Vader – Thy Messenger review

A love letter from the abyss 8.5/10Vader

Founded in 1983 with their debut release being a live EP Live In Decay brought out in 1986. Polish metallers Vader have been delighting eardrums internationally with classy old-school death metal for over three decades.  Two further EP’s Necrolust and Morbid Reich before their full length album The Ultimate Incantation released in 1993, so EP’s are an integral part of the band and their catalogue.

“We decided to record this EP because we knew that the coming full-length album wouldn’t be released until the end of 2019”, founding member Piotr “Peter” Wiwczarek (guitar and vocals) explains and added: “The new album should be completed by the end of May – exactly when our new EP, “Thy Messenger”, is due to be released worldwide”.

 This is their first release since 2016’s The Empire and is indicative of the onslaught that is about to commence. Featuring three new tracks, a revisitation of Litany (from 2000’s Litany album) and a cover of Judas Priest’s classic Steeler (from British Steel, 1980).

Piotr Wiwczarek has stated

20 years passed since we recorded that album – ‚Litany‘- in the Red Studios. The song itself and many others from this album have never been played live. That album is still one of our fans‘ favourites of the entire Vader discography, therefore we’re planning to revive the whole record in our live-shows this autumn.“

The release was recorded over a week-long period in January and February at Hertz Studio in Poland under the supervision of the Wiesławski Brothers.

Effectively, Vader are reminding fans of death metal of their origins and also whipping up a storm of interest with not only new material but the promise of Litany live!

Aggressive, short and fast is the order of the day with five tracks of undbridled intensity, with brutal blasts and driving rhythms.

Opening with the uncompromising Grand Deceiver which incorporates thrashier elements while delivering a killer riff. Death as it should be delivered, ferocious, crushing and without remorse. Who would have thought that Litany could become any more extreme? Re-recorded it demonstrates both the strength of Piotr’s hard work and the musicianship of this relatively new line-up. It’s powerful and impressive. Emptiness is a more melancholy, but still ripping number, with an incredibly groovy riff. Piotr’s vocals don’t appear until almost a third of the way through the track, but are magnificent when they arrive. The drums are sublime, in fact its a marvellous track. Despair returns to hammer home a pummelling before closing with Steeler. Quite frankly in my opinion, it’s worth forking out for this alone. I never expected to find myself singing along to Vader. Thankfully no one was around to hear me, but Judas Priest should be mightily impressed. Tremendous fun and merciless. Superb! 8.5/10

01. Grand Deceiver
02. Litany
03. Emptiness
04. Despair
05. Steeler

Thy Messanger  can be ordered here

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