Review Summary: This has one new song, a cover, two ambient tracks, 2 songs from De Profundis, and an rudimentary instrumental. Not to mention it's a year older. So, how the hell is this better than De Profundis?
Hey, it's me again. Oh you thought I was gone. Well too ***in' bad. bitch!! Anyway, I came to review this EP, not cuss out all the haters. Vader made it's mark in death metal with De Profundis, associating brutality with Poland. I first got into Vader a little while ago. It all started with the song Devilizer. A few months later and I listened to De Profundis. I listened to the first track and then ignored it afterward. It was nothing new, no flare, and almost no energy. They tried but I ignored it for a couple of months. Later, I got a hold of Sothis, and I loved it. Little did I know that two of the songs were actually from De Profundis. So, I compared the two.
What makes Sothis more enjoyable is the production. Sothis felt freer in sound, like they had much more time to do it on Sothis than on DP. On DP, the band used acoustic drums. Here they used regular drums. Behemoth made the switch for The Apostasy after Demigod, and it worked for them, just a little bit. It didn't really work for Vader. The guitars also stand out. The distortion is brighter and because of this, the bass doesn't have to work very hard. The same can't be said for DP. The vocals sound nicer on Sothis. On DP, it sounds like a bunch of energy is used.
Hymn of the Ancient Land and R'lyeh are the two ambient tracks that you would have to skip to get to the death metal.
De Profundis is a song that sounds like it should be on DP, but never made it. A smart move.
I don't have to go into Sothis and Vision and the Voice. The Wrath is a new one and sounds like it should be on DP as well, but isn't. Another smart move.
Black Sabbath is the cover of you-know-who. What makes this different is that it's louder, it uses keyboards, Peter uses clean vocals for the first time, the rhythm guitar uses a killswitch, it gets into death metal at about 4 minutes, and the song ends with drum rudiments.
With that, everything after Black to the Blind saw Vader heading into the new and never looking back at the old. Sure they do songs from the old, but the production techniques will always correspond with the new millennium. This EP is officially a memory, nothing more. However, that doesn't mean this isn't good.