After the killer album „Revelations“ and the delicious MCD „Blood“ following it, I was excited to see if Poland’s finest would release another worthy skull-splitter again. As for the line-up, quite something has changed on “The Beast”, even before the recordings, they decided to fire the old bassist and pick up Novy instead, who had been in BEHEMOTH before. And due to the fact that clock-work drummer Doc hurt himself, one Daray, who came from the band VESANIA (?), was hired for the power drumming. However it isn’t striking, because Doc’s style was perfectly adapted to.
In fact, nothing has changed about the overall sound, there is still precisely forward thrashing Death Metal to hear. Sometimes rather schlepping, then fast again, the blast passages have been well-dosed as always. There are even two killer tracks, such as “Dark Transmission” or the neat “The Sea Came In At Last” (the only surprising track!), for example. Unfortunately personally, I don’t find the album as exciting as the two predecessors, because with “The Zone” and “Firebringer”, two rather boring tracks have crept in, too. Of course, the rest is still above average. VADER stand for quality, no doubt. A minor disappointment, but still better than what many other death lead acts produce. (Online October 14, 2004)