Nader Sadek is one strange dude; one who is able to bring all of the horrors of this world to life. So when he decides to rail against the human race’s reliance on petroleum, it is sure to be a fearless, scarring experience. Does he make his point on Living Flesh? Hell yes! Is it pretty? Not in the least.
Living Flesh captures the visual artist in the musical realm, live from New York City in November 2011, with the help of a few notable friends, including Flo Mounier (Cryptopsy), Rune Eriksen (ex-Mayhem, Ava Inferi), Novy (ex-Vader, Behemoth), Steve Tucker (ex-Morbid Angel), Carmen Simoes (Ava Inferi), and Sean Frey. The performance, which is based upon Sadek’s 2011 album In the Flesh, starts with the operatic “Reawakening,” followed by the anthemic “Nigredo in Necromance.” From there, the fury emerges and coats the rest of the set like oil spilling on helpless animals. The compositions are tightly wound, bordering the unlistenable (particularly on “Rusted Skin/Drum Solo”), but the playing is erratic at times, reflecting that this isn’t a refined live band.
There is no shortage of brutality on Living Flesh, and by the final notes, it’s hard not to feel like the victim of a severe thrashing. There is no doubt that Nader Sadek has a vision, and it is harrowing.
Living Flesh is self-released and out now.
Rating: 3/5 Stars