Sinister - _Aggressive Measures_
(Nuclear Blast, 1998)
by: Paul Schwarz (
Sinister use a formula similar to the one used by Malevolent Creation on 1992's _Retribution_ to construct this latest offering of brutal death metal. The sinister (pardon the pun) intro is followed by a relentless volley of pummelling, percussive riffs, vocal lines and drum thwacks. Sinister are no match for the likes of Malevolent Creation in the consistency department; they pen some good riffs ("Beyond the Superstition" highlights this fact), but they also fall prey to many a boring guitar line (the title track, "Emerged With Hate") and the one-facedness of the vocals does little to help. The rhythm section is more than competent but does little creatively to assist the overall effect, or lack thereof. Sinister have done better than this, as have many greater bands, but there is still a mean streak and a number of good riffs present which place Sinister far above the mass of mediocrity which dwells at the bottom of the death metal scene's collective barrel.
(article published 2/13/1999)
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