Rating:
8.2
Vader - Tibi Et Igni
30 May 2014


01. Go To Hell
02. Where Angels Weep
03. Armada On Fire
04. Triumph Of Death
05. Hexenkessel
06. Abandon All Hope
07. Worms Of Eden
08. The Eye Of The Abyss
09. Light Reaper
10. The End
11. Necropolis [Digipak bonus]
12. Des Satans Neue Kleider [Das Ich cover] [Digipak bonus]
13. Necropolis [7" Vinyl bonus]
14. Przeklęty Na Wieki (Cursed Eternally) [7" Vinyl bonus]


News flash: Old people aren't completely useless. While arguably a good chunk of long-time running bands really need to pack it in, these past couple years have proven there's a bunch of death metal geezers not ready to be put out to pasture. Not by a long shot. Tibi Et Igni is another example of quality meets longevity.

Autopsy, Entombed A.D., Martin van Drunen's 527 variations of Asphyx and of course Vader are killing it just as hard as ever. By now, people might be a little tired of Vader's pretty stable (or stagnant, depending on your perspective) sound. Granted, Tibi Et Igni doesn't feel like a huge deviation from their regular, steady death metal sound, but there is a few shiny pieces that seemed to have been pulled to the forefront here. Namely, it's the subtly different approach made for each song, each segment and each riff; the first few tracks give off that modern, quasi-technical feel, followed by "Triumph Of Death" - a groovy ripper that sounds like something borrowed from Toxic Holocaust or Goatwhore (not to mention probably the best song to shake your ass to since Big Freedia's Duffy). Then you're hit with "Hexenkessel"; the epitome of what the album is about, and arguably the best song. A tasteful orchestral piece opening up into a tribal-rhythm-driven segment bringing to mind a simplified Meshuggah feel, dropping into straight-forward, blast-beat powered death metal, rising back up into some heroically evil licks. The fine details in the variation only become pronounced after a number of listens under a microscope. Taken in at a wider, less detailed scope, Tibi Et Igni is just a solid, homogeneous death metal album.

Simply put, Tibi Et Igni is Vader. Straight forward enough for the casual listener, varied and eclectic enough for those inspecting the details. Enjoy yourself, friendo.


Band profile: Vader
Album: Tibi Et Igni


 



Written on 05.08.2014 by
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Lit. - 06.08.2014 at 03:43  
Solid Vader. Nothing more, nothing less. Triumph Of Death/Hexenkessel are sweet songs, and it really kicks it in gear by the second half of the album.
deadone - 06.08.2014 at 05:31  
Good review.

I especially agree with this comment:

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Autopsy, Entombed A.D.,....and of course Vader are killing it just as hard as ever.


Good to see old school DM still being done well. It might not be revolutionary or even evolutionary but it's good enjoyable and that's the main thing.

Never liked Asphyx though but I'll add Carcass into the mix as well.

Now if only Morbid Angel rescrewed their heads on the right way!
BloodTears - 06.08.2014 at 12:26  
Loving this new album at the moment. Vader being consistent as hell, as usual. Hexenkessel sure is catchy. Very enjoyable and demanding repeated listens.
s_t_s - 06.08.2014 at 15:25  
Welcome to the Morbid Reich (their previous album) had left me cold and a bit disappointed in spite of a few noticeable good moments, but this album really kicks ass and shows that Vader can hit hard AND do it like it should be, with style ! Indeed this album proved a very good surprise.
Athame - 06.08.2014 at 20:17  
Piotr is the only older band member left and he's 48. I wouldn't really call that "geezer" age.

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