Echoes of the Tortured

SinsaenumEchoes of the Tortured
One of the bigger metal projects to have come out in recent times is the conglomeration of death, power, black and nu metal musicians known as Sinsaenum. The band features, most notably, ex-Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison, but he's joined by Frédéric Leclercq (Dragonforce), Sean Zatorsky (ex-Chimaira), Stéphane Buriez (Loudblast), Heimoth (Seth) and one Attila Csihar (Mayhem).
If you were expecting Slipknot, well, you've come to the wrong place, as Sinsaenum is an epic and blackened musical journey that makes the aforementioned nu metal darlings sound like ad jingles in comparison. To really put this beast into perspective, one need only hear the third track from their debut, Echoes of the Tortured. "Splendor and Agony" sounds pulled from Morbid Angel's Domination album, but evokes contemporary bands such as Goatwhore and Aeon in bits and pieces.
And that's just one track. The 23-track affair (ten of which are purely instrumental) pays homage to many of the big names in extreme metal — Vader, Behemoth, Paradise Lost, Dimmu and Satyricon, to name a few. It's immediately clear that these guys know how to write a song, as every track dissects the best parts of what makes the aforementioned bands so special while adding their very own twisted brand of extremity. This is the album Zyklon should have released after their 2006 swansong, Disintegrate. (earMusic)
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