Review Summary: Raw thrash with aggression that only pleases.
Sadus are one of the best thrash/death bands to ever exist. Their sheer level of aggression and brutality is off the charts. Their strongest release is actually their demo over all their LP’s. Death to Posers
was their first demo released on cassette tape. It effortlessly shows off everything they are capable of and was their prime. They were all bunch of hungry beasts ready to take the thrash world on full force. There is absolutely no fear found on this demo which is what Death to Posers
is really all about. When thrash began in the early 80’s it was all about defiance and being true to who you are. Sadus realized in order for planet earth to continue there must be death to posers, otherwise the world would be filled with faux. Speaking of faux I was watching faux 11 news last night and there was a severe beating on a kid who was at a thrash metal concert. It goes to show that Sadus’ debut demo really had an everlasting effect on the thrash community.
When vocalist Darren Travis screams “death to posers is what I mean, stand tall never fall, we will rise to kill them all, there’s an evil in your bran, driving you fuking insane, torture, fighting off, the evil in your brain, at any cost, to release you from this pain, death will come” you can really feel the passion. His vox are Chuck-like and literally tear holes through eardrums. His vocal approach is really fast and aggressive but it feels so pure and honest. To be able to rip riffs as hard as he does and still nail vocals that are faster than his gujitar riffs is an amazing feat. If you’ve ever seen national geographic when an eagle dives in for a mouse catch, that sound the bird makes, you know the high screech, well, that’s pretty much Darren’s style. He literally sounds like his vocal goal is to decapitate heads left and right. It’s also amazing how Sadus is a 3 piece band with bass, guitar, and drums. This triple threat is so effective. They’re all about speed and punishing anything in their way, which is what thrash is all about.
Every track rips as hard as the last. “Disolator” starts with a solid chugging hammer on pull off riff section that fits the crustier than normal thrash production found here. Bassist Steve Digiorgio, ex-Death member, can be clearly heard matching speed for speed. He keeps up with Darren without a sweat. The song picks up half way with raging tremolos into warped speed. “Fight or Die” shows Darren’s perfect alternating tremolos techniques of demon wrath. Jon Allen’s drum blast beats are invincible and he gets very expressive with is passion. Every riff and slam is perfect and only drives this cassette even further. Although many of the tracks here are short, they are gutsy and full of power. Their utilizing every second to destroy and if destroying isn’t happening then they’re not gonna play; they won’t the song last a second longer.
The closing track “Twisted Face” is one of my favorites as it has some really unique riffing and pinch riff harmonics. It’s got a solid solo executed at about 300bpm and the speed continues right after. I have to say that the production really got me with this one as the raw edgy crust is consuming and enlivening.I really appreciated their style of early thrash riffs that work power chords like I've never heard before. Death to Posers
shows Sadus at their peak. They released several LP’s which are all top notch but his is unique and special and showed them at their highest energy levels so I respect this the most. Get it now and trash hard.