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Vader
Tibi Et Igni

Company: Nuclear Blast
Release: 2014
Genre: Death
Reviewer: Eric Compton

  • Mammoth blocks of tenacious grooves



  • With over thirty years in the business and eleven albums on their resume, one would argue that the antagonist for Poland's marquee act is repetition. How does a band with this much experience and product avoid declension? Do they become complacent and negligent or does Vader continue to push for innovation and change as they write another tome to their legacy? I think "Tibi Et Igni" answers that question in a profound way. While it certainly doesn't digress from the clear rules and regulations established by the genre, the band still strives to convey new elements and logic to their sound. "Triumph of Death" is arguably one of the best tracks of the band's catalog, the infectious thrash riffing carousing into a rare anthem-like chorus that allows Peter a close proximity to clean singing. The same can be said for the prophetic "The End", an accessible song that is permeated with an appreciable amount of melody. The spoken word passages lead into a raucous mid-tempo charge that seemingly breathes new life into the group's signature sound. The keyboards enveloping "Hexenkessel" and "The Eye of the Abyss" provide a bit of atmosphere on the road to perdition. With touches of melody and mammoth blocks of tenacious grooves, "Tibi Et Igni" reminds us that Vader are still the epitome of extreme thrash.


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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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