Sadus
Illusions


4.5
superb

Review

by vanderb0b USER (63 Reviews)
September 12th, 2010 | 152 replies | 10,112 views


Release Date: 1988 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Thirty minutes of unadulterated chaos.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

A deathly silence fills the air until one faint, chilling note slowly becomes audible. As it swells and engulfs the listener, a few muted rumblings can now be heard underneath. These too grow in volume, and become something like a thick buzz. Suddenly, it all explodes. Psychotic guitars dance a chilling pattern on the listener's spine as drums disjointedly smash in a chaotic frenzy and the thunderous bass rings deafeningly. Out of nowhere, the voice of a banshee shrieks, this blood-curdling yelp piercing the listener’s body. For almost thirty minutes, the disorderly hysteria persists, until an ominous wall of decaying, discordant distortion replaces the outburst and slowly deteriorates into nothingness. This cathartic discharge is Sadus’ debut, Illusions.

The album is, first and foremost, chaotic and unstable. The riffs fly by at lightning speed, and the band changes the very essence of their music on a dime, with foreboding melodies turning abruptly into desperate, tremolo-picked riffs, which unexpectedly become wailing solos. Consequentially, the music is never linear, which, along with the unpredictability and lack of clearly-defined structure in most of the riffs, makes it so that the listener can barely keep up with everything going on around them. While the album is chaotic, however, it never becomes unfocused, as the music always feels like it serves a purpose and the songs all have a direction.

What makes Illusions even more unique is the performance, as the musicians have a very unconventional approach that makes Illusions seem like an anomaly among other thrash records. Of particular note is Steve DiGiorgio, whose fingered, fretless bass is able to reach inhuman speeds, while still maintaining a deep, powerful tone, and vocalist Darren Travis, whose impossibly high-pitched screams sound like those of a man being tortured (this is especially visible on the song titled, appropriately enough, Torture).

Truth be told, there aren’t really very many albums like Illusions. Even it’s successor, Swallowed In Black, while in some ways superior, couldn’t capture the absolute disarray and agitation of Sadus’ debut. As it stands, anyone that in any way, shape, or form enjoys thrash metal owes it to themselves to listen to this.

4.4/5

Recommended Songs
Torture
Twisted Face
Illusions
Certain Death



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vanderb0b
September 12th 2010



3473 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This needed a review. Short write up, but I feel that it gets the point across. Working on Jethro Tull's catfish rising, nearing completion. It shall probably be up on Tuesday. Might do the Sadus discography, these guys are good.

ConsiderPhlebas
September 12th 2010



6157 Comments


Cool review. Sounds like something I might like.

vanderb0b
September 12th 2010



3473 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks, Phlebas! You gave Destroy Erase Improve and Rust In Peace 4.5's, so there's a big chance that you'd enjoy this.

ShadowRemains
September 13th 2010



19423 Comments


DiGiorgio

Phrike
September 13th 2010



1691 Comments


hell yes!

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
September 13th 2010



5610 Comments


Kudos for reviewing this man.

Digging: Mekong Delta - In A Mirror Darkly

Phrike
September 13th 2010



1691 Comments


did u guys see on of the soundoffs for this

"Sadus. Sadus, Sadus, Sadus. This band really makes me sad, it really is the best example I've ever seen of squandered potential. Maybe this band just wants to make straightforward one-note thrash with nothing unique about it, but the musicians here are cut out for something better. They STARTED getting better the later they went on as they lost more of the one-note-ness, but even in their best release "Elements of Anger", the music is still too bland. This is the worst offender, the most one-note, the most bland, the most lifeless (lifeless used in a different way(you know what I mean)), the most uninspired thrash album I've ever heard."

the most retarded thing i have ever read

TheyTookOurJobs
September 13th 2010



1318 Comments


Love this album... Nice review.

RippingCorpse
September 13th 2010



1086 Comments


this is one of my fav thrash albums ever

no Certain Death or Sadus Attack in the recommended tracks makes me sad : (

vanderb0b
September 13th 2010



3473 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks!

no Certain Death or Sadus Attack in the recommended tracks makes me sad : (


Added Certain Death. SA is awesome, but not good enough to be a highlight, imo.

RippingCorpse
September 13th 2010



1086 Comments


i might have to 5 this its just so good

vanderb0b
September 13th 2010



3473 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's pretty close to a 5 for me, definitely one of my favorite thrash albums.

Nice username, btw.

grungethrash91
September 23rd 2010



97 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

We need D.T.P!

Phrike
September 24th 2010



1691 Comments


hey grunge its been a while go write some retarded soundoffs for your trve thrash bands faggot

FadeToBlack
September 24th 2010



10913 Comments


lol

Maniac!
October 31st 2010



26187 Comments


these guys are too good for me

FadeToBlack
October 31st 2010



10913 Comments


SADUS

ATTAAAAAAACK

MindTrain
October 31st 2010



1093 Comments


It's the weeny battle cry

FadeToBlack
October 31st 2010



10913 Comments


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as you will be familiar with.

MindTrain
October 31st 2010



1093 Comments


I don't understand your weeny jibberish. that's a lame genre also, you double weeny



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