Thursday, December 8, 2011
Vader - Welcome to the Morbid Reich (2011)
But first thing's first: Welcome to the Morbid Reich is a fantastic introduction to death metal and Vader in general--its brutality kicks you in the face and keeps you down, but for some reason you still come back for more. The first day I had the album, I must have spun it, at the very least, five times because with each listen it grew better and better. The last metal record I remember having such an attachment to showed its face over two years ago, and that's saying something because I typically don't get overly addicted to music. Songs, yes. An entire album? Less frequently. Really, only once in a blue moon does such a thing happen.
With Welcome to the Morbid Reich, Vader have thrown everything you know and love about death metal into the collective melting pot. Guitars, which range from chuggier riffs to rapid tremolo picking, are reminiscent of the early days of death metal--exactly what the majority of Vader fans want, and stylistically very similar to what the four piece been doing their twenty-odd something existence.
Each track on Welcome to the Morbid Reich is flawlessly composed, with compositions ranging from blindingly fast numbers to more subdued pieces like "Black Velvet and Skulls of Steel." Even the intro tracks "Ultima Thule" and "They Are Coming..." are delightful because they create intense buildups and act as an accent to an already excellent collection of music. As a whole, the band sounds very tight as if they've been playing together for years, but every musician, barring Peter, made their first appearance on the record. It's remarkable when you think about it.
And even as I put my thought down for this post, I spun Vader's newest. It's still as strong as the day I received it in the mail, showing no signs of creeping boredom that threatens to rear its head when you know you've worn out a record out by playing it too much. Dare I say it, I'll continue to spin this album at least once a day for a few more months. I played it multiple times when I strolled through the gardens of Versailles, and I played it when I wrote a 15-page paper. Heck, I even play it when I'm laying in bed at night.
Don't miss out, folks.