It's ironic how things work out. Only a short time ago, I saw Vader in the issue of Metal Maniacs, as a young band signed to Conquest Music. Eight full-lengths and two live albums later, the band is one of the most renowned death metal bands in the world. Thus, the time has come for 'The Best of Vader'.
That's precisely what Armageddon is, a compilation of all Vader's full-lengths, mini-CDs, and live albums. Armageddon demonstrates why the band is a hot commodity in the death metal world. One can only be impressed by the progress the band has made since their 1993 Earache debut, The Ultimate Incantation to their critically acclaimed De Profundis [1995, System Shock] to what is arguable the band's best work, Litany [2000, Metal Blade].
Vader isn't just death metal; it's a war machine. Combining the unbridled fury of technical guitar riffs, intense guttural vocals, heavy as fuck double bass, and the skill for good songwriting, it should come to no surprise that the band is where it is, that is at the top of the death metal throne.
Armageddon should be considered a worthy purchase not only for the diehard fans, but also for those individuals who admired Vader from metal publications and accounts of others, but never had the balls to face this devastating Polish force. The time has come to experience what the world is talking about.Mike.S