Vader - Welcome To The Morbid Reich review
|Album:||Welcome To The Morbid Reich|
|Release date:||August 2011|
01. Ultima Thule
02. Return To The Morbid Reich
03. The Black Eye
04. Come And See My Sacrifice
05. Only Hell Knows
06. I Am Who Feasts Upon Your Soul
07. Don't Rip The Beast's Heart Out
08. I Had A Dream...
09. Lord Of Thorns
10. Decapitated Saints
11. They're Coming...
12. Black Velvet And Skulls Of Steel
13. Raping The Earth [Extreme Noise Terror cover] [Digipak bonus]
14. Troops Of Tomorrow [The Exploited cover] [Digipak bonus]
Ladies and gents, let's have a look at one of the great moments of world cinema, a masterpiece of mass entertainment and witty dialogue, "Pulp Fiction":
VINCENT: (..) you know what the funniest thing about Europe is?
VINCENT: It's the little differences. A lotta the same shit we got here, they got there, but there they're a little different.
Vader plays seemingly the same shit as about a million other death metal bands, but it's the little differences that set them apart from a nameless mass and put them where they belong, at the pinnacle of death metal: occasional very melodic, short riffs; pseudo-choirs; surprising keyboards; whispers; non-conventional drumming. After the furious primal onslaught of Litany no one could have any doubts about Vader's place in death metal, regardless of taste. But even though every album afterwards was very solid, none of them reached the absolute heights of Litany, and every next one was slightly weaker than its predecessor, with Necropolis being really stale and simply boring.
Until now. Welcome to the Morbid Reich is, I'm very pleased to say, Vader's strongest release since the unsurpassable Litany. Another change of lineup must've been exceptionally good for the creative powers that Vader thrives on, because most of the songs are top notch, brimming with long-lost energy and verve. Vader seems to have mastered what Slayer made their trademark on Reign in Blood - they're able to make several songs played at the same tempo, yet every one of them is arranged slightly differently, especially drumming-wise, thus never boring the listener. Special kudos for "Don't Rip Beast's Heart Out", "Come See My Sacrifice" and "Only Hell Knows". These three songs could easily find a spot on the best Vader albums like De Profundis or the aforementioned Litany. The rest aren't far behind in terms of quality, together forming a very convincing album that, at least to these ears, has no competition among this year's death metal releases.
With bands like Vader, lack of progress or development isn't a bad thing at all. Album after album, they perfect their art, sometimes soaring higher than usual, like this year, but never really veering from their once chosen path. I at least don't expect anything else from these guys.
||Written on 24.09.2011 by Writes overly honest and totally subjective reviews when fancy strikes him. Which is not often. Which is probably good, all things considered.|
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