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Vader's latest full-length release, Revelations, was something I found I could immensely enjoy, no matter where I was or how many times I listened to it. Seeing them on tour with Nile, Amon Amarth, etc. last year, I decided to follow the band. I had heard them before but after seeing them live, my interests soared. So I picked up a copy of this album at the show (and luckily even got it autographed), and had a listen on the way home that night.
The opener, "Epitaph", had me moving my head along the whole time. The crashing beginning riff, the main riff, the pounding double bass during the verses... it's headbanging gold.
"The Nomad" is just as good. Starting off fast and keeping the pace throughout the track, it really shoots at you with it's thrash-tinged death riffs, the pure-death growl/singing, and the wonderful drumming provided by Doc.
"Wolftribe" picks up where "The Nomad" left off with intensity and takes things up a notch. It's a fast, chaotic song that will have you jumping about and shitting yourself with glee by the time it's over.
Blastbeats and screams reign supreme with "Whisper". But it's not just the vocals and drums that make this song great. The guitar solos are at their prime here, I think.
"When Darkness Calls" is yet another piece of headbanging gold. The main riff is crushing, but at the same time carries enough catchiness to make you move along to it. There seems to be a little black metal influence on the guitars in this song, though; while the rhythm is the main riff, the lead guitar hits a string of notes that I swear I've heard in songs from Burzum to Immortal. Not that I'm complaining.
"Torch of War" is a prime example of why I enjoy Vader. Kicking off the song with a guitar solo then thrashing into the meat of it with a terrifying scream above the chaos that is the music... it's a classic death/thrash moment.
"The Code" is another chaotic song. Lots of thrashy riffs, death screams, crashing drums and even an echoing bassline in the background. It's terrific.
Things get very intense for "Lukewarm Race". The chaos that's reigned supreme on the album reaches a climax.
Then "The Revelation of Black Moses" kicks in. This is the most mellow song on the album. And the wonderful thing is that it isn't very mellow. Sure, it isn't as thrashy as the rest of the songs, but it has some very good death riffs and screams.
As the final chord fades out, you kind of look around to see if everything is still there. This album is one that will shake you by your very foundations. Vader merge death metal with thrash and the end result is chaos. "Kill them all!" indeed.