Vader - _Litany_
(Metal Blade, 2000)
by: Paul Schwarz (9.5 out of 10)
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 5/25/2000)


CHATS
5/25/2000 P Schwarz Vader: The Cold Demons of Death Metal
10/12/1999 P Schwarz /
D Rocher
Vader: Cutline
10/16/1997 P Schwarz Vader: Within the Dark Lord'S Silent Empire
ALBUMS
11/1/2011 A McKay 9.5 Vader - Welcome to the Morbid Reich
9/8/2009 J Smit 7 Vader - Necropolis
10/5/2006 J Smit 8 Vader - Impressions in Blood
1/2/2006 J Smit 8 Vader - The Art of War
10/31/2004 J Smit 7 Vader - The Beast
4/11/2003 M Noll 9 Vader - Revelations
3/13/2001 M Noll 6 Vader - Reign Forever World
1/16/1999 P Schwarz 9 Vader - Live in Japan
7/8/1998 P Schwarz 8.5 Vader - Kingdom
1/1/1998 P Schwarz 9 Vader - Black To The Blind
2/4/1997 A Gaudrault 10 Vader - De Profundis
8/12/1996 G Filicetti 4 Vader - Sothis
GIGS
5/11/2008 J Smit Vader / Septic Flesh / Devian Pedigree Butchery
5/31/2005 A McKay Kreator / Vader Kreationism
5/13/2001 M Noll Marduk / Mortician / Vader / God Dethroned / Amon Amarth / Mystic Circle / Sinister / ...And Oceans / Bal Sagoth Baptized by Fire and Beer
8/12/2000 P Schwarz Vader / Vital Remains / Fleshcrawl / Rebaelliun Invadering From Across the Seas
8/12/2000 M Noll Deicide / Immortal / Cannibal Corpse / Marduk / Vader / Dark Funeral / Hate Eternal / Vomitory There's No Mercy in Satan's Oven
8/12/1999 D Rocher Six Feet Under / Mayhem / Vader / Enslaved / Cryptopsy / Nile / Thyrfing / Darkseid Facing the Breton Storm Season
8/12/1999 M Noll Six Feet Under / Vader / Enslaved / Cryptopsy / Nile / Thyrfing Pig's Feet and All Things Yummy
6/7/1998 P Azevedo Morbid Angel / Vader / Entwined Morbid Mayhem
10/16/1997 P Schwarz Malevolent Creation / Vital Remains / Infernal Majesty / Vader Something Old, Something New, and All Things Death Metal
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