21 Feb Episode 93 – The Sadus ‘Swallowed in Black’ Track-by-Track Batshit-Crazy Attaaaaaack!!!
When a member of a fringe Swedish death metal band makes a request, Radical Research heeds the call. To that end, RR episode 93 is a response to Philip Von Segebaden’s (Afflicted) appeal for a song-by-song analysis of Swallowed in Black by California’s preeminent thrash metal assassins, Sadus. Though apparently a bit outside of the RR wheelhouse, our dissection will reveal traces of the weirdness upon which this house is built. Should poser-killing, gravity-defying metal violence be your poison, consider this your invitation to the Last Abide. If not, then Good Rid’nz.
The Steve DiGiorgio playlist from the History of Metal magazine (1994) mentioned around the 15-minute mark is as follows:
Psychotic Waltz – A Social Grace
Black Sabbath – Never Say Die
Voivod – Nothingface
Ozzy Osbourne – Bark at the Moon
D.B.C. – Universe
Possessed – Beyond the Gates
Anacrusis – Screams and Whispers
Rainbow – Rising
Judas Priest – Screaming for Vengeance
Savatage – Sirens
As mentioned, the name Sadus comes from the Frank Herbert novel, Dune. It appears to be the plural form of Sadu. The definition, from the Dune fan wiki: “among the fremen the blessed company of heavenly judges. A Sadu presided over the traditional scales, which here weigh either the soul or the water rendered from the dead, for the scales formed the T of the Tau.”
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Music cited in order of appearance:
All songs from Swallowed in Black, 1990:
“In Your Face”
“Powers of Hate”
“Arise” “Oracle of Obmission”
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