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SINISTER
SINISTER
The Silent Howling
(Massacre Records)
47:46min

By all accounts, SINISTER have improved steadily since "Savage Or Grace" in 2003. As it is with most great bands, their best material will likely never be equaled, but that does not mean they cannot come close to re-kindling old flames. SINISTER employ all of their old chops on "The Silent Howling". The deep, driving pulls and block upon block of furious Holland-style riffs. All are present, and all fit.Yet the problem, as with so many other bands both young and old, is that beyond good musicianship, the album lacks the bold character its early predecessors had. It does go places, do not mistake. SINISTER couldn't produce a truly awful album even if they tried. They can, however, do this, which is go through the motions with much more vigor than they have for the past five years. There is one outstanding exception to this rule, and that is the sixth track, 'Palace Of The Fates'. The song doesn't quite attain the majesty of a long IRON MAIDEN song, but it does have properly savage melodies, and for SINISTER, that spells awesome. Another "Cross The Styx" doesn't seem likely, but another "Silent Howling" wouldn't be bad at all. www.myspace.com/sinisterwingsofdeath, www.sinister-hailthebeast.com, www.massacre-records.com

Nathan Shapiro

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