Reviewed: Vader – Future Of The Past – Hell In The East

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Hell! East! Future! Past! Metal!

Back in 1996, Vader released an album full of covers called Future of the Past. Inside you could find covers from bands like Sodom, Terrorizer, and Possessed. Now, a whole 19 years later Vader goes back to the future (of the past)!

I’ve been a fan of Vader for years. In the time since, they’ve changed little but just enough to avoid the trap of making the same album over and over again (not that there’s anything inherently wrong with that). Vader has been consistent in their output, always great, but never mind-blowingly so (except Welcome To the Morbid Reich; that album is fire). When I found out that Future of the Past II – Hell In The East would only feature bands little-known outside the area once known as the Iron Curtain (Mostly Polish thrash and death metal), I grew more excited than I can ever recall for a covers album.

Unlike its predecessor, Hell In the East II features covers that are obscure outside of the Iron Curtain. Covering old Polish thrash and death metal bands was a smart move; not only is Vader bringing attention to lesser-known bands, but absolutely no one would’ve wanted to hear such a well-established band as Vader playing classic songs by other well-established bands of the same period.

The choices feel fresh. Because I haven’t heard pretty much any of the originals, I cannot comment on how they compare, but I’m going to take a wild guess that Vader didn’t make mind-boggling rearrangements. None of the songs feel off in Vader’s own catalog, partially thanks to their thrashier roots, partially to Peter Wiwczarek’s instantly recognizable growl. Yet Vader fans will of course note some obvious differences in the riff-department. It’s worth noting that there are a couple guest vocalists on songs like “Totalni Destrukce” and “Czas Apokalipsy” (whose names remain a mystery to me).

The production is familiar from the last couple of Vader albums, but I like the bigger role and added punch behind the bass. It’s a modern day production-job alright, but not crammed full. Although it’s not as balanced as Tibi Et Igni’s, perhaps (and most likely) intentionally.

It’s hard to say much about this album, because I am not here to review the music per se, only the performance and the manner these songs fit into Vader’s catalog. However, the thrashier material is a breath of fresh air I did not know I wanted. I haven’t given this album a score because, in case you missed it, it’s a covers-album, but if it was one of original material it would’ve scored well (much better than Danzig’s recent ill-fated foray into covers).

https://soundcloud.com/musickmagazine/vader-ostatni-sakrament-scarecrow

Just kidding. The covers of “Noc Demona”, “Necronomicon” and “The Beginning of Darkness” are so good I gave this…

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3.5 Flaming Toilets ov Hell

You can order Future of the Past II – Hell In The East from our Polish friends at Witching Hour Productions. Remember to navigate the site in Polish for added authenticity. As always, be sure to follow Vader on Facebook and tell them the Toilet said, “Xeper.”

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  • Count_Breznak

    You put in way too much effort.

    “It’s Vader”

    Review done. Everything you need to know.

  • ┼yree

    Come to the U.S. goddamnit! I need me some live Vader. Not sure when the last time they entered the U.S. was but they are long over due.

    • Phoenix of the House Tendies

      I believe two years ago. Saw them in a small ass garage in Brooklyn and they tore shit up.

      • ┼yree

        Sick! I’m jealous.

  • ┼yree

    All this time recording and practicing cover songs, they could have been working on new material. I’d personally rather have new Vader material.

  • Spoiler alert: Vader gets resurrected in The Force Awakens and reveals to Luke that he is not the baby’s daddy.

    • Yup turns out Luke is the son of Han Solo and chewbaccca

      • ┼yree

        That’s a pretty hot plot twist bro.

        • Turns out princess Leah is yoda’s sister too. The twists just keep on coming!

          • ┼yree

            That doesn’t even make sense… And of course I’m all for it.

          • Star Wars brah

          • ┼yree

            General Ackbar is really a Transformer.

          • Mother of god…..

          • Count_Breznak

            Tyree Gibson should know such things.

          • Max

            He transforms into a sandworm.

          • Boss the Ross

            Dune for the win!

          • The force does not awaken until the end of movie and the Jedis have to use centripetal force to defeat the darkside.

          • Waynecro

            My favorite part of the movie (spoilers) is when Darth Vader is swashbuckling with Gandalf. Gandalf goes, “If you leave me now, you take away the biggest part of me!” Then he teleports into space, goes all Super Saiyan, and destroys the UltraDeathStar and a bunch of those bad-guy space ships that look like photovoltaic ping-pong balls with a massive hadoken. Fucking movie gold right there.

          • And I forgot to mention the part where Captain Kirk kicks the shit out of Han Solo and takes over the Millennium Falcon..

          • Waynecro

            Was that before or after Jar Jar Binks got a Batarang to the forehead?

          • Touch to recall, I was really taken by surprise when Austin Powers grabbed a light saber and starting hacking up Storm Troopers.

          • Waynecro

            Oh yeah. Despite being a clear case of fan service, I cannot deny the intensity of that scene. I like how Eddie Murphy played 20 flatulent Storm Troopers at once. Hilarious!

          • Max

            It wasn’t a light saber. It was Ramirez’s Japanese sword.

            There can be only several.

          • Waynecro

            “There can be only several.” You win the internet.

          • Boss the Ross

            That’s right! Captain James T mother lovin Kirk for the win!

  • IronLawnmower

    Vader are always so consistently excellent it’s ludicrous. Not many bands can have as many albums as them and not have one of them be bad.

  • COAL ROLL

    Witching Hour e-store is yikes

  • Phoenix of the House Tendies

    I fully expect the Merciless Death cover to blow my mind.

  • Waynecro

    VADER!!! Nice write-up, Karhu, Thanks!

  • Óðinn

    Martin Shkreli (the douchewaddle who jacked up the price on AIDS drug just because he could) Arrested on Fraud Charges

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/18/business/shkreli-fraud-charges.html?smtyp=cur&_r=0
    http://static01.nyt.com/images/2015/12/18/business/18shkreli-web4/18shkreli-web4-master675.jpg

    • more beer

      I mentioned this this morning. I hope he ends up on Rikers Island.

    • Max

      Well, that’ll be on Salon.com

      (Opens tab; scrolls down…)

      Yep, there it is.

      • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

        Rawstory (one of the usual sites I go to) is all over it of course, and Fark is probably having a ball with it.

        • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

          Hopefully, FARC isnt all over it.

        • Max

          Yeah, it’s naturally a big general news item. I just made the comment about Salon because that’s a website I frequent and I’m always seeing that guy’s face there. I wasn’t closely following the issue up until now.

        • more beer

          Dammit the Feds did not seize his 2 million dollar Wu Tang album.

          • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

            He was also about to spend another $2 million to bail out some rapper wanted on murder charges.

            http://www.ooyuz.com/geturl?aid=9594215

          • more beer

            That guy needs stay in Jail Bobby Schmerder or some shit. He is responsible for a bunch of gang murders in Brooklyn.

          • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

            Both assholes are vile on a biological level.

          • more beer

            Very true.

          • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

            Oh oh ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, it gets even better! There’s a video of him when the FBI called him 36 times during his live stream and he starts panicking. My schadenfreude meter is practically shaking the walls and ground right now.

            http://www.tmz.com/2015/12/17/martin-shkreli-live-stream-fbi-phone-call/

          • more beer

            He is screwed.

          • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

            A peek into his future……….

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8x5es9Y8tk

            “Comb my chest hair, bitch!”

          • more beer
          • KJM, Shake Zula
          • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

            Bwahahaha, classic! And gotta love how they fit the Oz theme song in there.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Season 6 is coming soon!

          • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

            Eventually! I’m waiting for a new season of Superjail!

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            They said at SDCC it would be February at the latest for Season 6.

          • Boss the Ross

            Of course the feds wouldn’t do something overly helpful like that.

            Hypothetically, how do you think that would effect Wu-Tang’s release of the album? I want to listen to it!

          • more beer

            But If it falls into the wrong hands doesn’t he lose the rights to it. Then it has to be released back to the Wu Tang. Per the contract. Hopefully they will get it. I would think the feds are the wrong hands.

          • Boss the Ross
          • more beer

            The feds are always the wrong hands. But they may take it as an asset forfeiture. To pay back the victims. The best way to do that would be to release the album.

          • Boss the Ross
          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Free The Wu in the name of The People!!

          • Boss the Ross

            Spread the word! Free The WU!

          • more beer

            Yes.

          • more beer

            Fuck yea.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            “Help us, Bill Murray! You’re our only hope!!”

          • Boss the Ross

            Bill, groundhogs day, ghostbustin ass, Murray.

            Have you seen Coffee and Cigarettes?

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Yep, I like some of Jarmusch’s movies.

          • Boss the Ross

            Right on. I really enjoy the Tom Waits and Iggy Pop segment, but Murray with GZA and RZA is pure awesomeness.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            “You saying my drummer sucks?”

          • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

            And a father and son stole over $40,000 in chicken wings a few days ago. Big question is: what’s their TOH handles?

            http://www.foodbeast.com/news/this-father-and-son-duo-just-stole-over-40000-in-chicken-wings/

          • more beer

            I can come up with 1000 jokes for this. But none would be deemed acceptable.

          • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

            Lol, like that’s ever stopped some of us from posting jokes on here. DO EET!!!!!!

          • more beer

            Nah some SJW will troll me forever. I will plead the 5th and keep my mouth shut.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Joe probably wouldn’t appreciate it either.

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

            *cowers before the banhammer

          • more beer

            No probably not. Plus that is just too easy.

          • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

            SJW? On my Toilet? More likely than I think?

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            I cant get the thought of Keith Richards itchy gootch out of my mind now, thank you.

        • more beer

          5 million dollar bond. But that is really only 500 thousand he has to put up if he can find a bondsman. Hopefully all of his assets are seized so he can’t get out. Since the hedge fund only had 700 bucks in it.

    • Time to hand that Wu Tang album over to Bill Murray Martin,

    • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

      Yeah i heard about this yesterday. Securities fraud, who couldve imagined it?

      • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch
        • more beer

          No he needs this guy. But since he is dead I guess he is fucked.

          • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch
          • more beer

            I would much rather have if the glove don’t fit Johnny Cochran.

          • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

            Sadly, this jackoff probably won’t do much, if any, time. The feds are gonna have a dog and pony show of a trial where they claim to be tough on white collar criminals, slap him with a fine, and a couple months in a Club Med jail. Judging by the looks (yes, he has THAT look), demeanor and attitude of the guy, I’m sure there’s gonna be skeletons moshing their way out of the closet the more the feds dig. I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if they find out he’s a rapist or child molester.

          • more beer

            No matter what jail he goes to he will be someones bitch.

          • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

            Not likely, since he won’t be put in general pop. If they do, and hopefully they do, he’s gonna have a catastrophic anal adventure, courtesy of Mongo The Penetrator and a long line of suitors waiting to pump him like cheap accordion.

          • more beer

            He will be in gen pop. Unless he starts ratting on people. He thinks he is all street wise because he bought that Wu Tang album. So he won’t want to go to PC.

    • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch
    • Dave Vincent’s Perm

      Did they arrest his fringe as well?

  • A.P.

    Generally I am not much for cover records. A cover here and there isn’t a problem, any musician loves to pay their homages and sometimes something very cool- or even more rare- better than the original will come of the practice, but I think the concept here was righteous. This scene is definitely underrepresented in American death metal circles at least and that’s one of its biggest markets, if not the biggest, so lending their very reputable name to a group of acts that otherwise may not have ever found many listeners in the US and other territories foreign to them is a very cool concept to me.

  • Paris Hilton

    I was under the impression that this article was about the quality and thread counts of various Darth Vader bedspreads and covers. The only “covering” these TOH SJWs are doing is pulling the wool over our eyes.

    • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

      Or it could’ve been about Big Van Vader (seen here with two other constipated guys).

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        Bam Bam Bigelow on the right, dunno who the middle guy is.

        • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch
          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I miss Bam Bam so much.

        • more beer

          I figured you would be the one to know. Where is JJD? He knows.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I don’t know who the middle guy is.

          • more beer

            I thought you knew the answers to all thing wrestling.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Is that guy Japanese? If so I think it might be either YujI Nagata or Tajiri.

          • more beer

            He looks Asian. But I couldn’t tell you country he is from.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            There isn’t many Asian wrestlers from outside Japan. I’ll have to check more thoroughly.

          • more beer

            You’re the wrestling expert not me.

          • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

            Antonio Inoki.

          • more beer

            Tell JJD.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Oh wow, didn’t recognize him. Anybody remember when he was in a Bad News Nears movie with Tony Curtis and Toshiro Mifune?

          • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

            Nope.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            That is NOT Tajiri. He’s way too big and not nearly Japanese enough.

          • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

            Definitely not Tajiri!

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Is it Tanaka?

          • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

            I posted the guy’s name somewhere either a couple up or a couple down from this comment.

          • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

            Antonio Inoki

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            He’s slipping.

          • more beer

            Yes he is.

      • Paris Hilton

        This is pretty much what live-action anime would look like.

        • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

          You obviously haven’t seen the live action version of Wicked City. That makes that pic look like Daniel Day Lewis.

          • Paris Hilton

            I’ve seen something much better, The sight of by beautiful baby boy being born. It’s just too bad that that my BITCH EX WIFFEE SHANNON won’t let me see him!! But let me assure you, we will be re-united, and he will have his father.

          • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch
          • Paris Hilton

            Any gif of a musician that’s contributed with Ke$ha is fucking A OK with me! Imma catch major flak for this but both Iggy and Ke$ha are perhaps the best songwriters of their respective decades. And Dirty Love is a bitchin tune. That being said, that motherfucker looks like a Yu Gi Oh card.

      • Óðinn
        • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

          Indeed he does, and gets his 20 something wife to nibble on it when it itches. Part of how she earns her weekly allowance.

      • Óðinn
      • Óðinn
      • Óðinn
    • KJM, Shake Zula

      1000/10, would sleep on.

      • Paris Hilton

        I was hoping we could have more discussions about various Star Wars related bed covers, BUT APPARENTLY!!!!!! THese SJWs had other plans

        • KJM, Shake Zula

          Always ruining the fun, GO BACK TO HUFFPO!!!!!

  • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

    Awesome live show! Saw them ages ago, but sadly the show ended 5 songs in after a bunch of people started fighting a group of Polish skinheads (how the fuck there is such a thing is beyond me) and the cops showed up.

    https://45.media.tumblr.com/4444feac6cb803f0ac3027a022170c68/tumblr_n3yhilpluL1samduuo1_400.gif

  • I really really really really enjoyed Danzig’s cover album tho.

  • Keith Richards’ Itchy Gooch

    Late entry to Worst Album cover of 2015, but here’s one of the more, um, interesting ones I bumped into:

    https://41.media.tumblr.com/7afedcdfe2abd7f648ae722e77549add/tumblr_nf3xa55sS21r1acv3o1_500.jpg

    • Eliza

      Is that for real?

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    Uli Jon Roth’s Scorpions Revisited album has made my top 15 with Kadavar, Uncle Acid, Between The Buried And Me and Coheed.

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      This is on top of my top 10.

    • Boss the Ross

      Berlin is a killer album, glad to see it getting some attention.