Vader
Impressions In Blood


3.5
great

Review

by Justus USER (33 Reviews)
May 28th, 2008 | 12 replies | 7,291 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Vader shows, 20 years after their formation, that they are back with the fast and are not letting up any time soon.

Impressions In Blood is Vader’s 7th album, and what an album it is, considering the band was formed 22 years ago by Piotr Wiwczarek. And even though we get more or less the standard Vader sameness, one cannot expect a major shift in style or development anymore from a band like this, and that’s what makes people come back to it again and again. This (most of the time) works for Vader.

But what really gets me is Piotrs vocal style. Surley most in the Metal scene have heard them, as they are quite distinct from other Death Metal vocalists. Not a full on growl, nor the deepest grunt; it’s a style where shouting is involved, much like Thrash, with Death around the edges. This makes for a clearer, throatier sound. And it works with Vaders music, because not only is the band involved with the shredding of the strings and blastbeats, but has substance, with solos complimenting the riffs, drum work fitting tightly and accuratley to hold it together, and Piotrs Death/Thrash style completing the puzzle…it comes full circle, and makes for a great listen from an experienced band. And Vader knows when to stop. With just under 40 minutes of playtime, when finished, you know you’ve just had enough before you implode. The orchestral arrangements are also quite powerful; however short, they serve their purpose as breathers (there are three, the first song, an intro to Predators, and an intro to the last song) and add a bit of diversity to the album, which is always good.

Yet an album like this, with brutality around the clock, is not without it’s flaws. Predator, the sixth track, is filler. As the longest song on the album, it drags on and on, with a boring, unispired riff that doesn’t fit Vader at all, and overall recycled ideas. Every other song on here is better than this by tenfold; infact, on that note, some of the shorter tracks are the albums hightlights. There are also times of when repetitveness gets to a point where you think you replayed the last track. Take for example the chourus of God Is Dead; Piotr sounds, along with most of the other band, the same as they did on the chourus of Red Code. However, this can be a hit or miss: if you love one song or the other, you’re bound to like it’s counterpart.

So what we have here is a worthwhile listen from one of Poland’s finest. It is also, quite ironically, a good, accessible album for anyone getting into Vader, or Death Metal for that matter. Many of the songs are more than worthy of a long time Vader fan, and for a newbie seeking the paths of brutality, they should tread this album, after the classics.



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Epilogue
May 28th 2008


1591 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Wow, this is short. I'm sure some major flaws will be pointed out, beacuse I haven't reviewed in a long while, so out be nice...

Slaytan
May 28th 2008


1186 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This album is really good. I should listen to it more...all well.

Rugter32
April 13th 2009


754 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

GOD! IS DEAD! DEAD! HELLELUYAH!!!

That song is clearly the best of this album, whoever denies it is blind to the truest of truths. Vader ftw.This Message Edited On 04.13.09

devouredbymetal
July 18th 2009


516 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

the best song is clearly shadowfear!!!!!

gutturalmaster
January 20th 2010


170 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review, couldn't agree more! The album was awesome; one of the best death metal albums I've heard lately. The tracks are very heavy, but without overdoing the blast beat. The tracks have a nice "old school" sound, but without the loss in quality; vocals are great too.

EnCrypt.
May 7th 2010


882 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The Book is the best track hands down. Its cool to see how everyone has a different favorite track. Just goes to show you what a great album this is.

FR33L0RD
November 19th 2010


1464 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Simple but efficient & very strong album.

XfingTheSullen
April 17th 2011


2601 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Probably their musically best album, objectively speaking.

Digging: Kalisia - Cybion

FR33L0RD
May 7th 2011


1464 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I Agree with your comment XfingTheSullen.

Arnabgupta
September 18th 2012


10 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Amongst the ruins is totally awesome!

Arnabgupta
September 18th 2012


10 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Amongst the ruins is totally awesome!

ToMMyMiL16
April 7th 2014


261 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

GOD IS DEAD! HELLELUYAH! ............... This album is metal as fuck. Im obsess wit it right now.



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