Release date: 1988
Style: Technical thrash metal, Death thrash metal

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8.2 | 77 votes

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01. Certain Death
02. Undead
03. Sadus Attack
04. Torture
05. And Then You Die
06. Hands Of Fate
07. Twisted Face
08. Fight Or Die
09. Illusions
10. Chemical Exposure
11. Sadus Attack [Death To Posers demo]
12. Torture [Death To Posers demo]
13. Kill Team [Death To Posers demo]
14. Desolator [Death To Posers demo]
15. Fight Or Die [Death To Posers demo]
16. Twisted Face [Death To Posers demo]
17. Number One [Certain Death demo]
18. Hands Of Hate [Certain Death demo]
19. Certain Death [video]

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Initially released as Illusions on 1988. Re-released on CD as Chemical Exposure in 1991. Reissued on 2007 with bonus tracks.

Guest review by
graywolf87

Rating:
9.6
A classic among death/thrash listeners, this is by far Sadus' most extreme, aggressive and fastest album. Considered to be one of the fastest bands ever to exist, this album was the first creation of pure adrenaline and madness by the masters of speed death/thrash.

Under the guidance of "Metal Church" guitarist (John Marshall) the debut LP of Illusions sold 7,000 copies catching the attention of Roadrunner Records label. Sadus became known for their intensive/unmatched energy and speedy "in your face" performance that left fans in the late 80s with broken necks and out of breath. The solid line up that grew up knowing each other since High School (Darren Travis: Vocals/guitar, Rob Moor: guitar, Steve DiGiorgio: Bass, Jon Allen: drums) contributed to the effectiveness of this album by creating a sound different from the usual thrash band only to be compared with (but not similar to) bands like Sepultura, Obituary, Kreator, etc who revolutionized the genre into a more rough, extreme, dark and heavier sound known today as death/thrash.

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published 10.07.2007 | Comments (2)

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Maxx666 - 09.07.2011 at 21:35  
  Just pure insane fun
Nosurper - 10.11.2012 at 00:44  
  Ridiculous
Illog1cal - 13.12.2012 at 03:08  
  SADUS!!! ATAAAAAAAACCCKKK!!!!
# (HASH) - 28.02.2014 at 20:15  
  Reviewer completely over-rated the album!...just coz its at a break necking speed doesn't mean its a good album. Only in few secondest parts of few songs I actually felt now its about the start of the real thing (as the reviewer put an impression in my head about the album), but damn its dull as hell! Sorry. I would give just about 5.5 for this album. Actually I was listening to the Re-released 2006 version where-in interestingly I found a demo song 'Desolator' which perhaps is a definite Sadus attack!!
pkillerjp - 05.03.2014 at 19:54  
 
Written by # (HASH) on 28.02.2014 at 20:15

Reviewer completely over-rated the album!...just coz its at a break necking speed doesn't mean its a good album. Only in few secondest parts of few songs I actually felt now its about the start of the real thing (as the reviewer put an impression in my head about the album), but damn its dull as hell! Sorry. I would give just about 5.5 for this album. Actually I was listening to the Re-released 2006 version where-in interestingly I found a demo song 'Desolator' which perhaps is a definite Sadus attack!!



I agree, this album gets ridiculously over rated. It's fast and menacing, but goes nowhere. Thrash needs riffs that stand out and better songwriting to truly be effective, even a genre like grindcore, where the goal is purely to tear your face off needs some kind of ingredient to make it stand out. I just can't get behind an album like this, there's so much better to be heard.

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