Friday, 9 March 2012

SINISTER - Diabolical Summoning (1993)

01  Sadistic Intent
02  Magnified Wrath
03  Diabolical Summoning
04  Sense Of Demise
05  Leviathan
06  Desecrated Flesh
07  Tribes Of The Moon
08  Mystical Illusions

*Metal Mind Bonus Tracks*

09  Into The Forgotten
10  Bleeding Towards The Wendigo

Sinister is a death metal band from Rotterdam, the Netherlands, assembled in 1988, disassembled in 2003, and reassembled in 2005 by Adrie Kloosterwaard on vocals and Alex Paul on guitar. In 1993 the band Sinister released the follow up to their well received debut Cross the Styx. What the unsuspecting public were about to get was a face melting experience that somehow escaped the popularity that a disc of this quality deserved. Don't fret though, if you missed it the first time around, Metal Mind Productions is giving death metal fans a chance to have their senses pummeled with a re-release that is limited to 2000 copies.

With so many bands of this genre out there it is refreshing when you find someone that gives you something different. Sinister is a band that will do that. Yes, they are a death metal band for sure but the guitar playing of Andre Tolhuizen is a treat! He gives you a good thrashing but is also prone to throw in a great proggy riff run when the mood strikes as in the title track "Diabolical Summoning" or the very infectious "Mystical Illusions." Or he might tune it down and give you an Ioimi like thrashing on songs like "Leviathan" or the opening track "Sadistic Intent." He really is the highlight of the disc.

Vocalist Mike van Mastrigt is very ordinary as the chief growler and delivers most of the disc in a monotone which is bearable but does get boring before you reach the end of the album. Don't get me wrong, he is adequate for the job but certainly nothing special.

Metal Mind Productions also gives you a couple bonus tracks to entice you into a purchase. The live tracks "Into The Forgotten" and "Bleeding Towards The Wendigo" are both worthwhile additions and give you a good taste of these guys on stage. Overall, this is good quality death metal that deserves a better fate then it had the first time around. Give it a try, you will be surprised for sure...

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