The fifth full-length album by the legendary Polish Death Metal band.
There are very few bands that have managed to weave a web of mystery around them. Very few have survived and keep going strong until today. When faced with the question, people tend to mention American Death-mongers like Morbid Angel, Deicide or Cannibal Corpse... however, for a few years now many have named Vader – perhaps the only band from Europe, which has sustained its status for a long number of years. Theirs is the cult of musical brutality and the urge to succeed. Few may remember that Vader were the first band ever from behind "the Iron Curtain" to sign to a Western label while their 1990 demo "Morbid Reich" is still considered to be the best selling demo tape in the history of Death Metal.
Gentlemen, this 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 of the good old Death, "Scream Bloody Gore"-era, in the riffing. Vader sound a lot more mighty and mature than ever.
The now well-known Vader formula reappears with the embellishments and tonal progressions of Heavy Metal embedded within collages of Death Metal riffs, their abruptness turned to a almost Funklike MetaGroove to the changing rhythmic arrangements of each song. Where previously urgency underscored conflicted patterns releasing to flowing, evenly falling tempo relaxations, in the most recent incarnation of this Polish Death Metal band the songs keep a rhythmic equilibrium through variation in two similar patterns. Melodic hook is foreshadowed and harmonized by vocal rhythms, a gruff voice punching out lyrics cadences itself to basic divisions of the rhythm of undulating, wavelike Slayer-style speed tremolo riffs. Underneath these techniques however is something with the heart of Judas Priest yet a more alienated Death Metal voice now brought to a state of consistency by its growing audience.
Album features guest appearances from Polish Metal musicians Nergal of Behemoth, who provides vocals on the track "Whisper", and Ureck of Lux Occulta, who plays keyboards on the tracks "Torch of War" and "Revelation of Black Moses".
Metal Mind Records, 2002 (MMP CD 0154). Made in Poland. First press.
2. The Nomad
6. When Darkness Calls
7. Torch Of War
8. The Code
9. Lukewarm Race
10. Revelation Of Black Moses