The Beast (Vader album)

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The Beast
Cover art by Jacek Wiśniewski
Studio album by Vader
Released September 8, 2004
Recorded RG Studio, Gdańsk, May–June, 2004[1]
Genre Death metal
Length 37:48
Label Metal Blade Records, Metal Mind Productions, Marquee/Avalon
Producer Piotr Wiwczarek
Vader chronology
The Beast
The Art of War
Singles from The Beast
  1. "Beware the Beast"
    Released: August 24, 2004
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Chronicles of Chaos 7/10 stars[2]
Teraz Rock 4/5 stars[3]
Exclaim! favorable[4]

The Beast is the sixth album by the Polish death metal band Vader. It was released on September 8, 2004 in Japan by Marquee/Avalon, September 20 in Poland via Metal Mind Productions, and a day later in Europe and the United States by Metal Blade Records.

The album's working title was Spiritual Disease.[5] The release was preceded by the single "Beware the Beast", which was released on August 25, 2004. The album was nominated for a Fryderyk Award in the category 'Metal Album of the Year (Album roku metal)'.[6] Two music videos have been made for the songs "Dark Transmission" and "Choices", which were directed by Wojciech Głodek. Video clips were shot at RG Studio while recording the album. In Poland, The Beast landed at position No. 8, and dropped out five weeks later. The album also charted in Japan.

The album was recorded between May and June 2004 at RG Studio in Gdańsk, Poland, and was produced by Piotr Wiwczarek. The album was mastered by Jacek Gawłowski at JG Lab Studio in Warsaw, Poland. Originally, drum sessions took place at Hertz Studio in Białystok in February 2004 with drummer Krzysztof "Doc" Raczkowski,[7] however, Raczkowski fell down a flight of stairs, causing arm and leg injuries.[7] Because of the accident, the studio sessions was postponed. Ultimately, the band decided to hire Vesania drummer Dariusz "Daray" Brzozowski as a session musician.[7] Piotr "Peter" Wiwczarek talked about the accident while working on the album, saying:

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Intro" (instrumental)   Piotr Wiwczarek 0:59
2. "Out of the Deep" Piotr Wiwczarek Piotr Wiwczarek 4:51
3. "Dark Transmission" Paweł Frelik Piotr Wiwczarek 4:09
4. "Firebringer" Piotr Wiwczarek Piotr Wiwczarek 3:32
5. "The Sea Came in at Last" Paweł Frelik Piotr Wiwczarek 4:05
6. "I Shall Prevail" Paweł Frelik Piotr Wiwczarek 3:49
7. "The Zone" Paweł Frelik Piotr Wiwczarek 4:30
8. "Insomnia" Paweł Frelik Piotr Wiwczarek 3:27
9. "Apopheniac" Paweł Frelik Piotr Wiwczarek 4:13
10. "Choices" Łukasz Szurmiński Piotr Wiwczarek 4:07
Total length: 37:48


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

  • Paweł Frelik – lyrics
  • Łukasz Szurmiński – lyrics
  • Piotr Łukaszewski – sound engineering, mixing[11]
  • Grzegorz Smoloński – photos
  • Jacek Gawłowski – mastering
  • Bartłomiej Kuźniak – mastering (single)
  • Jacek Wiśniewski – cover art[12]
  • Wojtek Głodek – studio report
  • Recorded & mixed at RG Studio, Gdańsk, May/June 2004
  • Mastered at JG Lab Studio, Warszawa, July 2004
  • Studio report & video-clips filmed at RG Studio, Gdańsk
  • Live video-clips filmed during Metalmania Festival 2003, Katowice, Poland.

Beware the Beast[edit]

Beware the Beast is the fifth single by the Polish death metal band Vader.[13] It was released only in Poland on August 24, 2004 by Empire Records. The release features two songs "Dark Transmission (333.version)", "Stranger in the Mirror", studio report, and music video for "Dark Transmission".

The studio report consists walk through the main recording process of The Beast album, interview with band members, and studio engineer Piotr Łukaszewski. Marcin "Novy" Nowak despite being shown in video did not record any off bass lines which were handled by Piotr "Peter" Wiwczarek.[9]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Dark Transmission (333.version)" Paweł Frelik Piotr Wiwczarek 3:54
2. "Stranger in the Mirror" Łukasz Szurmiński Piotr Wiwczarek 2:40
3. "Studio Report" (video)     24:13
4. "Dark Transmission" (music video)     3:52



Chart (2004) Peak
Polish Albums Chart[14] 8
Japanese Albums Chart[15] 207


Chart (2004) Peak
Poland (ZPAV Top 100) 15[16]

Release history[edit]

Formats Region Date Label
CD Japan September 8, 2004[17] Avalon Marquee
CD, 2CD Poland September 20, 2004[18][19] Metal Mind Productions
CD, CD+DVD, LP USA/Europe September 21, 2004[20] Metal Blade Records


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