   Krzysztof Oloś 0:49
5. "What Colour Is Your Blood?" Piotr Wiwczarek Piotr Wiwczarek 3:58
6. "Death in Silence" Piotr Wiwczarek Piotr Wiwczarek 2:12
7. "This Is the War" (CD-ROM bonus video clip) Piotr Wiwczarek Piotr Wiwczarek 2:54
8. "This Is the War (War Mix)" (CD-ROM bonus video clip) Piotr Wiwczarek Piotr Wiwczarek 2:54
Total length: 14:31


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

Additional musicians
  • Wojtek & Sławek Wiesławscy − sound engineering, mixing, mastering
  • Krzysztof "Sado" Sadowski − band photography
  • Arkadiusz Jurcan − cover art, screens
  • Jacek Wiśniewski − design
  • Massive Management − management
  • Recorded, mixed and mastered at Hertz Studio, Białystok, June 2005.

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label
Europe/Poland November 14, 2005[8] Regain Records/Mystic Production
Japan November 23, 2005[9] Avalon Marquee
USA January 24, 2006[10] Candlelight Records


  1. ^ Bowar, Chad. "Vader - "The Art of War" review". Retrieved 2014-02-16. 
  2. ^ Henderson, Alex. "Vader - "The Art of War" review". Retrieved 2014-02-16. 
  3. ^ Bergman, Keith. "Vader - "The Art of War" review". Retrieved 2014-02-16. 
  4. ^ Smit, Jackie. "Vader - "The Art of War" review". Retrieved 2014-02-16. 
  5. ^ "Vader Videos". Retrieved 2014-02-16. 
  6. ^ "Vader - "The Art of War"". Retrieved 2014-02-16. 
  7. ^ a b Walewski, Jacek. "Piotr Peter Wiwczarek (Vader)" (in Polish). Retrieved 2014-02-16. 
  8. ^ "Vader - "The Art of War"". Retrieved 2014-02-16. 
  9. ^ "Vader - "The Art of War"" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2014-02-16. 
  10. ^ "Vader - "The Art of War"". Retrieved 2014-02-16.