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Sinister - Afterburner
Review: Personnel shifts now have a new guitarist and drummer, while previous drummer Aad switches to vocals, and not surprisingly the band changes toward more what they teach guitarists to do for death metal these days -- fast melodic riffing and then very basic, like cutting a loaf of bread, rhythm riffs which use the muted strum to emphasize a mid-paced rhythm that underscores the melody.
It works too well, because it's about where creative efforts stop, and the resulting lack of focus on mating form to content allows this band to essentially remake the best heavy metal riffs of the 1970s in an updated rhythmic/textural style that does not enhance them, nor do they fit within it. Something about this album resembles a bin of prosthetic limbs, all fit to different people, and coming together on nothing other than their basic form, which imitates the absent wearers. However, for those who want basic rock/metal technique, this album showcases it creatively and in a more extreme form than most will find.