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Album Review

Creative Killings is Sinister's first album featuring the band's new singer, Rachel Heyzer (formerly of Occult). Despite what some might think, her vocals are actually very in tune with the death metal style circa 2001. And although the band has been accused of hiring her strictly for publicity reasons (there are very few females in the genre), she is probably Sinister's best vocalist up to this point. The band sounds great on this album, chugging along with songs that combine the best elements of its previous releases (i.e., great riffs and savage playing) with a production style that had not been tried before. Sounding like Rick Rubin's work on Slayer's Divine Intervention, the clearer sound and tighter drums really emphasize the solid music found here. The album does suffer a little from going long, a problem that most of the albums in the genre are guilty of. Luckily, the music changes up just enough to keep it from dragging the album down too far, making for an engaging listen. Fans of death metal should know that this is one of Sinister's best releases; the group has definitely made a lot of progress and singer Heyzer is not just a publicity magnet.


Formed: 1989 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Sinister got its start in 1989 when death metal was just starting to gain momentum around the world as a movement. Signing to Nuclear Blast in 1991, they would go on to release five albums between that time and 1998, when they left the label. Moving to Hammerheart Records the next year, they found a new singer in Rachel Heyzer, making them one of the only death metal bands with a female vocalist. Their first album with her, 2001's Creative Killings, was their sixth altogether. The band broke up in...
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