Sinister – Creative Killings – Review


Creative Killings (Hammerheart/Martyr)
by Tim Den

I’ll never forget the first time I saw Sinister live, opening for Cannibal Corpse back in ’94. After dishing out five or six songs and failing to incite any interest from the crowd whatsoever, the vocalist draped his hair over his mic-holding-hand and growled “Jesus is a faggot,” hoping to garner praise from the packed room of “sick headbangers.” What he got in return was everyone cracking up and mock shouts of “brutal” and “killer.” I was laughing so hard that I was almost able to ignore their brand of straight-forward death metal. Almost.

As far as I know, I was the only person who gave a shit when their debut, Cross the Styx, came out in ’92. I thought it sucked then, and I still do. I didn’t even know the band existed past that humiliating Cannibal Corpse show I witnessed. Anyway, here they are again, playing easily dismissable, run-of-the-mill death metal with a new vocalist (a girl). Should you care? Only if you can travel back in time to see the look on the vocalist’s face that night in FL.
(PO Box 42323 Pittsburgh, PA 15203)