NADER SADEK – Living Flesh

Nader Sadek - Living FleshOne of the coolest death metal debut albums in recent years, gets the live treatment with Living Flesh.  Band mastermind Nader Sadek gathered together his core recording line up of Steve Tucker (ex-MORBID ANGEL), Rune Eriksen (AVA INFERI, ex-MAYHEM), and Flo Mounier (CRYPTOPSY) along with Novy (ex-VADER, BEHEMOTH, DIES IRAE), Sean Frey, and Carmen Simoes.   Do not mistake this for being just another live recording.  Living Flesh is a special CD & DVD/Blu-ray live recording with a presentation and execution unlike any other live metal album.

Visually, Nader Sadek did a great job in creating a unique, artistic stage set up, complete with a throne, emaciated branches over the monitors, and Flo Mounier‘s drumkit in the audience facing the stage.

Soundwise, the production is immaculate.  Warm tones, crystal clear drums, and great balance bring the performance to life.  The whole band is on top of the game and one just help but wonder what this line-up could do on another NADER SADEK studio album.  Lead guitarist Sean Frey does a great job in shredding every which way throughout the set.

Taken all the together, the eerie, melancholic, and slithering death metal of NADER SADEK comes to life and sounds infinitely better than In the Flesh.  In many ways, Living Flesh demonstrates that NADER SADEK embodies what makes death metal so unique and special.  Don’t miss out on one of the best new bands to emerge in years.  Highly recommended. (self-released)

NADER SADEK’s Debut Live Performance, Living Flesh, Hits February 2013

Nader Sadek - Living FleshLiving Flesh, the first ever live performance from NADER SADEK‘s critically acclaimed In the Flesh project will be self-released on February 27th.  The November 20, 2011 show featured the original line-up of musicians from the In the Flesh record, as well as two new performers. The original line-up consisted of Flo Mounier (CRYPTOPSY); Rune Eriksen (AURA NOIR, AVA INFERI, ex-MAYHEM); Novy (ex-BEHEMOTH and ex-VADER); and Steve Tucker (ex-MORBID ANGEL in his first and last live appearance for this project. Those greats are joined by Sean Frey as guest live guitarist and Carmen Simoes on backing vocals.

Living Flesh also brings you photos of that evening, demonstrating why NADER SADEK has been a favorite set-designer for the likes of SUNN O))) and MAYHEM.

The songs themselves differ from the original studio album arrangements. Not only are they played at a much higher speed, but have been extended to allow the audience to sink into and absorb the relentless riffs. The live show also features one track that does not appear on the studio album: Flo Mounier‘s extraordinary drum solo that shifts from brutal mechanical noise to rhythmic musical patterns, paralleling the overlap of man and machine charted by Sadek‘s petroleum-based project. Living Flesh will also be released in a single, unique vinyl edition. Consisting of a very special packaging and extra content, this piece is limited to one exclusive copy worldwide. Details to be announced.

APESHIT’s Top Metal Albums of 2012

As another great year for heavy music comes to a close, APESHIT takes a look back at our favorite pieces of music of 2012. This year had some great comebacks in CRYPTOPSY and STRIFE. There were also some nice surprises in the new sheer quality of the new SIX FEET UNDER and brutality of the new SOULFLY.

We want to thank all our readers, friends in the industry, and all the amazing artists, big and small, that we get a chance to work with for a great 10th year of existence. As the music industry as a whole continues to take an economic hit, let us all remember: If you like a band or one of their releases, support it!

Here’s hoping for a great 2013!

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CRYPTOPSY – Cryptopsy

Have you ever had a good friend date someone you didn’t approve of or just go into a funk and then come back to their senses and becomes that good old friend you missed?  Well, let me tell you that CRYPTOPSY are fuckin back.

No clean vocals, no female keyboardists who quit the band right away, no meandering, and no bs.  This is CRYPTOPSY doing what they do best – brutal, technical death metal CRYPTOPSY-style.   All the elements that made the band great are here on Cryptopsy: manic, blasting fury; balls out, off-the-wall riffing; wild bass; crazy time changes; and sick vocals.

When the band come in during album opener, “Two Pound Torch,” good lord…you know Cryptopsy is going to be  damn good record.  Stylistically, this album sounds most similar to the band’s supreme third full-length, Whisper Supremacy.  Lots of classic songs all over.

The single biggest reason for the excellence on Cryptopsy is likely due to the return of original guitarist/main songwriter, Jon Levasseur.   He brings with him that unmistakable CRYPTOPSY sound plus his awesome guitar soloing.  After his departure, the band were never the same so let’s all hope he’s back for good.

Newest member Olivier Pinard does more than a great job replacing fan favorite, Eric LangloisOlivier does his best to preserve the monster bass style of Eric with his killer licks and an undeniable presence in the mix.

And what can you say about drummer Flo Mournier?  He easily proves why he is one of the best drummers in extreme metal.  Flo delivers an insane flurry of manic beats and diverse styles that is simply not heard in anywhere else.

It should also be noted that this is one of the best produced death metal records in recent memory along with KRISIUN‘s The Great Execution.  Great tones and balance.  You can just sit back and choose to just focus on one member of the band throughout the whole thing.

There’s no need to overanalyze  Cryptopsy.  The important thing is that it fuckin rules.  Welcome back, CRYPTOPSY.  We missed you!  (self-released/Revolution Harmony Records/Galy Records)

CRYPTOPSY Announces Pre-Sale for Upcoming Album

CRYPTOPSY has announced that pre-sales for their new album entitled Cryptopsy will begin on Friday July 13th; and will only be available via their new website www.cryptopsy.ca (which goes live on Friday).  As special thanks to you, the pre-sale participants, the band has decided to give some digital goodies.  First, on August 14th, one month before the digital release and official street date, you will receive two songs from the new album.  Then on September 11th, you will receive the “Making of Cryptopsy” (a 30 minute documentary) alongside the completed album.

All pre-sale participants will be placed in a draw to win the following grand prize:

  • Autographed limited edition vinyls of Ungental Exhumation, Blasphemy Made Flesh and None So Vile.
  •  Autographed Cryptopsy CD.
  •  Full merch package, guy shirt, girly and zip up hoody of Cryptopsy.

“The Official Cryptopsy Trailer,” a three minute musical and video medley, will be released on Friday.

CRYPTOPSY issued the following statement, “We hope that you enjoy the sneak peek of the new CRYPTOPSY, we greatly appreciate your dedication and support.  It is thanks to your help alone that we can continue doing this!!!”

Allstar Project NADER SADEK Announced First Live Show

NADER SADEK, the supergroup featuring Steve Tucker (ex-MORBID ANGEL), Rune Eriksen (AVA INFERI, AURA NOIR, ex-MAYHEM), and Flo Mounier (CRYPTOPSY) have announced their first live appearance. The band will be performing their debut, In the Living Flesh, on November 20th, 2011 (8:30pm – 10:00pm) at Santos Party House (96 Lafayette St. New York, NY). Admission is free.

Novy (ex-VADER/ex-BEHEMOTH) will be playing bass as well as newcomer Sean Frey on lead guitar and a surprise female vocalist.

With stage design that resembles a Wagnerian Opera, band mastermind Nader Sadek seeks to take the death metal experience to new heights, as he is set to perform the new album In the Living Flesh live in its entirety alongside the production team behind the album. Upon entering the space, the audience is invited to view all of Sadek’s works on and off the stage, each attendee will be given “pamphlet” describing the evenings 3 acts. People can expect more than several props which are recognizable from Sadek‘s recent videos, such as glowing sulfuric crystals, caves, thrones, and a “elaborate setup for the drums.” The show will feature a lengthy overture by a masked surprise female vocalist performing inside a mirrored cube, guitarists enveloped by a web of vines and more. Conceptually, the theme behind the album, will manifest itself in the live setting, petroleum, man’s greatest discovery and tragedy will embrace the composition of the visual and aural assault. The performance will also be filmed live.

On Novy‘s involvement, Sadek says:

“What can i say? Of all the bands Novy has played in, the albums he is on are undisputedly my favorite. Coincidence? I think not. Bass is a very underrated, yet very important instrument, it can change the feel of a song entirely. It is definitely an important factor that Novy is also a songwriter, and understand the importance of composition within the structure of a song. His compositions within DIES IRAE are very impressive. I’m excitedly to welcome Novy to the flesh!”

Says Novy:

“Ladies And Gentleman.
“My name is Novy ,and I’m proud announce for you – I play with Nader Sadek. It’s a pleasure to play with great musicians in an amazing project like ‘In the Living Flesh.’ Listen to the new album and this project , feel this energy and emotion and…Move your black hearts to Nader Sadek‘s show on the 20th of November at Santo’s in New York City

“Stay brutal and see you on the show!!!
Novy

NADER SADEK – In the Flesh

Avant-garde artist Nader Sadek has brought his project to life with a supergroup of metal warriors respected in the underground scene. By recruiting Steve Tucker (ex-MORBID ANGEL), Rune Eriksen (AVA INFERI, ex-MAYHEM), and Flo Mounier (CRYPTOPSY) as the core of the band, this brutal album coincides with his art and vision. While the project is called “NADER SADEK,” Sadek himself is the mastermind and “director” while the musicians bring In the Flesh to life.

The eerie intro features the maniacal sounds of MAYHEM vocalist Attila Csihar, and leads directly into the brutalizing track, “Petrophilia.” The track pounds away with the masterful blasting and double bass magic of Mounier, and some of the riffs are quite reminiscent of MAYHEM’s Ordo Ad Chao. Tracks like “Soulless” are largely death metal influenced, with huge hints of CRYPTOPSY found within them, and guest shredder Destructhor (MORBID ANGEL) provides some ZYKLON-esque leads to balance out the culmination of thrashy black/death metal riffs.

Mechanic Idolatry” is catchy, brutal, and utilizes the skills of all the musicians involved. Tucker’s vocals never sounded better, and Mounier attacks the drum kit with a barrage of continuous double bass and flashy cymbal hits. While all of the songs on In the Flesh are excellent, “Sulffer” is one of the best tracks, and some riffs sound lifted from MAYHEM’s Chimera album. There’s no better track to end an album such as “Nigredo in Necromance,” with a crescendo leading up to a monstrous riff and solo, and finally crashing down to a melodic end. The album is short, with six real tracks, and three artistic tracks that break up the brutality, and the listener will yearn for more.

In the Flesh is an amazing mish mash of the disharmonic riffs from MAYHEM, the brutality of MORBID ANGEL, and the complex speed and intricate drumming of CRYPTOPSY. Forget the atrocities of CRYPTOPSY’s The Unspoken King or MORBID ANGEL’s Illud Divinum Insanus, and feed your ears with this album instead. The artwork and packaging of the CD also illustrates how Sadek went through great lengths to produce an amazing product. There is no doubt that In the Flesh will end up as one of the top albums of 2011 in many polls at the end of the year. (Season of Mist)

NADER SADEK – Mechanic Idolatry by HeavyHardMetalmania

Guitarist Jon Levasseur Rejoins CRYPTOPSY

In great news for CRYPTOPSY fans, the band has announced that longtime ex-guitarist Jon Levasseur has rejoined the band. Also, longtime bassist Eric Langois has decided to take a break. Here is the official statement from CRYPTOPSY:

“We have some important informative news we would like to announce. Jon Levasseur, former lead guitarist and major creative contributing force behind None So Vile, Whisper Supremacy, And Then You’ll Beg… has returned to the band. The combination of Jon and Chris Donaldson has revived the power and energy of the infamous CRYPTOPSY string section, without losing the backup vocal and creative talent of Youri Raymond who is now playing the six string bass for the rhythm section. Eric Langlois has, for now, decided to step back and take a break from the CRYPTOPSY family. The reborn and fully motivated chemistry of Matt, Chris, Youri, Jon and Flo is determined to make an impact in 2011 and beyond. New material is in the works (with the lineup) and will be available to all with your support in late 2011. Meanwhile, three new songs have been completed and will soon be featured on a final Century Media release. This meaning, the future is ours and yours and promises to be true CRYPTOPSY.”