Italian progressive death metal legends Sadist (feat. Obscura’s Jeroen Paul Thesseling and ex-Necrophagist’s Romain Goulon) reveal a bunch of fresh details surrounding the upcoming new album “Firescorched”, including cover artwork, tracklisting and release date.
“Firescorched” will be released via the band’s new label home Agonia Records on May 20th, 2022. A new digital single titled “Finger Food” is planned to be revealed on February 18th, alongside a list of available album formats. Pre-orders are scheduled to be open at the same time.
“Firescorched” is the fastest, highly experimental and most extreme album of Sadist’s career. The songs are fresh, embrace blast beats and give away a horror vibe, in combination with gloomy and anguished lyrics. The band’s adventurous style, featuring jazz and Middle-Eastern influences, pierces through a veil of progressive death metal that cloaks nine new compositions (eleven, if counting two bonus songs).
3. Finger Food
4. Burial of a Clown
7. Three Mothers and the Old Devil Father
8. Trauma (Impaired Mind Functionality)
10. Rerek *
11. Accabadora (Atitai)*
*Box CD bonus tracks
The band’s personnel includes – besides constant member, co-founder, guitarist and keyboardist Tommy Talamanca – long-running vocalist Trevor Sadist (with the band since 1996), new virtuoso drummer Romain Goulon (ex-Necrophagist, ex-Benighted) and fretless bass master Jeroen Paul Thesseling (Obscura, ex-Pestilence).
The album was recorded, mixed and mastered by Tommy Talamanca at Nadir Music Studios in Genoa (Italy) with artwork design by Paolo Puppo.
“”Firescorched” can be described as “Sadist 2.0″”, comments Talamanca. “It’s not a real concept album in the classical meaning of the word, despite the fact that most of the lyrics are somehow connected. Some of them are real horror stories, and the whole album sounds really creepy. We all love the cover artwork, which adds to that feeling”.
Sadist started out in the early nineties, having emerged from Genoa in Italy. The band went ahead of its time, with an adventurous take on the then-developing progressive death metal subgenre. Its presence was firmly established through an unmistakable style, detectable since the debut installment “Above the Light” from 1993, as well as following albums: “Tribe” (1995) and “Crust” (1997). After the release of “Lego” (2000), which brought about a temporary shift towards the avant-grade/core spectrum of the genre, Sadist went on a hiatus. The band returned to its proven sonic formula in 2005, having put out four studio albums since, and continues to maintain its epic take on death metal, featuring jazz and Middle-Eastern elements. Sadist played before huge crowds as a support act and opener for such iconic bands as Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Slayer or Motorhead, guesting at Olympic stadiums and gaining exposure at high-profile metal festivals as Wacken Open Air (1998), Gods Of Metal (2006 & 2010) or Hellfest (2010). The most recent trek took place in 2019, when the band toured Europe with I Am Morbid, Vital Remains and Atrocity.
Trevor Sadist – Vocals
Tommy Talamanca – Guitar, keyboards
Jeroen Paul Thesseling – Bass
Romain Goulon – Drums