December 1, 2022

Sinnery – Black Bile Review

Label: Exitus Stratagem Records (EXSR)

Genre: Thrash Metal

Release date: September 16, 2022


Line up:

Alon Karnieli – Vocals/Guitar

Idan Kringel – Guitar

Saar Tuvi – Lower

Matan Carlos Mandelbaum – Drums

List of tracks:

1 – The Burn

2 – Black bile

3 – Who will be eaten first

4 – Separate

5 – Antitribu

6 – A bite of nails

7 – Hanging in the Sun

8 – Dark

9 – Down here

10 – Holes

Sinnery was formed in 2012 in the city of Herzliya, Israel and they have already released an album ‘A Feast Of Fools’ which I have never heard but based on this release I will be getting some copies pronto .

Their influences are pretty obvious – old-school thrash with a hint of death metal too. “The Burning” leaves you in no doubt that these guys came to fight. He is fast, furious, aggressive and full of energy. The title track lets off the gas a bit with a huge chug fest and a quick double kick from Mandelbaum, then “Who Will Be Eaten First” continues the big old-school thrash feel – which is very Machine Head and Rob Dukes Exodus era with gang-style backing vocals. “Sever” comes across as some of those creepy Slayer bits and ends up stomping on you with a malevolent smile on your face. ‘AntiTribe’ tears up just before getting spooky again on ‘Mouthful Of Nails’ blasts and grinds to a medium beat. “Hanged From The Sun” goes one step further and allows Karnieli to show another side of his voice besides the screaming stuff. He picks up the pace after a minute and forty and it keeps you going. “Bleak” is another bass-held banger from Tuvi before the acoustic comes out on “Here Below” not for long, as the power chords come in and we’re off on another total thrasher. The final cut “Holes” has another acoustic intro before building on a jagged riff and more double kicks.

I’m old enough to have seen bands like Metallica, Anthrax and others perform live in small venues in London. I’m also a big fan of new wave thrash like Dust Bolt, Lost Society, etc. Sinnery is a welcome inclusion with their aggression, energy and obvious hunger. They might border on Death Metal a bit with the vocals, but that’s okay. With Matt Hyde (Machine Head, Trivium, Slipknot) having mixed and mastered this beast, you know the sounds are going to hit you. A great sophomore effort – please keep fighting!

Rating: 9/10

Reviewed By: Smudge

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