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SADIST is an Italian progressive death metal act that was formed in 1991. The bandīs first release was the "Black Screams" demo (1991). The demo was re-released as the "Black Screams" EP in September 1991 by the Obscure Plasma Records and sold 2500 copies worldwide. The EP was re-released again in 1992 by Wild Rags Records. After touring locally in Italy the band toured in both France and Portugal during 1992 and early in 1993.

SADIST debut album "Above the Light "(1993) was released through Nosferatu Records. The band signed a two album deal with the record company. A couple of lineup changes occur as vocalist/ bassist Andy leaves the band and new bassist Chicco and new vocalist Zanna enters. The band tours France and The Netherlands in support of the "Above the Light" album in late 1993. In 1994 SADIST supports CARCASS on the Italian dates on the Heartwork tour. In May of 1995 SADIST enters the studio to record the follow up album called "Tribe". "Tribe" is released in February of 1996 and is considered the bands most progressive album to date. In 1997 SADIST is signed to Displeased Records and release the more brutal yet still progressive death metal album "Crust". Before the release of the album drummer Oinos leaves the band, and is replaced by new drummer Alessio. In 1998 SADIST performs on the Wacken Open Air festival in Germany (considered the biggest festival in Europe) as the first Italian band ever.

In 1999, SADIST signs a new record deal with Impact/System Shock and release the self-produced "Lego" album in 2000. The album is not well received by the fans as the progressive death metal sound is now replaced by a nu-metal approach. The band is discouraged and decides to take a break from band activities. SADIST re-unites in 2005 and signs a new record deal with Beyond Productions. SADIST fifth self-titled album was released in April 2007.

SADIST is highly recommendable to fans of ATHEIST, CYNIC, PESTILENCE, ALARUM, CORONER and DEATH. "Tribe" and "Crust" are considered their most progressive releases but "Above the Light" and "Sadist" are also recommendable albums to fans of the genre. "Lego" is the odd album in their discography and it has more in common with nu-metal than with progressive death metal.

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( Biography written by UMUR)

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2.31 | 8 ratings
Above the Light
1993
4.02 | 12 ratings
Tribe
1996
3.88 | 7 ratings
Crust
1997
1.96 | 5 ratings
Lego
2000
3.89 | 10 ratings
Sadist
2007
3.71 | 16 ratings
Season In Silence
2010

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1.00 | 2 ratings
Black Screams (Demo)
1991
1.00 | 1 ratings
Black Screams (EP)
1991

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 Tribe by SADIST album cover Studio Album, 1996
4.02 | 12 ratings

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Tribe
Sadist Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by colorofmoney91
Prog Reviewer

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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 Sadist by SADIST album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.89 | 10 ratings

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Sadist Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by toroddfuglesteg

4 stars Difficult review, this one....... Not a one I relished to write & publish.

This is this Italian band's comeback album after a pretty disasterous album which ended up in Sadist calling it a day for a time. Sadist returned though a released this album. An album they still regard as their masterpiece. It is difficult not to agree with those sentiments.

The album starts with some Middle East melody lines before the metal side of Sadist kicks in. The brutal sound and tracks are somewhere between black, thrash and progressive metal. Their sound is not particular darkened, but it is still dark enough to give a lot of black metal vibes. The core of their sound lays entirely in progressive metal though. That and with some avant-garde sentiments too. The vocals are of the more painful one and will probably turn off a lot of potential fans.

The metal stuff is also softened up by some melodic guitar passages and some piano concerto pieces. This is in the typical black metal mould from the mid-90s. Sadist is not a black metal band by any means, but I just wanted to mention this. I normally find this metal- melodic interlude-metal-melodic interlude pattern pretty annoying and a big turn off for me. Hence, I was never a fan of that scene. But in Sadist case, they have done this pretty clever by having something new and refreshing. A sitar, a piano and some harps. It is good to be surprised now and then.

The quality of the album is very good throughout. Even great now and then. Is this an excellent purchase for a prog rock fan as stated in the reviews guidelines ? Nope. Is it an excellent purchase for a progressive metal fan ? Most definate yes. So that is why I give this four stars. I genuine like this album although this genre is not one I enjoy.

4 stars

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 Above the Light by SADIST album cover Studio Album, 1993
2.31 | 8 ratings

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Above the Light
Sadist Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by toroddfuglesteg

2 stars How times changes........

This album caused a sensation when it was released and were one of the albums who founded the whole extreme prog metal scene. Not to mention the Norwegian black metal scene who lapped up this album and all it's synths and progressive elements.

Eighteen years later............ well, the time passed has not been nice to this album. The music is mid paced death/black metal with darkened death metal vocals. I would even call the vocals black metal vocals. They are not like Peter Gabriel clones, let me put it this way. The music is mid paced and has a lot of progressive elements with synths and long, lingering guitar solos.

The sound was and is still a lot better than the tracks here. None of the songs really rise to a level above decent. Yes, it is a classic album and it's place in history should be undisputed. But this album is also a proof of how much the metal scene has moved on since 1993. Hence my lack of enthusiasm for this album.

2 stars

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 Black Screams (Demo) by SADIST album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1991
1.00 | 2 ratings

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Black Screams (Demo)
Sadist Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by toroddfuglesteg

1 stars This demo was a big hit in the tape trading scene when it was released. This was well before internet with Facebook, filesharing programs and Myspace made tape trading obsolete.

Many years later though, this tape has not survived the test of time. It most of all sounds like German thrash metal with some injections of synths aka Nocturnus. The music sounds untidy and all over the place. The production is not good either. Perfect, it ain't.

The music is pretty bad, but it is a reasonable OK demo tape. It is a demo tape though and Sadist ironed out and massive improved themselves on their first album. But this is a one star release for me, although I have heard far worse demos than this demo.

1 star

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 Season In Silence by SADIST album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.71 | 16 ratings

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Season In Silence
Sadist Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Marty McFly
Special Collaborator Errors and Omissions Team

4 stars So this is what they call melodic Death Metal ? If so, then it's a good style for Marty. Complex songs that can break down in the middle for jamming interlude (eponymous track for example), prolific use of piano (or piano sounding keyboards), weird, steely (creepy, sinister) sounding guitars / keyboards builds an atmosphere that's able to devour you alive.

This album sounds very dramatical, like Death Metal Opera to be honest (is something like that existing?). Dark atmosphere looms over each track (ranging from haunting to horror ones) and believe me, they don't have so much snow in Italy.

Jingle-like sounds brings Xmas atmosphere, but instead of joy, they wish us merry terror. Unfortunately, later on, this album became re-using of older textures and patterns, although first half was very promising. It's more like follow up then innovation, but when taken like that, it's sufficient.

4(+), very complex looking, sounding and behaving album. Assuming that albums can behave.

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 Tribe by SADIST album cover Studio Album, 1996
4.02 | 12 ratings

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Tribe
Sadist Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Warholizer

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 progressive metal structures. Also, the voice is way better than in the previous record.

The instrumental "from Bellatrix to Betelgeuse" is the main spot for me, but every song keeps my attention alive constantly.

Particular mentions also go to "Escogido", which is a breakthrough start for the album, and "Tribe", both being extremely original and intriguing.

I recommend this album to all fans of progressive metal who are not fond of the hypertechnical+highpitchedvoice clichée ā-la Dream Theatre.

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 Sadist by SADIST album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.89 | 10 ratings

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Sadist Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Sadist is the fifth full-length studio album by progressive death metal act Sadist. Itīs also a kind of comeback album for the group after a 7 year recording break. Sadist last album Lego (2000) was a great disappointment for both fans and critics and because of the bad reception Sadist were so discouraged that they split up. The same lineup that recorded Lego reunited in 2005 and began working on their next album. Since Lego turned out to be such a disappointment I was a bit reluctant before purchasing Sadist knowing that the lineup was the same that recorded Lego. After listening to the album my worries fortunately turn out to be unfounded and itīs safe to say that Sadist have returned in great shape. Ready to conquer the world once again with some excellent progressive death metal.

The music on the album is comparable to earlier excellent releases by Sadist such as Tribe (1996) and Crust (1997) ( especially the latter). Which means progressive death metal with a raspy/ growling lead vocalist, heavy yet melodic guitars and Sadist trademark use of keyboards and an excellent and skilled rythm section. References to acts such as Death and especially Pestilence are obvious IMO.

The production is very well sounding and professional. The sound is powerful and even close to symphonic at times which suits the music well.

Sadist is both a welcome and a powerful return to form for Sadist and they should once again be regarded as one of the leading forces in progressive death metal. A 4 star rating is a matter of course.

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 Lego by SADIST album cover Studio Album, 2000
1.96 | 5 ratings

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Lego
Sadist Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
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2 stars Lego is the fourth full-length studio album by Italian technical/ progressive death metal act Sadist. Lego is widely considered the black sheep of the family ( read: The discography) though and didnīt bring much praises to the band when it was released in 2000. Neither from fans nor critics. After a couple of very interesting technical/ progressive death metal albums in Tribe (1996) and Crust (1997) ( I personally find Tribe to be a seminal album in the tech/ extreme genre), Sadist really took a wrong-turn deserting their technical/ progressive death metal roots in favour of a more contemporary NU- metal style. The album was recorded at the groupīs own studio Nadir Recording and while earlier albums ( probably because of limited studio time) clocked in around the 40 minute mark Lego is a 69:19 minute long affair. The album is produced by the band themselves.

While the music still has few progressive elements itīs obvious that Sadist wanted to try something very different on Lego. Thereīs nothing wrong with the musicianship or the production on the album but the music is not very interesting IMO. If you enjoy something that sounds like a bad version of Korn meets P.O.D. thereīs a chance you might enjoy this, but personally this genre does not appeal much to me and 69:19 minutes of this is close to doing me in if I have to be honest. Itīs not all bad though and there are some ideas and sections on the album that does sound powerful and exciting but they are few and far between. I find it rather sad that an innovative and IMO groundbreaking act like Sadist ended up making an album like this. It would also have serious consequences for the band as they broke up shortly after the release of the album. Sadist returned with their self-titled fifth album in 2007 where the band redeemed themselves considerably. This one will be a doubtful purchase even for the fans. 2 stars are all I can give.

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 Crust by SADIST album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.88 | 7 ratings

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Crust
Sadist Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
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4 stars Crust is the third full-length studio album by Italian progressive death metal act Sadist. The album was released in 1997 through Displeased Records. Crust was re-released in 2007 with two bonus tracks. A cover version of A- Haīs Take on Me and a cover of Relax by Frankie Goes to Hollywood. My version does not include the two bonus tracks.

After the succesful and groundbreaking album release Tribe (1996), which is the predecessor to Crust, a major lineup change took place in Sadist. The only remaining member from the Tribe lineup is founding member and composer/ guitarist/ Keyboardist Tommy ( Sadist donīt use surnames). Bassist/ vocalist Andy who was part of the lineup on the debut album Above the Light (1993) has returned to the fold though and plays bass on Crust. The lead vocals ( mostly growls and aggressive vocals but also some Snake-like ( Voivod) clean vocals) are now handled by Trevor and the new drummer in the band is Oinos. A welcome replacement for Peso who wasnīt the best drummer.

The music is technical progressive death metal with lots of keyboards. References to bands such as Atheist, Cynic and especially Pestilence are quite obvious but Sadist definitely have their own sound. The musicianship is on a high level and while the music is not the most technical metal Iīve heard itīs quite challenging and intriguing at times. Thereīs also great variation on the album and the two instrumental tracks Holy... and Crust are nice melodic breaks on an otherwise brutal album. The keyboards serve a purpose on the album and they are not just background fill. They create a rather majestic sound at times. This is not symphonic music though. A song like Instinct deserves a mention too for itīs tribal like drumming. Really interesting.

The production which was done by the band themselves is a bit thin but otherwise good and it suits the music well.

While Tribe is generally considered to be Sadist most progressive release, Crust is definitely not far behind. I wouldnīt call it as important as Tribe but itīs an excellent technical progresive death metal album that deserves attention. A 4 star rating is fully deserved. The extensive use of keyboards in the music, which IMO is what sets Sadist music apart from other technical progressive death metal bands of the nineties, is an aquired taste for sure though. A unique album.

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 Tribe by SADIST album cover Studio Album, 1996
4.02 | 12 ratings

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Tribe
Sadist Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

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.

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