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Vader - The Ultimate Incantation

1992 Earache Records :: Reviewed by rofreason on 2005-07-14

This is some serious shit right here. Vader, for some reason, are one of the most brutal bands out there, in my opinion. I know that there are faster, and heavier, but The Ultimate Incantation stands as one of the most destructive slabs of metal ever to be released. Another aspect to this record is you know that the production was lacking here, sucking away a great deal of the assault. Much like Deicide's first album first Roadrunner release, the double bass/guitar riffing is perfectly matched, but the blast beats are not as developed as they would become on later releases. Beyond that, Vader are one of the few bands that can hold my interest over the course of an album and Ultimate Incantation is pretty long for this type of music at over 45 minutes. Some of the middle songs do blend together, but for a first release, and for the production they had, this is a veritable explosion ready to happen. Put this on the next time you crash a "Rave" and watch some heads melt.