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Formed: 1989
From: Schiedam, Netherlands
Last Known Status: Regrouped

Latest Sinister News

Below is our complete Sinister news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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MetalDays Tolmin Festival Reveals Running Order

The running order for MetalDays’ 2017 edition has been published today on the festival’s official website. Do you want to know when your favorite bands will be playing there and how to prepare yourself best for the party season?

Well, you can now check it out on the day-by-day line-up page of the website. Please note that this running order is preliminary and may be subject to changes in the near future.

The new map of the festival’s location has also been made available to the public. You can take note of all the changes and details by clicking here. Let us remind you that a third stage called “New Forces Stage” will make its appearance for the first time in 2017! Besides, the festival team decided to renew the project of installing a camp reserved for the single girls attending the event, among other things.


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Sinister Foretells Of A "Blood Soaked Domain"

Long running Dutch death metal act Sinister released a lyric video for the new song "Blood Soaked Domain." The song appears on the upcoming new album "Syncretism," which is due to drop on February 24th via Massacre Records.

The 13th full length studio effort is the first to feature new members: guitarist Ricardo Falcon and bassist Ghislain van der Ste, both who joined the band in 2016.

The track list for "Syncretism" is:

1. Neurophobic
2. Convulsion of Christ
3. Blood Soaked Domain
4. Dominance by Acquisition
5. Syncretism
6. Black Slithering Mass
7. Rite of the Blood Eagle
8. The Canonical Rights
9. Confession Before Slaughter More...

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1985-1995: The Golden Age of Death Metal

Death should be credited with creating death metal, at least the old school style we recognize now, as they birthed the infamous Tampa, Florida sound. Bands such as Autopsy and Obituary—two of the forerunners—would not exist without Death. Death is not the true father of death metal, though. That distinction goes to Possessed. The California Bay Area group not only played a style of brutal, vicious metal, with loads of Satanic imagery, they also coined the term “death metal” on the “Seven Churches” album.

Around 1985, albums similar to “Slowly We Rot” (Obituary) and “Mental Funeral” (Autopsy) simply did not exist. Thrash was the fasted, craziest music around. Of course Possessed has already been mentioned, but the influence of Slayer, who obviously influenced Possessed, can not be under recognized. Where Possessed was different was they used a rougher production. Dark Angel, whose drummer, Gene Hoglan, would go on to be one of the most heralded drummers in the metal biz, certainly showed a good dose of Slayer in their sound. In the beginning, Slayer was nothing more than a faster, nefarious, more solo-oriented Venom protégé. More...

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Sinister Releasing Covers Album

After 25 years of existence, Sinister is ready to release 13th album "Dark Memorials" with a steady line-up that’s going strong the last 4 years.

"Dark Memorials" is Sinister’s 25th anniversary CD and instead of recording an album with new material, the band decided to do something different for this special occasion: the album contains songs that all Sinister members loved, played on vinyl over and over again, and even played along with in the old days.

With "Dark Memorials," Sinister pays tribute to some of the band's early heroes. Due out September 4, the track listing is as follows: More...

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Maryland Deathfest Names 45 More Acts For 2016

Promoters for Maryland Deathfest have announced 45 more acts for the 2016 edition of the annual Memorial Day festival bash. Among the list - U.K. doom metal legends Paradise Lost, U.S. doom metal upstarts Crypt Sermon, the reformed Swedish death act Centinex, U.K. legends Discharge, U.S. thrash legends Hirax, soon to be defunct legends Nuclear Blast, U.K. classic metal legends Satan and the mighty Bay Area thrash act Testament.

Tickets for the event will be available soon. Head over to this location for more information.

The freshly named act list is:

The Afternoon Gentlemen (UK)
Centinex (Sweden)
Claudio Simonetti's Goblin (Italy)
Crypt Sermon
Demonical (Sweden)
Demonic Christ
Deranged (Sweden)
Discharge (UK)
Dopethrone (Canada)
Dragged into Sunlight (UK)
Gets Worse (UK)
Ground More...

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Maryland Deathfest Confirms 30 Bands For 2016

Promoters for Maryland Deathfest have announced the first slew of thirty bands for the 15th edition of the festival to be held on May 26-29, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. Among the list includes: Samael (performing "Ceremony of Opposites" in full), Venom and Exicter.

Ticket information can be found at this location.

There are still 50 bands expected to be announced, but so far the lineup looks like this:

Auroch (Canada)
Denouncement Pyre (Australia)
Deströyer 666
Gruesome More...

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Sinister Covers Slayer

Sinister has a cover version online of Slayer's song "Necrophiliac," which can be heard in the YouTube player below.

"Necrophiliac" comes off the upcoming 25th anniversary record "Dark Memorials," due to be released on June 26th via Massacre Records.

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Sinister To Release All Covers 7"

Helldprod Records & Murder Records are proud to present a new 7" from Sinister titled “The Unborn Dead."

Due out November 30th, this new platter of brutality will contain on side A “Ripped From The Cross” - a cover from the legendary Grotesque - and on side B “My Agony, My Ecstasy” - a cover of Novembers Doom.

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Eindhoven Metal Meeting Reveals Full Band Lineup

The Eindhoven Metal Meeting is very proud to announce that with the addition of In Solitude, Valkyrja, Thanatos, Skyforger, Dust Bolt, The Committee, and Miasmal, the line-up for this year's edition - set to take place December 12 & 13th, 2014 at the Effenaar venue in Eindhoven, The Netherlands - is now complete.

The Dutch all-female death metal band Sisters Of Suffocation will also perform on Friday, December 12th at the official after party at the Dynamo Club together with the cover-bands Mercyfull Fake and Forever Twisted. Entrance is free with an Eindhoven Metal Meeting ticket!

The full festival billing is as follows (in alphabetical order): More...

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Morbid Angel To Play Eindhoven

The Eindhoven Metal Meeting is very happy to welcome U.S. death metal band Morbid Angel again at this year's edition, set to take place December 12th & 13th, 2014 at the reputable Effenaar venue in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

The band will play the "Covenant' album in its entirety, followed by a shorter best-of set list. Also exclusively confirmed are Swiss atmospheric black metallers Bolzer! A few more bands will be announced soon. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

Evil Invaders
Holy Moses
Morbid Angel
Morbus Chron
One Tail, One Head
The Vision Bleak

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Sinister Posts New Album Samples

Sinister is gearing up to release new album "The Post-Apocalyptic Servant," which is due out through Massacre Records on May 23rd, 2014.

Today the label has released snippets of all the songs on the album. Hear the samples and find pre-order information at this location. The album's track listing is:

1. The Science of Prophecy
2. The Masquerade of an Angel
3. The Saviour
4. The Post-Apocalyptic Servant
5. The Dome of Pleasure
6. The Macabre God
7. The Sculpture of Insanity
8. The Art of Skin Decoration
9. The End of All That Conquers
10. The Burden of Mayhem
11. Fall From Grace (Morbid Angel Cover)
12. Deadly Inner Sense (Paradise Lost Cover)
13. Unstoppable Force (Agent Steel Cover) More...

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Sinister Announces New Release

Dutch death metal act Sinister will release the new album "The Post-Apocalyptic Servant" on May 23rd via Massacre Records. The album is the follow up to the 2012 release "The Carnage Ending" and is the band's 11th full length studio release. The new track "The Burden of Mayhem" can be heard streaming below.

The track listing for the album is:

1. The Science of Prophecy
2. The Masquerade of an Angel
3. The Saviour
4. The Post-Apocalyptic Servant
5. The Dome of Pleasure
6. The Macabre God
7. The Sculpture of Insanity
8. The Art of Skin Decoration
9. The End of All That Conquers
10. The Burden of Mayhem More...

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70000 Tons Of Metal Posts Final Lineup

The annual 70000 Tons of Metal cruise posted the final lineup of bands for the upcoming event, which kicks off Monday, January 28, 2013 at the Port of Miami in Florida. On Friday, the final six bands were revealed to be: Nightmare, Threat Signal, Anaal Nathrakh, ETECC, Steel Engraved and Fatal Smile.

The complete lineup is as follows:

3 Inches of Blood
Anaal Nathrakh
Angra (w/Fabio Lione on vocals)
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Fatal Smile
Flotsam & Jetsam
Holy Grail
In Flames
Lacuna Coil
Lizzy Borden
Metal Church More...

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Sinister Announces Album's North American Release

Holland’s death metal monarchs Sinister have now announced a North American release for eleventh studio full-length, "The Carnage Ending," via Massacre Records this November 27th. The following press release was issued about the band:

"Since 1988, the pulverizing Sinister has inundated the international death metal scene with a plethora of full-length albums, EPs, notable demos and splits amidst continuous festival performances and international touring with everyone from Suffocation to Cannibal Corpse to Deicide to Rotting Christ. Their 1992 debut full-length Cross The Styx remains a landmark album for the Dutch death scene, and notable albums like 1995’s Hate, 1998’s Aggressive Measures and 2006’s Afterburner have continually kept the band’s name in a well-respected spot over countless inferior acts.

"Despite numerous member changes and revamping of the lineup over the years, the band called it quits for several years in the mid-‘90s only to be resurrected by original vocalist Aad Kloosterwaard reformed the band in 2006. The band released Afterburner, their final album for Nuclear Blast, and signed with Massacre Records as their new label home. In 2011 Adrie was left alone and formed a brand new Sinister lineup, and recruited his allies in project band Absurd Universe, the new members having already proven their skills through acts like Supreme Pain, Consolation, Unlord, Putrefied, Lunatics without Skateboards and many more.

"The new lineup went back to the band’s roots and came up with ten brand new but old-school, modern-sounding pieces for their latest effort. The newest bloodbath in Sinister’s venerable twenty-three year history, and third album for Massacre Records, The Carnage Ending destroys anything in earshot with a potent and massive sixty-six minute dosage of the band’s respected and straightforward style, crushingly captured at Soundlodge Studio with Jörg Uken (God Dethroned, Dew-Scented, Defloration, etc.)." More...

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Sinister Streaming Samples From New Album

Sinister is going to release brand new album "The Carnage Ending" this Friday through Massacre Records. The album was recorded at Germany's Soundlodge Studios with Jörg Uken and samples off all the songs can be streamed at this location. The album features the following tracks:

01. Gates Of Bloodshed [Intro]
02. Unheavenly Domain
03. Transylvania City Of The Damned (Listen to the full song here)
04. My Casual Enemy
05. Crown Of Thorns
06. The Carnage Ending
07. Oath Of Rebirth
08. Regarding The Imagery
09. Blood Ecstasy
10. Defamatory Content
11. The Final Destroyer

Disc II [Digipak Bonus]
01. Spit On Your Grave [Whiplash Cover]
02. Succubus [Massacre Cover]
03. Swing Of The Axe [Possessed Cover]
04. Dethroned Emperor [Celtic Frost Cover]
05. Face Fate [Bloodfeast Cover]

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Sinister Streams New Track

Dutch death metal veterans Sinister is streaming the new track "Transylvania (City of the Damned)," which can be heard below. The song appears on the band's forthcoming LP "The Carnage Ending," which is scheduled for release on September 28, 2012 via Massacre Records.

The track listing for "The Carnage Ending" is as follows:

1. Gates of Bloodshed (Intro)
2. Unheavenly Domain
3. Transylvania (City of the Damned)
4. My Casual Enemy
5. Crown of Thorns
6. The Carnage Ending
7. Oath of Rebirth
8. Regarding the Imagery
9. Defamatory Content
10. Blood Ecstasy
11. The Final Destroyer

Check out "Transylvania (City of the Damned)" here: More...

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Sinister Checks In From The Studio

Sinister is holed up in Soundlodge Studio working on the band's upcoming new album "The Carnage Ending." The group has now checked in from the studio with the following recording update:

"Hail the beast! Studio update: Bastiaan and Dennis are now taking care of all guitarparts. They just finished seven songs by now!! Guitarsound will be massive and crushing!

"After that it's time for Mathijs and Aad for their contribution on this amazing and brutal album! Then it's up to Jörg to give The Carnage Ending a monstrous sound! Soon (in a few weeks) we will add a preview of the recordings including new material on youtube/facebook!"

The currently announced track listing for the new album is as follows:

1. Defamatory Content
2. Regarding the Imagery
3. The Carnage Ending
4. Transylvania (City of the Damned)
5. My Casual Enemy
6. Crown of Thorns
7. Blood Ecstasy
8. Unheavenly Domain
9. The Final Destroyer
10. Oath of Rebirth

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Sinister Enters The Recording Studio

Dutch act Sinister has officially entered Soundlodge Studio to begin the recording process for the band's new album "The Carnage Ending," due out later this year through Massacre Records. You can check out photos from the recording sessions over at the official Sinister Facebook profile. The new album's currently announced track listing is as follows:

1. Defamatory Content
2. Regarding the Imagery
3. The Carnage Ending
4. Transylvania (City of the Damned)
5. My Casual Enemy
6. Crown of Thorns
7. Blood Ecstasy
8. Unheavenly Domain
9. The Final Destroyer
10. Oath of Rebirth More...

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Sinister Reveals Cover And Songs From Album

Adrie "Aad" Kloosterwaard, vocalist for Sinister, has revealed on his Facebook page the tracklisting and cover art of the band's upcoming album. Titled "The Carnage Ending," the new Sinister album should be out by the summer on Massacre Records. Sinister has also recorded five cover tunes that should be part of a bonus disc for the upcoming album. Check out the tracklisting and cover art of "The Carnage Ending" below.

01. Defamatory Content
02. Regarding the Imagery
03. The Carnage Ending
04. Transylvania (City of the Damned)
05. My Casual Enemy
06. Crown of Thorns
07. Blood Ecstasy
08. Unheavenly Domain
09. The Final Destroyer
10. Oath of Rebirth


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Sinister To Release New Album

For the first time as a domestic release, Goomba Music will be releasing Sinister's "Legacy of Ashes," the most recent album from one of extreme metal's more iconic and enduring bands. "Legacy of Ashes" was produced at Soundlodge Studio with Jörg Uken (God Dethroned, Dew Scented, Defloration) at the helm. The disc comes as a limited edition digipak with four exclusive bonus tracks and will be available in North America on April 24th. Check out the tracklisting from Sinister's upcoming ninth album, plus the cover art below.

1. Herd Of Damnation (Introduction)
2. Into The Blind World
3. The Enemy of My Enemy
4. Anatomy of A Catastrophe
5. The Sin of Sodomy
6. Legacy of Ashes
7. The Hornet's Nest
8. Righteous Indignations
9. The Living Sacrifice
10. The Grey Massacre*
11. Afterburner*
12. Altruistic Suicide*
13. Men Down*

* - bonus track


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