Sinister – The Carnage Ending

by Brett Stevens
April 10, 2013 –

sinister-the_carnage_edingIf you can imagine a hybrid between older Grave and Centurian, you have the essence of the new Sinister, which like side project Houwitser specializes in fast, simple riff-fests that evoke ancient feelings of ornamented function like the spires of historical castles.

Like fellow high-speed metal legion Angelcorpse, the songs on this album rush forward with unrelenting speed and battery but slow down for moments of melody or artfully-suggested pauses, like a knight resting on the crest of a valley before battle. Many of these riffs will be familiar patterns, not just from death metal but types of melodies famous in other ages.

To keep that from being overwhelming, The Carnage Ending features many of the fast and aggressive chromatic riffs that build tension and heighten energy in the way they did on the first three albums. While this album is not as carefully put together as Cross the Styx, and has more redundancy among riff types, it maintains its memorable moments in a sea of high-energy blasting.

The Carnage Ending erupts from a pure old school death metal background and does a more than credible job of rendering itself. Some of the chaotic material on here seems offhand, but the songs have been trimmed back so that they are expressive and not disorganized. The result is hard-hitting, raging death metal from more than one former age.

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3 comments

  • bitterman

    I remember watching Death is Just the Beginning vol.3 all the time. Gorefest, Amorphis, Dismember, Hypocrisy… and Leviathan by Sinister. What a brutal band. I thought Hypocrisy and Sinister were going to take the Deicide style of death metal further. Well, look what we have here. Funny thing is, Rachel (their one time female vocalist), Aad’s wife left the band because she was sleeping around with her now current husband Bart, their former vocalist. You see, after Hate they made “redneck death metal” like Divine Empire. You play redneck metal, you get redneck problems. This band once had a bright future ahead of them, but when Cynic is your opening band on a tour, you can’t expect the audience to be awake to know this.