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Siniestro - Arctic Blood Award winner

Arctic Blood
by "Metal Mark" Garcia at 05 January 2019, 12:59 AM

The last two to three years are showing a new way into Metal: the mix between influences from many genres to find new ways and musical possibilities. This is defying all those who try to sound as in the past, because to be different from many others is the main driving force from this new trend, or maybe is the reinstatement of a deeper truth: you can’t be as the others, you must be yourself. And a fine example of what these word mean is the work of the Swedish trio SINIESTRO, for their four-song EP “Arctic Blood” is here to open new paths.

What is heard on their songs is a blend between elements Black Metal (from Nordic Black Metal, to be clear), Thrash Metal with Punk Rock influences, and even some parts influenced by Melodic Death Metal School can be heard clearly (as “Exitium Vivorum Omnes” shows clearly). On their songs pulses an excellent work, with a very good technical insight, charming modern melodies and a brutal (but elegant) aggressive energy. And it sounds great, fresh and new, being personal in this way. On the sound quality of the EP, one thing is sure: they had a hard work, but the helping hand from Dino Medanhodzic (mixing) and from Jens Bogren (mastering) created something clear, brutal and aggressive in the due proportions. And the EP sounds clear as well, presenting very good instrumental tunes on all tracks. Yes, it sounds great, indeed!

Four excellent songs are waiting to be discovered by Metal fans. “Arctic Blood” is a song filled with excellent instrumental technique and great guitar riffs (deeply influenced by Death/Black Metal acts); “Pesten” is short and bears very good rhythmical work (bass guitar and drums are really doing a fine work on this one); the clean and almost Country/Folk intro of “Exitium Vivorum Omnes” is just to warm up thing, because the Melodic Death Metal influence becomes evident on the guitars, and the contrast between guttural voices and high-pitched screams is amazing; and on “Strength & Pride”, the tempos slow down, allowing the melodies to become more evident, without losing the aggressive insight of the band’s identity.

The fans with complain about only one aspect: “Arctic Blood” is too short, because as it ends, you want more and more from SINIESTRO. So a new album is demanded, because they’re truly good and creative.

Originality: 10
Songwriting: 10
Memorability: 8
Production: 9

4 Star Rating

1. Arctic Blood
2. Pesten
3. Exitium Vivorum Omnes
4. Strength & Pride
Commander - Guitars, vocals
BassRiot - Bass
The Machine - Drums
Record Label: Black Lion Records


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