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Praise Poland! - 92%

los347, September 1st, 2006

I recently got my hands on the newly released album, Impressions in Blood by Vader. The Polish death metal band whose name was inspired by Darth Vader, "a mysterious, brutal, dark, intelligent, bitter, but sometimes romantic" Star Wars character, is recognized by producing their own style of music, both beautiful and powerful.

Vader started out as a thrash/speed metal band in 1986, but by their second album they evolved into a death metal band, adopting more intricate riffs and a more technical drumming style that included more double bass drumming and blast beats. While the vocals became deeper and more extreme, their lyrics were still comprehensible, as opposed to most other death metal bands. Their 3rd demo, Morbid Reich, is acclaimed as one of the best selling metal demos in history, selling over well over 10,000 copies, setting them as one of the best and most famous death metal bands. Their sound is deep but clear, with lead guitars usually playing solos in the diminished, augmented, and minor scale solos, with little use of the tremolo bar commonly used to create dissonance.

Impressions in Blood definitely lives up to the fame that surrounded their most famous albums De Profundis and Litany. In this album they’ve adopted a more progressive style of drumming, not limiting themselves to just somewhat repetitive blast beats and blasting the double bass drum. It’s also interesting to note that they use synthesizers on this album.

The album starts off with the song “Between Day and Night”, a short classical piece that sets a dark tone for the rest of the album. Then the album kicks off with the song “Shadows Fear,” jumping right into a fast, crushing guitar riff with nice drumming and a fast double bass drum blaring in the background. Then there’s a short pause with the rhythm guitar, followed by a sick riff occasional blast beats. Towards the end of the song Mauser, the lead guitarist, plays a mid-tempo but powerful and evil-sounding solo. The song later ends with the chorus. This is by far one of the best songs on the album.

The next song, “As Heavens Collide,” a song about clashes between religions, is a relatively short but fast song, including an even faster guitar solo a minute into the song followed by a slower solo later on. Towards the end of the song there’s a really catchy riff. The next song, “Helleluyah!!!,” a song about when God dies, is a rather basic song with an almost-happy, triumphant sound to it, usually not typical in death metal songs. The song ends with a rather dissonant solo, then some synthesized sounds, along with the chorus.

“Field of Heads” is a ferocious track, with blaringly fast guitars with pinch harmonics used sporadically. This song also has a lot of tempo changes and ends with the drums fading into the background. The next song, “Predator,” is the most brutal song on the album (heavy use of power chords and double bass drum). In the song the singer sings about being a strong and powerful warrior, which fits the sound of the song. “Warlords” is an equally harsh and aggressive song like “Field of Heads.” “Red Code,” Amongst the Ruins,” and “They Live!!!” the subsequent tracks, are all also fast tracks filled with solos and catchy riffs. These songs seem to be along the lines of songs from Litany and De Profundis.

The last song from the album, “The Book,” is unarguably the best song off this album. The song starts off with violins in the background and jumps into crushing guitar riffs and technical drumming. This sharp contrast adds to the power of the song. The song continues, slows down for the chorus. A guitar solo ensues then speeds back up for the verse. Later on there’s a buildup to the solo, with some fast picking, then the guitarist hits us with this punishing solo, somewhat reminiscent of those found in 80s metal bands. Towards the end of the song, the tempo changes and the song fades out with a guitar solo in the end.

Impressions in Blood is definitely an album worth getting if you’re a fan of death metal or are interested in becoming familiar with the band Vader or with death metal in general. As the sales records and the number of albums released (over 20) show that they’re a well-established band with credit. Indeed, this year the band will celebrate its 20th anniversary. This album, while rather experimental on their part, was a success and a piece of art. It is technically advanced, fast, brutal, and heavy. I would have tried to have a more in-depth analysis of the lyrics, but I was too caught up listening to the music to pay much attention to the lyrics.