Tuesday, 22 May 2012

VADER - De Profundis (1995)

01  Silent Empire
02  An Act Of Darkness
03  Blood Of Kingu
04  Incarnation
05  Sothis
06  Revolt
07  Of Moon, Blood, Dream And Me
08  Vision And The Voice
09  Reborn In Flames

'De Profundis' is the second album by the Polish death metal band Vader released in September 1995. Vader's music is all about rhythm and 'De Profundis' is a typical Vader album; one might even go as far as to say it's THE typical Vader album and stylistically, the music on the album can be described as 'Morbid Angel meets early Sepultura', though I'm sure there'll be people who may disagree. Clocking in at around 34 minutes, you will be hard-pressed to find many more menacing pieces of death metal than Vader's 'De Profundis'. By menacing, I do not mean to say alienating or disturbing. No, by menacing, I mean that 'De Profundis' is one of the most authentic attempts to convey in a death metal album the feeling that you are about to be crushed by a tank, and by album's end, to have been crushed by said tank.

It's clear though, that the wide-eyed, youthful band that made 'The Ultimate Incantation' is long gone. The thrash influence hasn't been downplayed as much as streamlined here; instead of coming in the form of abrupt rhythmic shifts or neck-snapping breakdowns, it's more firmly embedded in the textures of the riffs, with tremolo numbers that recall Dark Angel and Slayer in fits and starts. Still, this is the most straightforward and perhaps even accessible music that Vader had produced up to this point. Long streams of blast beats and double bass under flowing, organic riffs that naturally link end-to-end with vocals providing rhythmic punctuation and emphasis make up most of this album.

While Vader would still release excellent death metal albums later in their career, 'De Profundis' must stand as their ultimate achievement, for nothing that followed it was more intense, or contributed anything significant to the formula of calculated brutality that is on display here. Listen to "Silent Empire", "Sothis" and "The Vision and the Voice" and tell me that you do not then feel like killing someone...by rolling over them with a tank.

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