“…the song is so white-hot that it risks melting down your listening device…” – No Clean Singing
Renowned Egyptian-American artist, director, and death metal musician NADER SADEK today reveals the official video for “The Serapeum: Black Osiris.” Now playing courtesy of No Clean Singing, the track comes by way of SADEK’s The Serapeum EP, self-released November 20th.
The Serapeum features principal members Karl Sanders (Nile), Derek Roddy (Serpents Rise), and Mahmud Gecekusu (Perversion), who visited Egypt in 2017 at the invitation of SADEK and Cairometal.net, alongside a host of equally notable guests. Marking Sanders’ and Roddy’s first ever visit to the ancient land, the EP is monikered after an ancient Egyptian subterranean burial chamber and reflects the collective’s deep inspiration by the grounds explored. SADEK himself recorded the vocals inside the Pyramid of Snefru.
“The Serapeum: Black Osiris” adapts the style to which followers of SADEK have grown accustomed: savage death metal featuring guitar harmonies and black metal-inspired avant-garde melodies. It also contains choral chanting by Morean (Dark Fortress, Alkaloid) while Shaun LaCanne (Putrid Pile) backs SADEK up on the chorus. Bass duties are handled by Benoit Clause (Gorod). Gecekusu plays all rhythm, while Sanders adds a guitar solo.
Writes No Clean Singing, “The prelude to this version of the song is… mysterious, but gloriously sinister — and it explodes into a ripping fury. There’s plenty of fast-twitch fretwork and explosive drumming in this turbocharged thrill-ride, with yet another spectacular guitar solo adding to the track’s tremendous, savage energy. The song is so white-hot that it risks melting down your listening device, and will certainly give your adrenaline levels a huge kick in the ass. When the song slows this time, the feeling of majesty is downright hellish and blood-freezing, and the pounding finale, accented by glistening arpeggios, is nightmarish.”
Read more and view NADER SADEK’s “The Serapeum: Black Osiris” video at No Clean Singing HERE.
Mixed and mastered by engineers Mahmud Gecekusu, Mendel Bij De Leij, and Ahdy Khairat, respectively, The Serapeum is available on CD (limited to 500 copies) via Nuclear Blast HERE and digitally at THIS LOCATION.
NADER SADEK’s The Serapeum draws inspiration from the contrast between the wondrous mystery of the Serapeum and its undervalued status today as simply a tomb for bulls. As an underground complex of twenty-four eighty-ton sarcophagi, many archaeologists consider it a stranger and more complicated legacy than the pyramids. Notes SADEK, “By recording in the Serapeum and the Red Pyramid, not only did we want to take advantage of the amazing acoustic effects of these ancient structures, we wanted to explore how the powers that be arrogantly dismiss that which they don’t understand.” SADEK explores this theme and draws parallels in the lyrics like, “Bull tomb uncovered, fallacy discovered / The reign of lambs begotten,” and, “Dead Serapis’ decay, sands triggered, shall pay / Serapeum! Rise! and confront us with the truth’s majesty.” These lyrics symbolically portray the relationship of modern to ancient Egypt, once the greatest civilization, now a cesspool of poverty and dilapidation. The Serapeum, like the musical performances on this single, will find its admirers in those who reject the shallow and superficial comforts of the familiar.
“The Serapeum continues NADER SADEK’s auspicious tradition of bringing in elite death metal players from around the world to help the artist realize his vision” — Decibel Magazine