Vader – Tibi Et Igni
Release Date: May 30, 2014
A dark cloud looms over my house as I write this review. It’s monsoon season here so dark clouds are not uncommon, but this particular one seems especially sinister. But what else can I expect when I have Vader blasting in the back, their music drawing out the evil from every nook and cranny in my room. It’s started to rain now; the lightning and thunder seem to match the beats played by James Stewart. I can feel the darkness is growing and I may not survive the night but at least I go out listening to one of the best albums Vader has put out: Tibi Et Igni.
Vader are no strangers to death metal; they have been putting out records since the beginning of the 90’s. Crunching out album after album, they have not only been consistently pleasing their fans, but at the same time have been ramping up their music in terms of scale and production. Termed the Eagles of Death metal by Queens of The Stone Age front man Josh Homme, Vader has been carving their way through the polish death metal scene along with Behemoth and Decapitated since the early days. With Tibi Et Igni they seem of two minds; they want to please the hardcore crowd and at the same time do something different. This leads to an interesting listening experience because you can clearly identify which song is meant for which audience.
The album starts off on an epic note with the opening song, “Go To Hell”, starting off with heavy orchestration before the crunching guitars kill every member of the 500 piece orchestra that was playing. The next three though are quite forgettable. The main reason for the monotony is that they all follow a similar song structure which can feel boring; the weakest of the three is “Armada on Fire” which is a very average song when compared to the rest of the album. The orchestra is resurrected again for “Hexenkessel” which I felt was the best song on the album and also a major point because from here on is when the songs really get fun to listen to.
The whole second half of the album is an absolute treat to listen to. The songs are interesting and are much better structurally than the ones in the first half. This part of the album also contains the third coming of the orchestra with “The Eye Of The Abyss”. Although songs like “Abandon All Hope” and “Light Reaper” sound very much like classic Vader they do not suffer the same plight as the songs earlier in the album: they are surprising, dynamic and bone-crushingly heavy.
As I mentioned earlier, Vader are really pushing the scale and production quality with subsequent album releases. Welcome To The Morbid Reich was epic and rich in its production and the same can be said about Tibi Et Igni. With an accompanying orchestra to add to the epicness of the already epic songs, Vader have spared no expense to achieve their vision on this album. This is good to see as we do not often see bands experimenting with a sound which has established them in the death metal scene. Tibi Et Igni is not a perfect album but it is not bad either. You just need to get through the first half and then the album is pure death metal heaven. It is still one of the best Vader albums thanks to songs like “Hexenkessel” and “The Eye Of The Abyss”. It has touches of old and the new, which I feel is exactly what Vader was trying to achieve. The voices are calling me, they yearn for my flesh and I must bid my farewell but not before I listen to the last song on the album, “The End”.