Vader - The Art Of War [EP]
14 November 2005

01. Para Bellum
02. This Is The War
03. Lead Us!!!
04. Banners On The Wind
05. What Colour Is Your Blood?
06. Death In Silence
07. Die!!! (Giń Psie) [Japanese bonus]
+ This Is The War [video]

The Art Of War…no doubt, this is the basic text of Vader on The Art Of War. Yes, this release completely floored me. I can't remember the last time these Poles were so impressive and focused, so I've to make this clear - this is one perfect masterpiece of high quality death metal.

I can easily remember how I discovered Vader: it was in 2000, when we were discussing (me and fellow metalheads) who we though to be the most underrated band, they mentioned this great Polish death metal band called Vader. They also advised me to get their albums, I bought many albums of this band who are supposedly so damned good. Well, after just one listen I realized what all the band was about, as this is some of the most impressive death I've ever heard! Since then I have acquired all of the band's other albums which were monstrous.

The Art Of War was inspired from a Japanese book called Art Of War. On it, the band seemed to call for War and its benefits, The previous albums focused its rage much more on necronomicon and religion, but on The art of war they are concentrating their hatred solely on war and crisis.

It starts with Para Bellum, a great intro with superb symphonies and continuing into the second track "This Is The War," lots and lots of brutality and blasting. Thrashy grunts and cruching riffs are thrown out. All wrapped up in superb harmony and extreme coherency. Lead Us!!! A perfect death song, thundering double bass and nice chorus and sometimes topped off by some "Arrrrrrrrgh." The guitar tone is fu**ing brilliant, catchy and chunky.

So all in all, I really expect a lot from Vader, even after releasing Impressions In Blood which is perfect and deserves to be reviewed by the staff. And I highly recommend this opus for everyone of you who is looking for the best of the best.

Performance: 10
Songwriting: 9
Originality: 8
Production: 9

Band profile: Vader
Album: The Art Of War


written by Mindheist | 02.10.2006

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Opium Magnet - 11.12.2006 at 09:56  
I just heard this album just then. They remind me of Morbid Angel, except more focused and less obscured, without the off-beat guitar solos that is a signature to the Morbid Angel sound. Highly recommended indeed, especially for MA fans.
Passenger - 28.12.2008 at 15:33  
Morbid Reich is one of the best Death Metal demos of all time, and now The Art Of War is one of the best Death Metal EPs of all time. Honestly, these 20 minutes of Vader equal at least 2 albums of any other band.
SlaytallicA - 28.12.2008 at 15:42  
This is a really great EP, DM at is best!
Uirapuru - 17.06.2009 at 08:00  
Great review. Can't believe its just an EP, but better this than fillers.
Tatras - 20.09.2009 at 19:17  
This and Despise The Sun by Suffocation are best EPs of all time... i had more fun with this EP than with many LPs by good bands...
HiF - 19.12.2011 at 17:08  
Written by Tatras on 20.09.2009 at 19:17

This and Despise The Sun by Suffocation are best EPs of all time... i had more fun with this EP than with many LPs by good bands...

Funny, this words are excatly what I had in mind, when I started to read comments:)

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