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Vader: Impressions in Blood

Don't let the symphonic keyboards at the outset of Impressions in Blood fool you. This is one brutal death metal album folks, as only Vader know how to produce. If you dug their albums Litany, Revelation, The Beast, or the recent EP The Art of War, you will not be dissapointed one bit with their latest platter. Heavy as hell, technical, and insanely fast, Impressions in Blood might just be Vader's answer to Slayer's Reign in Blood.

Whether the Polish titan's bludgeon you over the head with savage and speedy death metal as they do so well on tracks like "Shadowsfear", "As Heavens Collide", and "Helleluyah (God is Dead)", or get down and dirty with some merciless and evil doom riffs like on "Predator", they pull the listener in by the juggular and never let go. A song like "Warlords" is filled with manic guitar riffs from Mauser and Peter (as well as a ripping guitar solo) plus insane blast beats from drummer Daray, who has busy bassist Novy right by his side delivering brutally fast bass grooves. "Amongst the Ruins" is one of those songs that starts out in a frenzy, but check out that amazing middle section with some slower riffs and a wonderfully tasty guitar solo. Then again, there's the closing gem "The Book", complete with symphonic keyboards, technical guitar harmonies, and some of the most crunchy guitar riffs you will hear all year. Peter's monstrous death vocals are some of the best in the business, and he really shines on this one.

This is just a monster death metal album all around. Vader has been around for quite a few years now, but they keep raising the bar time after time. Impressions in Blood is all killer, no filler- check it out.

Track Listing
01. Between Day and Night
02. Shadowsfear
03. As Heavens Collide
04. Helleluyah (God is Dead)
05. Field of Heads
06. Predator
07. Warlords
08. Red Code
09. Amongst the Ruins
10. They Live
11. The Book

Added: July 31st 2006
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Vader Website
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Language: english

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Vader: Impressions in Blood
Posted by Hugh Dark on 2006-11-28 12:40:51
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After buying a few Vader cds you will see that they are virtually all the same. They are not technical in any way. In fact, I don't know who "got" that rumor started. This band is brutal and in that respect entertaining, but the riffs are general tremolo picked motif's through simple intervals. The drums are fast, but do not entertain any serious poly-metrics or other complexities. First timers, buy Impressions, Litany or De Profundis and call it a day!

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