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Sinister
The Post-Apocalyptic Servant
June 2014
Released: 2014, Massacre Records
Rating: 1.0/5
Reviewer: Aaron Yurkiewicz

Seriously, who keeps buying this stuff?



Look, I eat/breathe/sleep old school death metal probably more than anyone else on this site, but let’s face facts – Sinister has been shitting out the same ham fisted records since the 90’s, and the only reason they get a pass is because they’re a legacy act that put out a pair of decent records 20 years ago (specifically being CROSS THE STYX and DIABOLICAL SUMMONING). But even then they were a second rate version of Hypocrisy. And the only thing that binds Sinister in 2014 to its distant glory days is a logo and drummer turned vocalist Aad Kloosterwaard, beyond that you’ve got a revolving door of musicians beating a horse that’s long since been found to be deceased.



I’m not even sure how many albums THE POST-APOCALYPTIC SERVANT is at this point under the Sinister moniker, but there’s little new to be found across the 10 original tracks here. Are they BRVTAL?! Yeah. Is there anything to differentiate any track on the album from another, much less any up and comer on the Severed Records roster? Not by a long shot. It’s fast, it’s got guttural vocals, and lots of whammy bar dive bombs. If that’s what you’re after, you’re in for a treat – Massacre released a much better album with those same qualities 20 years ago too, it’s called FROM BEYOND, go check it out.



And can we continue to be frank? When you’re biggest call out in the press is that you’ve got bonus tracks covering Morbid Angel and Paradise Lost tunes, there’s something intrinsically flawed with your product. Though not as bad as anything on Six Feet Under’s GRAVEYARD CLASSICS collections, they add nothing of value to the overall end product. There’s an Agent Steel cover as well, guess how well that one works out.



I’ve got nothing against Sinister personally, but let’s call a duck a duck. Tired, boring, and uninspired death metal shat out from a name you know is still tired, boring, and uninspired death metal. Save your time, energy, and shekels and keep on walking.
Track Listing

1. The Science of Prophecy
2. The Macabre God
3. The Sculpture of Insanity
4. The End of All that Conquers
5. The Masquerade of an Angel
6. The Dome of Pleasure
7. The Post-Apocalyptic Servant
8. The Art of Skin Decoration
9. The Saviour
10. The Burden of Mayhem
11. Fall From Grace (Morbid Angel cover)
12. Deadly Inner Sense (Paradise Lost cover)
13. Unstoppable Force (Agent Steel cover)

Lineup

Aad Kloosterwaard - Vocals
Mathijs Brussaard - Bass
Dennis Hartog - Guitars
Toep Duin - Drums
Bas Brussaard – Guitars

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Sinister
The Post-Apocalyptic Servant
August 2014
Released: 2014, Massacre Records
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Helias Papadopoulos

If you are a death metal fan and you don’t have heard any morbid riffs from Sinister, you should stop listen to (death) metal and it’s time to explore Lady Gaga’s music. Good! Now, only death metal maniacs are around.



Sinister reminded us why this beast wouldn’t die, and everybody gathered ’round to see if they could continue on their next recording. About two years have passed and we are at that point with the band’s eleventh album THE POST-APOCALYPTIC SERVANT . But is it just as brutal an experience, or could it be drastically better?



Much like their previous outing, THE POST-APOCALYPTIC SERVANT caters towards the brutal, and it pulls this off quite well. After the brief introduction on “The Science of Prophecy,” the performance itself kicks in with rich distortion and crisp drums that nicely stick out, both complimenting each other nicely. The deep twang of the bass guitar plays a much more vital role during the slower tracks, helping to keep the rhythm alive and stronger than the generally intense and faster technicality that highlights the blistering bass kicks more before fading away to let “The Macabre God” slowly ring in. As the speed picks up, so does the ominous atmosphere brought on the technical chords and bass groove. While the vocals are a bit thin sounding and low in volume, an issue that does appear in the more violent passages of other tracks like “The Burden of Mayhem,” there’s some additional enthusiasm towards the end that beefs them up and helps fill the already sleek thickness to the audio quality.



Like their great debut album, CROSS THE STYX, the smooth fusion of the chaotic elements of death metal into a new style defines this album. From the Americas, it borrows the bursting riffs of Sepultura and the thunderous recursion of Deicide, while showing influences from Slayer as well, but into this it mixes the rich European tradition of neoclassical melody and Gothic theatricism as found in Destruction and Massacre, and Sinister merge these into a technical, musical and muscular form of death metal which flows together smoothly, making this album a landmark for the genre.



Traces of vestigial influence can be heard in this music, with an influence of heavy metal in parts, but a large degree of classic death metal lexicon from Slayer to Master to Morbid Angel and beyond. Although not highly refined, this music knows what it wants to say and bashes it out with profound and anger and blissful morbidity.
Track Listing

01. The Science of Prophecy – 5:07
02. The Macabre God – 4:06
03. The Sculpture of Insanity – 3:32
04. The End of All That Conquers – 4:31
05. The Masquerade of an Angel – 4:49
06. The Dome of Pleasure – 4:07
07. The Post-Apocalyptic Servant – 4:05
08. The Art of Skin Decoration – 4:16
09. The Saviour – 5:36
10. The Burden of Mayhem – 4:48
Digipack Bonus Disc:
01. Fall From Grace (Morbid Angel cover) – 5:20
02. Deadly Inner Sense (Paradise Lost cover) – 4:38
03. Unstoppable Force (Agent Steel cover) – 3:35

Lineup

Adrie Kloosterwaard - vocals
Dennis Hartog - guitar
Bastiaan Brussaard - guitar
Mathijs Brussaard - bass
Toep Duin - drums

Other reviews

» Creative Killings
by Arto Lehtinen

» The Carnage Ending
by Peter Atkinson

» The Post-Apocalyptic Servant
by Aaron Yurkiewicz

» The Post-Apocalyptic Servant
by Helias Papadopoulos


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