Much can be said of Dutch death metal outfit Sinister, particularly about the glacial pace at which they continue to evolve. Over the past 26 years, the band has enforced strict adherence to the Floridian death metal aesthetic and, for better or for worse, shown little deviation from it with their latest full-length, The Post-Apocalyptic Servant. One might inquisitively ask if that's a truly a bad thing because sticking to a one-dimensional sound often suggests consistency. Sinister has, after all, explored every nook and cranny of death metal and grown comfortable enough with the style to have the planets align for strong release after strong release.
But will they yet again?
With The Post-Apocalyptic Servant, Sinister serves up the expected wall of sound, but a fundamental flaw surfaces shortly after the album kicks off: the songs are too similar to one another. Looking to past and recent Sinister material for inspiration, the track list makes it no secret that it borrows heavily from what has been done before, which normally wouldn’t detract significantly from the final product. Here, however, the inspiration is so deep seated that one would be hard pressed to find an aspect of the record that hasn’t been beaten to death by the time the first track lays down the album’s direction.