Vader
Solitude in Madness


3.5
great

Review

by Fernando Alves CONTRIBUTOR (75 Reviews)
May 1st, 2020 | 76 replies


Release Date: 05/01/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Solitude in Madness delivers exactly what we would expect from Vader. Is that enough?

Vader is undoubtedly one of Europe's strongest and most respected extreme metal institutions. Founded in 1983, with heavy/speed metal foundations, the band gradually evolved into a death thrash signature that combined the band's thrash roots, reminiscent of Slayer, with death metal's brutal approach, which by the end of the eighties was going full steam ahead. This outcome in its primary state can be heard in the band's first two demos Necrolust and Morbid Reich, the latter having even achieved a massive underground success with over ten thousand cassettes sold. In this sense, when Vader released the debut The Ultimate Incantation they were already an unavoidable force both in their homeland as in the European underground circuit. From here on, Peter & Co's plot is well known by all true connoisseurs of the genre. Over three decades, Vader has become an unstoppable machine, releasing eleven full-lengths, among several EPs, singles, live albums and compilations. In short, a vast portfolio with a guaranteed place in the demanding European death metal hall of fame. Each one of us certainly has his favourite Vader album, yet in my opinion there's a triumvirate spread over three decades that reflects the band's DNA splendidly, namely De Profundis, Litany and the almighty Welcome to the Morbid Reich, which is arguably one of my favourite albums of the past decade. One of the band's well-known peculiarities is its immediately recognized sound signature, which has changed little over the years. A bit like Motörhead, if you will. However, even lacking a notorious diversity, Vader has always managed to grab their audience through its genuineness and consistency, as there are inert qualities that simply cannot be faked or manufactured. An attentive audience knows that.

As expected, Solitude in Madness has no intention of reversing the band's artistic direction, on the contrary, it is a foreseeable continuity of the well-known Vader-esque death thrash formula. At no time does Peter get out of his conservative bubble, the tracks have neither stylistic subterfuges nor hidden layers, they're exactly what we would expect. Plain, straightforward Vader. Songs such as 'And Satan Wept', 'Into Oblivion', 'Incineration Of The Gods' or 'Sanctification Denied' are solid deliveries that are sure to please the band's legion. Of these, I would like to highlight 'Sanctification Denied's' final loop and the overwhelming 'And Satan Wept', easily one of the album's best moments. Despite the patent uniformity we still managed to find some contrasting elements, such as speed metal-esque 'Emptiness' and 'Dancing In The Slaughterhouse' that features a crossover thrash approach, which although not surprisingly different is still a contrasting detail worthy of note. Musically, the band is in good shape as usual, with bulletproof professionalism. Peter's rhythm guitar is still among the best of its kind and the solos have that sweet '80s vibe I love so much. As a matter of fact, everything is properly oiled as you would expect in a band with Vader's reputation, either musically or in terms of sound engineering, which guarantees the proper punch to the band's sound. Nevertheless, and despite all its virtues, Solitude in Madness isn't among Peter & Co's most inspired releases, not for its lack of diversity, which was expected, but rather for the absence of memorable songs that could match classics such as 'Sothis', 'Go to Hell' or 'Return to the Morbid Reich', for example. A conservative formula like this one, which gives up innovation, needs to be counterbalanced with high-level songwriting. Something Solitude in Madness has failed to achieve in its fullness.

Solitude in Madness delivers exactly what we would expect from Vader. The question that matters is whether their devoted legion will remain satisfied with this creative loop for much longer. As far as I'm concerned, I will always be receptive to straightforward Vader, yet not everyone listens through a glass half full. Peter & Co should think carefully about their next steps, because in the blink of an eye fans may start looking the other way.



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TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
May 1st 2020


15154 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Solid straightforward Vader, but honestly, was hoping for a little more.

The album is available on Spotify.



Out of curiosity, you can take a peek at the band's first two demos, which have historical interest.

Necrolust:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZ4gI8BPG94

Morbid Reich

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q36G2IEizPk&t=934s

Digging: Undeath - Lesions of a Different Kind

JWT155
May 1st 2020


14672 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Solid review, I share pretty much the same opinion.

Thalassic
May 1st 2020


4973 Comments


It's Vader as Vader does, which is fun enough

Madbutcher3
May 1st 2020


2702 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i shouldn't have reviewed this if u were gonna do it cus i just wanna review mental slavery by mx and now i'm gonna have to wait like a week to post it

TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
May 1st 2020


15154 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sorry man, I hate it when it happens to me. I just noticed you did a review when I was about to publish mine. I had already implied that I was going to do it on the staff blog, but I should have been clearer.

Madbutcher3
May 1st 2020


2702 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nah your review covers a lot of stuff i didn't care to talk about so it's good innit

TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
May 1st 2020


15154 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks for the feature staff mates ;)

Pikazilla
May 1st 2020


12977 Comments


Heard Bones, was not impressed. Hope the rest of this is better because Empire was eh.

FR33L0RD
May 1st 2020


3005 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Available new Vader LP, cool.

Really solid review, indeed.

"Welcome to the Morbid Reich, which is arguably one of my favourite albums of the past decade"[2..extract from the review]

Same here m8.m/

Adding this to my disco/digging

Expecting no surprise but a great time.

Madbutcher3
May 1st 2020


2702 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

best tracks are probably the first 2 and incineration of the gods

TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
May 1st 2020


15154 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

And Satan Wept and Into Oblivion are my favorites but Incineration Of The Gods and Sanctification Denied are also great jams

Pikazilla
May 1st 2020


12977 Comments


Are they fast and riffy

evilford
May 1st 2020


45789 Comments


Most of what I've heard from this band has not impressed me at all

TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
May 1st 2020


15154 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

As always Pika

evilford
May 1st 2020


45789 Comments


Oh hey...was gonna pos but...notrap is contrib now? When did this happen?

TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
May 1st 2020


15154 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

A couple of days ago mate ;) btw, Have you heard De Profundis? Great jam

evilford
May 1st 2020


45789 Comments


Yes, it's probably the best thing I've heard from this band iirc. Not too bad at all.

Congrats btw! Well deserved

TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
May 1st 2020


15154 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks mate

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
May 1st 2020


12948 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Meaty review, I'm having similar thoughts to you it seems. Nice little feature too!

NonApplicable
May 1st 2020


2834 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Never heard Vader before. It was incredibly one note, but that note was beefy and the songwriting was quite good.



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