Sadus
Swallowed in Black


5.0
classic

Review

by grungethrash91 USER (9 Reviews)
May 24th, 2010 | 91 replies


Release Date: 1990 | Tracklist

Review Summary: In conclusion, this album was among the best in it's genre, and is very much an undiscovered classic,that is very underrated in terms of its influence,and recognition, however it possesses musicianship that could easily compete with releases of its time

1990 was one of the best years for metal, with classics such as Rust in peace, Seasons in The Abyss, Within Suffering, and numerous others. It's a shame that Sadus's Swallowed in Black, an album of extreme complexity, and a colossal achievement in the Death/Thrash genre, was hardly noticed upon the time of its release. This is undoubtedly Sadus's masterpiece. More aggressive, more death metal oriented, and more technical than the debut. Although they did become even more sophisticated with their third album, it seems to lack the focus, and energy that makes this album so unique. This album was a huge improvement from the debut, being very technical, and boasting top notch musicianship. Some of the songs are progressive in nature, and the bands has an increased emphasis on incorporating technical death metal riffs in their music. In fact, it would not be far fetched to consider this an early death metal album.

While SIB is certainly not as straight forward as Illusion, their explosive debut, it still has a fair amount of intense songs that could easily put earlier material to rest. Black, for instance expands upon what Certain Death started, being more extreme, with a very haunting intro, that sounds like a bunch of demons chanting in the pits of hell; the perfect way to start an album of this kind. The atmospheric build-up to the second track, the cleverly named Man-Infestation, show Sadus new found ability to write epic compositions, and very intelligent thought provoking lyrics. Instead of talking about demons, serial killers, Satan, and other inmature, unrealistic topics, Sadus instead Have lyrics that concern everyday life in general, as well as politics. While the song start out slow, it explodes into a fury of aggression that makes even slayer sound tame in comparison. In addition, Songs like In Your Face show the band's unsurpassed aggression.

Other than speed, what really makes this album sick out from the bunch is its technicality, which is shown in virtually ever track on the album. Each riff is very concise and complex and very from hyper-fast tremolo riffing- to very challenging chords, which is where the band's talent is really shown. Songs like False Incarnation, and Good Rid'nz are a perfect example of this, with very complex time signatures, and unorthodox song structures, that bands like Megadeth would find hard to pull off. Probably the best example of Sadus's technical abilities is the epic song Arise, with numerous tempo changes, and mind boggling riffs at a Metallica-like song length of over 6 minutes in length. All these elements prove why Sadus was much more competent as musicians than any of the big four, providing far more advanced compositions, and complexity, although a bit less accessible.

Sadus is a band that is very well known for their bassist, Steve DiGiorgio, and while he's not the only reason why this band is great, he certainly does stand out from the other musicians because of the pummeling roar of his fretless bass, which demonstrates the mastery of throughout the album. Take for instance, the technical bass intro in the song Images, or the very audible, and roaring bass licks on the opener, Black. He sometimes play just as fast as the rest of the band, or independently, making the music more interesting.

The drummer, John Allen, who would later play for Testament is absolutely outstanding on this album, ranging from pure speed to a mid-paced groove, with complex drum patters, and a few blast-beats. He has ability to change speed at the drop of a hat, and has diverse drumming techniques only prove this more. Unlike on the first album, when the drummers only played at one tempo (fast), John shows what he's made of, with a multitude of speed, and patterns, best displayed on tracks like Powers Of Hate, starting off like an Exodus song, then changing into a rampaging Death/Thrash hybrid with ultra aggressive drumming. In addition, the drums are very crisp and clear sounding, much in part to the fact that the production was far superior to the debut. Higly recomended for those who want to hear the very orgins of technical death metal.



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FadeToBlack
May 24th 2010


11034 Comments


hell yeah Sadus rule, although Illusions is definitley their best imo

vanderb0b
May 24th 2010


3473 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cool review for an awesome album. Steve DiGiorgio is probably my favorite bassist.

combustion07
May 24th 2010


5420 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good review man. I've actually never bothered with Sadus before, I'm going to have to check this out now.

ShadowRemains
May 24th 2010


21566 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

much better review this time, I should check this out

KILL
May 24th 2010


72280 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

awesome album

Digging: Throwing Muses - Throwing Muses

HenchmanOfSanta
May 24th 2010


1922 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

First two tracks combine to form "Black Man Infestation." Track 9 is called "Powers of Hate."

Clearly this band is racist.

Phrike
May 25th 2010


1691 Comments


very good album, especially the last 2-3 tracks

Illusions rule harder though

FadeToBlack
May 25th 2010


11034 Comments


Good review man. I've actually never bothered with Sadus before, I'm going to have to check this out now.
get this, Illusions and A Vision Of Misery. basically they got progressively worse and their latest album is an abomination

buckfutter
May 25th 2010


2164 Comments


Sadus' latest album is a curse upon man. It's complete garbage that shows that the apocalypse is inevitable.

Dethtrasher
May 25th 2010


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice review. Album slays! I just wish that the guitars were a bit louder.

grungethrash91
May 25th 2010


97 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I think the first 3 sadus albums were nearly flawles, the 4th was okay, but not there best, and honestly, i havent really even heard their most recent album, but considering this band's talents, its probably not horrible.

FadeToBlack
May 25th 2010


11034 Comments


it is, basically Sadus flirting with nu metal like Slipknot. and some really terrible lyrics

grungethrash91
May 25th 2010


97 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

No way, Nu metal? not Sadus. Regardless, this album is the most brutal/best. 90 percent of other sadus fans say illusions is their best, and dont even listen to their other stuff.

NeutralThunder12
May 25th 2010


8742 Comments


better than your first review, but still not good.

NeutralThunder12
May 25th 2010


8742 Comments


not poorly written, but the opinions still contradict what you've said to me before, so...

grungethrash91
May 25th 2010


97 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

what do you mean by that?

NeutralThunder12
May 25th 2010


8742 Comments


What I mean is that you still know jack about music. You seem to know a bit about thrash but I know what kind of person you are, little Metallica wannabe sitting in his room thinking that because he can play at 90 miles an hour that he's good. I still think you are an idiot, but at least this review aint bad. Wont pos or neg, not a great review, but not as terrible as your first.

NeutralThunder12
May 25th 2010


8742 Comments


"Each riff in very concise and complex very from hyper-fast tremolo riffing- to very challenging chords, which is where the band's talent is really shown"

Bad idea. And its "Each riff IS very concise". Edit that. Everybody makes spelling mistakes though so no worries. But "Hyper-fast tremolo riffing to very challenging chords" sounds stupid dude.

Phrike
May 25th 2010


1691 Comments


uh oh

NeutralThunder12
May 25th 2010


8742 Comments


"All these elements prove why Sadus was much more competent as musicians than any of the big four, providing far more advanced compositions, and complexity, although a bit less accessible." THAT is a good idea. Good way to end the paragraph. However, "Much more competent as 'ANY' musicians 'FROM' the big four..." So needs to be edited, but solid argument. Also, no, these musicians are not more competent than bands in the big four. Seriously dude get over it.




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