By: Steve Fallows

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Released on July 29, 2016 via earMUSIC

After leaving / being fired from Slipknot in late 2013, drummer Joey Jordison took some time out to deal with a neurological disease that threatened to end his illustrious career. Now back to somewhere near his old self, he has reappeared with not one but two bands. Sinsaenum was one of those bands, and immediately the most interesting due to the backgrounds of the other members. Drawing from all corners of the metal world, Jordison joined with founder and Dragonforce bassist Frederic Leclerq, as well as Mayhem vocalist Attilla Csihar alongside Loudblast’s Stephane Buriez, Seth bassist Heimoth and Chimaira / Dååth vocalist Sean Zatorsky.

The album opens with the atmospheric horror score feel of ‘Materialisation’, a track that slowly builds up the tensions and prepares you for the first full track in ‘Splendor and Agony’. This is an old school death metal monster of a track that invokes memories of the likes of Vader and Deicide amongst many other nineties favourites. From this it returns to the instrumental ‘Excommunicare’, which moves from the horror feel of the opener to something you would expect on a black metal record. The ten instrumentals on the record move between both influences with maybe the exception of ‘March’, which is a self explanatory military beat with some accompanying muddy sounding distorted bass thrown in for good measure.

When the band do get going, they really are a force to be reckoned with. Nothing in the way of gimmicks, just full on antagonistic violence. There is no doubting the abilities of any of the artists involved, but they fact they have each brought something from their other bands and put it together so well shows that maybe this is a lot more than just a “supergroup” side project. ‘Inverted Cross’ is as vicious as Deicide at their height, but it also brings in some different ideas during the solos, without taking anything away from the initial assault. “Army of Chaos’ is another that brings back a lot of memories of the whole Scoot Burns and Morrisound Studios era.

It’s a shame that the album is broken up so much. A lot of extreme metal albums have instrumental intro’s and outros, and there are some that have something in the middle to break up the album, but to have ten of the twenty tracks takes the edge off the fine work in between. It seems to interrupt the whole flow of an otherwise fine album. When you finally get use to how the order goes, they stick two full tracks together before going back to the same pattern as before until the end of the record. At first, with so many shorter tracks on it, I was maybe expecting something of a grindcore album. This is a good album, but by losing a few tracks it could have been a bit special. Will be very interesting to see what they do next.

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