|4.3 (3 votes):|
As it is well known; Vader stands as one of the most active and relentless metal bands just on counting the number of releases, not to mention the number of gigs they did in the 30 years old existence. As a name in extreme metal genre it transcends a lot, named as one of the first death metal bands in its genre and breaking many grounds in metal, still to this day. Including their unstoppable break neck amount of touring which rarely hits a stop sign. Until corona happened, but we are not here for that shit.
Solitude in Madness marks as the 15th album in Vader’s vast discography and 4 years (not counting Dark Age) since they released original material.
After a minor snooze fest which was 2016s The Empire Vader this time changed recording location from Hertz studios which was a mainstay in number of years to England’s Grindstone studio under the producer’s hammer of Scot Atkins (Behemoth, Amon Amarth, Gama Bomb and Cradle of Filth).
That change of scenery was proof positive the overall production of the album, with raw balls to the wall sound aesthetic which suits Vader flawlessly.
That might be the biggest positive of the album, although the new studio and background pulled the band back from their comfort zone, most of the tracks stick in that vein like a sore thumb.
Nevertheless, although the first three tracks are you typical balls to the wall Vader songs; Incineration of the Gods and Sanctification Denied provide an interesting listen, especially Peter’s screams. Which are wisely prominent in the album.
Besides two mentioned tracks, Vader fans can almost play the guessing game on what part will be in each song. The songwriting is quite solid but you can escape that feeling “oh this is from the Impression in Blood or Sothis” That of course is a double edged sword, some fans like a safe route album and know what to expect but some fans would like something else added to the flavor. The ladder might feel disappointed.
With the album a little under 30 minutes falls into that category of a solid Vader album, but besides a few catchy hooks it easy to forget. Nevertheless, the Polish hellhounds maybe does not know any new tricks, but knows the old ones flawlessly.
Release date: May 1st, 2020
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