Sinister
Hate


4.0
excellent

Review

by CaptainDooRight USER (93 Reviews)
March 20th, 2012 | 68 replies


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist

Review Summary: There was a time when god's once walked amongst men.

Literally, words cannot describe how awesome this album is. So here's a snippet:"riff, chug, smash, death, fuk, riff, blast, non stop." Sinister is one of the best death metal bands to come out of the osdm scene as well as being one of my favorites. They've been "thrashing hard" since 1988. Unfortunately, Sinister only has only 3 out of 9 good albums; being their first 3, along with a couple of good demos. Sinister's musical style is one of aggression and emotional atmosphere. Their first two albums "Cross the Styx" and "Diabolical Summoning" offer more of an upfront aggressive style, while their 3rd release, "Hate", carries similar styles of aggression yet it favors more towards areas of emotional atmosphere, due to the progressing elements of musical layers.

Tracks like "Awaiting the Absu" and the end of "Art of the Damned" have mid tempoed moments of musical layers that expand Sinister's sound, giving them a distinct signature amongst other osdm artist'. The guitars and drums carry the ability to immediately transition from an aggressive state straight into a picked appreggiated riff pattern that plays perfectly off the drums double bass and blast beats. These elements tend to linger just long enough as they progress through different textures, until the fury of aggression returns. This blending of mid tempos can be found throughout "Hate" and are always presented in a tasteful way but can sometimes lessen the blow of pounding "in your face" riffs.

The vocals are a high point of "Hate" because of their decipherability. Vocalist Mike Van Mastrigt gives his greatest performance on "To Mega Therion" where he clearly annunciates gutturals that range up to high pitched screams. I had no trouble in understanding his chants of "SATAN WILL BE VICTORIOUS IN THE BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON". This clear presentation of lyrics has always been a highlight of Mike's execution and adds to the emotional impact of musical layers and speedy trems.

The riffing styles are particularly notable as every single riff pattern attempts to push the boundaries of death metal rather than taking a lax disposition. "Embodiment of Chaos" manages to fuse several technical riffs into each other while making each riff stand out as much as the rest.

This is Sinister's last good album and shows the band's first signs of weakness as riffs start to become less original than their earliest of releases[and also before Sinister began playing indie pop]. Even with this fact, "Hate" is still one hell of a solid album that should always be considered as being one of the best to come out of the osdm scene.



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CaptainDooRight
March 20th 2012


29877 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"There was a time when god's once walked amongst men."

Yes I know we still have bands like Immolation and Gorguts. Preachin to the choir man.

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ThroneOfAgony
March 20th 2012


3485 Comments


pos'd for the 2nd sentence

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
March 20th 2012


18665 Comments


metal

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bloc
March 20th 2012


34915 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Iffrays

CaptainDooRight
March 20th 2012


29877 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks bro's!

"pos'd for the 2nd sentence"

literally bro, that's what it sounds like

"You went with this one?"

no bro voting is still up for another 3-4 hours. I only rev'd this one because Cells and VisionFromTheDarkSide got me really stoked on this album so I had to make an exception and take this off the list.

heeeelllll yeeeaahhhhhh Hyp"SATAN WILL BE VICTORIOUS IN THE BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON"

Ovrot
March 20th 2012


10501 Comments


m/ pos

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CaptainDooRight
March 20th 2012


29877 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks bro's

yeah the album art is tits. you basically got lucifer triumphing hard

CaptainDooRight
March 20th 2012


29877 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

have you heard this Ovrot?

I could only find one link off youtube. it's not the strongest off this album but it'll do

www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwnPZga1mxI

^"Art of the Damned"

bakkermaarten007
March 20th 2012


3599 Comments


Summary is ridiculous. review is good, pos.

CaptainDooRight
March 20th 2012


29877 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

haha thanks

bro summary fits like a glove. These guys were god's at the time this album came out. They were one of the best and should rightly be called god's, not be taken offensively if it is but bro look at the lighting of the album art

but bro look at the lighting of the album art
but bro look at the lighting of the album art
but bro look at the lighting of the album art
but bro look at the lighting of the album art
but bro look at the lighting of the album art
but bro look at the lighting of the album art

Motiv3
March 20th 2012


8938 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Listening to a track and its very m/ sounds awesome.

MO
March 20th 2012


18854 Comments


good shit sinister rules

kount
March 20th 2012


1279 Comments


i heard these guys after my osdm downloading spree!!

CaptainDooRight
March 20th 2012


29877 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hell yeah motiv and MO always knows what's up

yeah kount you really can't osdm spree without coming across this guys, should be within the top 10 for bands

Cells
March 20th 2012


1875 Comments


m/m/m/m/m/m//m/m/mm/

Eclecticist
March 20th 2012


3863 Comments


I love these guys, although I much rather prefer Crossing the Styx but this one slays hard too

CaptainDooRight
March 20th 2012


29877 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hell yeah cells m/

yeah Eclecticist Cross the Styx is better, this album showed them winding down on there sounds but there are some progressive elements here that can't be found on any of their albums

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
March 21st 2012


6193 Comments


It was about time someone reviewed some Sinister stuff...

Will read the review later, as i have to get ready for work.

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CaptainDooRight
March 21st 2012


29877 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cool thanks bro. Let me know what you think.

I'm actually about to listen to your rev'd album right now.

Shuyin
March 21st 2012


11827 Comments


"riff, chug, smash, death, fuk, riff, blast, non stop."


FUCKIN' POS! M/

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