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Vader: Welcome to the Morbid Reich

Polish death metal/thrash juggernauts Vader are one of the few bands on the extreme scene who just seem to never disappoint year in and year out. With an impressive discography already behind them, the band just always seem to go back into the studio and crank out another ripper each time. Welcome to the Morbid Reich is their latest for Nuclear Blast, another scorching affair from these guys that cements their position alongside Behemoth as the kings of death metal in Poland.

All the traditional Vader elements are here-monstrous riffing, pummeling blast beats, Peter's instantly recognizable and understandable growls, memorable songs, and some sizzling guitar solos, this time from new guy Marek 'Spider' Pająk. Not really any bum tracks here, with some of the highlights being "The Black Eye", "Come and See My Sacrifice", the rampaging title track, "Only Hell Knows", and the scorching, lead guitar filled "Don't Rip The Beast's Heart Out". It seems, with the addition of Spider, that Vader's guitar work has taken on a slightly more technical edge here, as he and Peter lay down all sorts of intricate yet brutal riff-o-rama throughout Welcome to the Morbid Reich, and the lead work is crisp and acrobatic, and of course whammy bar driven when Peter is at the helm. Gotta give Vader credit also for one of the best song titles ever this year in "Black Velvet And Skulls Of Steel", which also happens to be a headbangers delight, and "Decapitated Saints" just absolutely crushes from start to finish.

There you have it, another winner from Vader. If you are not already a fan, there's probably nothing here that won't change your mind and convert you, but for those that worship the ground that this band walks on, Welcome to the Morbid Reich is another testimony to their greatness.

Track Listing
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 Are Coming...
12. Black Velvet And Skulls Of Steel

Added: October 20th 2011
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 3179
Language: english

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Vader: Welcome to the Morbid Reich
Posted by Jeff B, SoT Staff Writer on 2011-10-20 15:01:08
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Vader are one of Poland's most renowned extreme metal acts, and they've been consistently churning out high-quality death metal releases ever since their debut full-length back in 1993. Welcome to the Morbid Reich is the band's eighth studio album, and everything you'd expect from a Vader album is here in full force. After a brief symphonic intro, the band transports the listener into old school death metal hell, filled with brutal riffs, deep gutteral growls, and frantic drumming galore. Welcome to the Morbid Reich is yet another high-quality and dependable release in Vader's already impressive discography, and I can't imagine any fan of the band marking this as anything less than another successful observation from Poland's most consistent extreme metal act. Welcome to the Morbid Reich isn't anything new or revolutionary from the folks in Vader, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing when their formula is this solid. Although it may not change anybody's mind about Vader, Welcome to the Morbid Reich is a high-quality entry that is sure to satisfy their rabid fanbase.

Those familiar with Vader shouldn't expect too many surprises on Welcome to the Morbid Reich - at its core, this is the same sound that the band played on The Ultimate Incantation. Fat old school death metal riffs, powerful growls, and pummeling drum patterns all make a tremendous appearance here, and the guitar solos are as impressive as ever. There are also a few symphonic sections, but they are utilized more as a nice change of pace than an integral part of the music. I absolutely love sections like this, and it makes tracks like "I Am Who Feasts Upon Your Soul" just so much more powerful. Welcome to the Morbid Reich may not offer much in the way of innovation, but the songwriting and musicianship are impressive as ever. Vader simply know how to create top-notch old school death metal, and their craft as musicians is irrefutable. Welcome to the Morbid Reich also sports a sleek and powerful production, and even though it's slightly too compressed-sounding for my tastes, there's no denying that this album has a very high quality sound.

All in all, Welcome to the Morbid Reich is yet another winner from one of the hardest working acts in death metal, and any fan of Vader should label it as a must-have. This may not be their definitive masterpiece or the best starting point for budding fans, but it's a strong recommendation nonetheless. 3.5 stars seem very fair here.

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