Following the news of the upcoming release of his four-track EP titled ‘The Serapeum’ (due November 20, 2020 – pre-order), Egyptian-American artist, director, and death metallers Nader Sadek has now posted (via Decibel) his new song, “The Serapeum (Polluted Waters),” in official music video form. The track itself features vocals recorded inside the pyramid of Snefru in Dahshur, Egypt — stream below.
Here’s more info from a press release:
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 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.
“The Serapeum: Polluted Waters” features Sanders’ signature tone on rhythm guitar yet offers a different angle of experimentation from the savage death metal for which SADEK is notorious 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. It’s all punctuated by 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.”
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. Bringing Karl and Derek to Egypt for this project, not to mention Dominic, Shaun [LaCanne of Putride Pile], Ben [Clause of Gorod], Morean [Dark Fortress, Alkaloid], [engineer] Mendel [Bij De Leij], having been brought here via the live shows in Egypt I organized, and of course uniting with my brothers and sister Mahmud, Ahdy [Khairat], Alex, and Nancy, is a miracle in itself. 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. Things had a very strange way of aligning themselves. I’m honored and thankful for Decibel premiering this very special documentation of Derek, Karl, and Mahmud in the process of writing the song, as well as my recording process at the ‘Red Pyramid.’
I’m really happy to see the release of The Serapeum. Nader is an incredible 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.
Roddy ends with:
Travel to Egypt, see some killer sights, eat some great food, and write awesome music with Karl, Mahmud and Nader? Sign me up! Great fun and a stellar time.
Stream “The Serapeum (Polluted Waters)”:
Artist photo by Nader Sadek/Universus Art Sherbieny