Sinister carry on their illustrious career with their fourteenth release, Deformation of the Holy Realm. A disappointing paint by numbers death metal album, it leaves a lot to be desired. However, there are some shining moments, and the album is not completely creatively void.
If you’ve heard a few death metal albums in your day then you know exactly what you’re in for when you start this thing up. Mile a minute blast beats dominate the sound while technically impressive yet emotionally hollow guitar work fiddles around above it. The vocal flavor is guttural, with some slight variation keeping things from mind numbing territory. The album really isn’t bad, but really doesn’t offer anything of distinct interest.
There are a few moments of entertainment throughout the album. The introduction and the interludes feature a very distinctive classical sound. The orchestrations are fresh in comparison to the overdone sound of the album proper.
Throughout the album there are musical allusions to religious practices which do make for brief peaks of interest.
Personally, I just didn’t have the patience for this one. Just a bit too much of the same ol same ol. Death metal purists may delight in the familiarity of the sound, but anyone thirsty for just a little more will find the release wanting.
Release date: May 29th, 2020
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