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Review: Sinister - Legacy of Ashes
Legacy of Ashes

Label: Massacre Records
Year released: 2011
Duration: 37:42
Tracks: 9
Genre: Death/Thrash

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: January 27, 2011
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Legacy of Ashes

Rated 3.94/5 (78.75%) (16 Votes)

Let me be honest up front; I’m not much of a Death Metal fan. But, as my ears have been opened to Black Metal in recent years, I figure there might just be room for the other big, extreme sub-genre.

The Netherlands’ Sinister has been around for over 20 years and their most recent album, Legacy of Ashes, is their ninth. What awaits you, after a pretty cool spoken word/instrumental intro, is just over 35 minutes of angry and aggressive Death Metal with a heavy Thrash influence. It was for this reason I found Legacy of Ashes rather easy to appreciate, coming, as I do, from an 80s metal background. The playing is tight, the blast beats are kept to a minimum and the harsh vocals of Aad Kloosterwaard are quite understandable, with a bit of effort. On the downside, the songs are not particularly remarkable and none stood out from the pack, but all are sufficiently heavy with a great, crunchy guitar sound.

I don’t know how much fans of either the more brutal or the more melodic strains of Death Metal will get out of Legacy of Ashes. But if you’re like me and just starting to explore Death Metal or if you’re a big fan of Thrash, this is a solid release.

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