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Nader Sadek - In The Flesh
16 May 2011

01. Awakening
02. Petrophilia
03. Of This Flesh (Novus Deus)
04. Exhaust Capacitor
05. Soulless
06. Rusted Skin
07. Mechanic Idolatry
08. Sulffer
09. Nigredo In Necromance

This is a death metal supergroup. One of your fat, fan fiction writing ass's dream bands. Think of it as the death metal equivalent of Ocean's 12. Only, instead of George Clooney and Julia Roberts, you've got Attila and Blasphemer. And instead of Brad Pitt and Matt Damon, you've got Flo Mounier and Steve Tucker. And so on. Apt comparison? Uh, not really. But how many times are you given the opportunity to compare Julia Roberts to Blasphemer? Certainly no more than twice a month.

Anyway. It's a real surprise that this album feels as cohesive as it does. I mean, it feels like an album by a band. And a damn good band at that. It doesn't sound like a collection of guest appearances. This is likely attributable to a number of things, but it's certainly, maybe above all else, attributable to the expert songwriting and song structuring. Everything on this thing sounds right. Songs breathe, steamrolling at death metal speeds, followed with blackened crescendos, followed by more steamrolling, and so on. Riffs are persistently headbangable--almost annoyingly headbangable. Etc.

In The Flesh is a fairly typical death metal album, but it's a typical death metal album that's executed extremely well. The riffs are as mean and varied as you'd expect from Blasphemer (Mayhem) and Desthructor (formerly of Zyklon, now with Morbid Angel) working side-by-side. The drumming is of the sort you'd expect from a Cryptopsy vet like Mounier. The album's sound is unoriginal, yeah, but everything on it is played so well that I really don't give a shit.

Nevertheless, the sheer amount of Morbid Angel worship on some of the tracks is a little much. Especially with Steve Tucker and the Domination-esque vox effects used on some of the songs. That said, this might prove a nice chaser for those who were disappointed by Illud Divnium Insanus.

This is a good death metal album. Plain and simple. It's not genre-pushing, but it'll easily satisfy, if not straight up ear-fellate, those who still enjoy a bout with deathty death metal every now and then. Add to this the concept of the album—an exploration of how man and petroleum are linked, or something—and the artistic vision of Nader Sadek (a conceptual artist by trade), and there should be enough for someone searching for some non-goof death. It's got the good, the brutal, and the slightly pretentious.

You remember how awesome it was when the Jetsons and the Flintstones met? Remember that blood-sugar spike, the hyperventilating, and the drooling when George Fucking Jetson and Fred Fucking Flinstone met? No?... Well this is more awesome anyways. So let's break out those green numbers.


List of the people who made guest appearances and weren't mentioned above: Travis Ryan (Cattle Decapitation), Nick McMaster (Krallice), Tony Normon (Terrorizer), and Mike Lerner (Behold… The Arctopus)

Performance: 9
Songwriting: 9
Originality: 6
Production: 9

Band profile: Nader Sadek
Album: In The Flesh


Written on 15.07.2011 by
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Kass - 16.07.2011 at 00:12  
What a fantastic review, I really enjoy it, specially the first paragraph
Marcel Hubregtse - 16.07.2011 at 00:27  
This is more or less the album Morbid Angel should have made
Milena - 16.07.2011 at 12:48  
'But how many times are you given the opportunity to compare Julia Roberts to Blasphemer? Certainly no more than twice a month.'
I salute you.
qlacs - 16.07.2011 at 16:15  
This is good
Baz Anderson - 18.07.2011 at 03:41  
I thought I'd give it a listen, and all I can say is it is "ok"... I'd have probably got a seven from me.
!J.O.O.E.! - 18.08.2011 at 03:59  
Pretty good stuff this.
Carl Berg - 20.08.2011 at 13:14  
Gonna listen to it asap, I had NO idea Mayhem was teaming up with Cryptopsy to deliver an unholy hellspawn
Maxx666 - 04.09.2011 at 21:59  
Liked it.. its got this evil atmosphere all over it which is very satisfying.. Yeah right this is how the new morbid angel album should sound like.. 9/10
a MasT - 09.09.2011 at 21:03  
This album is such the good shit, why oh why did Flo turn his other band into the sad shell it is when he could be pumping shit like this out at will.
Ottir - 09.09.2011 at 23:32  
This album makes I'm not longer crying for Morbid Angel. Killer team, solid album.
Void Eater - 10.09.2011 at 03:58  
Everybody says that this album has significant Morbid Angel worship on it, but I don't hear it. Some Gateways influenced riff pops up occasioanlly, but not to the extent of worship.
wormdrink414 - 10.09.2011 at 04:19  
^ Kinda agree. I've listened to this a lot now and the MA line I threw in there does seem iffy. Obvious MA influence is in there, but not enough to justify calling it worship.

edit: I'm hearing more Apostasy stage Behemoth now than I did when I wrote the review.
Bathory666 - 02.02.2012 at 01:09  
Fuck yeah!!!
Misfit74 - 10.06.2012 at 01:11  
Any album with a big, scary, yet inviting Vagina on the cover is always alright with me.

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