The Art Of War
3/7/2006 - Review by: Eric Compton
Vader - The Art Of War - 2006 - Candlelight Records
Following up on the massive 2004 release "The Beast", and continuing the pattern of releasing EPs and MCDs, comes the band's newest set of material via the '06 EP "The Art Of War". These Polish legends have bloodied the boards once again with an absolutely astonishing display of raw metal power, this time cutting through four slabs of bone rattling death thrash, two instumental/ambient pieces, and a rather suprising video track of "This Is The War". Hate has never felt this good.
This EP is probably one of the best recordings I have personally ever heard, with the production completely over the top and almost mechanical in it's delivery. All of the production was handled by the Wieslawscy Brothers and they allow Vader the perfect canvas to lay down a thunderous sound with the four songs here. The double bass is extremely well done (triggered or not), really going beyond the simple "clicking" sound of older production. On drums this go around is new skinsman Daray, replacing "Doc", who passed away shortly after parting ways with Vader in 2005. The artwork is handled by the famous Arek Jurcan and interesting enough the video work is handled by Jurcan as well.
Bottom Line - Possibly the best produced death metal material ever found on CD. "The Art Of War" is absolutely a smashing machine! Look for Vader on tour in 2006 with the likes of Aborted, Cryptopsy, and Grave. Good God, what a package! A new full length will make it's way to headsets by 2007.
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