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Who knows how Mascot Records came to contact Sadus. Regardless, the Bay Area thrashers are back and have quite an accomplished, progressive thrash album on their hands. Having lost the services of one guitarist and long gone from the Roadrunner stable, the trio offers the type of technical thrash that has little served bands in the past. The fans are simply not supportive of bands of this nature. Witness Obliveon, Requiem or Anacrusis. Regardless, the band's fourth release kicks off with a riff straight out of Exodus' Bonded By Blood only to turn into a technical thrash opus, sadly accompanied by sampled synthesizer interludes. The vocals are a cross between old Sadus and Possessed's later days. The band can actually be quite heavy quite often and the musicianship remains impressive. Yet, given this style's track record one wonders if anyone cares. - Ali "The Metallian"

Sadus are back too - add another to the returnees list - as a trio again, with Steve Di Giorgio and his famous bass sound, Darren Travis and Jon Allen. Once again a back-to-the-roots, aggressive thrash metal album is promised and the album’s title is obviously intentionally chosen to reflect that. In the Name Of... starts things off and the aforementioned bass sound is at the forefront of it all, throughout the six minutes a lot of the promised thrash metal is delivered. No More features the first of many extra and surely unnecessary synth effects one would have heard in the early days of science fiction. Smackdown is clearly influenced by Di Giorgio’s time playing with Death and is reminiscent of Lack Of Comprehension. Lost It All is totally out of place with its synth effects and sometimes sounds more like acid-driven songs of the '70s. Sick returns to the promised sounds of the '90s. Down is a Biohazard type sound and is positively annoying when it tries to be macho. Freedom, running at almost seven minutes, is a catchier version of the songs preceding it and sounds especially good compared to its immediate predecessor. Freak, featuring an opening scream, is thrashy and short. Cursed, another really long one, features a South Asian sounding opening and ventures into more psychedelic sounds, however it does speed up eventually and not for the first time on Out For Blood sounds a lot like Death, the song Philosopher in this case. Crazy closes out this 11-track release with more odd and out of place tempo variations. - Anna Tergel


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