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Nader Sadek to release their new album, "The Serapeum" next month!

Nader Sadek Renowned Egyptian-American artist, director, and death metal musician NADER SADEK will unleash his four-track The Serapeum EP single on November 20th. The offering serves as his first output since 2014’s critically-lauded The Malefic: Chapter III EP and a taste of the impending Malefic full-length, set to be released during the first half of 2021.

The Serapeum features principal members Karl Sanders (Nile), Derek Roddy (Serpents Rise), and Mahumud Gecekusu (Perversion), who visited Egypt in 2017 at the invitation of SADEK and, 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.

Comments SADEK, “Every time I think about this project, I literally have to pinch myself. Layers and layers of seeming impossibilities and events only dared conjured by dreams, have manifested themselves into physical reality. I also managed to sneak audio equipment into the pyramid of Snefru, one of the greatest and first pyramids, and recorded my vocals for an entire song for the very first time there, due to its intentional sound frequency manipulating properties. Drawing inspiration from The Serapeum, whose realization is a far greater mystery than the building of the pyramids, was a testament to the fact that nothing is impossible.”

“I’m really happy to see the release of The Serapeum,” notes Sanders. “Nader is an incredibly unique visionary multimedia artist and I’m honored and thankful to have had the chance to participate in a project with him. I had such a blast working with Nader, Derek, and Mahmud — making music with these killer guys was so easy and fun it was like being on vacation. This project was especially memorable for me, as it was my first ever trip to Egypt. It’s something I had been yearning to do for a lifetime – to experience firsthand the Epic Grandeur of The Ancients.”

“Travel to Egypt, see some killer sights, eat some great food, and write awesome music with Karl, Mahmud, and Nader?,” adds Roddy, “Sign me up! Great fun and a stellar time.”

The first version of the track, “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 while Shaun LaCanne backs SADEK up on the chorus. Bass duties are handled by Benoit Clause. Gecekusu plays all rhythm, while Sanders adds a guitar solo.

The second version, “The Serapeum: Polluted Waters,” features Sanders’ signature tone on rhythm guitar yet offers a different angle of experimentation, with the inclusion of eastern harmonies and drones provided by Alex Zubair (Nephelium), and instead of chants, Nancy Mounir, among Egypt’s top musical talents, adds the ever haunting theremin to the mix. Dominic “Forest” Lapointe (Augury) plays the low end, and Gecukusu swaps solo spots with Sanders on this version. Both versions feature Roddy’s staggering drum work along with SADEK’s ferocious vocal delivery and his first-ever in-studio vocal recording. To complete this musical encounter with the archaeological wonders of Egypt, SADEK recorded the vocals inside the inner chamber of Dahshur’s “Red Pyramid.”

“ReSarcophogus,” recorded inside a sarcophagus at the Serapeum, appears between the two versions and used binaural mixing by Ahdy Khairat while the final track represents the first (and last time) “The Serapeum” was performed live and features Zubair, Jim Ross (Bandwhore), Kevin Paradis (Benighted), and George Maier (ex-Pestilence).

Thematically, 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.

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    October 29, 2020

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