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Review: Vader - Impressions in Blood
Impressions in Blood

Label: Regain Records
Year released: 2006
Duration: 37:17
Tracks: 11
Genre: Death/Thrash


Review online: September 10, 2006
Reviewed by: Sirliftsalot48
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Rated 4.36/5 (87.27%) (33 Votes)

Load up your artillery, man the battle stations, and get your tanks ready, Vader has returned to form! The Art of War was only the beginning of what they were preparing on unleashing upon the metal community. The brutality and speed on this album is that not seen on a full length by Vader since Litany. Impressions in Blood is every bit as good as Litany.

Vader sounds as tight as ever on this one. It's Litany mixed with The Art of War and crushes everything in its way. Peter's voice is angry as ever. His vocals are the best in death metal, angry, throaty, yet still totally understandable. The solos are phenomenal with the type of dive bombs and tremolo abuse Vader is known for. The drumming is fast and furious with double bass used frequently, but not for the entirety of the album. The slower parts of the tracks make the faster parts seem even more brutal. The album starts with and ends the closing song with an orchestral piece. This is similar to the beginning of The Art of War and really brings the power out in the music. It's like the opening of a war before the tanks start blasting away.

With many huge releases this year, or even this week, it is great to see one that is a return to form and annihilates expectations. Every song is crushing especially Hellayulah!!! (God is Dead). It's one of the two songs that are so awesome that have to have an exclamation point not once, not twice, but thrice!!! This album is everything a death or thrash metal fan could hope for. I had huge expectations for this album and Vader obliterated them with the force of a Howitzer.

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