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Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

4.06 | 17 ratings

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4 stars "Tribe" by Sadist is a fantastic album in the jazzy death metal realm as similar bands around the same period in the '90s, but Sadist's music is generally more of an organ-symphonized variety.

The material here is very strong, but not as much as work by Atheist or Cynic, but I understand that is a hard standard to follow by any means. The music here is very much a mixture of the aforementioned bands; it combines Atheist's frantic writing with the synthesized melodic quality of Cynic, though the synths on this album sound incredibly dated (it's a '90s album, so all is forgiven).

I feel strange about this album -- it's one of my favorites in the jazzy death metal camp, but I don't feel that there are any real standout moments other than short selections of individual songs rather than any single song as a whole. If I had to choose standout tracks, I'd have to say "India", "Tribe", and especially "From Bellatrix To Betelgeuse" are the strongest tracks by themselves. Thought coming off as less complex than their contemporaries, Sadist is definitely a group of talented musicians and they let it show. Also, this album has an epic quality that other groups from this era didn't match up to, and it definitely sounds like a journey through the jungle with frequent passes of ancient temples.

Definitely recommended if you enjoy the jazz death metal of the '90s, or maybe for fans of symphonic prog that are looking for something with a strong metal edge.

colorofmoney91 | 4/5 |


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