Sinister
Hate


4.0
excellent

Review

by CaptainDooRight USER (93 Reviews)
March 20th, 2012 | 48 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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ThroneOfAgony
March 20th 2012


3485 Comments


pos'd for the 2nd sentence

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
March 20th 2012


19498 Comments


metal

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bloc
March 20th 2012


35301 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Iffrays

Ovrot
March 20th 2012


10623 Comments


m/ pos

bakkermaarten007
March 20th 2012


3895 Comments


Summary is ridiculous. review is good, pos.

Motiv3
March 20th 2012


8957 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

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

MO
March 20th 2012


19480 Comments


good shit sinister rules

kount
March 20th 2012


1279 Comments


i heard these guys after my osdm downloading spree!!

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

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
March 21st 2012


6583 Comments


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

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

Shuyin
March 21st 2012


12324 Comments


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


FUCKIN' POS! M/

none
March 21st 2012


1100 Comments


i heard these guys after my osdm downloading spree!!


lmao

Motiv3
March 21st 2012


8957 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah this rules face.

KILL
March 21st 2012


73226 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nice review bro great album

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JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
March 21st 2012


22714 Comments


Good review m/

kount
March 21st 2012


1279 Comments


are u the osdm expert

kount
March 21st 2012


1279 Comments


maybe CaptainDooOSDMRight is a more fitting name

kount
March 21st 2012


1279 Comments


set em straight

im kounting on u

evilford
October 29th 2012


24029 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dam this might be just as good as diabolical summoning

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