SINISTER - Afterburner (NUCLEAR BLAST - CD 2006)
If I can be honest, I kind of lost interest in Sinister music in recent years. This band is very productive, I know that, and released quite many albums. But I just stopped caring for them at some point, maybe because each next album was "just another Sinister" and none would get even close to the greatness of such "Cross the Styx" or "Hate". debut LP shows everything the best this band has ever had to offer - killer songs from start to finish, truly incredible riffs, one of the most evil and vicious death metal of the 90's. I love every fuckin sound from it. Obviously, it's not the only album from Sinister discography I like, but it's the one, which is best for me.
I think that the last Sinister record, which really stands out for me is "Afterburner". Released in 2006, it was a true return to form, especially after that pile of crap, which "Savage or Grace" was. It also introduced a new line up, in which Aad switched from drums to the vocals, and new drummer filled in. It's one of those albums, which I can say presents the highest quality, without any seconds of fillers or boredom. And in many ways, I like to think that "Afterburner" is just as good as "Diabolical Summoning" or "Hate", so it's worthy successor of these albums and an important piece of this band's discography.
That it is Sinister, not any other death metal band, you can notice right from the very first song. Sinister is a band, which always had its own style and identity, which you cannot mistake with any other act. And it's awesome that despite the line up changes, especially the guitarists, "Afterburner" still sounds like classic Sinister, so the new members learned this style perfectly. On "Afterburner" you can hear all these specific, vicious and aggressive riffs, all these characteristic arrangements, song structures and ideas, which follow the recipes first created on the demos and early records. What's great is that "Afterburner" instead of sounding repetitive and tired, still sounds fresh and fantastic. Every song bursts with passionate energy and power that shall crush the walls. Every song is filled with impressive, killer (fairly technical, yet memorable somehow), I love the feeling they have and how memorable, yet aggressive this stuff is. This whole content is nicely diverse, tempo wise there's plenty of fast, as well as slower parts and what I love is that there are even some melodic bits included here and there, what gives the music an extra flavour. Oh, just check "The Grey Massacre" and how brilliantly they included that well know musical theme there. Killer result and fantastic song. Check also "Flesh of the Servant", which has a bit of Nile- type of harmony. you can hear that Sinister tried to include some different ideas, which would make their style fresher and not so repetitive... And they did it incredibly well, in many songs here.
And finally I am happy to say that Add did great job as a vocalist, surely better than Rachel , who didn't sound brutal enough for me. I have just nothing to moan about here, for me this is just one of the finest moments in Sinister career. I really recommend it. If only the artwork for it was better... I hate that crap on it.
Standout tracks: "The Grey Massacre", "Flesh of the Servant", "Afterburner"