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Review of the Album "Revelations" by Polish Death Metal Band Vader

Ara is a journalism graduate from California State University, Northridge, who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.


Release date: June 3, 2002

Genre: death metal

Length: about 33.3 minutes

Label that it was signed under: Metal Blade Records

This photo symbolizes the album's title Revelations even though the album's lyrical themes do not specifically have to deal with religion.

This photo symbolizes the album's title Revelations even though the album's lyrical themes do not specifically have to deal with religion.

Revelations May Be the Best Early Vader Album

Revelations (not to be confused with the 1983 Iron Maiden song) is the 5th studio album by Poland’s Vader and this would also be the last album to have the contributions of the guy whose nickname or stage name is Doc. He would be out of the band and would die in 2005 but if he knew that his departure came after what may be Vader’s most musically mature release at that point in time he may have been really impressed. What makes it “easy” to get into Vader’s music is that their albums are kept to a short enough length while also providing death metal music that clicks. What is meant by this is that the music flows so well. Peter’s vocals have also improved enough where you may be able to understand what is being said without having to view the album lyrics. This may be a biased sort of viewpoint but a fan of death metal may find the music of Vader to be musically superior to bands such as Bolt Thrower. The musicianship on Revelations is incorporated with more melody and this shows the slow maturity of Vader. “Torch of War” lyrically speaks of the stench of dead bodies as victory is declared at the end of the war. It is not the most pleasant kind of lyrics I know but Vader’s musical constructions will make the avid death metal fan feel right at home.

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A Very Strong Musical Start for Vader

The first song “Epitaph (For Humanity)” lyrically speaks about the blindness, fanaticism, and stupidity of some human beings. The start of it sounds like Slayer in the early 1990s. “The Nomad” lyrically is about the flaws and sins of human nature as lust is common among human beings. That desire for lustful behavior hasn’t changed even today as there are still people in the world that are looking for that quick fix for their desires.

As Peter says in that first song, this world is lost. But is the blindness and stupidity a global issue? That is a critical issue that Vader brings to the surface through their music which is a very good thing.

"The Nomad"

Revelations May be Vader's Most Exotic Musical Release Up to That Point in Time

The exotic guitar solo played on the song “Revelation of Black Moses” helps to solidify the reputation of being the best of the first five albums of Vader. Vocally, there is an emphasis of Peter basically saying “I’m here to prove that I am underrated as a vocalist.” When he utters the words “Black Moses is my name” this shows how he has improved as a death metal vocalist. The solo after that part also contributes to the greatness of this 2002 album.

These Polish guys know what to do with their death metal musical talents. Even if the lyrics in certain songs are too complex for some us to interpret, the riffs more than make up for that minor kind of deficiency or disadvantage.

"Lukewarm Race"

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