Music Reviews

Vader

Litany

Metal Blade

To call Vader’s Litany blindingly fast would be an on-mark assertion; however, to call it overwhelming – or, at the very worst, mere velocity – would only serve to undercut the band’s meticulous adherence to economic songcraft. Much like Brazilian kindred spirits Krisiun, Poland’s Vader eschew all the seemingly progressive benchmarks – overtly melodic contours, stark dynamics, studio embellishments, multitudinous riffs and time signatures – of modern death metal for the minimal-is-maximal approach that Morbid Angel laid down on their first platter, Altars Of Madness: blistering tempos on the farthest end of the warp-speed spectrum, buzzsaw riffs grinding away in kind, structures that never stray too far from a song’s original tenets, and, above all, a slay-everybody-in-30-minutes-or-less work ethic.

But seeing that Vader have been plying the death-metal trade almost as long as said band (Litany is the former’s third full-length studio record, but both formed in the mid-‘80s), calling them rip-offs would not only be ignorant, it’d be downright ridiculous for various reasons, the first of which being the personal yet philosophical lyrics (which echo a near-Zen mysticism – obviously diametrically opposed to the latter’s devout Satanism), the second of which being the bass-heavy swell (the latter have been frequently criticized for not possessing much bottom end) to Vader’s attack, a rumbling ferocity commandeered by drummer Doc’s blastbeats, arguably the fastest and most powerful in the biz today.

The only mar on an otherwise-solid record is the near non-existence of guitar solos, and when they do rear their rickety heads, their duration is unacceptably short – a damn shame, considering guitarists Peter (also vocalist) and Mauser know how to disfigure notes just enough for them to remain an expressive element rather than an exercise in auto-eroticism. Still, Litany is guaranteed to be the most breathless brutality to be committed to plastic this year.

Metal Blade Records, 2828 Cochran St., Suite 302, Simi Valley, CA 93065-2793; http://www.metalblade.com


Recently on Ink 19...

New Music Now 008: doubleVee

New Music Now 008: doubleVee

Features

Join Ink 19 with Barb and Allan Vest for new music from Sydney, Australia band Bloods, Prey composer Sarah Schachner, and doubleVee’s own latest release, Treat Her Strangely. What was your first cassette tape, hmm?

Hold Me Tight

Hold Me Tight

Screen Reviews

Lily and Generoso review Hold Me Tight, the sixth feature directed by renowned actor Mathieu Amalric. Centered around a brilliant performance from Vicky Krieps (Phantom Thread, Bergman Island), Hold Me Tight is an unpredictable and remarkable psychological drama.

Sirens

Sirens

Screen Reviews

The fact that the band Slaves to Sirens exists is impressive, but that they live, love, and breathe to play metal takes things to another level. Sirens documents the journey. Review by Charles DJ Deppner.