VADER - The Beast

Vader - The Beast

10 songs
37:41 minutes
***** ***
Metal Blade


Nearly 20 years of existence, more than 10 years of releasing album after album, and still not a single sign of decline. While most people see death metal as a phenomenon from the American East Coast and Sweden, Vader can claim to be Europe's most important death metal band ever, even bigger than Britain's landmarks Bolt Thrower and Benediction.

The Beast is Vader 9th studio long-player, although when you have a look at their website, you'll see that taken everything (mini-albums, demos, etc.) together then this would be already their 18th release. And where most bands start to become boring, Vader intelligently know how to maintain their style while re-invigorating it with a dynamic attitude that bands probably only get after so many years of experience. This is old school death metal, although it leaves enough room for melodies. The songs are upper mid-tempo mostly, although Firebringer shows the band from their faster side, and The Sea Came In At Last and Choices even have acoustic moments. Trying to explain Vader further should not be necessary, because every self-respecting death metal fan must have come across these kings of European death metal one time or another at least. Even on the live front, Vader try to reach as many people as possible, and the 170 planned shows to promote The Beast should not only be proof for that, but also confirms them as one of the most active bands around.

The Beast is, as expected, a solid piece of death metal that certainly and well-deservedly will find its customers.

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