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Vader
The Empire
Type: CD
Company: Nuclear Blast
Release: 2016
Genre: Death
Reviewer: Eric Compton
Published: 12/27/2016
Another quality release from these Polish death metal veterans
Polish death heads Vader released the 'Iron Times' EP over the summer. That pre-cursor contained two new studio cuts, "Parabellum" and "Prayer to the God of War", both of which are included here on this new full-length from the band entitled 'The Empire'. After a really impressive 2014 effort in 'Tibi et Igni' I had wondered if the band could keep up the momentum. 'The Aftermath' once again sounds good with the familiar production standards of long-time Vader collaborators the Wieslawski brothers. In comparison to the previous album I think the band shortened up the songs. This one weighs in at 32 minutes in length, a full ten minutes shorter than 'Tibi et Igni'. With that reduction in length comes a lot of songs that are "punky" fast. While Vader have made their mark with a ton of thrash vehicles, I tend to like the mid-paced crunch of these extreme acts. "Prayer to the God of War" is a standout cut along with "Iron Reign" yet both of those songs aren't quite as good as "prime" Vader. "Genocidius" is a melodic cut with a blast-beats and some higher screams from Peter. I love the double-bass barrage of the speedy "The Army-Geddon", arguably one of the better Vader cuts in recent memory. This one will surely make my "best of" playlist of the band. The album closes with the stellar Slayer-styled "Send Me Back to Hell".
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Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.

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5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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TITLE BAND
DOR
REVIEWER DATE
Impressions in BloodVader
2006
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The Art Of WarVader
2006
Eric Compton3/7/2006
The EmpireVader
2016
Eric Compton12/27/2016
Tibi Et IgniVader
2014
Eric Compton6/25/2014


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