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Review of Vader's "Welcome to the Morbid Reich"

Updated on June 25, 2012

Album Info

Released August, 2011, "Welcome to the Morbid Reich" is the ninth album released by Vader, a Polish Death Metal band. Nuclear Blast, an independent record label, released it in six parts, two songs at a time. It was welcomed by mostly favorable reviews from the Death Metal community and even reached spot 6 on the Polish charts. As far as Death Metal goes, the album was well received; but is it recommended for normal metalheads, or even casual metal listeners? Read my review below.

1. Ultima Thule :48

2. Return to the Morbid Reich 3:26

3. The Black Eye 4:12

4. Come and See My Sacrifice 4:44

5. Only Hell Knows 2:13

6. I Am Who Feasts Upon Your Soul 4:50

7. Don't Rip the Beast's Heart Out 3:58

8. I Had A Dream... 3:02

9. Lord of Thorns 2:38

10. Decapitated Saints 2:41

11. They're Coming... 1:46

12. Black Velvet and Skulls of Steel 3:19

Review

This is my very first Death Metal album both to be listened to and to be reviewed, and I must say, it is growing on me. I didn't like Slayer's "Reign in Blood" when I listened to it at about 12 years old, but really got into it a few years after that when my tastes expanded. Such is the case with this album; I lamented its deep growling vocals and seemingly random thrashing riffs and pounding drums. I mean, how is that music? But the more I listened, the more I was able to identify the patterns of each song, the more I could tolerate the guttural sounds from the singer, the more I was able to distinguish each song from the next. It was getting better over time.

It starts off with Ultima Thule, a short symphonic instrumental to kick off the real setlist, starting with Return to the Reich. Whether or not Vader has been or taken their listeners to said Reich is unknown to me (being a first time Reich visitor, haha!) but it still is quite the trip. You get a proper taste of what is to come for the whole album here, the singer sings, or, as I used to say, growls the graphic and disturbing lyrics while guitars thrash and drums thunder. Almost as if these guys were influenced by Slayer, eh? The Black Eye is more of the same as the first song, but the last half of the song has some impressive arrangements riff-wise.

Come and See My Sacrifice details more blood and gore, but lacks too much of an identity compared the the songs preceding and following it. Only Hell Knows features a demented duet between the lead singer and a guest singer, but the guest sings a higher-pitched screaming sort of style, and the contrast works. My favorite on the whole album is I Am Who Feasts Upon Your Soul (pretty damn metal) due to its headbanging-inducing riff and eerie symphony essence in some of the parts. Check out the vid below for proof!

He laughs at the tears goin' down your cheek!!!!

Review Continued

As seen on the song, Don't Rip the Beast's Heart Out, the solos on this album resemble Megadeth's, and they're just as fast, but accompanied by heavier music. I Had A Dream details a nice little trip in another realm, full of death, disease, and destruction. Not much new, in that sense. Each at less than 3 minutes, Lord of Thorns and Decapitated Saints brag the speed and musicianship of Vader. The vocals are indecipherable at such a speed so I'm not able to remark on the lyrical content, but I'm betting it is obscene. The second instrumental, They're Coming, summons an apprehensive and anticipatory feeling for the song that will conclude the album, Black Velvet and Skulls of Steel. The conclusion is not as fast as previous songs (that would be humanly impossible) but instead relies more on the heavy element and the fades.

Conclusion

As a Death Metal newbie, perhaps I'm still trying to break through the cynical head-shaking phase I'm going through and try to enjoy the music. A difficult thing to do when some of the songs sound as if they lack identity, not only from other songs, but from other artists. The vocals can be unpleasant, but I suppose you can get used to anything. The bass-drums seem to be controlled by a professional track runner who has been hired to move his legs as fact as he can with no order or method to the madness. On the other hand, the riffs can get your head banging and the lyrics (if you can identify them) will impress any passing slayer fans who happen to hear them.

Overall: 7/10

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      Steve Orion 5 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      Do you like death metal, or hate it? Have you heard Vader's new tunes? Tell me what you think below!

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      Vanessa Martinez Wilson 5 years ago from Vancouver, WA

      It's not my normal cup of tea, though I do like Rammstein. This actually sounds pretty intriguing. My husband's cousin is in Battlecross and they have a similar feel.

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      Steve Orion 5 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      Not is it usually mine, but I'm trying to get into it. Opeth is my next band to check out. Death metal is good when it is at its best, but most of it I dislike. Thanks for the comment!

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      eddiehiggins 5 years ago

      Opeth is one of the best Death Metal bands of all time. Blackwater Park is probably their best album to start with - or maybe even Ghost Reveries.

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      Keith Abt 5 years ago from The Garden State

      I'm not a death metal guy at all but my brother has been into it for years 'n' years. Vader is one of his favorite bands.

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      Steve Orion 5 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      @eddie Yeah I checked them out on YouTube a while ago, recently ordered an album from them, thanks for the comment and recommendations!

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      Steve Orion 5 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      @FatFreddysCat I'm still getting my feet wet at the moment, who knows what I will end up liking in two years? Anyway, as decent as the album was, I think I'll store it in my PC and check other releases. Thanks for the comment!

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      TheHeavyReview 5 years ago

      Sadly, I've never listened to Vader. Your review made me want to check this album out. I'm very much into death metal, don't know why I haven't checked these guys out. Have you listened to bands like Carcass or Death?

      BTW, Opeth's first album is excellent. Their 2nd and 3rd are worth listening to, but I can't stand anything else by them. They're a love or hate band.

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      Steve Orion 5 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      I'm glad I got you to check them out. They have some more material I might check out later, but Opeth is next on my list after a couple Hubs. Thanks for the recommendations and the comment!

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