Not only has Vader been one of the most influential extreme metal bands over the course of their tenured, twenty-year existence, this Polish monster continues to redefine itself with each release. On Impressions In Blood, the group kicks up the intensity factor with neck-breaking tempos and a renewed vigor. Ripping lead guitar work from Maurycy ‘Mauser’ Stefanowicz and the testosterone-filled, instantly recognizable bellow of band leader Piotr Wiwczarek enhance the full, roaring Shadow Fear and the deeply blasting Field Of Heads , while the band continues to experiment with songwriting styles, adding tribal and groove-oriented passages that flesh out the record. Foreboding symphonic passages also make their way into the record’s introduction and the doom-laden Predator, a track that easily stands as one of Vader’s all-time best, in spite of being decidedly contrasting to the band’s more up-tempo, past favorites.
Regain Records (Sweden)