Due to "family matters," drummer Pawel "Paul" Jaroszewicz recently decided to leave Polish death metal veterans VADER. Despite this, he committed to laying down tracks for the band's new album, "Welcome To The Morbid Reich", and taking part in the group's previously announced concerts in May, June and July. Jaroszewicz's replacement in VADER is the "very talented" 21-year-old English musician James Stewart, who was discovered by VADER when they were supported on the "Blitzkrieg 5" tour by the U.K. metal band DIVINE CHAOS, which James also plays drums for.
Stewart made his live debut with VADER by playing two songs at the band's June 14, 2011 concert at the Underworld in London, England.
Fan-filmed video footage of Jaroszewicz introducing Stewart and VADER's new lineup performing the songs "This Is The War" and "Lead Us" can be seen below.
Stewart is scheduled to take over the drum duties in VADER full-time starting on July 17.
VADER will release its new album, "Welcome To The Morbid Reich", on August 12 in Europe and September 13 in North America via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was recorded at Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland and features the cover artwork of Zbigniew Bielak (DESTRYER 666, WATAIN). The band laid down a total of 12 songs for the CD, which was mixed and mastered in May.
VADER recently parted ways with bassist Tomasz "Reyash" Rejek and replaced him with Hal (HERMH, DEAD INFECTION, ABUSED MAJESTY).
VADER's latest album, "Necropolis", sold around 1,130 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The CD landed at position No. 19 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.