Sunday, November 23, 2014
Sinister: The Unborn Dead (2014)
This release is a quick, two-song 7" EP. Both songs are covers with the first being a cover of Grotesque's "Ripped from the Cross", and a second, much more outside-the-box cover of Chicago-based doom metal band Novembers Doom. Both tracks are presented with the grinding bottom-heavy riffs and pounding drums that Sinister has perfected over their long career. Vocalist/drummer (?) Aad Kloosterwaard has one of the most extreme voices in death metal, sounding much more like a deep, guttural croak.
There is not much to say about the Grotesque cover. It is definitely within Sinister's wheelhouse, fast-paced, frenetic death metal. It is unsurprising that Sinister is able to handle this song capably. The much more shocking cover is the Novembers Doom cover. Sinister infuses some clean vocals to capture the mournful tone of the original track. But the band sounds a little clumsy trying to slow things down and has a hard time conveying the tragedy and loss that Novembers Doom is so well-suited to capture. Sinister should probably stick to uncompromising, lethal death metal than trying their hand at doom.
So, two tracks, one pretty good, and the other not as well-executed, but certainly interesting. It is only a two-track EP so it is only recommended for hardcore fans.