Nuno Ribeiro - Preceding the Metalhead.... he was the Designer, creator of ideas, shapes; art ... Presents us Egyptian-born, New York-based conceptual artist Nader Sadek.
Nader Sadek -
'The Faceless' leads us to the prejudice that exists in forms of living and thinking, as the extreme "Islam in the Middle East" and "Death Metal" of Western culture merge itself. Your art can simplify the perfection of two realities, yet here and there can be seen shy mixtures of such different cultures. As New York-based Egyptian and American citizen how do you see this reality?
For a young designer, dream maker, you implement a better live performance, the perfect symbiosis between the environment and the music for cult bands like Mayhem and Sunn O)))!
Beginning with success means taking steps in other directions and forming your own project into the metal world?
NS - Those works mean alot to me of course, and i was more than honored to do it , but im also an indvidual, who needs to express himself wholly, working for others is fun, and id say it was definitly much more of a collaboration, to make masks and stage stuff for Mayhem, as i "imposed" my ideas of petroeleum dependency onto them. But for me to express my self i need to be in full control. Its not a matter of success as it is a matter of findin the right outlet for expression. For example Mayhem do not talk about petroleum, but they loved the idea when i brought it to the table..and felt it was appropriate to that for the US tour. But this is also the reason, we didnt do it again, because its my idea are not in tune witht their philosophy as a whole.
NR - "In the Flesh", Nader Sadek's debut, centers on the notion of humanity’s relationship with petroleum and how this exhumation of ancient life forms serves as a self-destructive fuel to society’s greed. Explain to us this connection.
NS - I am simply in awe of the fact that petroleum is a chemical composed of living creatures, plants, and lofe forms that have eased to live, and have been collectivly cooking inside the earth for thousands of years. the chemical produced b y this process is now converted to become the leading energy supply for the entire world. the fact that Human life runs on the death of our "ancestral" formerly living counterparts, just amazes me. Societies have gotten into using this chemical to a degree now where we are addicted. There is simply no way to live now without depending on petroleum based products. Everything from gasoline to plastic, there is no escape form it, and i think that it in a way haunting us. The dead are tranformed to energy, and the energy becomes rational for world wide conflict.
- Anticipate to us the latent idea in each track of "In the Flesh"
NS - I have a few ideas looming into every track, they mean several different thigns simultaneously.
NR - Awakening
NS - I imagine an observer, awakened by the disturbances created by this petroleum use,the observer arises to investigate, without involvement of these tragic events. led by attilas voice, as he observes he is mourning the tragic reality
NR - Petrophila
NS - This is the first scene that the observer sees. a mass of ppl worshipping a new god and indulging in petrophilia, this song kind of is the over all general statement of the theme of this record, it goes over the topic that people ave abandoned all sense to worship this rotten deity. intertwining themselves in an unredeemable situation.
NR - Of this Flesh (Novus God)
NS - Novus Deus , this song is about the new god , the deicifcation of the chemical, and how it stands to control the masses, and make them fight for its flesh and blood. This petroleum god proclaims its power and domination upon the world.
NR - Exhaust Capacitor
NS - Following the two intense scenes the observer, is ofrced to turn away and digest the chaos. Breathgn the exhaust of all fuel burned in the air.
NR - Soulless
NS - This song, is about what people are willing over theri beleif sin this context- its mainly about how war has arisen a,d how the mind is corrupted for an insatial lust for power. Kiloing other for gain of power.
NR - Rusted Skin
NS - Another track to relieve pressure, the observer is sckened and poisoned , he is dying
NR - Mechanic Idolatry
NS - This track revolves around the mass worship and dependecny that societies have on petroleum, but promarily on how we accept it so willingly and freely. Petroleum was discovered and used, ad cultures have accepted it without exploring what the consequence might be. But it also uggests anew way to perpetuate the chemical, and this is to turn the bodies of the dead into fuel,by doign that its a short cut the result of petroeluem use and conflict over it.
NADER SADEK - Mechanic Idolatry by HeavyHardMetalmania
NR - Sulffer
NS - This song is about an element , which is often extracted out of petroleum, Sulphur - Sulphur is used in medication and also to preserve food .
I thoguth it was intresting that even preservation is sometign to be found in petrileum use, and that maybe the best way to preserve ourselves is by becoming sulphur.
NR - Nigredo in Necromance
NS - centered around this idea that a man lost his lover, he was unable to cope with the pain. And decided to bury himself with her, and engage in sexual conduct, to be able to reunite with her physically.. As her body decomposed, the contact between their skin,extended the bacteria that creates rotting on to his flesh, initiating his own living flesh to decompose as well.
Resulting in them decomposing as one, and their rotting flesh, seeps into the earth, which eventually becomes petroleum.
NR - There’s only one word to describe "Nigredo in Necromance" video presentation of "In The Flesh" to the world... "Masterpiece" this was written and directed by you and produced and lit by Bad Brilliance.
NS - Thank you.
NR- What were the challenges initially proposed for the completion of this video?" Nigredo in Necromance" to designate the first state of alchemy: “the spiritual death” and / or first step for the Philosopher's Stone, in which all ingredients had to be prepared to create a black matter!?
NS - Well , i wrote the story for it, then i had to come up with all the sculptures such as the flesh guitar and the womans head. Butont he set, which was actually just a park near whore i live , becuase i have no budget, i had to figure out the cheapest way, it was very difficult to get lights working for along time if thers no electricity , we had to get batteries that only last one hour , we had three of them so the whole thing was shot in 3 hours. we had to set up everything so fast, adn find all the right shots so quickly. it was also mid summer in NYC which is pretty deadly so insects were flyin at us, becuz we were in a park with these strong lights...it was quite painful. But we also went back to my place and edited, and 20 hours later we were finished with it.
NR - Tell us how you managed to join this hybrid of influences between this music creation and musicians, Rune Eriksen (Ava Inferi, AURA NOIR, former MAYHEM), Steve Tucker (ex-Morbid Angel), and Flo Mounier (CRYPTOPSY), which resulted in the construction of this monstrous machine “well oiled”!
Thank you for your time and continues to delight us with your "MASTERPIECES"!