EP: Thy Messenger
Release Date: 31st May,2019
Label: Nuclear Blast
Review by John
As they slowly approach 40 years in the business, Polish death metallers Vader are back with an impressive, albeit too brief EP.
While it contains 5 tracks, ‘Thy Messenger’ weighs in at under 15 minutes – although it is a fun ride while it lasts.
No time is wasted in unleashing full on onslaught on ‘Grand Deceiver’, which pounds and grinds like an eager lapdancer at Christmas, hammering it’s message home, and taking no prisoners. Guitars squeal, drums are hammered and lyrics are vomited forth at the listener.
‘Litany’ is a solid reworking of the title track from their 2000 album, but given an extra dollop of special sauce to make it stand out from the original.
Up next is the impressive chug of ‘Emptiness’, which bounces along at a frantic pace and a vibe so old school that it has a Battle of the Planets lunchbox. With an impressive solo, and a fresh, clean sound, it is possibly the best of the five tracks on offer.
‘Despair’ flies by in under two minutes, but makes the most of the time it is given, as it kicks in the door, rummages noisily through your underwear drawer and leaves before you have time to call the police.
Things come to a close with a cover of Judas Priest’s ‘Steeler’. While still recognisable, Vader stamp their indelible mark on a slice of pure metal goodness. With a cleaner singing style than their usual sound, it’s a strong way to finish.
Overall, ‘Thy Messenger’ is a decent release, but is almost over before it begins.
While hardcore fans of the band will lap it up, it’s probably not one for the casual listener. Eerily echoing my love-making technique, it’s immensely enjoyable, but over way too quickly.
7 out of 10
1. Grand Deceiver