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Sadus: Swallowed in Black (remaster)

Swallowed in Black, Sadus' sophomore release, sees the California thrash act taking things to the next level after their exciting but flawed debut Chemical Exposure. A lot of what you get here is still that noisy, technical cacophany, but Sadus have added a bit more variety on these songs, occasionally slowing things down a tad, as opposed to their non-stop speed assault heard on their debut. "Man Infestation", as well as "Wake", are good examples of this, as the band work with slower and more grinding riffs that add a new element to their speed-of-light thrash attack. The production by Michael Rosen added a beefier tone this time around, giving the guitars of Rob Moore and Darren Travis a huge crunch, with the gymnastic bass lines of Steve DiGiorgio rippling about in the background. There are some elements of death metal amidst all the thrash, like the killer riffs and evil vocals of "False Incarnation ", which has an air of Death meets Slayer about it. However, what this band has always been know for is technicality and speed, which you get plenty of on tracks like "Images", "Black", the epic "Arise", and "Powers of Hate", all complete with pummeling drum work from Jon Allen and blurring riffs and notes from the other three musicians.

This Metal Mind remaster comes with full lyrics, bonus demo tracks, and an essay on the band. It's a better sounding remaster than the debut, and overall this album is a step up for the band, as they started to really mature as musicians, a process that became fully realized on their third release A Vision of Misery.

Track Listing
1. Black
2. Man Infestation
3. Last Abide
4. Wake
5. In Your Face
6. Good Rid'nz
7. False Incarnation
8. Images
9. Powers of Hate
10. Arise
11. Oracle of Obmission
12. Kill Team -bonus
13. Fight or Die -bonus

Added: March 8th 2007
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Sadus Website
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Language: english

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Sadus: Swallowed in Black (remaster)
Posted by Hugh dark on 2007-03-09 10:56:41
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Be aware that there was a pressing problem with this cd. It seems that on some of the discs, the wrong music is present. I dont know if it spanned the whole pressing or if it did...They will press as many replacement discs as the ones affected. Who knows, buit this is much better than the first release by the band, but A Vision of Misery is still king to me. I dont believe that these metal mind releases even come close to Brazil's Marquee Records releases. At least you dont have to worry about the plastic hub falling apart!!!

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