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Vader: Necropolis

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.

Track Listing
01. Devilizer
02. Rise Of The Undead
03. Never Say My Name
04. Blast
05. The Seal
06. Dark Heart
07. Impure
08. Summoning The Futura
09. Anger
10. We Are Horde
11. When The Sun Drowns In Dark

Added: October 19th 2009
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Vader Website
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Vader: Necropolis
Posted by Paul Williams, SoT Staff Writer on 2009-10-19 15:45:25
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Not surprisingly Necropolis is now my third favourite Vader album and the reason that this is such a "meh" occasion is due to the fact that Vader don't have the most amazing discography. In my opinion the only worthwhile Vader albums to own are De Profundis, for its violent attitude, and The Art of War. Of course Necropolis has been added to this list now but it still doesn't surpass either of the latter mentioned albums, although it does draw from both and mix them in a decent enough way.

I have to say that I was quite surprised by the fact that Vader got straight to the point on the first few songs as each and every one of them was metal as fuck, perhaps lacking a bit in the ferocity department but still proving that the new guys in the band understand what Vader should sound like; heavy and evil. While "Devilizer" is a chugging cascade of double kicks and shredded yells, "Blast" is a bestial song that relentlessly pounds the listener into a bloodied pulp. Thankfully all the songs vary between these two stylings yet none of them feel repetitive.

The big downer about this album is that it is way too short and the fact that they still felt the need to put "The Seal" and "Summoning The Furtura" (not to mention the random shit in "When the Sun Drowns In Dark"), which are pretty much the most useless and random tracks ever, taking away 3 minutes that could have been a songs.

2009 has been a good year for death metal. We've had some of the "greats" come out with some fantastic albums (but then again we've had some not so great albums….I'm looking at you Obituary!) but it just seems as though Necropolis may just fade into the grey as it is very likely that when people heard that the new Vader album was coming out they were as excited as if it was Christmas and upon opening up the present all that was inside was a plastic dog turd. Sure the fake shit is fun for a while but then interest just fades and you stopping playing with it, leaving it to sit at the bottom of your toy box.

That's Necropolis. A fake dog crap and I've already gotten bored with it.

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