30 Years Ago: SADUS release Swallowed in Black

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30 Years Ago: SADUS release Swallowed in Black

For one thing, it will be on CD finally! You'll definately notice that we've gotten a hell of a lot better. The progression on this album is just amazing. That's what I feel. The production fuckin' rules. We're not a trebley band anymore. I know we always had a problem with that on our demos. The album wasn't bad, but it was still a little too much on the high end. This album defineately rules that out. The guitars are just totally in your face, they're not in the background and all wimpy... Everything is in your face. It's a total "In Your Face" production. It's just loud, and doesn't distort. The vocals got a lot more comprehendable. The songwriting got a lot more interesting. There's a helluva lot more shit going on now. We basically got our shit together, and fuckin' grew up, and kicked ass on this album.

Steve DiGiorgio / Sadus interview, Rot #2, 1990

SADUS released their second album, Swallowed in Black, on this day in 1990.

We don't really think about what we write about as we're writing it. We just more or less go with what we fee at the time. It's like fuckin' what the band's up to, how it's going y'know, how we feel like that we wanna be. Illusions is more fuckin' we wanna be gore an' death an' shit, an' on our new album, it's more about like just what we're striving to be, y'know? Like more or less what we wanna get out of the music right now.

A lot of people like it really fast an' on our first album it's all fast. And on this new album we wanna do some little more different things. We wanna give it a little more flavor, y'know, an' not just be all fuckin' rrrahhh!

Darren Travis / Sadus interview, Deathcheese #1, 1991

Swallowed in Black followed their self-released debut and was their first under contract with R/C Records.

...we made a three song production demo last September, after the [first] album. Monte Conner got ahold of that, and liked it a lot. He thought it was about time to work with us because we proved we were serious by selling our own shit, and that people actually liked our shit. So we made the update demo to show them what we sounded like after the album. And so he decided that it was time to deal with us. Actually, a lot of labels made offers, bu we picked Roadracer because they had a lot more to offer.

Steve DiGiorgio / Sadus interview, Rot #2, 1990