Sinsaenum only announced their formation two years ago, but they’re already as many albums into their career with ‘Repulsion For Humanity’. Despite being a relatively new band, the members include veterans of the scene such as Frédéric Leclercq (DragonForce), Attila Csihar (Mayhem, Sunn O)))), and Joey Jordison (Slipknot, VIMIC).
Their debut ‘Echoes Of The Tortured’ was full of segues, whereas there are none on ‘Repulsion For Humanity’. The title-track gets us going, with tasty and interesting guitar licks throughout. The song certainly packs a punch, and serves a great statement of intent.
On the surface it seems like Sinsaenum just wanted to get together and make some good old-fashioned death metal, but this isn’t just any old death metal album. The more noodly guitar lines that appear out of nowhere in ‘Final Resolve’ could be on a SikTh or Animals As Leaders record, differing considerably from the Pantera-esque groove offered at the start.
The arpeggiated guitar line in ‘Sworn To Hell’ is the first time that we hear the borderline-gothic tinge to this band. The call-and-response vocals in this track are also notable. This technique is present in plenty of moments across the album, but it’s particularly strong here.
The band’s slower, atmospheric side is further explored in ‘Manifestation Of Ignorance’, which is assisted by church bells as well as a croon reminiscent of Pete Steele, and ‘I Stand Alone’, a brooding number which thankfully isn’t a Godsmack cover. In addition to this, they can also provide a punk-like rager in ‘Sacred Martyr’.
With an album title like ‘Repulsion For Humanity’, there’s really no need to question the band’s intentions, especially when ‘Nuit Noire’ has the no-holds-barred roar of “Fucking everyone in this world” and the blistering solo, which again comes in surprisingly, is a highlight.
The fact that Sinsaenum can explore more many avenues and make this album flow seamlessly is testament to their talent, and also ensures that this escapes the trappings that often prevent records like this from standing out. The album length just about exceeds the one-hour mark, and songs like ‘My Swan Song’ and ‘Forsaken’ unfortunately outstay their welcome, despite the latter track’s many merits. Yet, in spite of this, you never truly feel like switching off.
Supergroups comprised of big names can generate cynicism and produce varied results, but Sinsaenum have delivered an expansive record which more than matches the pedigree of their members.