Vader – “Tibi Et Igni” (Nuclear Blast Records)
Before Behemoth there was Vader……if you were into death metal back in the 90s then you’ll know this fearsome name given they were on the bill of many a tour. Probably the first metal band to break out’ve Poland, they really put their nation on the international map with the likes of blistering blasters like 1995’s “De Profundis”. Returning in fine style this year with a tasteful Joe ‘Motorhead’ Petagno cover, Vader bring both their maturity and brutality to bear in this classy album that spans their career in both new and old school styles of death metal. Unmistakeable are those heavy chainsaw guitars with their trademark driller killer melodies and some absolutely wild out of control solos! Founder vocalist / guitarist Piotr “Peter” Wiwczarek’s harsh vocals remain as bitter as ever since he formed the band back in 1983, although he is now the sole survivor, having built a new band around himself in the last few years. However, as per Vader’s high standing reputation they don’t fail to deliver the goods on songs like ‘Triumph Of Death’, ‘Abandon All Hope’ and ‘Where Angels Weep’, skillfully melding hyper speed nuclear drumming along with subtle hooks n catches that had reminders of early Slayer and also could be seen to be the inspiration behind newer bands like Behemoth and Belphegor – like I said, a classy album taking their material a step above the rest! With 4 years since their last album and 3 decades in the business, Vader have undoubtedly wished to make a strong statement with this album – and they have – that they are very much still in the game and able to keep up with the new kids on the block, but more importantly can make a more mature offering to an even wider fan base.