|Vader - 'Tibi Et Igni' (Nuclear Blast)|
|Written by Mark Ashby|
|Tuesday, 10 June 2014 04:00|
For a little more than three decades, Vader have stood at the vanguard of the Polish, if not the European, death metal scene. While countrymen such as Behemoth may garner many more magazine covers and column inches than Piotr Wiwczareck and his various incarnations of the band, Vader nevertheless have always remained a dominant, and influential, force - a position which was rewarded with the release of their most commercially successful album, 'Welcome To The Morbid Reich'. The success of that album resulted in a massive, two-year long touring schedule.
Having returned to the studio at the end of 2013 to start recording their tenth opus diabolicus, 'Tibi Et Igni' (which translates from the Latin as 'For You And Fire') is billed as the heaviest album that Vader have produced to date... and it certainly is a beast of an opus, taking neither quarter nor prisoner as it pummels the listener into submission from beginning to end. It's an album with a fire in its belly, which combines heaviness with subtlety, atmospherics with brutality and melody with aggression with the precision of a surgeon.
One word which could be used to describe this album is angry, as there is a latent sense of anger in Wiwczareck's spiteful, vicious vocals, which spew from the speakers with an unprecedented and unparalleled venom and sense of unrepentant fury: the songs themselves are equally furious, drawing upon every aspect of the death metal spectrum and delivering the goods with a focussed, furious intent - 'Where Angels Weep' and 'Triumph Of Death', for example, are two of the most vicious metallic onslaughts I have experienced since the early days of Slayer and Death Angel.
In fact, it is an album which very much harkens back to the early days of the extreme metal era, as it possesses and vibrancy which belies the experience and maturity of its progenitors, while at the same time displaying that same maturity in terms of the measured approach to every aspect of this majestic, malevolent masterpiece.
So far this year, Poland has produced arguably the best black metal of the year so far, in the shape of Behemoth's, well behemothic, 'The Satanist'; now you can add possibly the best death metal offering of 2014 to date.