Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
A repackaging of the first Sadus LP "Illusions"; Classic!
Zander Haberstaft | Miami, Florida | 07/13/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Sadus was always in the wing of the more interesting Bay Area Thrash bands. Some of the bands that frequented the second and third tier of Bay Area Thrash Metal weren't very interesting at all (i.e. Heathen, maybe Forbidden too).
Formed in 1984 in Antioch, California, Sadus consisted of several lineups before they kept with the same line up for three albums. This was the Darren Travis, Rob Moore, Steve Digiorgio, and Jon Allen mold. Through some very popular demo tapes that were circulated throughout California, that is "Death to Poseurs" or '86 and "Certain Death" of '87, Sadus gained a following that led them to a (barely) released album on some label called "Illusions" in 1988. After recording "Swallowed in Black" in 1990, RC decided to help Sadus by rereleasing "Illusions as "Chemical Exposure" on Tape, Vinyl, and CD in 1991. Otherwise, this album is no different than "Illusions".
What does Sadus sound like? Tough to say because they had a pretty original sound. (Like a cross between early-Exodus, D.R.I., Possessed, early-Dark Angel and something else.) Sadus was not the fastest but pretty damn fast on this album, whirling guitar solos that weren't entirely based on chords, and fat bass lines. Sadus was basically a very early precursor of Death Metal. They very carefully walked the thin line between Thrash and Death Metal.
This album is definitely recommended for the total Thrash maniac fan. This album is certainly a lot better than other bands that came out with albums at the same time who made it big (i.e. Megadeth, Metallica, Anthrax). All of the other Sadus albums are good too and worth checking out, especially "Swallowed in Black".
Brian Woody | Columbus, Ohio USA | 05/21/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I already own this on the original Roadrunner CD version. Also, on vinyl when it was called "Illusions". It's a awesome album from the Bay Area Thrash band. It's true speed metal. Unlike the garbage they call Thrash speed metal today (i.e Shandows Fall, Lamb Of God, Black Dahlia Murder). Bands don't make metal like this anymore. If you are unfamiliar. You should purchanse!
I am a collector. So, that's why I own 3 copies of the same album. hahaha I highly recommend if your looking for good old metal! Great packaging and sound! Well done overall!"
Left To Die | Hoschton, GA USA | 03/06/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This CD is one of the most aggresive one's out there period. The CD starts off with the brutal masterpiece "Certain Death" and goes straight into a flurry of face melting songs one after another. Definetely ranked along with "Pleasure to Kill" (by Kreator) in the speed section.
Sadus fits in with the Death/Thrash categorie. Darren Travis puts down some very harsh (good) vocals. Kind of like if Mille Petrozza lost the German accent, but a tad more aggressive.
"Chemical Exposure" really is just what you need in your collection if you're serious about metal (good metal)."