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Vader, "Lead Us! (EP)"

There aren’t many bands that are more prolific in death metal or longer running than Vader. These guys crank out an EP or full-length nearly every year, it seems, and as far as I can tell, most often their albums are rock solid. Hell, recently the material’s even been getting tighter, faster and better. The band’s 2008 release of their Lead Us!!! is a four-song EP that works as hold-over until their next full release. There are only four tracks. One’s a cover, another comes from Impressions in Blood and the remaining two have three exclamation points at the end of their titles. There are three video clips, but, honestly, who spends the time messing around on their computers to watch video?

So let’s talk about the four songs that we can listen to on a CD player. The title track opens. It’s fucking awesome, and leaves nothing wanting. “The Book” follows, and if you have Impressions in Blood,it won’t be new to you. “Die!!! (Gin Psie)” is number three. The lyrics are in what I assume to be Polish, and the song itself isn’t as good as the material on the rest of the EP. Vader close with a studio release of Slayer’s “Raining Blood,” a track they’ve had on wax live a few times before, but never as polished as this. As you might expect, they do a by-the-numbers, perfect rendition,with a result that really is worth hearing even if you’ve played it 1,000 times on their Live in Japan release. And that’s all there is.

Lead Us!!! feels like a meager release because there’s so little truly new material on it. With that said, it’s got all the Vader polish, professionalism and heaviness , so it’ll do if you can keep in perspective that EPs aren’t supposed to be 100% satisfying.

Standout Tracks

   Lead Us!!!
   Raining Blood

Peter Johnston