Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Initial Impressions: Vader: Welcome to the Morbid Reich

Everyone's favorite Polish death/thrash pioneers Vader are back with their ninth full-length album. Vader has been one of the most consistently amazing bands going for the last twenty years or so. Vader has never put out a bad album and still absolutely crushes live. This album is no exception.

This is a surprisingly dynamic album from the band. In previous works, Vader has mostly stuck to the same formula, brutal, take-no-prisoners death/thrash. While the general description has not changed much, the band has incorporated blazing guitar solo work complementing the riffs virtually non-stop. This has added a much more complex and melodic layer to the typical crushing riffs.

Beyond that, if you are at all familiar with Vader, you have a pretty good idea of what to expect with this release. The vocals and general musical formula have not changed. Vader sounds a lot more energetic this time out, which is really saying something for this band. They sound rejuvenated. This album could have passed for something they released in their early years.

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