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A Vision of Misery


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  • Audio CD (May 15, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Red Distribution, in
  • ASIN: B000008KD1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #503,137 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3. Machines
4. Slave to Misery
5. Throwing Away the Day
6. Facelift
7. Deceptive Perceptions
8. Under the Knife
9. Echoes of Forever

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If you like thrash and death metal, this album is for you.
Eric D. Musall
There is speed in the verse parts of the songs, there are time change ups everywhere and lots of cool beats.
Zander Haberstaft
Regardless, this is still a worthwhile album for any thrasher as well as bass enthusiasts.
John W. Rethamel

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eric D. Musall on March 23, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Sadus could do no wrong, it seemed, until after this release. If they'd stopped here they would have been a perfect three-for-three.

Anyway, "A Vision of Misery" carries on somewhat in the traditional Sadus vein (high speed, highly technical thrash with psychotic vocals and very audible, very well-played bass parts), but adds more death metal stylings to the mix. The tempos are more varied - if "Chemical Exposure" blasted along at 200 mph all the time, and "Swallowed in Black" did so 90% of the time, with this album it might be down to 70% or so. Luckily the band is very tight whether going fast or slow, and all the parts are crisply executed. If you like thrash and death metal, this album is for you. Also, the vocals are the best the band ever had - a somewhat Chuck Schuldiner (Death)-esque snarl that is probably easier to take for most listeners than the over-the-top screams on their previous releases.

Buy this one and its two predecessors. But stay away from anything else they released later. Down that road lies madness... well, disappointment, anyway.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By moepuet on April 10, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Sadus is one of my all-time faves. These guys RIP! I also own their previous albums SWALLOWED IN BLACK and CHEMICAL EXPOSURE. Lemmie tell ya, all albums are KILLER! Not one whimpy song on any of the albums. If you like your metal fast and frenetic with INSANE guitar leads and vocals, then this is the group for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Zander Haberstaft on July 14, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Although I always called Sadus a Thrash band, they kind of walked the thin line between Thrash and Death very closely. This album is very polished which boasts a better production than previous efforts but still sounds like Sadus.

Sadus had a pretty original sound: Steve's Thunderous fretless bass, the Travis/Moore guitar attack with all those weird little trills and Jon Allen's bassy drum kits work. It is a sound that is really hard to compare to any other band.

'A Vision of Misery' uses the same Sadus formula as in the previous 1990 effort 'Swallowed in Black'. This album is good and maybe as good as 'Swallowed in Black'. There is speed in the verse parts of the songs, there are time change ups everywhere and lots of cool beats. The vocals still have the same ominous shriek as before. But most of all what is different about this album than previous ones is that Sadus was beginning to branch out into a more musically diverse territory with different time signatures and speeds that are sped up and slowed down almost effortlessly. Lots of effects are used in the final production too.

Definitely worth checking out if you like intelligent metal in the progressive Thrash mold or if you liked Steve's performance on Death's "Human" and/or "Individual Thought Patterns". One thing is for certain: It is original.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John W. Rethamel on April 2, 2007
Format: Audio CD
A much more progressive and Death-like Sadus plays on this fine effort which is the Bay Area thrashers third release and last for Roadrunner. The playing here is top-notch but overall this album doesn't feel quite as aggressive as what came before. Regardless, this is still a worthwhile album for any thrasher as well as bass enthusiasts. I owned the original Roadrunner pressing in 2005 but upgraded to the 2006 Metal Mind Poland remaster which has much improved sound and liners.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By gyang79 on May 15, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I just got my reissue copy of vision of misery and it turned out to be swallowed in black with the cover artwork for vision of misery and the cd print for vision of misery but the data on the cd is swallowed in black. I got screwed good. Get the original issue if you can!
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