The latest album Hyaena, as usual when it comes to Sadist, continues to move across borders and to explore territories neglected by traditional death metal bands. Here you can feel the breath of bands like King Crimson, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Deep Purple and the like, with the only difference that here the whole has a death metal outfit. To give you an idea suffice to say that “The Devil Riding the Evil Steed” also contains verses in a language that I think is Zulu. From an intellectual point of view Hyaena is an immense album and Sadist prove to have a wide musical culture of which metal, and in particular extreme metal, is only a tiny part, which is admirable: this album taps mostly into prog rock, jazz, blues. One could even say that, apart from the distortion and the growl, this is not a metal album at all. Hyaena offers a challenging listening experience, unfortunately perhaps too challenging: if you are not an advanced musician and into complicated tricks and tempos, it will be difficult to appreciate the refined sophistication on it. But on the other hand, think of Opeth! So if you like prog music, this is definitely the album for you.
Hyaena was released on October 16 2015 on Scarlet Music.
Tommy Talamanca: Guitars, Oud, Santur, Keyboards
Andy Marchini: Bass
Alessio Spallarossa: Drums, Percussion
Trevor Sadist: Vocals (lead)
Text by Herjann