Gentlemen, that is a great one, the new VADER! Beginning with the almost perfect production up to the brilliant songs. It's been rare to have heard such a granite-hard, all-crushing opener like "Epitaph" with its SLAYER-feeling. Rather held in mid-tempo, with a murderous groove the piece rolls through the speakers before a blastbeast changes the speed.
But the rest: only killer-songs. Mostly short and compact, with raffinesse and class. They have it all, great, thrashy breaks and well-placed blasts, real melodies. And they have one of the best shouters of the whole Death Metal-scene! The Poles make the competition look pretty pale, because especially "When Darkness Calls" is one of the best Death Metal-songs of all time. The beginning has some CELTIC FROST-y riffs, then the tempo rises and it reminds me of the good old DEATH, "Scream Bloody Gore"-era, in the riffing. Who now claims that it all is just a copy, I have to tell you: Exactly! I do not think that there are any new riffs to be created in the extreme music. Everything once had been there before, I wager. Also the kings of SLAYER do not do any new leads, it's the combination that makes the difference and that is grandiose with VADER.
Even though some will complain that much is in the mid-paced regions and there are not enough blasts, I cannot understand these people, because first off VADER sound a lot more mighty and mature than ever (just read the lyrics for "Epitaph"…) and secondly for a band that already has a few records out, it'd be very boring just to go full speed ahead all the time. Isn't it much more exciting to get surprised by the fast parts?
The only reason why the guys won't get the highest rating is the miserable playing time of 33:29, which is almost impudent with today's CD-prices! But those are really worth it, for me the best piece of Death Metal 2002 so far! Arrrgh!