Vader
Black to the Blind


5.0
classic

Review

by skeletorissatan USER (142 Reviews)
October 5th, 2012 | 22 replies


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An underrated classic

How can a full, ass kicking release be crammed into under half an hour. 29 minutes is scarcely more than an EP, and yet the third release from Polish death metal titans Vader, Black To The Blind, manages to rip plenty of faces right off in that amount of time. Packed into this 27:47 wonder are 11 great outings of death metal, many of which do not even reach the three minute mark. This album also contains my first foray into the Vader discography, True Names.

For those unfamiliar with Vader, they are a death metal band formed as the project of Piotr "Peter" Wiwczarek, who writes the majority of the music and lyrics and, on this release, takes the guitars, bass and vocals. They are heavily influenced by the 1980's thrash acts, in particular Slayer and Venom, the former of which forms a large part of their sound, with their riffs boasting a huge amount of Slayer homage. Combine this with a roaring growl from Peter and some crazy blast beats from Krysztof "Doc" Rackowski, and you have Vader, one of the most unique and consistent bands in the genre.

Black To The Blind contains some fantastic songs throughout. Album opener Heading for Internal Darkness is the perfect introduction for the uninitiated, with a lot of extremely fast drumming, the usual aggressive vocals, and absolutely perfectly written riffs. This is a prime example of how death metal should be done to perfection, with many memorable moments, including a growl towards the end that trails on for far longer than Vader fans are accustomed to.

True Names, my personal initiation into the sound of Vader, remains one of the standouts of the album. Coupled with Sword Of The Witcher, this is the finest song i have ever heard from the band. It starts out fairly fast, with a lot of aggression to it and sheer talent behind the instrumental work. However, around the halfway mark, it shifts into absolute insane speeds, with some very fast growls reminiscent of Cannibal Corpse's George Fisher. This is a true masterclass in the art of death metal music, and deserves a listen from everyone.

The title track has a lot of tremolo riffing and blast beats, and some great lyrics from Peter, with some rather memorable riffs that make for an enjoyable listen. This is a song that should break the neck of any listener as he or she headbangs away to it, as it truely does earn it. The solos are what makes this song what it is, being very well written, and far more listenable than the majority of Vader solos. They does not contain many notes, and don't last very long, but they serves as a nice interlude and fits the brutal nature of the song perfectly. The last minute of this song is some of the finest death metal out there, with incredibly catchable riffs and a never ending atmosphere of dread.

This album is exactly what death metal should embody, despite being one of Vader's most often maligned albums. I honestly never understood the hate for this album, as it was my personal introduction to Vader and one that not many of their albums managed to top. However, this is still not the best thing they put out, merely a stepping stone to greatness, albeit an absolutely perfect album. 5/5



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Atari
Staff Reviewer
October 5th 2012


24333 Comments


Damn how am I supposed to keep up?

By the way I think you're supposed to have a question mark in the first sentence.

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SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
October 5th 2012


4503 Comments


Vader!
Nice man.

Atari
Staff Reviewer
October 5th 2012


24333 Comments


skeletor is this anything like death or atheist? Or is it more like cryptopsy cause crytopsy is too hardcore for me at this point (I like to be able to at least understand the vocals)

DarkSideOfLucca
October 5th 2012


14619 Comments


DUDE! Props on the review, and great choice! Vader is fucking awesome. The first moshpit I've ever been in was in a Kreator/Vader show.

DarkSideOfLucca
October 5th 2012


14619 Comments


It's not as heavy as Cryptopsy, but heavier than Atheist

Atari
Staff Reviewer
October 5th 2012


24333 Comments


okay i'll give it a try.

DarkSideOfLucca
October 5th 2012


14619 Comments


It's not as heavy as Cryptopsy, but heavier than Atheist

Atari
Staff Reviewer
October 5th 2012


24333 Comments


yeah you mentioned that lol ;D

Atari
Staff Reviewer
October 5th 2012


24333 Comments


title track is good not too heavy for me just right.

mindleviticus
October 5th 2012


9591 Comments


skeletor you're going to breakdown man with all these good reviews

TheNotrap
October 5th 2012


9840 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Band rules. Need to check this one.



Nice work, have a pos.

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Atari
Staff Reviewer
October 5th 2012


24333 Comments


I always new skeletor was the man

DarkSideOfLucca
October 5th 2012


14619 Comments


Lol my computer loves posting shit twice

Hyperion1001
Emeritus
October 5th 2012


19985 Comments


dont like this band

jayfatha
October 5th 2012


2918 Comments


Never been too big on these guys, pretty nice review though

bloc
October 5th 2012


54682 Comments


From what I've heard, I quite like this band.

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AfterTheBreakdown
October 6th 2012


7221 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album is so good.

KILL
October 6th 2012


81233 Comments


band steadily went down hill after de profundis and a 5 rly

TheNotrap
October 6th 2012


9840 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wrong band, wrong thread.



TheNotrap
October 6th 2012


9840 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Man why don't you choose some obscure demo thread and stay there.





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