Vader
Tibi et Igni


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jeremy Wolfers USER (65 Reviews)
June 1st, 2014 | 46 replies


Release Date: 05/30/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Vader may be the epitome of consistency to excess, but on Tibi et Igni they prove once again that repetitive material can still work, whilst also expanding their sound.

Vader's last effort, Welcome To The Morbid Reich evidenced an interesting development for them; utilising a more mature and targetted approach on album highlights like I Had A Dream and I Am Who Feasts Upon Your Soul, which made it their strongest release since Litany. Sure, the album lacked variation with the usual tremolo picking and blast-beat-athons, but it also demonstrated a notable margin for expansion on the following album. Pleasingly, Tibi et Igni sees this come to pass.

Firstly, it's worth noting that the material present on this release is probably the best in terms of minimum quality any Vader release has had in a long time; there are no bad tracks here, with the weakest ones like Where Angels Weep and Worms Of Eden still outclassing any of the material from Necropolis. The general upturn in quality lies in a more thought out approach to the riffs, with more varied tempos, occasionally quite technical sections, and quite frequent harmonized tremolo picking. Additionally, an overall increase in the quality of the lead guitar playing and the somewhat meatier sounding bass lends a more powerful sound to the proceedings, and whilst the lyrics do bring the cheese fairly often, it's the tasty, tried and tested satanic variety.

Tibi et Igni's predominant strength, however, is a much clearer variation between tracks. Whilst on most Vader albums the character of some of the songs could be very easily mixed up, certain tracks have much more definite features than on prior works. Go To Hell is the thrashiest number present, whilst Hexenkessel is the melodic centerpiece; Triumph of Death serves as a mid paced headbanger akin to the material on The Beast, and The Eye Of The Abyss fulfills the same purpose I Am Who Feasts Upon Your Soul did as the epic, groovier track. There's still a whole host of requisite Vader "death metal by numbers" tracks, but they're all quite good despite the band's apparent autopilot direction on them, and with the presence of the aforementioned album highlights they don't feel tedious towards the end of the album. Coupled with a stronger sense of pacing, the album as a whole simply works better.

Of course, nothing actually groundbreaking or especially "new" for Vader occurs on this release, but with a set of more focused and diverse material and thus a better overall pace, Vader may well have released their best album since De Profundis; with clear album highlights that stand among the upper echelons of their discography, Vader has found their most effective sound in a long time.



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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
June 1st 2014


6203 Comments


album stream - http://www.terrorizer.com/news/streams/stream-vaders-new-album-tibi-et-igni-full-terrorizer/



Good review pos, album sounds like a 3.5+.

Digging: Seduced (AT) - The Proclamation

Madbutcher3
June 1st 2014


1151 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'd really like to give it a 3.8 but I'm not stafff soooo

Madbutcher3
June 1st 2014


1151 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Changes made, looks a bit shorter and neater now, thanks.

slikphuk
June 1st 2014


43 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nice review, still digging this hard. no room for somber mercy...

TheNotrap
June 1st 2014


8108 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

The opener rules hard.

Have a pos.

Digging: Threshold - For The Journey

Kusangii
June 1st 2014


318 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is tight as hell

Art work is amazing as well

insanedrexl1
June 1st 2014


642 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Another awesome Vader album.

ExplosiveOranges
June 1st 2014


3158 Comments


Pos'd.

Digging: Winterfylleth - The Divination Of Antiquity

bloc
June 1st 2014


34925 Comments


Yeah this is pretty damn good

ExplosiveOranges
June 1st 2014


3158 Comments


Congrats on the feature, Jeremy!

forkliftjones
June 1st 2014


377 Comments


nice review. need to check this

Tunaboy45
June 1st 2014


2542 Comments


Definitely need to give this a listen.

Digging: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross - The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Madbutcher3
June 1st 2014


1151 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haha my first feature took long enough

AffableMartyr
June 1st 2014


307 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'd say it deserves a 3.7

MO
June 1st 2014


18865 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

gotta listen Vader fucking rules so hard

Asmodeuss1990
June 1st 2014


193 Comments


I have a feeling this is 3.5ish or slightly higher. They're usually pretty consistent.

Digging: Revocation - Deathless

Madbutcher3
June 1st 2014


1151 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's better than their last one which I gave a 3.7 mentally so I think 3.8 or higher is fine myself

MO
June 1st 2014


18865 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hexenkessel is a beast of track damn

this is awesome so far

Madbutcher3
June 1st 2014


1151 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's pretty damn legit yeah

The Eye Of The Abyss is the best track on the album imo

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
June 1st 2014


16437 Comments


gotta check this haven't listened to vader in a long time

Digging: Swallowed - Lunarterial



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