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'Tibi Et Igni'
(Nuclear Blast)

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Jools Green


Formed in 1983, Polish death/thrash veterans Vader have an expansive back catalogue including eleven full length releases. 'Tibi Et Igni' is their twelfth and follow up to 2011s hugely successful 'Welcome To The Morbid Reich'.

As one of the first Polish death Metal bands and responsible for putting Poland firmly on the Metal map it is not a question of, is it any good, but how good. The high level of consistency over their back catalogue, particularly the last couple of releases, pretty much guarantees a release that won't disappoint.

So just how good is it? Superb is the short answer, with crisp production, stunning compositions and flawless musicianship, superb vocals from Peter and each of the ten tracks (or twelve if you have the digipack) offer something different and exciting.

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Two of the tracks featured on a single released in April, the superb and memorable racy, shred-fest, 'Triumph Of Death', which would be my favourite if all the rest weren't so good.

The second track of the album, 'Where Angels Weep', is a frontal assault of your senses which if the opening track, 'Go to Hell', with its monumental symphonic opener and riffs that arrive like a slap to the face, has failed to catch your attention somehow, this surely will.

'Armada On Fire' has some killer guitar work in the first half with a second wave towards the latter part of the track and another track that really got my blood pumping was 'Hexenkessel' with its intense rhythms and superb guitar work in the second half.

'Abandon All Hope' is a blasting anthem with its catchy chorus while 'Worms Of Eden' pins you to the wall, starting with thirty seconds of screaming guitars and roaring vocals.

Probably the darkest track of the release is 'The Eye Of The Abyss'. Its epic symphonic opener helps to enhance the blackened feel of this track which closes on a superb solo while 'Light Reaper' opens with a crescendo of drums and although the drum work is excellent throughout. Just how good it is becomes apparent here; add a couple of solos and you have another great track.

Final track, the aptly named 'The End', is slower in tempo with a mix of spoken and sung lyrics and a ponderous solo midway, a dark and powerful track and a great album ender.

All that is left for me to say is that it comes as no surprise to me that 'Tibi Et Igni' is as excellent as I expected it to be, an album full of solid, crushing Vader trademarked tracks and surprised or not, I am still excited about this release nonetheless.

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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