The New Vader, mini review.
Interestingly enough reviews of this album can end up being in the 80% area. For long time fans like myself reviews on Vader albums mean nothing. It is interesting to see how they are received but are not going to help someone like me to buy or not buy the record.
Angry Metal Guy reviews the album at a 3.5 out of possible 5. I'm fine with that, later we read on his review of 2009s Necropolis that its only the second Vader album he has ever heard and that he has never even been a fan of the band. Basically everything has already been done before in Death. Bands like this one are going to change slightly from album to album changing their song style just to make things interesting. Musically they are so adept that they are like an old death metal bar band that can play any Death style and mix it at whim with any Thrash or Black style that entertains them.
Their 2011's Welcome to the Morbid Reich was a true masterpiece and very hard to follow up on. On Morbid Reich they happenstance on the perfect blend, with the album before it, Necropolis being a more Thrash affair. Here we again have a subtle and not so subtle Slayer influence. Going back longer than than 20 years in complete Slayer worship infused in every album.
So we don't exactly have an album as flawless as Morbid Reich but we still are blessed with offerings from the longtime vets in ample amounts. This album ends up being straight to the point and only meanders about on some orchestral interludes which take us back to the ways of old. The drums are perfect, and the guitars are fast and smooth as silk. For me it is nice to see a variation in guitar sound as we had a run of albums in the late 1990s which all sounded like they were recorded with the same amp at the same settings.
The album is the return of a long lost friend that you haven't seen for awhile. The stories he tells, you have heard before but don't mind hearing again. This style starts to become an old school death metal museum showing us the riffs, arraignments and sound of days past. Still there is somehow something new making it fun.
I can't rate this album on a scale because I'm just too much a fan. I will say it's maybe slightly less of an epic than Morbid Reich. Still it is the top album of the year for me. We are in the middle of the year and I don't think anything else can top it. Could they have made it longer? Could they have added a female choir? You can ask questions of "if" all day long. In the end it is what it is and Vader delivered the goods once more. I can't ask for any more.Edited by Redcarmoose - 5/31/14 at 9:10pm