Sadus - Chemical Exposure LP (Clear/Red/Black Splatter vinyl)
Recorded and Mixed at Starlight Sound Studios, April-July '88
Mastered at Future Disc, Hollywood, CA
Splatter limited to 500 copies
As tends to be consensus, this album is the absolute zenith of Sadus' still ongoing and evolving career. It's an album by a crazed pack of wolves on the hunt for greater prey, bursting forth from the late 80s underground with a desire to surpass the existing orthodoxy of American thrash metal. While it is sometimes argued that this album got a bit closer to the death metal sound than even the earliest works of Death, which parallel this era, a careful deconstruction of its overall elements puts it a bit closer to the ambiguous death/thrash hybrid that tends to be the final category of fellow pioneers Sepultura and Possessed. To be fair, Schuldiner was equally as influenced by Possessed as Sadus was, but the ultimate results heard on "Scream Bloody Gore" and "Leprosy" are quite different, and ultimately a tiny bit closer to the 90s sound than this album. But for those seeking a great death thrashing experience, this is about as good as it gets for 1988.