Sinister - _Savage or Grace_
(Nuclear Blast, 2003)
by: Xander Hoose (
Sinister has a long record of getting rated 7 out of 10 by my colleagues at CoC, with the exception of a 7.5 for their last album. Although I tend to hold Sinister's _Hate_ album in a somewhat higher esteem than that, I more or less agree with the conclusion that can be drawn from this trend: they're definitely not bad, it's just that they're not that good. With _Savage or Grace_, Sinister continue nicely along this path. Some of the songs show a slight increase in technical skill compared to some of the previous albums, but the (female) vocals tend to blend in with the wall of sound. Almost on purpose I would say, as if they realize that Rachel isn't the best of death metal vocalists, but having a female singer is a big asset when it comes to live performances. Ah well, having seen them live more than once I can't really blame them for it. _Savage or Grace_ (in its meager thirty minute glory) is an album that won't conquer any new souls and remains faithful to the old ones. A safe pick, but definitely no recommendation.
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