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SINISTER

SINISTER
Legacy Of Ashes
(Massacre Records)
37:44min

I've lost count of the amount of times this album has spun in my player - that could be both a good and a bad sign - in this case, I'm not sure my mind is made up, until the last word of this review is written. I've had a quite ambivalent relationship with SINISTER the last decade. The albums they made up through the nineties are all classics and have all earned their due here. Then we had the first album of the 00's "Creative Killings" which wasn't that good. Then SINISTER disbanded and even though that mainman and drummer Aad Kloosterwaard kept busy with other bands, he couldn't let SINISTER rest in peace, so he assembled a new SINISTER with him on vocals. That caused a couple of dull albums until "The Silent Howling" was released in '08, a decent album, though not up to par with the old SINISTER material. The newest branch on the SINISTER release tree is entitled "Legacy Of Ashes" and trails away with the traditional SINISTER Death Metal sound and pace shifts between crushing doomy riffs and frantic blast beats. Though a bit too often it seems a bit tired and uninspired on this record, take a track like 'The Sin Of Sodomy' which is a good example of the pace shifts, though the riffing is quite old, the lead crushes the momentum, yes quite uninspired and the track feels a lot longer than the 3:31 minutes it runs. This is unfortunately the story of a good deal of the tracks on the album, they are dull and the riffs and compositions seem rehashed. It seems like they have tried to return to the roots, after some albums where they tried a few other things - though the outcome is quite bland. The music is lacking intensity, emotion and expression - it seems like they took the easy way out of making a new album. The production is quite dead as well and doesn't help the music on the way with energy or sheer power. No one can take away the legacy of the golden period of SINISTER nor the legacy of Kloosterwaard, though one listenable SINISTER album out of 5 and no real killer since "Aggressive Measures" is not good enough, and might hold some newbies off from checking out the classics, and that's a shame as SINISTER is a big part of the Dutch, if not European Death Metal legacy. For the sake of listening "Legacy Of Ashes" is approved, though it, as already written, becomes dull quite too fast and offers nothing new to the SINISTER plate, and most importantly it lacks intensity and emotion, and that kills a lot! All further information at www.sinister-hailthebeast.com, www.myspace.com/sinisterwingsofdeath, www.massacre-records.com

Anders Peter Jřrgensen

More SINISTER reviews:
Afterburner - by Dave Rotten
Creative Killings - by Edouard Vergriete
Cross The Styx - by Nat Shapiro
Diabolical Summoning - by Nat Shapiro
Legacy Of Ashes - by László Dávid
Savage Or Grace - by Stefan Franke
The Blood Past - by Jaime Pérez
The Carnage Ending - by Thomas Meyer
The Silent Howling - by Nat Shapiro

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