Review Summary: This criminally forgotten classic is 25 minutes of raw and ferocious blackened death metal straight from Satan's personal cassette collection.
The stories we are told of Hell from a young age, especially if the ones telling the stories are extremely religiously minded, are of fire and brimstone. It's a brutal place where the only things felt are despair, hopelessness, and pain, which is caused by the fire and the brutal taunting of demons, whose sole purpose is to inflict horrors onto humans who were locked out of Heaven, or what have you. This Abrahamic depiction of Hell is what many believe to have inspired some of the most brutal and violent depictions of the Death Metal genre, especially when inspiration is taken from the demonic Black Metal scene. Bands such as Infester and Grotesque have made it clear to the world that they are viciously villainous and that's the way they like it.
Among these low fidelity fiends, there is a whole slew of underground bands that have not gotten the same attention as the Death Metal giants, such as Immolation and Suffocation. Many of these unknown bands have slipped through the cracks of many Metalheads' fingers, as many of them haven't reached anything higher than a modest cult following, if they're lucky. But, before the internet, it was even harder for these bands to get any attention, as things such as Bandcamp and YouTube were nothing but distant hopes for the future. One of the bands in the sea of obscure groups trying their hardest to get as many people to hear their LPs, Eps, or demos was California's Sadistic Intent, who is by no means one of the most obscure bands of all time. Despite this, the band only has two albums that have broken double digits in terms of ratings on our own Sputnikmusic, which is a sign that more people should give 1994's Resurrection a listen, as it is a slice of crushingly remorseless Blackened Death Metal with a take no prisoners attitude.
A doom-filled introduction gives way into the catastrophic fray that is strongly reliant on its shredding guitar, which constantly has fast paced and crunchy riffs that display a sense of reliance on brutality and a strong knowledge on engaging Death Metal songwriting. This means the guitarist constantly varies the music with havoc-flavored riffing and intense solos that are assorted in a way that is captivating to the listener. When implemented with the cymbal heavy drumming that utilities the different parts of the drums, the combo is a match made in the deepest pits of Hell. This combo is made even stronger with the enraged vocals that sound like the shouts of a beast in an agitated, agony-fueled rampage. All of this is plotted in a way to make an alluring, yet hopelessly sinister, work of aggression based art, complemented by reappearing elements, such as dark, foreboding organs in the beginning and end.
These elements fit together perfectly with the help of the production, which can often make or break a Metal album. The recording of this album manages to keep the low fidelity tape elements found in the best of Black Metal and some of Death Metal, but is also recorded in such a way that every element of the album is clear to the listener, barring the bass. One of Metal's most important, yet unappreciated instruments feels not as well implemented and drowned, as it's presence is not often felt very well. The music itself does extremely well without it, but its few glimpses shows that it would have been even stronger with a substantial bass presence.
When all things are considered, this release is quite marvelous and this band had shocking potential. The bad news is they still to this day haven't released a full fledged album and Resurrection is quite rare, with YouTube being the only place to stream the release and copies of the CD go for almost 50 dollars on Discogs. The good news is that the band is still together and they released a 12” in 2014. No matter what, Resurrection is worth quite a few listens if you like your Death Metal nefarious.