Immolation, Vader, Abigail Williams, Lecherous Nocturne, Pathology | Reggies’ Rock Club | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Immolation, Vader, Abigail Williams, Lecherous Nocturne, Pathology All Ages Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Thu., Oct. 28, 6 p.m. 2010

On last year's Necropolis (Nuclear Blast) the iconic Polish death-metal band Vader introduced an almost completely new lineup—once again guitarist and vocalist Piotr "Peter" Wiwczarek, long the only remaining original member, was the sole survivor of the shakeup. But it's conceivable that some of their fans might not have noticed. Wiwczarek provides the band's sonic fingerprint with his spitting-up-lung-tissue growl, and after 27 years on the boards—yes, Vader took that name the same year Return of the Jedi hit theaters—he knows how to keep his minions in line. Necropolis is brutal and compact, full of blistering guitar licks and gore-splattering blastbeats from the new members. The album's few midtempo songs—which is as slow as this band gets—give listeners a bit of breathing room without departing from the feel of the faster stuff, and the occasional interlude provides a break from the furious density. On the two bonus tracks—covers of Venom's "Black Metal" and Metallica's "Fight Fire With Fire"—Vader also demonstrate something resembling a sense of fun, playing the songs so straight that it's clear how shamelessly they love 'em. Yonkers death-metal lifers Immolation, touring in support of this year's Majesty and Decay (Nuclear Blast), headline; Vader, Abigail Williams, Lecherous Nocturne, and Pathology open. —Monica Kendrick

Price: $23, $20 in advance

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