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CD review SINSAENUM "Ashes"

Veröffentlicht am 31. Oktober 2017 von Markus W. in Sinsaenum, Joey Jordison, Frederic Leclercq, Black Metal, Death Metal, News, ear Music, Ashes, EP, CD Review

CD review SINSAENUM "Ashes"

(8/10) Time is flying. It’s already more than a year ago when death metal supergroup Sinsaenum released the highly anticipated debut “Echoes of the Tortured”. In order to keep the hellish fire burning the guys put more wood on the fire with a new EP that will hit the shelves on November 10th. And what name would fit better for such a disc than “Ashes”.

This EP is a metal purgatory. The quintet recorded three new songs for this release, each of them coming with an angry, dark and merciless vibe. The new tracks stand for a shifting level of aggressiveness adding more sonic brutality to Sinsaenum's sound. 

It’s the title track the kick-off this journey into the abyss. A furious riff in combination with bloodcurdling growls set the tone of voice for the next 26 minutes. The title track belongs to the faster songs. However, it comes with some well-done breaks too, reflecting the musical experience of everybody involved. Sinsaenum aren’t nobodies. Frederic Leclercq, Sean Z., Attila Csihar, Stephane Buriez, Heimoth and Joey Jordison have a long track records in metal, being or having been involved in bands like Slipknot, Mayhem and Dragonforce. Combining this metallic fire power in one band allowed the guys to create songs that reflect their passion for harsh metal, but also to take things from a wider perspective.

“Ashes” is a continuation of what started with the self-titled EP more than a year ago. However, the quintet evolved their music with some more black metal getting to the forefront. Especially “2099 (Heretics)” reflects this a lot. What’s obvious with this tune is the musical filigree craftsmanship that’s, next to the wildness, another substantial element of this five-piece band.

Besides the three new songs this EP comprises three more songs. “Degeneration” and “King of the Desperate Lands” are two Japanese bonus tracks while the closer “Dead Souls” got a remix done by Frederic Dusquesne.

“Ashes” shows that Sinsaenum isn’t a 'one hit wonder'. These guys are not just a  project for one album, they are a band and more exciting music can be expected from this powerful metal outfit.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Ashes
  2. Monarch of Death
  3. 2009 (Heretics)
  4. Degeneration
  5. King of the Desperate Lands
  6. Dead Souls

 

Label: earMusic

Genre: Death Metal

Release Date EU: November 11th, 2017

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New SINSAENUM EP in November

Veröffentlicht am 1. Oktober 2017 von Markus W. in Sinsaenum, earMUSIC, News, Extreme Metal, Death Metal, Joey Jordison, Attila Csihar, Frédéric Leclercq

New SINSAENUM EP in November

Extreme metal band Sinsaenum, being the brainchild of Frėdėric Leclercq and Joey Jordison, will release a new EP beginning of November.  The title track is already unveiled and is entitled "Ashes".  The EP comes with a running time of 30 minutes and includes, amongst others, three brand new songs. Release date is November 10th via earMUSIC.

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CD review SINSAENUM "Echoes of the Tortured"

Veröffentlicht am 27. Juli 2016 von Markus W. in Sinsaenum, Slipknot, Dragonforce, News, CD Review, Death Metal, Black Metal, Heavy Metal, Mayhem

(8/10) Sinsaenum is the brainchild of Dragonforce guitarist and bass player Frederic Leclercq who has since many years a certain passion for death metal too - a genre not really covered by his main band. While being responsible for the four strings at Dragonforce Leclercq switched to the six strings with Sinsaenum.

It took a while till he got together an entire band/project. The first one joining the French musician was guitarist Stéphane Buriez from Loudblast, followed by nobody less than x-Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison who was looking for some new challenges. It was also Jordison who came up with the idea of Sinsaenum, a hybrid of 'sin' and insane'. I think these two words hit bulls-eye, leading to a band name that fits.

The role of being the frontman is split up between two great singers, growler, and shouters. Mayhem singer Attila Csihar adds a new dimension to Sinsaenum's sound. His powerful, desperate and sometimes moaning vocals are a perfect counterpart to Sean Zatorsky (Chimaira, Dååth) screams and aggressive growls. These two guys seriously rock. The line-up was completed by bass player Heimoth and Sinsaenum was ready to go.

The songs on "Echoes of the Tortured" are heavy and complex. The band doesn't sound oldschool at all and they are neither playing death metal the Florida-style nor Scandinavian style in its purity. In one or another way the guys, probably based on all their experience, build an own death metal expression that brings together various influences to a great total.

The album starts with "Materialization", an instrumental prologue for what comes next; the brutal "Splendor and Agony". The raging death metal track is a real start into an exciting album. After such breath-taking beginning "Excommunicare" follows, which another interlude. 

You might have asked yourself, why this longplayer come with 21 songs. In the end it’s a bit less, since there is a constant switch between death metal smasher and interlude, something that gives the entire album a sort of arc of suspense.

On of my favourites on "Echoes of the Tortured" is called "Army of Chaos". Musically the song is actually pretty well structured and less chaos. The joy with this tune is that it's kept in a more moderate pace, has a real groove and feels like a sonic steamroller. 

The Sinsaenum also doesn’t hesitate to add some acoustic elements to their sound proves "Condemned to Suffer" which starts slowly before it turns into a metal blast.

One of the most anarchic tracks on this longplayer is "Anfang des Alptraums". Yes, it got a German title which means 'Beginning of the Nightmare". It's a fast one that keeps the foot on the pedal, still including some melodic guitar lines and leads.

Last but not least the album can be seen as one unit since the songs are all belonging together, telling a story based on an idea of Leclercq, with contribution of each band member. The fact that song are divided into separate parts by some intermezzos gives "Echoes of the Tortured" almost a soundtrack expression. At least the album is creating some cinematic pictures, your own mind movie, transported by the various tracks.

Sinsaenum are more than just a project or a one-time all-star collaboration. These guys are still hungry, something that is a very positive news for fans of modern death metal.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Materialization
  2. Splendor & agony
  3. Excommunicare
  4. Inverted cross
  5. March
  6. Army of chaos
  7. Redemption
  8. Dead souls
  9. Lullaby
  10. Final curse
  11. Condemned to suffer
  12. Ritual
  13. Sacrifice
  14. Damnation
  15. The forgotten one
  16. Torment
  17. Anfang des Albtraumes
  18. Mist
  19. Echoes of the tortured
  20. Emptiness
  21. Gods of hell

 

Label: Peccatum Records

Genre: Death Metal

Release Date EU: July 29th, 2016

CD review SINSAENUM "Echoes of the Tortured"
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CD review SINSAENUM "Sinsaenum" EP

Veröffentlicht am 6. Juni 2016 von Markus W. in Sinsaenum, Slipknot, Dragonforce, News, CD Review, Death Metal, Black Metal, Thrash Metal

(8/10) Oh my God, this name is a crackjaw. Who on earth should keep this band name in mind? Maybe it will be there sound that is more exciting than having the right pronounciation.

So, who is Sinsaenum? This band is the result of merging Slipknot with Dragonforce. Joey Jordison and Fred Leclercq teamed-up, supported by growls like Sean Z (Dååth, Chimaira) and Attila Csihar (Mayhem). This sounds like a blast.

The guys are in blackened death metal that is quite raging and furious. Actually I had to think about the musical inferno the two 'mother bands' create while I was listening to this first two track EP.

The first album "Echoes of the Tortured" (release date July 29th) is in progress but Sinsaenum couldn't resist to unveil a first teaser in the form of this release.

Two tracks are featuring this EP and both are interesting and well done. They might not lead to endless enthusiasm, but it's obvious that these guys know what they are doing and it's definitely exciting stuff we get served.

"Death is the Beginning" is the first tune. It's full-speed-ahead number that creates a intesive blast, spice things up by well placed breaks. "The Forgotten One" kicks in next. Guitar lines and leads remind of the earlier Slayer, something that makes this tune to a hellish sound experience.

This teaser makes hungry for more. The fullength album will be released end of July until then, enjoy the EP.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Death is the Beginning
  2. The Forgotten One

 

Label: earMUSIC

Genre: Death Metal

Release Date EU: June 6th, 2016

CD review SINSAENUM "Sinsaenum" EP
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