SINISTER - The Post-Apocalyptic Servant
June 18, 2014, a year ago
Holland death metallers Sinister, man, they're just the underdogs that keep going, over time slowly but surely building up a totally solid discography that can stand with the best of 'em. Here, on their 11th album, surprises are few but ass-kicking moments are plenty: the main riff and unhinged guitar solo in 'The Macabre God' is classic American death metal done right (if it's not an intentional Cannibal Corpse homage, it's a hell of an unintentional one), while, I swear, 'The Sculpture Of Insanity' is almost catchy. For the most part, the band puts their heads down, blinders on, and just blasts through these tunes, the occasional melody creeping in, the odd half-time tempo or slower crawl breaking things up, but nothing is going to shock you out of your death-induced state of bliss here as the band does it all just right, one more time for the books. After 44 minutes of Sinister-style no-frills death, the album ends off with three covers, as the band does their thing to cuts from Morbid Angel, Paradise Lost, and Agent Steel (!). It's a fun way to end off the album from a band that, really, has earned the right to do what they want.