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Ashes EP

EAR MU­SIC Joey Jordi­son’s star-stud­ded crew get back in the sad­dle

When Sinsaenum re­leased

their de­but al­bum, Echoes Of The Tor­tured, last year it was one of the rare oc­ca­sions when the re­sults of a band dubbed a ‘su­pergroup’ were ac­tu­ally pos­i­tively lauded for their mu­sic, rather than just the sum of their parts. Lis­ten­ing to Ashes it’s ap­par­ent that much of their suc­cess lies in har­ness­ing the in­di­vid­ual sum of their parts and show­cas­ing them within an ex­treme metal frame­work, so, ob­vi­ously, Joey Jordi­son’s in­stantly recog­nis­able OCD kit at­tack per­fectly fits that ap­proach, as does Attila Csi­har’s croak­ing, screech­ing vo­cal tics. But the man who gives Sinsaenum that lit­tle some­thing ex­tra is Dragon­force gui­tarist Frédéric Le­clercq. He can pen as mean a death metal riff as any­one, as ev­i­denced on the bru­tal Kings Of The Des­per­ate Lands, but drops in pock­ets of the kind of bom­bas­tic flair that makes his main band such a dizzy plea­sure. When ev­ery­one in­volved is locked in to­gether, like on the frankly men­tal 2099 (Heretics), Sinsaenum truly are an ex­cit­ing propo­si­tion. If they could main­tain this level of con­sis­tency through­out this would be a world-class re­lease. Un­for­tu­nately, they don’t gel in so co­her­ently all the way through. Luck­ily the fact that this is a six-track EP stops Ashes from out­stay­ing its wel­come, and when it does end it ends on a re­mas­tered ver­sion of Dead Souls from Echoes Of The Tor­tured, which sounds rawer, sharper and more bru­tal than it did pre­vi­ously. Take that form into the stu­dio for the sec­ond full-length and we could have a clas­sic on our hands.



Sinsaenum: a re­ally su­per su­pergroup

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