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SINFUL
SINFUL
The XIII-th Apostle
(MSR Productions)
29:58min

DIMMU BORGIR goes Death Metal... or Russian SINFUL borrowing some of the best elements from these two particular worlds in the very question? Well, who actually cares that much after all but let me say this: SINFUL do rule the fuckin' ruins! SINFUL's 2nd album - the English version for their "XIII Апостол" record, re-named as "The XIII-th Apostle" in English, does offer a great and pleasing listening experience. This foursome also features Pawel Jaroszewicz on drums who has earned his spurs earlier in such Polish acts as VADER and CRIONICS - and all his experience really shows throughout the entire recording too. SINFUL rely on atmospheric and somewhat symphonic musical arrangements on this brilliant 8-track effort, having truly yet obviously put lots of blood, pain and sweat into the songwriting process of "The XIII-th Apostle". It can be heard from everything really; it just cannot get any more professional than this, I think. SINFUL's combination of sympho-Black Metal and Death Metal flows beautifully yet so effortlessly even - and some a bit more experimental sections here and there, seem to add a nice amount of welcome spices into their kinda pompous sounding wholeness as well. There's undoubtedly quite a lot of DIMMU's "Death Cult Armageddon" era involved within SINFUL's "The XIII-th Apostle" record but the guys in SINFUL have given a more Death Metal orientated twist to their sound, which is a smart move from them in my honest opinion. This is that important thing that makes the album very enjoyable to sink your teeth into, also pushing the band away for being your 3rd rate DIMMU BORGIR clone act that would desperately count on the existing, safe yet winning formula only - just to make some extra profit for themselves at the expense of one band's eneormous success. There's not one single thing on "The XIII-th Apostle" that would irritate me in one way or the other - and that itself is quite much said from a picky whiner that I usually tend to be when talking about something else but not some of "Metal classics of the 80s". SINFUL's suckitude level is plain zero - and let me tell you that their likable level is somewhat easy to reach. Band contact: www.sinful.ru, label: www.msrprod.ru or www.myspace.com/msrprod

Luxi Lahtinen

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