Swallowed in Black
Audio CD | Import, Remastered
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Audio CD, Enhanced, Extra tracks, September 10, 2007
|Audio CD, Import, Original recording remastered, December 4, 2006||
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2006 digitally remastered reissue of the Californian thrash metal band's second full length album that orginally issued in 1990. The lineup included Steve DiGiorgio on bass, Jon Allen on drums, Darren Travis on guitar and vocals and Rob Moore on guitar.
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Anyway, on the record at hand. It's good. I like it, mostly. Riffs are heavy-handed, bold, and thrashy enough to call it "thrash metal", the vocals are nice and rage-filled for the sociopath in all of us, and the bass is actually audible - which is a +1,000,000 points. I really love the lyrics as well. It still has that pessismistic and nihilistic "The world sucks" view almost every single metal and punk band in existence shares, but atleast Sadus can make it seem like a fresh concept with songs about the mind and such.
HOWEVER, I may need to call upon the more negative side of myself for these next few paragraphs. So if you are a metalhead who hates being told anything against any metal band commonly accepted into the metal community as a whole, please skip the next three paragraphs.
Alright, I am not a simpleton. I like songs that get away from the usual verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge-verse-chorus formula once in a while to stretch their musical legs. It's a good change of scenery, like taking a dump in the upstairs bathroom for once. But my issue is that this band seems to almost despise typical song structure. Yes, it may be boring to be the norm, but you also have to understand that things follow the norm for a reason: because it mostly works. Most cars have four tires, and while it might be a change of pace to make one with seven, it probably won't really mean much unless you find a use for all that extra vulcanized latex.
My point is that many of the songs seem to ramble on and over stay their welcome. You listen to a song that seems to end perfectly, and then you get hit with another riff or idea. More then once I kind of began to get the impression that most of their songs seem to be tracks that consist of vaguely related riffs and fills with words to connect them. I think the best pieces of music are the ones that are able to connect all their individual parts under a united motif or idea. Not necessarily that they cannot be technical or "progressive", but that each change of pace feels fitted and works well into whatever musical voice preceded it. I would liken some of the songs to gluing a bunch of hot wheels together and calling it a Pontiac (which is actually true). I just felt that almost every song has a little filler in it somewhere. There is absolutely nothing wrong with a time change, but you don't HAVE to do it always.
Don't misinterpret my words. Many of the riffs and parts are great, even amazing. This is a highly talented band that I will recommend you check out, especially if you are wanting more then just the typical. They are a breath of fresh air. However, at some point you may feel the need to go back inside and continue to intake the same boring, stale, highly-toxic air for status quo's sake.
Bottom Line: Check out first, is an acquired taste. I would like to give this item three and half stars. But since I am unable to, I will be generous and round up.
I also own the original Roadrunner version but I had to buy the reissue. Packaging and sound is awesome! Must have for people looking for something good and are tired of the crappy new bands!
About the reissue, apparently there was a serious screw-up where the wrong album's songs were on this CD. That has now been corrected, and new pressings of the CD should be correct. So order with confidence. I just got mine and it is, indeed, "Swallowed in Black." (If you buy a copy and want to verify that, go to [...] and check it against the lyrics listed for this album on Sadus's page.)
Now what?..Should I go ahead and buy vision of misery hoping that the music on it will be swallowed in black?..
Damn you Roadrunner!!!