After the release of their ultra, mega, super epic re-recorded song compilation, “XXV”, in 2008, VADER must have decided it was a time to step back. It’s been 3 years since the release of “Impressions In Blood”, their last full length album of new music, and they must have tired of their epic writing style. VADER must have looked around at the Metal world and said to themselves: ‘the world needs more straight up Death Metal’. So VADER releases their old school influenced new album, “Necropolis”, and fulfills their destiny…or perhaps they just decided to go for the throat without anything extra.
Either way, “Necropolis” is a bit of a step back in time for the band as they pull out a lot of elements they have added in the last 5 years or so. Gone are the orchestrations that accompany their music on the last few albums. The band focuses on writing a straight up Death record. It may not be the most original album I’ve heard from the band, but I’ll be damned if they didn’t throw their heart into this album. It definitely shows on “Necropolis”.
Despite the loss of…well damn… the entire line up sans Peter Wiwczarek (vocals, guitar, song writing) this album is undeniably VADER. It’s as if this was a statement to fans that even with just this 25% of VADER from the last album there will always be great Death Metal in store. I could see this departure of members being the reason for the stripped back feeling of the album, as in let’s get back to basics again and rebuild. Honestly, no matter what VADER’s reasoning for this album, its classic VADER through and through and its passion and darkness are undeniably delightful.
After listening to “Necropolis” I’ve decided that VADER is able to churn out as many ball crunching, beefy, and neck snapping riffs as most of the rest of the Death Metal genre players. Every damn riff on this album is a memorable and vicious attack on the guitar and it pays off every time. Its incredible how many amazing riffs spew forth on this album. Throw their SLAYER inspired Thrash burst soloing in conjunction and this is a pure VADER Thrash/Death attack that won’t let fans down. New guitarist Vogg (some might remember him as the guitarist for another Polish act DECAPITATED) fits right at home with Wiwczarek’s style and is an ample effect together chemistry wise. New bassist Reyash and drummer Pawe³ "Paul" Jaroszewicz bring in a nice staple of rhythm to the band although neither truly stand out past whom they replaced…then again VADER has never been one to create superstars.
If I had one complaint, it would be the rather odd interludes included on “Necropolis”. The long winded, only cool the first time you hear it “Summoning The Futura” with its layered chants and the pretty boring and nerve piercing “The Seal” may give the listener a needed break from Death riff bombardment, but neither really build an atmosphere on the album and I ended up skipping them rather than relishing in the calm before the storm. I understand the need for them on here, but I just wish I would have been a bit more concise or even more atmospheric. Then again, this album is pretty stripped down of that.
I must also mention, that the special edition of this album is a must have. The two bonus tracks may only be covers, but they are two very awesome covers. Seriously, having VADER cover VENOM and one of the great METALLICA tracks is priceless and worth the extra dollar or two. Both are great covers and are not only just for fans…but worth it for everyone to invest.
“Necropolis” is practically solid gold when it comes to Death Metal, and VADER struck it rich with this release. Despite some off ended interludes, this is a solid and memorable album. It may have been quite some time since we’ve heard a real album from their Polish monsters but it was worth the wait.
Songs to check out: “Devilizer”, “Never Say My Name”, “We Are The Horde”.
(Online October 13, 2009)