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Vader - Welcome To The Morbid Reich (9,5/10) - Poland - 2011

Genre: Death Metal / Thrash Metal
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Playing time: 37:38
Band homepage: Vader


  1. Ultima Thule
  2. Return To The Morbid Reich
  3. The Black Eye
  4. Come And See My Sacrifice
  5. Only Hell Knows
  6. I Am Who Feasts Upon Your Soul
  7. Don’t Rip The Beast’s Heart Out
  8. I Had A Dream…
  9. Lord Of Thorns
  10. Decapitated Saints
  11. They Are Coming…
  12. Black Velvet And Skulls Of Steel
Vader - Welcome To The Morbid Reich

Vader is one of those bands whose output of material has been has been so consistent and of high quality that to differentiate albums one has to have listened to most of their catalog. Even then, they only minutely change from album to album. “Welcome To The Morbid Reich” is simply more VADER goodness to go around. It’s a continuation of the sound they stripped down to with their last album “Necropolis," but with some of that slight variation. Needless to say, if you love VADER there is nothing about this album one won’t love.


Similar to the style that these Polish Death Metallers used on “Impressions In Blood," this latest slab of quasi-structured intensity does utilize a few orchestrated elements. The album kicks off with one of these atmospheric moments before dive-bombing straight into classic VADER style music. Although rarely used, these symphonic moments (one opens “I Am Who Feasts Upon Your Soul” before grooving to a solid riff) they do break up the rather spastic intensity of the album nicely and earn their time on the album.


Besides those, “Welcome To The Morbid Reich” is VADER doing what they do best. Rapid fire, guttural, classic Death Metal done with some Thrashy flare. Peter’s vocals hiss and spat with vicious intensity, the poor guy sounds like he’s spitting teeth to keep up on “Decapitated Saints”, and his riffs are as catchy and pounding as ever. The increased presence of dueling guitars makes for some great layers and memorable shredding moments like on “Don’t Rip The Beast’s Heart Out” and the spastic drums seemingly explode from every possible angle. It’s like listening to controlled chaos at times and VADER continue to prove that they are some of the best when it comes to crafting that sound.


Essentially, “Welcome To The Morbid Reich” is a beautiful bombardment of early Death Metal efficiency. It rips and roars with the best of these newer Tech Death bands and yet remains as catchy as possible never losing the solid song writing in the process. Another great release from a band that consistently releases great albums.


Songs to check out: “Come And See My Sacrifice," “Only Hell Knows," “Decapitated Saints."

(Online October 1, 2011)

Matt Reifschneider

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