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No Description AvailableNo Track Information AvailableMedia Type: CDArtist: VADERTitle: LITANYStreet Release Date: 05/09/2000<Domestic or Import: DomesticGenre: HEAVY METAL

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  • Don’t bash me simply because I didn’t give Litany five stars like drgonzo insists. I’m giving this album a fair rating based upon the bar that Vader has already set with the other albums/masterpieces of their in my collection. Vader has got to be my favorite Death Metal band. Doc was an amazing drummer; Peter’s vocals are unique in the genre and the assault of Peter’s and Mauser’s guitars make an incredible team. However despite the music on Litany being amazing the production could have been a lot better. The first thing one will notice is that the volume of Doc’s bass drums are cranked up almost twice as loud as they should be. Though you get to see his amazing skill with his feet, this has a result of sometimes drowning out the rest of the band, Peter’s vocals and the rest of his kit, especially when you are not playing on a really good sound system. The sound of the guitars and Peter’s voice should have been turned up slightly louder as well.

    The other complaint is that there are four songs that are shorter than 2 minutes resulting in a surprisingly short album. Time lengths usually don’t bug me, but Vader normally doesn’t have this many short songs. Of all the songs on this album, the short ones are not the songs that I crave to listen to; they are fast, but just not that memorable. My favorites would have to be Wings, Cold Demons, Xeper, and The Final Massacre (a song that they re-recorded and was originally on their first album, The Ultimate Incantation).

    Even with these problems, the songs are still amazing. If you want music that is difficult to play, this is it. Doc’s drumming has always been incredible and he will truly be missed. It’s just unfortunate that the production isn’t that good. If this album is ever remastered, this rating will probably get bumped to a 4 or even a 5. I saw these guys live the day before I graduated high school (nice way to celebrate, don’t you think?) and they were amazing definitely one of the best shows that I’ve ever been to. If you haven’t heard Vader before, I would suggest you start with their albums like Black to the Blind or any of their EPs (they are all amazing) before getting Litany. Vader will also be releasing a new album titled Impressions in Blood that should be released sometime in September so keep an eye out for that as well. Hoped this review helped.

    Posted on November 12, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • In my opinion, Poland’s finest, Vader, is easily the most accessible death metal band. They are better than Slayer in terms of musicianship, talent and songwriting (not a diss to one of the best bands ever, but Vader owns you guys) and even if you hate death metal, you could love these guys because the vocals are not grunts or growls. If Vader isn’t recording great albums, they are touring. They do hundreds of shows every year all over the world, and as a reviewer stated, they probably haven’t slept in their own beds. Check out their live album from 1998 (“Live In Japan”) to hear this act at their best. As the title dictates, this album will shred your eardrums with the dual guitar attack and the insane drumming. “Litany” is not an album that you get to hear nice melodic breakdowns or melody at all. This album is good if you are working out, need an alarm clock or just feel like blasting away your neighborhood and violently headbanging. As I stated already, the vocals are not grunts, so Vader will be easier to digest in that department. If you can’t stand this type of metal, go back to your In Flames or such. This album can only be appreciated if you like it loud, fast and no hint of melody.

    The production of this album is perfect for something this brutal. The vocals are pushed back and the drumming and guitars are overpowering, creating this ear-shredding sound barrier that would only work for a brutal album like this. The vocals, as stated above, are similar to Tom Araya, just with a Polish accent. The vocals are pushed back, but if you really want to listen to them, they are audible. The lyrics are awesome and some of the best in death metal. Read them…you will be amazed that a death metal band can dish out good lyrics. The bass is…you guessed it…inaudible. It could only be heard if every other instrument stops playing, which is rare. Don’t buy this album if you need bass playing inspiration. The guitars are a dual attack, very reminiscent of Slayer. The solos are out of this world. And finally, the drums. Krzysztof “Doc” Raczkowski was his name, and he was in the band since they formed in 1986. He is fast, crazy and could rival any extreme metal drummer. He died in August 2005 after leaving the band earlier the year. His cause of death is mysteriously unknown, and will always be remembered as a huge inspiration in the metal community. He is among the gods of metal. Rest In Peace.

    The album begins with one of Vader’s best, “Wings”. This song is brutal and has a great guitar solo. It is a metal classic and the album should be bought just for this song. The next song, “The One Made of Dreams”, follows. It is a shorty, but it is brutal as hell and leads up to the next song, the legendary “Xeper”. This is a longer song (for this album) and is very simple, but sounds so good. You could actually hear the bass a little here! The title track follows with a great chorus and more great drumming and guitar work. “Cold Demons” starts off with a little interlude and blasts into another great song off of this album. “The Calling” is the loser, which follows, and I find it quite monotinous, but it is still a descent song. The next three songs are a little under 2:00 long, and they are perfect examples of short, brutal blasts of energy. This is what a grindcore song would sound like without the noise. They are “North”, “Fowards To Die!!!” and “A World Of Hurt”. I can’t call them filler, because they slay. The final two songs, “The World Made Flesh” and “The Final Massacre” follow the same formula of the entire album and really slay. That caps off this legendary 34 minute album. If you don’t own this and love it loud and heavy, then go out, turn off your computer and pick this up. “Litany” may be their best album. Their other albums are great, but nothing can cause carnage like this one.

    Posted on November 11, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • What I mean by the title of this review is that, aside from a sample mp3, I bought this album “blind” to what Vader was all about- I was just hoping for something good. And good, is what I got. Short and very sweet in the pulverizing-death-metal kind of way, this record boasts the usual tight musical performance of the band, with the obvious standout being the drummer, Doc. As a whole, Vader seem to be almost on top of that most-sought of all musical places: the spot where technicality meets listenability. Average Joe metalhead and guitar-freak alike will eat this album up. Litany brings the bottom end in a major way; the triggered kick drum is just the beginning. In fact I have to say that this is the best-produced death metal album I have heard to date, and that is against some great production quality from bands like Cryptopsy and Skinless. You will hear the difference if you A-B this CD with another one, including the band’s older work. The last component, the lyrics, are something I usually don’t hinge on with death metal bands, but here they are actually quite intelligently written. Vader approaches the Egyptian style popularized by Nile, but only slightly so if you hate Nile you will still like Vader. In short, this is one for the death metal veterans! If you’re new to death metal, this might be a good intro for you since its smart, short, and all business.

    Posted on November 11, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • The opening track is madness. Doc is my hero. There’s a good reason why about half of this album constitutes a nice bit of their live setlits. This most definitely belongs in your Death Metal/Vader collection, and if you don’t have one, this is a fine place to start. \m// Hail Vader.

    Posted on November 11, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Holy Hell! Vader is without a doubt one of the most brutal bands I have ever heard. Litany does not let up for a second throughout its total running time. Peter and Mauser’s dual guitar attack rivals King and Hanneman. The riffs are fast and furious and the solos are insane. Doc’s drumming is simply on a higher level than any other metal percussionist…period. He is technically flawless and overpowering. I can’t believe he died so young, this guy was the real deal. Shambo’s bass hold the madness together and allows Mauser and Peter to run amok, and run amok they do. Track like North, Forwards to Die and The Calling are absolutely brutal. Most of the tracks on Litany clock in at under 2:00 minutes which I love, but even the longer tracks like Wings, Litany and The Final Massacre are friggin awesome. Overall, this is one of the strongest albums that Vader has produced to date (along with Black to the Blind and Revelations). It is a must-own for any true metal fan. Highly Recommended.

    Posted on November 11, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now