Sadist
Sadist


4.0
excellent

Review

by Adam Thomas STAFF
August 10th, 2009 | 15 replies | 4,522 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Oft overlooked progressive metallers strike it big on 2007 reunion album

Over the last few years many former metal bands have begun to creep out from the darkness of retirement and once again turn their amps up to eleven, and it couldn't be a more perfect time. You see, after 25 plus years of being primarily an underground phenomenon, with the occasional hint of popular acceptance, the latest generation of heavy music fans no longer find growls, palm mutes and double bass as a strange new music form, but as an accepted norm in modern music. Now with genre diehards and more mainstream audiences embracing heavy music, these newly reformed groups have the opportunity to reach even wider audiences than during their heyday, especially band's whose music was ahead of it's time. In 2008, Cynic released their first album in 15 years, Traced In Air, to massive acclaim, Atheist reunited, and Believer proved that their brand of progressive thrash was still relevant in the new millennium with Gabriel.

Emerging from the same early 90's progressive primordial goo as the aforementioned acts, Italy's Sadist have recently put their hat into the comeback competition. Their first two releases, 1993's Above the Light and 1996's Tribe were excellent additions to the 90's death metal cannon that could easily hold their own with the genre's more well known stateside heroes. Sadly, for the rest of the decade they fell into a stagnant mediocrity that eventually caused them to disband. Seven years after their last album, and a good decade after their halcyon days, Sadist reformed, and to the surprise of many, released an grade A cut of thinking man's metal.

Sadist's eponymous album begins with the first of the album's three instrumental interludes. "Jagtri" introduces Sadist with an ominous middle eastern flair. The clean guitar and tribal drums, that recall Cynic's love of tribal elements, slowly build and release into "One Thousand Memories". A wayward synth sprints back and forth between distorted palm mutes, giving way to Sadist's primary sound of churning riffs, technical leads, and a stunning rhythm section that is not afraid of sonic exploration. Much like their previous albums, Sadist employ moderate use of keyboards to add to the menacing atmosphere on Sadist. The resulting sound is what one would expect if you threw Death's Symbolic, with its melodic yet technical guitar work, and Cynic's Focus, with it's eastern influences and progressive structures, into a blender. The Death influence particularly stands out in the faster moments of songs like "Tearing Away" and "Hope to be Deaf" where vocalist Trevor's (somebody find me his last name!!!) Schuldiner-esque shrieks ride waves of blistering arpeggios.

After years of decline and stagnation, Sadist's 2007 self-titled comeback is easily the band's best work. Somehow after all their ups and downs Sadist have remembered how to rock like it's 1993 all over again. Anybody who is a fan of the 90's progressive death metal scene should get a kick out of Sadist, and in the process can learn up on one of the genre's often overlooked bands.



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Athom
Staff Reviewer
August 10th 2009



17200 Comments


I'm not really happy with the review.
sample @
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PM25szFG-iM


Anthracks
August 10th 2009



3670 Comments


is this that boring death worship band

Athom
Staff Reviewer
August 10th 2009



17200 Comments


yes.

BallsToTheWall
August 10th 2009



44164 Comments


This sounds like a maybe. Good review StormShadow.

marksellsuswallets
August 11th 2009



4848 Comments


I rather enjoyed that song...suppose I'll look into this.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
August 11th 2009



17200 Comments


just hit me up on FB if you want the CD.

Wizard
August 11th 2009



19231 Comments


Song was awesome and I'm hunting this down. Gud Refew broseph!

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Willie
Moderator
August 11th 2009



15877 Comments


Is this that band with the awesome bass player that has also played with Death and Testament?

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Athom
Staff Reviewer
August 11th 2009



17200 Comments


nah, that's Steve DiGiorgio. he was in Sadus. Similar sounding names ftw.

KILL
August 15th 2013



70599 Comments


surprisingly rule

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Suddy911
August 15th 2013



1191 Comments


prob sucks

KILL
August 15th 2013



70599 Comments


its no above the light but for a cumback album it sure goes hard!

DrHouseSchuldiner
August 15th 2013



5643 Comments


i heard their first 2lps and loved them ...gonna check this one tonight

KILL
August 15th 2013



70599 Comments


they need reviews hard

KILL
September 7th 2013



70599 Comments


LIIIIIEEEEEESSSSSSSS



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