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Sadus: Out For Blood

Bay Area thrash legends Sadus return with their first album in over seven years, the aptly titled Out For Blood. Led by the ultra talented and much travelled bassist Steve Di Giorgio (Death/Testament/Iced Earth), Sodom play a very 80's inspired thrash metal that is very technical, with small elements of prog and death metal thrown in for good measure. You get spacey, progressive thrash on the crushing "No More", raging speed on the intricate riffs of "In the Name Of...", insane Atheist/Death type breakdowns on "Out For Blood" and "Lost It All", as well as crunchy death metal on the rampaging and elegant "Freedom". The riffs from guitarist/vocalist Darren Travis work in perfect symmetry with the dexterious bass lines of Di Giorgio, and although the vocals of Travis take a little getting used to, after repeated listens he almost sounds like Chuck Schuldiner on the last few Death albums. "Cursed" mixes some Middle Eastern guitar passages, synths, and muderous power chords for a chilling ride, and "Crazy" features some guest death vocals from Testament's Chuck Billy. This track is a technical metal lovers's delight, with DiGiorgio and Travis laying down some intense unison lines alongside the nimble drum work of Jon Allen.

Out For Blood is a solid return for these thrash veterans, an album that should really surprise fans of technical death and thrash metal with it's intricate grooves and riffs. There's chops galore and plenty of aggression, so dig in and get soaked!

Track Listing
1. In The Name Of...
2. No More
3. Smackdown
4. Out For Blood
5. Lost It All
6. Sick
7. Down
8. Freedom
9. Freak
10. Cursed
11. Crazy

Added: April 29th 2006
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Sadus Website
Hits: 3087
Language: english

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Sadus: Out For Blood
Posted by Hugh Dark on 2007-02-27 15:24:24
My Score:

This is a decent release, but for a select number of people. I really enjoy the singing on this, but some of the songwriting is a little questionable. Like many Sadus releases the second half is better than the first. If you start out on song six and work your way to the end, a completely different picture results. The cd is more progressive and the material suits them better. Listen to the first half and it is a little confused and contrived. This band is best when they are running wild on their instruments. It is then that they can get away with almost anything because you are in such a good headspace. Check out A Vision of Misery. Metal Mind has done a limited remaster release of 2000 copies and that cd rules. Metal Disc distro has some copies available and is pretty cool to work with.

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