Vader - _Litany_
(Metal Blade, 2000)
by: Paul Schwarz (
Vader seem to have tapped into whatever supply of drugs or collection of mystical forces Slayer once sold their (proverbial or otherwise) souls to to produce the incredible _Reign in Blood_ back in 1986; they have delivered the essence of their brutal death metal sound distilled into a concentrated twenty-six minutes. Yes, you read that right, -twenty-six minutes-: that's all you get (though a reworking of "The Final Massacre" rounds the CD out to thirty-odd). However, there is hardly a second's let up in the stellar quality of the material during that entire time. From the thumping, classically Vader, death metal pound of "Wings" to the Terrorizer-inspired blasting precision of "The One Made of Dreams" and on to the more leisurely tempo but brilliantly structured riffing of "Xeper", Vader appear frighteningly driven and, I find, are impossible to stop spinning, and spinning, and spinning. In a year or so perhaps the immediacy of _Litany_ will leave it with nothing left to offer, but I seriously doubt it. I really think Vader have hit a writing vein as rich and unweatherable as that of _Reign in Blood_ or _Pleasure to Kill_. Time will tell; for the present I'm willing to bet that this year won't produce enough class-A records to deny _Litany_ a spot in my 2000 top ten.
(article published 25/5/2000)
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