SINISTER REALM - WORLD OF EVIL (Shadow Kingdom Records)
(Review by Stefan)
By the grace of US Classic Heavy Metal - here’s the third and new album from Allentown, Pennsylvania based Sinister Realm ! As a US Metal maniac, the band’s self titled debut album and follow up “The Crystal Eye” got very good ratings at the end of both reviews written by myself. Basically I grew up with this kind of music more than thirty years ago and the urge to keep listening to this genre has remained… it will never be banished from my life. I was very curious to Sinister Realm’s third album, yet I was assured in advantage that they won’t let me down.
Meanwhile, I have listened to their new album “World Of Evil” a few times and have to say that Sinister Realm just delivered its best effort up to date. They have made significant progress on all fronts and based on that, they can only grow to the top in their further existence. Nothing to do with the nowadays so called modern Metal movement, these Americans stays true to the old school which is, according to my own will, a very good matter.
As known from their previous albums, Sinister Realm is still able to maintain a good balance in their songs rephrasing as a beautiful blend of Classic Heavy Metal and Doom Metal. Fans of Candlemass, Cloven Hoof, Atlantean Kodex, Black Sabbath (Dio era), Iron Maiden, Manilla Road, Judas Priest can purchase “World Of Evil” with confidence. Shadow Kingdom Records can be proud releasing such a fantastic album including a full coloured, murky image of the grim reaper finding its way to the cemetery. That shows the dark side of the texts the band serves across the entire album.
Opener ‘Dark Angel Of Fate’ got me by the throat right away! As usual and as known from the band’s older stuff, singer Alex Kristof still knows how to please me with his strong and stable throat and true fact is … the man’s voice is still improving definitely. I really like the man’s way of singing, he became one of my favourite frontmen from the last few years. This first song was built on a steel-hard surface and let me enjoy a stubborn song structure featuring pulverizing Classic Heavy/Power Metal guitar riffs, beautiful detail cared leads, thundering bass lines and relentlessly hard drums. All in all, Killer song to me !
“World Of Evil” has a few songs on board that deserve my preference such as ‘Bell Strikes Fear’ for instance. Mighty good vocals based on the foundation of True Classic Heavy Metal music, definitely a wonderful track that sticks to my soul for quite… the full implementation is quite right and feels real good. Want to hear a long distance runner? Check out the epic highlight ‘Four Black Witches’ and its 9 minutes of playing time. There are keyboards added to this song and based on that, good old Rainbow/Deep Purple vibes linger on. Focussed on the vocals and main character of this track, the memorable days of R.J. Dio used to know from his glorious era with Black Sabbath/Rainbow and Dio fame linger on. What a great song! Fans of this fallen God Of Metal, also the title track and ‘Ghosts Of Nevermore’ are waiting for all of you to check out – lay an eye of the official ‘World Of Evil’ video right HERE. Another highlight to enjoy is calling ‘Prophets Of War’. In some ways, Manowar influenced but it’s not fully copied, let that be clear. Epic True Heavy Metal delivered as mouthy, melodic and powerful as Eric Adams & Co did back in the days… the rest belongs to Sinister Realm themselves. Not a simple copy of their idols, just influenced and that’s it.
“World Of Evil” has become a great and worthy effort, even better as I expected. This album breathes pure 80s Metal so those on the hunt to get their thrills by a modern sound will be displeased mercilessly. Sinister Realm pays a tribute to the good old Heavy Metal tradition and I will raise my bucket of beer to that ! Purchase right on at: http://store.shadowkingdomrecords.com/ check out Sinister Realm at: http://www.sinisterrealm.net/
My Points: 88 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish