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4.09 | 21 ratings | 3 reviews | 48% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1995

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Escogido (5:03)
2. India (4:44)
3. From Bellatrix To Betelgeuse (4:43)
4. Den Siste Kamp (4:14)
5. Tribe (4:00)
6. Spiral Of Winter Ghosts (3:46)
7. The Ninth Wave (4:10)
8. The Reign Of Asmat (6:21)

Total Time 37:01

Bonus tracks on 2006 remaster:
9. Wratchild (Iron Maiden cover)
10. From Bellatrix to Betelgeuse (live *)
11. Guitar solo (live *)

* Recorded at Dracma Club, Torino (Italy), 1996

Line-up / Musicians

- Zanna / lead vocals
- Tommy Talamanca / guitars, keyboards, Fx, composer
- Chicco Parisi / bass, fretless bass
- Marco Pesenti "Peso" / drums, percussion

- Jane Vaughan / backing vocals (7)
- Alam Khondaker / spoken word (2)

Releases information

CD Nosferatu Records ‎- NOSF - 003/CD (1995, Italy)
CD Beyond Productions ‎- Bey.0636 (2006, Italy) Remastered with 3 bonus tracks from 1996

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and to Quinino for the last updates
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SADIST Tribe ratings distribution

(21 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(48%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(33%)
Good, but non-essential (19%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
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Review by UMUR
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4 stars Tribe is the second full-length studio album by Italian progressive death metal act Sadist. Vocalist/ bassist Andy left the band after the debut Above the Light (1993) ( only to return for the third album Crust (1997)) and Chicco was brought in as the new bassist. Chicco brought a fretless bass with him and itīs audible throughout the album. New vocalist is Zanna. Tribe was released in 1996 through Rising Sun Productions. The Japanese version of the album had two bonus tracks which are both live versions of songs from the debut. The album was re-released on CD by Beyond productions in 2006 with the three bonus tracks Wratchild (Iron Maiden cover), From Bellatrix to Betelgeuse (live) and Guitar solo (live).

The music is progressive death metal with an extensive use of keyboards. There are both jazzy and classical influences in the music which help spice up the technical death metal style of the band. The keyboards are an integrated part of the music so donīt expect atmospheric background sounds. The vocals are raspy/ growls that suit the music perfectly. The music is not overtly technical but itīs certainly progressive and full of innovative ideas. The level of musicianship is very high though and there are some great complex sections on the album. One of the things I was not too happy about on Above the Light was the drumming. Peso has improved his drum skills to an acceptable level on Tribe though and while his performance here isnīt the most intriguing it doesnīt drag the music down.

The production is good but not excellent.

Sadist was one of the bands that was always mentioned in reviews of technical and progressive death metal releases in the nineties along with bands such as Atheist, Cynic, Death and Pestilence. But while all the mentioned bands are still hailed today as icons and leaders in the technical/ progressive death metal genre Sadist seems to have been forgotten by most fans of the genre. Itīs a real shame IMO. Especially this album should be hailed as one of the seminal albums in the genre. A truly unique gem. Atheist and Cynic have always been in a league of their own and Tribe doesnīt quite reach the heights of those two bandīs best output, but Tribe fully match albums like Spheres (1993) by Pestilence or Obscura (1998) by Gorguts in terms of quality IMO. A fully deserved 4 star rating from me.

Review by colorofmoney91
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.

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4 stars according to my experience, this is a seminal album in progressive metal. although the sounds may not be convincing, expecially if listened after 13 years, the emotional power of this record is still kept in its entirety. the electronic influences are wisely put into an intricate net of progre ... (read more)

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