Vader, the kings of Polish death metal, are back with their latest platter of punishing malevolence, Necropolis. On this latest studio release, band leader Peter has enlisted an entirely new line-up, including Decapitated guitar wizard Vogg, drummer Paul, and bassist Reyash. The end result is still classic Vader, as Peter's vision of the band is as always quite dominant, with his instantly recognizable vocals and guitar work at the helm and proving to be the driving force behind the music of this fearsome beast.
Though a bit short at just over 33 minutes, Necropolis barely relents for one second, as blistering death metal thumpers such as "Devilizer", "Rise of the Undead", and "Never Say My Name" jump out of the gate and grab you by the throat, complete with punishing riffs, maniacal guitar solos, relentless drum blasts, and Peter's deathly growls. As always, his vocals are very understandable, adding to the unique sound of Vader. The band channel a bit of Slayer on the quick "Blast", and then drop in a creepy instrumental called "The Seal" before they return to crushing death metal on the excellent "Dark Heart" . You can again hear a bit of the Slayer influence on "Impure", and the guitar duo of Peter & Vogg get to lay down some complex riffery and wild solos on the raging "We Are Horde".
In the end, Necropolis is just another very solid Vader CD. Yes, it's rather short, and it would have been nice if they would have given us an additional song or two instead of the two atmospheric/instrumental tracks (and the 3 minutes of dead space on the epic closer "When The Sun Drowns In Dark" for that matter), but even if Necropolis comes across as somewhat of an overblown EP, there's still plenty of quality death metal tracks here to keep the Vader fanatics happy.
02. Rise Of The Undead
03. Never Say My Name
05. The Seal
06. Dark Heart
08. Summoning The Futura
10. We Are Horde
11. When The Sun Drowns In Dark