Nader Sadek - Living Flesh review

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Band: Nader Sadek
Album: Living Flesh
Release date: February 2013

01. Re: Awakening
02. Nigredo In Necromance
03. Sulffer
04. Mechanic Idolatry
05. Soulless
06. Rusted Skin/Drum Solo
07. Of This Flesh
08. Re: Exhaust
09. Petrophilia

There was a substantial number of albums from 2011 that I thought I'd keep going back to well into the future. However, now that we are well into the future—we can rest comfortably knowing that the Higgs Boson has been found, GTAV and the new season of Game of Thrones are coming soon, there's a new supreme, super-sized North Korean leader, the Middle East is peaceful, Obama has earned his Nobel Peace Prize, and the problems posed by climate change have all been solved—there are few 2011 albums that I still put on. Nader Sadek's In The Flesh is one of them. The whole petroleum thing that Mr. Sadek loves going on about? Still a thing to think about.

But that's not why I keep coming back to In The Flesh. I keep playing it because, musically, it's a brilliant barrel of grimy black(ish) death. It's fucking good.

That said, considering that this will be a CD and a DVD and I only got the audio, it was a bit of a bitter-sweet sort of listen. It's still worthy of getting stoked on due to it being excellently mixed and performed, and yet the amount of new material on this is thin. To say the least. Yeah, there's a pretty impressive and long drum solo that the drummer from Cryptopsy does, but Living Flesh ultimately is just In The Flesh played in front of a crowd. And considering the fact that some of the bands known for doing killer live shows (Mayhem, Sunn O)))) go to Mr. Sadek for props and masks and the like, and considering the fact that he's a visual artist, most of the time, by trade, only being able to hear Living Flesh is kind of like only being able to look at a badass car. It's badass and you're impressed, but all you can think about is getting the full experience behind the wheel, burning all of that sweet, sweet gasoline.

Main point? Despite being performed tightly and well, I think it'll turn out that buying the DVD to get the full experience will be a considerable bit better of a monetary decision. Apparently there's a baptism by oil and quite a lot of things about it that would be considered unorthodox for gigs too (bringing the drum-kit to the front, having Steve Tucker do his vox in the back, etc.). So, you know, buy it and stuff.


Written on 29.01.2013 by Wormdrink's real name is George and he's an American.


Comments: 3   Visited by: 130 users
29.01.2013 - 13:48
In the flesh is a pretty damn good death metal album imo. i'll have to check this one out for sure.
29.01.2013 - 13:59
I like the way you write your reviews , great job .
gotta get back to the album before checking this out .
02.02.2013 - 13:55
Excellent review. Keep it up

I never got to hear the 2011 album, so I'll certainly be on the lookout for this DVD next month

(btw, for some reason this cover art isn't showing up in the REVIEWS pane on the left, nor on the far right of their band page here)
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