REVIEW: SINSAENUM – “Repulsion For Humanity”
With its inception being traced back to as far as 1998, Sinsaenum is a metal project that could be considered one of the dormant few super-groups releasing rare gems into the underground stratosphere of extreme music.
Regardless, the blackened death metal project is set to release their second album ‘Repulsion for Humanity’ , an 11 track record of the classic go to recipe for evil; blast beats, gain-driven chuggy riffing, and a whole lotta rage towards a species of intelligent life unnecessarily overpopulating a blue floating rock in an unquantifiable void.
The album is the result of a lot of dedicated effort by the metal supergroup, inclusive of names known from other massive acts. The majority of the album consists of writing provided by Frédéric Leclercq (Bass, Dragonforce), Attila Csihar (Vocals, Mayhem & Sunn O)))), and recently included into the brutal concoction, Joey Jordison, (Drummer, VIMIC, ex-Slipknot & Scar the Martyr). Allegedly, Frédéric received a text from Joey regarding making a project, to which what resulted was the ex-Slipknot crazy guy behind the kit adding his own fury into the sound.
Regarding the sound of the album, the 11 track record remains consistent on it’s sound; raw, monotonously droning, chill-inducing at times and very dark. Songs like the title track and “Nuit Noire” go cutthroat on the snare with it’s blastbeat-incorporated madness, yet “Forsaken” and “My Swan Song” go easy and melancholic while not compensating on rhythm with the droning melancholic like guitaring. The album is a fine culmination of fine tastes of underground metal.
However, the album is also prone to criticism, keeping its lineup in mind. Listening to the feats provided by Frédéric in Dragonforce, it’s safe to say that the writing of the record could have been way more creative than executed. The drumming, though outstanding, is not as surreal and action packed as known to be delivered by the ex-Slipknot drumming demon. What these two do working together is manifest a monotonous and predictive ambience around the songs which regular and avid listeners may easily be uncaught by. Add in the atmospheres of black metal and the speed of death itself, and what results is a textbook formula for the genre provided and delivered brilliantly by well known names in the heavy metal spectrum.
‘Repulsion for Humanity’ is a fairly well written album which though doesn’t sound redundant, could have had the scope to be exponentially better. Regardless, it is a fine listen sitting right in the middle of everything good and bad, and can still be a fan favourite. Out via earMUSIC, August 10th!