Vader
Welcome to the Morbid Reich


4.0
excellent

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (197 Reviews)
October 6th, 2011 | 100 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Polish death heads Vader, release a steady album that does make for an enjoyable listen but does absolutely nothing to push on the boundaries of metal.

Welcome To The Morbid Reich shows much of what is needed to create an enjoyable death metal record, however there is little they do that releases them from the confines of their writing style. Their latest effort ticks all the right boxes but leaves a question mark next to the heading: “Experimentation”. Vader, in their now twenty-plus year career have solidified a true vintage death metal sound. Fortunately, the production has received a continuous updating process and the album comes out crisp, clean and overall well done. Every drum stroke and kick, every solo note and even the raspy vocals come through very strongly ensuring Vader’s booming presence. This makes for a “vintage” yet “modern” album.

Vader’s latest effort displays an excellent amount of technical prowess throughout the entire of the album and knows how to show it off. Combined with their creative experiences and upbeat tempos; Vader blast, sweep, growl and chug along extremely well. Easily highlighting the instrumental aspects of the album comes the guitar work, specifically the solo work where there is a combination of sweeps, tremolo and arpeggio runs that all combine to make an interesting listen. Another highlight includes the diverse efforts from the drum kit. The albums tempo is kept by some amazing stick work that, thanks to the modern production can be heard down to the smallest detail.

Welcome To The Morbid Reich’s atmosphere adds another layer of interest for the listener to explore. It has a rather cinematic feel especially where symphonic and orchestral elements are added to tracks by themselves or layered behind other instruments. These other sound sources build a mood for the album that rarely lets go. Holding the entire album together is a wealth of experience, on all levels including musicianship and the input of contrasting features i.e. the orchestral/symphonic sounds that would be more commonly known to the black metal genre. These excerpts are often coupled rhythmically with Vader’s guitar and drum work thickening the band’s texture and adding another element to maintain the interest of the listener.

It’s important to state that whilst the music is extremely solid, its consistency lets it down a little. In short, it’s overly consistent. There is no willingness to explore their sound or experiment abruptly. Some key features that if pulled off would have favoured Welcome To The Morbid Reich favourably. There is nothing groundbreaking to be seen here just some outstandingly solid music from some death metal veterans. Welcome To The Morbid Reich plays a little too safe and sticks to the same formula that has been done many times before. Vader seem to be content with releasing much of the same music over and over again staying overly true to the music they produce. Fans are going to be very pleased with this and for those experiencing Vader for the first time, they are sure to find at least one element they’ll like this album could considered an accessible step into death metal.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
October 7th 2011


7041 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

And. Here. We. Go.

BallsToTheWall
October 7th 2011


44359 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Slays. Summary is redundant. Who the hell is looking for genre pushing in death metal, especially in an established band like Vader?

Digging: Pharmakon - Abandon

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
October 7th 2011


18470 Comments


Took the words right outta my mouth.

Digging: Recondite - Caldera/DRGN 2

Ire
October 7th 2011


41779 Comments


dude where are the tribal beatz?

Carnifex
October 7th 2011


1918 Comments


Album rules hard, as it should.

taylormemer
October 7th 2011


4917 Comments


"Summary is redundant" [2]

KronosRage
October 7th 2011


367 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Best album I've heard in months

Wizard
October 7th 2011


19401 Comments


Polish death heads Vader, release a steady album that does make for an enjoyable listen but does absolutely nothing to push on the boundaries of metal.

Automatic 3-3.5, not a 4.

Digging: Khonsu - Traveller

bloozclooz
October 7th 2011


1770 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

solid album, good review. this is slightly better than their usual fair, but not by much. got old after like 5 listens

ToMMyMiL116
October 7th 2011


1474 Comments


I hate the vocalists voice. They are not that good. I think they are boring.

MO
October 7th 2011


18677 Comments


"Who the hell is looking for genre pushing in death metal, especially in an established band like Vader?"

balls knockin'd dingers left and right

album's sick

Zyhaal
October 7th 2011


193 Comments


Who needs originality and genre pushing in death metal, or black metal for that matter? Definitely checking this out

ToMMyMiL116
October 7th 2011


1474 Comments


Is it the same shit with these guys vocally? They vocalist sounds like he is talking really loud.. I hate God........ You have no God.......Cause I killed him............I want a Bologna sandwitch........Gods dead.

taylormemer
October 7th 2011


4917 Comments


lol

ToMMyMiL116
October 7th 2011


1474 Comments


As a matter of fact.....I had downloaded like 3 songs from these guys, and they were so bad that I actually deleted the songs off of my phone completely. Terrible. Only time I ever did that with metal.

MO
October 7th 2011


18677 Comments


mmmm bologna

taylormemer
October 7th 2011


4917 Comments


I love their cover of Raining Blood.

ToMMyMiL116
October 7th 2011


1474 Comments


Speaking of Slayer......anyone agree Vader's Impressions in Blood album cover looks similar to Slayers one album cover wit the dude on it. I forget what its called. Its like slayers worst cd.

ToMMyMiL116
October 7th 2011


1474 Comments


Diobolas In Musica!

AfterTheBreakdown
October 7th 2011


7128 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for reviewing this bro. Pos'd. Fantastic album.



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