It won't take you more than five seconds into 'Necropolis' to neatly identify this as Vader
. Yup, that band that formed before Morbid Angel
and still slay like an orc on a sugar high. The Vader
Recipe has once again been flawlessly executed with this album with flesh mangling guitar hooks, solos that sound like Majin Buu in a mincer, and those triplet blast beats that don't really have name as far as I know.
As crushingly catchy this album is, and though the Vader
Recipe is a winning recipe, I think the recipe will have to be adjusted. Depite the album's immaculate quality, it lacks innovation. The style is a winner, only we've heard it before in 'The Beast
', 'De Profundis
', and 'Litany
' to highlight a few.
So, if a change is to be made, which musical elements will continue their crusade against the weakling gods, and which will be left to the ravenous undead hordes? Will
the thrashy riffs be swopped for more modern riffing? Will
the lyrics evolve? Might Peter start throwing some pig squeals into the mix?
Hopefully, the guitar sound and riffs will evolve, without the thrashy feel entirely dropped. Sure, the Slayanic thrash riffage is appropriate for certain themes, but should be more of an exception than a rule. The lyrics and imagery are fairly unimpressive and don't really seem to stick anywhere in your brain. Perhaps it's because there is no real vibe that they're trying to give out. As for the pig squealz, there's luckily no way in blistering hell they'll ever evolve that far :).
Without the strings of previous albums attached, 'Necropolis' is an awesome piece of work. Vader
are and have always been a death metal force second to none, they just need to load in a different kind of ammunition before they 'Blast