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Nader Sadek - In The Flesh review

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Band: Nader Sadek
Album: In The Flesh
Release date: May 2011

01. Awakening
02. Petrophilia
03. Of This Flesh (Novus Deus)
04. Exhaust Capacitor
05. Soulless
06. Rusted Skin
07. Mechanic Idolatry
08. Sulffer
09. Nigredo In Necromance

This is a death metal supergroup. One of your fat, fan fiction writing ass's dream bands. Think of it as the death metal equivalent of Ocean's 12. Only, instead of George Clooney and Julia Roberts, you've got Attila and Blasphemer. And instead of Brad Pitt and Matt Damon, you've got Flo Mounier and Steve Tucker. And so on. Apt comparison? Uh, not really. But how many times are you given the opportunity to compare Julia Roberts to Blasphemer? Certainly no more than twice a month.

Anyway. It's a real surprise that this album feels as cohesive as it does. I mean, it feels like an album by a band. And a damn good band at that. It doesn't sound like a collection of guest appearances. This is likely attributable to a number of things, but it's certainly, maybe above all else, attributable to the expert songwriting and song structuring. Everything on this thing sounds right. Songs breathe, steamrolling at death metal speeds, followed with blackened crescendos, followed by more steamrolling, and so on. Riffs are persistently headbangable--almost annoyingly headbangable. Etc.

In The Flesh is a fairly typical death metal album, but it's a typical death metal album that's executed extremely well. The riffs are as mean and varied as you'd expect from Blasphemer (Mayhem) and Desthructor (formerly of Zyklon, now with Morbid Angel) working side-by-side. The drumming is of the sort you'd expect from a Cryptopsy vet like Mounier. The album's sound is unoriginal, yeah, but everything on it is played so well that I really don't give a shit.

Nevertheless, the sheer amount of Morbid Angel worship on some of the tracks is a little much. Especially with Steve Tucker and the Domination-esque vox effects used on some of the songs. That said, this might prove a nice chaser for those who were disappointed by Illud Divnium Insanus.

This is a good death metal album. Plain and simple. It's not genre-pushing, but it'll easily satisfy, if not straight up ear-fellate, those who still enjoy a bout with deathty death metal every now and then. Add to this the concept of the albuman exploration of how man and petroleum are linked, or somethingand the artistic vision of Nader Sadek (a conceptual artist by trade), and there should be enough for someone searching for some non-goof death. It's got the good, the brutal, and the slightly pretentious.

You remember how awesome it was when the Jetsons and the Flintstones met? Remember that blood-sugar spike, the hyperventilating, and the drooling when George Fucking Jetson and Fred Fucking Flinstone met? No?... Well this is more awesome anyways. So let's break out those green numbers.


List of the people who made guest appearances and weren't mentioned above: Travis Ryan (Cattle Decapitation), Nick McMaster (Krallice), Tony Normon (Terrorizer), and Mike Lerner (Behold The Arctopus)

Rating breakdown
Performance: 9
Songwriting: 9
Originality: 6
Production: 9

Written on 15.07.2011 by Wormdrink's real name is George and he's an American.


Comments: 14   Visited by: 346 users
16.07.2011 - 00:12
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What a fantastic review, I really enjoy it, specially the first paragraph
16.07.2011 - 00:27
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
This is more or less the album Morbid Angel should have made
Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

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16.07.2011 - 12:48
gloom cookie
'But how many times are you given the opportunity to compare Julia Roberts to Blasphemer? Certainly no more than twice a month.'
I salute you.
7.0 means the album is good
16.07.2011 - 16:15
"The Quaker"
This is good
18.07.2011 - 03:41
Baz Anderson

I thought I'd give it a listen, and all I can say is it is "ok"... I'd have probably got a seven from me.
18.08.2011 - 03:59
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Pretty good stuff this.
20.08.2011 - 13:14
Carl Berg
Carl Berg
Gonna listen to it asap, I had NO idea Mayhem was teaming up with Cryptopsy to deliver an unholy hellspawn
04.09.2011 - 21:59
Liked it.. its got this evil atmosphere all over it which is very satisfying.. Yeah right this is how the new morbid angel album should sound like.. 9/10
09.09.2011 - 21:03
a MasT

This album is such the good shit, why oh why did Flo turn his other band into the sad shell it is when he could be pumping shit like this out at will.
09.09.2011 - 23:32

This album makes I'm not longer crying for Morbid Angel. Killer team, solid album.
Nothing is sacred.
10.09.2011 - 03:58
Void Eater
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Everybody says that this album has significant Morbid Angel worship on it, but I don't hear it. Some Gateways influenced riff pops up occasioanlly, but not to the extent of worship.
10.09.2011 - 04:19

^ Kinda agree. I've listened to this a lot now and the MA line I threw in there does seem iffy. Obvious MA influence is in there, but not enough to justify calling it worship.

edit: I'm hearing more Apostasy stage Behemoth now than I did when I wrote the review.
02.02.2012 - 01:09

Fuck yeah!!!
10.06.2012 - 01:11

Any album with a big, scary, yet inviting Vagina on the cover is always alright with me.

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