Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Inhuman Drumming, Godly Guitars....
Gunther Haagendazs | 01/04/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I didn't think I would enjoy this album, because of all the negative things going around lately about Vader, but I must admit, it's pretty GOOD! The only thing that wasn't godly on the album was the vocals. At one point in the album the vocalist almost sounds like he's trying to be like Jonathon Davis of Korn but fortunately goes back to his pseudo-deathmetal style. However; this album contains some of the coolest riffs I have ever heard out of a death metal band... The first song blows you away with its music, as does the rest of the album following. The production is excellent. The drumming is done in blast-beats and is played unbelievably fast... INHUMAN!!! Once you can look beyond the weak vocals, which are kind of a growl/yell crossover, you will like this album... This is destined to become classic. Straight Forward death metal, old-school style, with talent, aggressiveness and murderous attitude. Hail Vader!"
Brutal sonic abuse !!!
Megasin | nowhere | 03/28/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you can go back in time to 95/96 you'll probably remember alot of stupid comments like "death metal is dead" when the dm scene suffered from giant wave of black metal plaguing the globe but there were few bands who stayed around and believed in death metal, they were Vader, Cryptopsy, Nile and Krisiun who re-invented death metal with sheer technicality and brutality which made death metal prevail til the next millenium.
"Black to the Blind" - This album is a constant blast from start to finish and they really execute it like no one else can. Vader blend death, grind and thrash metal into an one malevolent monster of quality album after album. The vocals of Pete are a bit dry but that's what makes them original and even better than the typical gore soaked growls. He's not trying to rip off Tom Araya for the fact. At this time I rarely find release that is as good as this. I mean face it, all other bands had their share of great albums until they became dull and repetitive (morbid angel, deicide, napalm death, cannibal corpse, etc..)but not with Vader. Every one of their albums is a step up just like Litany is harder pounding than "black to the blind". I don't really want to mention how technical and skilled musicians they are because it's evident in the 1st seconds once you pop this piece of plastic in your stereo and i can tell you this: There are probably 5 maybe 7 bands who are so good their albums are worthy getting even for one song ! but fortunately you get the whole thing and what a package that is."
"My Colour is Black to the Blind..."
Gunther Haagendazs | Up High in the Trees | 08/14/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There is no easy way to describe the sonic assault that is Vader. I would say a combination of Slayer Iron Maiden and Morbid Angel. A Death Metal band that originates from Poland, they combine insane drumming, guitar riffs with plenty of hooks and unique vocals that are easier to be heard and understood than your average Death metal band. This album titled Black to the Blind just seems to get heavier and faster and just better as you progress through it. By the time you get the title track, you are just amazed. You are awestricken once the album finishes and only want to either press the play button again or listen to more of their stuff. If you haven't experienced the unique sound of Vader, then I suggest you click the buy button for this release now. One thing I found to be interesting was that in the lyrics booklet, there's a small amount of information above each song as to give an idea as to what the song is about. Doc's Drumming as I stated before is inhuman, and definitely has a unique unmistakable style of playing. If you love listening to metal for the drums, then you must check him out. Sad he's not in the band anymore; I wonder where he is now. Peter and Mauser on guitars create monster sounds that blend together perfectly, with the song True Names being a great example of that. Their longtime producer could be considered to be a secret band member as he actually writes the lyrics for most of their songs, and he does a great job at that. I also suggest you pick up their Live in Japan album which was recorded when they were on tour for Black to the Blind and truly highlights Doc's Drumming skills. Vader is a must if you like death metal. Even if you are only a casual death metal fan, you'll become a Vader fan instantly.
The only flaw: on Vader's website there is an eleventh song titled Anamnesis. This isn't on the CD, probably available on an Import. On my version (released by Pavement Records) the lyrics booklet says it is there and even gives the lyrics for that song, however it isn't on the CD and it isn't listed on the back of the CD case. This version sold on Amazon.com is also from Pavement Records and therefore probably contains the same flaw even when it lists there to be 10 songs and not the missing Anamnesis. Fortunately the missing song can be found on their Kingdom EP, so don't panic, you can pick the missing song and a few others on that record. It just means more Vader to add to your collection. Hoped this helped.