Live In Japan


My only exposure to this excellent Polish death metal band has been their studio albums and word of mouth, and frankly I’ve not really been to a genuine “death metal” show in years. All the “metal shows” seem either to be the tired rapcore mix or the “extreme metal” where most of the time I’m left wondering if the band really knows how to play their instruments or not.

So it was actually refreshing to hear this amazing live recording from Vader’s 1998 tour of Japan (Club Quattro in Tokyo). Vader’s commitment to metal is clear: excellent musicianship, shredding guitars, and lots of evil. That they’re speaking a heavily accented English to a Japanese home crowd that’s chanting “Vada! Vada!” adds to the fire! The show is introduced with the very evil theme music from Damien, and a few “Hello Tokyo’s” and even a couple of “Konichiwa’s” (with Polish accent, of course) and then it’s right away into “Sothis,” “Distant Dream,” “Black to the Blind,” “Silent Empier,” (sic) and “Blood of Kingu.” Need I say more? You want tops in death metal, this performance is awfully close to it…

They even throw in some bits and pieces of From Beyond and The Omen to keep the spooky atmosphere and, far out, they cover “Black Sabbath” and — unbelievable — “Reign In Blood.” amazing versions, too. This show must’ve been uncontrollable! Right before the Slayer cover, Peter (on vocals) shouts a tribute: “Slayer!” and wham! ‘der it is. For those about to slay, this album is mandatory.

Pavement Music, P.O. Box 50550, Phoenix, AZ 85076;

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Recently on Ink 19...

  • Sweet Crude
    Sweet Crude

    Créatures (Rhyme and Reason). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Gregg Allman, RIP
    Gregg Allman, RIP

    Michelle Wilson gives tribute to the voice of an angel. Gregg Allman, RIP.

  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band
    Preservation Hall Jazz Band

    So It Is (Legacy). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • From Montenegro to Moldova: The Best of SEEFest 2017
    From Montenegro to Moldova: The Best of SEEFest 2017

    For the twelfth year, the South East European Film Festival (SEEfest) in Los Angeles showcased an impressive lineup of new features and shorts. Lily and Generoso Fierro provide a festival wrap up and their picks for the films that you cannot miss.

  • Justin Townes Earle
    Justin Townes Earle

    Kids In The Street (New West Records). Review by James Mann.

  • Christian Scott
    Christian Scott

    Rebel Ruler (Ropeadope / Stretch Music). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Kivanç Sezer
    Kivanç Sezer

    Turkish director Kivanç Sezer’s powerful debut feature, My Father’s Wings, puts the spotlight on the workplace safety crisis that is currently taking place in his homeland. Lily and Generoso Fierro spoke with Sezer at SEEFest 2017 about his film and his need to draw attention to this issue.

  • Temples

    Supporting their just-released sophomore record, UK synth-pop poster boys, Temples, attracted an SRO crowd to one of Orlando’s premier nightspots.

  • Rat Film
    Rat Film

    Baltimore. Rats. A match made in Maryland.

  • Bishop Briggs
    Bishop Briggs

    Bishop Briggs brings a stacked bill of up and comers to Orlando for a sold-out party at The Social. Jen Cray joins in the fun.

From the Archives