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Dated but somewhat charming - 60%

Noktorn, June 23rd, 2011

Vader's "Morbid Reich" is a fairly notorious demo given its crazy high sales and could probably as a result be said to be one of the most influential demos in the Polish death metal scene. "Reborn in Chaos" is likely where many of us first heard it (and its slightly dumber younger brother "Necrolust,") and while it doesn't quite stand the test of time, it's still a pretty important historical note in Vader's career. The two demos which makes up this compilation are almost all re-recorded for "The Ultimate Incantation" (with one each going to "Sothis" and "De Profundis,") so getting these versions isn't exactly mandatory, but it's a nice historical piece for Vader fans even if its presentation is at this point rather dated.

What you see is essentially what you get: all the classic tracks off the band's debut played in a slightly rawer, thrashier style than they would ultimately come off as on "The Ultimate Incantation." "Necrolust" exacerbates this difference even more, firmly worshiping at the altar of Possessed and similar bands, with a thin, thrashy production belying some of the more advanced death metal elements on display like the speedy blasting. Of the two demos, though, "Morbid Reich" is clearly the stronger one: the production is better, the playing is tighter, and it comes off as a little less juvenile and undercooked in general.

Vader's style was all but established at this point, and the thrash influences of the band are at their most transparent (understandably) on these recordings. Frankly, because of this, they come off as more than a little dated, even when compared to the later full-length which carries many of the same songs. Certain tracks such as "Reign-Carrion" just seem rather silly, as though they're fully attempting to ape Slayer with little to no concern for death metal. This isn't an intrinsic problem, but hearing tracks like that or "Decapitated Saints" in their later, more full-fledged death metal style makes these come off as perplexing and formative. It's very clear that Vader were meant to be a more intense and death-oriented band even from the start; while they can do this oldschool thrash and pull it off to some degree, it's just no match for their later work.

This disc is really only relevant to collectors at this point, considering that Vader's discography has more than enough material for a casual fan to be satisfied without the need to delve into demo recordings. Still, this is a fairly mandatory piece for death metal historians or dedicated Vader fans. While this doesn't show the band at their best, this is the earliest Vader material most of us will ever get our hands on, so it's worth a glance for that reason alone.

Impressive for a compilation! - 87%

MetalRachael, June 16th, 2011

Vader, the good old and wonderful death/thrash metal band who helped drive both genres into what they are today. Usually I don’t buy compilations because they don’t always put the best tracks on the albums. However, this compilation is impressive and shows how old Vader rocked out. Unlike thrash bands that play the same riff over and over, these guys know how to mix it up. Besides, who would want to listen to the same beat or rhythm in each song? You could basically listen to one song and you have listened to the whole CD! It is a waste of money, but this band and this compilation is nothing like that!

These guys know how to make fast-paced, heavy, and thick sounds that just drive straight into your core. This compilation is impressive and the recording is flawless for old metal bands. Even the intro track is catchy and well composed on this CD. Just like death metal is supposed to be, it's dark, thick, and headbangable throughout every song. You can’t go wrong with VADER!

The guitars are distorted and brutal without pause. Riffing is beyond impressive and Vader shuns a lot of new death metal bands today. Piotr Paweł Wiwczarek (aka Peter) who plays the guitars and the vocals really shows how much talent he has by playing catchy and thick sounds that penetrate into your very soul. Peter’s growling is deep and dark-sounding, making this compilation sound as if Satan himself made the tracks. You can tell he puts emotion and thought into each word he says. In other words, it isn’t half-assed at all.

Krzysztof Raczkowski (aka Docent), who passed away in 2005, is nothing short of perfect. His thrashy and chaotic drum beats complement the deep and dark sound of the vocals and guitar riffing of Peter. Docent doesn’t hold back in showing us all what good drumming is all about. It is thick, fast, and perfectly harmonized with the rest of the band. Of course, the bass is flawlessly done as well, adding to the dark and deep sound presented earlier.

Do not wait my friends, for if you want a good quality compilation CD, definitely listen to “Reborn In Chaos!”