Sadus is a long-running metal band that straddles the line between thrash metal and death metal and are known for their highly technical playing style. Sadus was formed in 1984 in Antioch, California by high school friends Steve DiGiorgio (bass), Jon Allen (drums), Darren Travis (vocals/guitar), and Rob Moore (guitar). The band released 3 LPs between 1988 and 1992. Guitarist Rob Moore left the band in 1994 and the band had since continued on as a trio. Sadus continued to play and record occasionally, until they went on hiatus from recording and performing in 2009. However, after officially splitting up in 2015, the band was resurrected in 2017.

Steve DiGiorgio has become an in-demand bass player, playing and recording with bands like Death (2), Testament (2), Iced Earth, and many others. Both Steve and Jon have also played in Dragonlord.


DTP 1107 Sadus - Illusions album art Sadus Illusions (Album) Sadus Records DTP 1107 US 1988 Sell This Version
RO9368-4 Sadus - Swallowed In Black album art Sadus Swallowed In Black (Album) Roadracer Records RO9368-4 Netherlands 1990 Sell This Version
RO 9180-1 Sadus - A Vision Of Misery album art Sadus A Vision Of Misery (Album) Roadracer Records RO 9180-1 Netherlands 1992 Sell This Version
M 7026 2 Sadus - Elements Of Anger album art Sadus Elements Of Anger (Album) Mascot Records (2) M 7026 2 1997 Sell This Version
M 7173 2 Sadus - Out For Blood album art Sadus Out For Blood (Album) Mascot Records (2) M 7173 2 US 2006 Sell This Version
AUS079CD Sadus - Live in Chile album art Sadus Live in Chile (Album) Australis Records AUS079CD Chile 2015 Sell This Version


M 7025 2 Sadus - Chronicles of Chaos album art Sadus Chronicles of Chaos(CD, Comp) Mascot Records (2) M 7025 2 Netherlands 1997 Sell This Version


none Sadus - Live In Santiago / Chile album art Sadus Live In Santiago / Chile(DVD, NTSC) Rawforce Productions none Chile 2005 Sell This Version


none Sadus - D.T.P. album art Sadus D.T.P. (Comp) Not On Label (Sadus Self-released) none US 1986 Sell This Version
none Sadus - Certain Death album art Sadus Certain Death Not On Label (Sadus Self-released) none US 1987 Sell This Version
none Sadus - The Wake Of Severity album art Sadus The Wake Of Severity(Cass, S/Sided) Not On Label (Sadus Self-released) none US 1989 Sell This Version
SADUS95 Sadus - Red Demo album art Sadus Red Demo(Cass) Not On Label (Sadus Self-released) SADUS95 US 1994 Sell This Version


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February 1, 2020
Part of the original thrash metal scene in the mid- to late '80s, San Francisco's Sadus originally consisted of members Darren Travis on vocals and guitar, Rob Moore on guitar, Steve DiGiorgio on bass, and Jon Allen on drums. The group began when all four members were attending high school in 1984, and due to the circulation of such demos as 1986's DTP and 1987's Certain Death, the group built a local following.

By the end of 1988, the band issued a debut full-length on their own, titled Illusions, produced by Metal Church guitarist John Marshall. This led to a deal with the metal label Roadrunner Records, which issued Swallowed in Black in 1990; the group supported it a tour opening for Obituary and Sepultura. The following year, DiGiorgio lent his bass playing talents to the recording of Death's Human album, which helped introduce Sadus to a wider audience as they toured that same year with Morbid Angel in Europe for the first time.

Further releases followed -- Chemical Exposure and A Vision of Misery -- before the group left Roadrunner. Shortly thereafter, DiGiorgio rejoined Death to record their Individual Thought Patterns album, and this time, decided to tour with the band as Sadus took a break. In 1997, Sadus reunited to record a new album for new label Mascot Records, but by this time, Moore had left the group. Undeterred, the group carried on as a trio, releasing Elements of Anger (produced by renowned thrash/death metal producer Scott Burns) in 1998. DiGiorgio has become one of the genre's most sought-after bassists, as he's played with such other bands as Dragonlord, Autopsy, and Iced Earth. By 2000, it appeared as though Sadus was put on hold yet again, as the rhythm section of DiGiorgio and Allen accepted an invitation to join Testament. ~ Greg Prato

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