“Welcome to the Morbid Reich”, product of polish death metal band Vader, was released on Aug. 12. Overall the album is relentless in its approach which is to serve up one aggressive, hate-filled song after another; an album that is consistent with Vader’s previous albums. If you are already a fan of Vader then this album will not disappoint you, unless you are waiting for Vader to do something uncharacteristic. What they have done in this album is test the limits of their speed playing abilities while testing your ability to still comprehend what they are playing. For example, track 10 (Decapitated Saints) is so fast that vocalist Peter can hardly keep his lyrics up to speed with the beat of the drums.
For those who are unfamiliar
If you are new to Vader’s sound then know this: do not expect 30, 20, or 10 minute songs that carry you through a range of emotions. Vader’s songs are for the impatient metal fan who is looking for unapologetic displays of sonic power and aggression. Since the band’s inception, it seems Vader has known what they want to do musically and they have been doing it ever since. If you like this album then chances are you will like most other Vader albums. If you don’t like this album then you will save yourself a lot of effort by stopping here.
Blogger at angrymetalguy.com says of the album, “it is almost uniformly played at blistering speeds and aggressive to the point of exhaustion.” This is right. Throughout the album Vader keeps the tempo high, very high, and when they do slow down to catch their breath it is brief.
Point of contention
One contention with the album that seems to be common among reviewers is a lack of variation in the songwriting throughout the album. Speed and aggression are things many metalheads like to hear but everybody has their limit. Perhaps Vader has helped some metalheads better understand their limit by stepping over it and not looking back.
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