(In this post TheMadIsraeli reviews the newest album by the Polish death metal icons Vader, which features striking cover art by Wes Benscoter and is due for release on May 1 by Nuclear Blast.)
Vader is a tough band to review. This, of course, is not because of how intricate or deep their music is, it’s because this band’s level of intensity and quality has been so good that “It’s a Vader album” is literally the review. I love this band’s entire discography — I don’t think they have a single bad, or even just “okay” album or EP in the entire fucking discography.
That also isn’t to say Vader are a one-dimensional band. They have nuance, and the tiny degrees to which they dial around elements of their sound from album to album make a big difference. It’s interesting because at this point it basically means we have three types of Vader among which they kind of seem to bounce back and forth: