SINISTER continue their evil ways with their second release featuring Rachel on vox. I am not going to play a compare and contrast game here between Angela Gossow and Rachel. It's mixing apples and oranges. Those that are looking for Melodic Death Metal should stop reading this review now!!!
Rachel is frightening as she could put many men to shame in this genre. Her vokills are deep and deadly. You would never guess that a woman is capable of such an evil personality when she takes over the mic. SINISTER continue to make uncompromising music and still have that 90's Death Metal vibe that once made the genre so famous. The guitars are rough and raw along with some serious drumming. I feel sorry for the drum heads and cymbals.
That is fine and dandy, but there is a minor flaw and that is the production. It seems to be just a little under produced and comes off sounding a little harsh. A band can sound brutal all they want, but if you have a bad mix then your overall sound could be lost and the people won't be able to get the same feeling that you (the band) got while creating this. Just a little more time at the board should have taken place in order to make this CD sound much better that what is presented here.
This is traditional Death Metal. The way is was meant to be. No mercy for the weak here as the band makes no apologies for what they are about to do to you. You have been warned!
If you can bypass the bad production, the CD is not bad overall performance wise. (Online October 6, 2003)