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Death-Thrash Beginnings - 70%

Byrgan, May 29th, 2008

Vader's Necrolust demo had a progressive and proficient start as a death-thrash act. Even though after this demo they already started to tweak their sound towards a more death metal entity. The Necrolust demo gives us quick raspy, whispered vocals, sped up thrashy guitars, and mid-paced thrash beats mixed in with blast beats; which was becoming a staple point with certain death metal groups. There was a lot that was changed from this demo to the next titled Morbid Reich, and even on their debut Ultimate Incantation. For one, the vocal style changed on all three releases, as well as different variations with the guitars and drum handy work.

The production has a clear and evenly mixed sound in a studio setting. It doesn't have a very thick aesthetic, but rather a raw quality. Besides the vocals having reverb attached to them, it sounds like a lot of the instruments are 'as is.' Meaning, whatever sound they had prior to recording them is what they sound like on the album. Overall, I've heard a lot worse coming from other bands and only so many better. So, no one is complaining. Because the music enclosed is worth the gander.

The speed on Necrolust changes quite frequently. If it weren't for the drummer deciding which pace to alternate to, I think the guitarist would have preferred an uniformly all-out fast style. The riffs literally never let up. Even during a thrashy mid-paced section, he plays faster than you would hear on some pre-89' death-thrash releases from other bands. When eventually going to the blast beat realm, the guitarist along side takes the cake for open and closed palm mute work. It is almost to a fast enough point to drop the palm mutes entirely because you might not even be able to decipher them anyway. The solo work is quite decent and fitting for an early demo release. He has well thought out, blazing leads throughout the demo. On Necrolust, the vocals are quite differently sung, screamed, or yelled—however you want to slice and dice it. He uses a higher toned, whisper-like raspy scream or yell. It sounds like a decrepit old man is trying to speak if it wasn't for his life long smoking addiction. It would be kind of strange sounding if you first heard the debut, then heard this, entirely skipping the Morbid Reich demo. Because each release from this demo up, he adapts a deeper sounding voice, with more extension added. On this demo in particular he uses a more quick way of vocalizing. Where he might fit a longer sentence in a smaller space to match the riffs. The drum work on this output is quite fast and he manages to keep up with the chop-chop guitars and their particular person[riff]age. He does on some songs reach up to a blast beat, but you can hear a mid to fast thrash-like alternate hitting style as well. Sometimes when bands reach up to a blast beat level they might not be able to match their feet to what their hand capabilities are. So you might get a drummer who uses an every other bass drum kick to snare hit ratio. math 1: ((2S) + (2B -1)) To turn that upside down, when he blasts he hits the bass drum as equally as fast and hard as the snare, without compromise! math 2: (S = B) Another aspect to point out is that this demo doesn't contain any drum triggers at all compared to their debut. math 3: (T(0))

This demo if viewed in a backwards fashion might come off as dated. Often stuck in the mid to late 80's death-thrash motif. However, the energy level is still there in my opinion for an early demo release. The next demo I prefer to this for an even more aggressive sound. But, that doesn't smear this release in anyway. The song The Final Massacre has been re-recorded on the Morbid Reich demo and the debut. As well as the song Decapitated Saints on the debut, having it more thickly produced and the addition of deep grunting vocals, opposed to his more quick raspy tone on Necrolust. With that, Vader gives you many different style changes per early release, so I can see where some listeners might like a particular release of theirs more than another. Locate and listen to Necrolust for historical value or even an entertaining early death-thrash release from these later Polish death metallers.