SADUS Announces First Album In 16 Years, 'The Shadow Inside'
September 1, 2023
San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal legends SADUS will make their long-awaited return this fall with the release of their first album in 16 years, "The Shadow Inside", on November 17 via Nuclear Blast Records.
Reunited in 2017, the band spent the last several years writing the record at their own pace, impervious to outside trends and influences, and recently finished recording with Juan Urteaga (EXODUS, TESTAMENT, MACHINE HEAD) at Trident Studios.
Featuring ominous artwork by accomplished artist Travis Smith (FLESHGOD APOCALPYSE, OPETH),"The Shadow Inside" is a contemporary thrash classic with colossal, groove-laden riffs at break-neck rhythm and blistering solos. It's the record fans have been waiting desperately for and one of the year's most crucial metal albums.
Commenting on the record's impending release, founding vocalist/guitarist Darren Travis says: "I am giddy with excitement for this album to be unleashed upon the world. With the help of the entire Nuclear Blast team, we will bestow a hugely anticipated release of 'The Shadow Inside'!!
"THANK YOU for your interest in our little band for all these years. I hope you will find the same release of excitement that WE DO!! The love of METAL is the only reason for SADUS!! Thank you ALL for the undying SUPPORT!!!! Fucking SADUS!!"
SADUS unleashed the first single from "The Shadow Inside", a song called "It's The Sickness", late last year. Today, the band has unveiled the record's next track, "Ride The Knife", which is available now for streaming and is accompanied by the lyric video below.
"The Shadow Inside" track listing:
01. First Blood 02. Scorched And Burnt 03. It's The Sickness 04. Ride The Knife 05. Anarchy 06. The Devil In Me 07. Pain 08. No Peace 09. New Beginnings 10. The Shadow Inside
SADUS's founding drummer Jon Allen shares his excitement about working with Travis once again, reminiscing about their collaboration on "Elements Of Anger". He points out that several tracks on the new album, such as "The Devil In Me" and "The Shadow Inside", revolve around the idea of an internal entity constantly pushing us. At times, one might find themselves at the edge of reason, attributing their actions to the shadow within, an external force they blame for their choices. While not a concept album per se, every song deals with life decisions and the importance of taking responsibility for one's actions to unlock the best life has to offer. The track "The Shadow Inside" boasts a heavier and slower tone, with a touch of classic, gut-wrenching grind, creating a fitting climax to the album.
A formidable darkness flows through tracks like "Anarchy". Evidently influenced by the tumultuous post-COVID times of mass hysteria, looting, and general loss of control, the melody reflects this chaotic environment. Allen describes the track as "more straightforward and in-your-face, hitting listeners right in the gut." Despite the intensity, SADUS manages to retain their signature death/thrash blend, staying true to their old-school roots. The aggression remains palpable, allowing their music to speak for itself with raw, unapologetic power.
"Scorched And Burnt" follows suit, with its steady beat and chaotic vocals seamlessly intertwining with blistering guitar work. The track gradually transitions into an impassioned melody, igniting a fiery explosion as the song nears its conclusion. Although inspired by the literal wildfires that plagued California during its creation, "Scorched And Burnt" delves deeper into the idea that individuals often feel like someone or something is constantly out to get them. Yet, in the end, the song urges unity, recognizing that every action, even in chaos, ripples through the lives of others.
The process of creating "The Shadow Inside" was unhurried and unencumbered by unnecessary roadblocks. SADUS allowed their creativity to flow naturally, collecting riffs and writing together in person. The band took their time, nurturing and developing their musical ideas until they evolved into the powerful tracks we hear today. Allen emphasizes that their drama-free and family-oriented approach to making music is one of the reasons their sound speaks so powerfully to their fans. Collaborating with Juan Urteaga of Trident Studios added another layer of refinement to the album, as his expertise in death metal played a vital role in shaping its overall sound.
All that being said, SADUS is not a band that simply stands apart from the crowd for the sake of being different. They stand tall, unswayed by mass hysteria and media influences, choosing to make their own decisions and encourage others to do the same. In a world filled with disinformation and false flags, they emphasize the importance of being smart, using common sense, thinking for ourselves, and remaining aware of our surroundings.
As November approaches, the anticipation for "The Shadow Inside" is sure to grow. With their uncompromising vision, SADUS continues to stand as a beacon of authenticity and integrity within the heavy metal community, forever forging their path in the ever-evolving landscape of music.
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