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Cross The Styx Limited Edition, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks

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Sinister - one of the most underrated death metal acts of the 90's metal scene. Today, after releasing eight LPs and one DVD, Sinister can proudly stand next to such giants as Deicide, Cannibal Corpse, Morbid Angel and Death - their music is the sheer def

1. Carnificina Scelesta
2. Perennial Mourning
3. Sacramental Carnage
4. Doomed
5. Spiritual Immolation
6. Cross the Styx
7. Compulsory Resignation
8. Corridors to the Abyss
9. Putrefying Remains
10. Epoch of Denial
11. Perpetual Damnation
12. Outro
13. Barbaric Order [Live][*]
14. (Enslaved the Weak Intro) [Live][*]
15. Enslaved the Week [Live][*]

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  • Audio CD (August 11, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Metal Mind Productions
  • ASIN: B002BANC3Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #386,372 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Arnold on August 3, 2009
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It is such a shame these albums are out of print through Nuclear Blast records; but more than 15 years after I first purchased the import CDs and these albums crushed my speakers, the MP3 format still continues to bring the beast that is Sinister to my computer speakers. Both these albums are classic examples of what made Sinister sucn a force to be reckoned with...heavy guitar sound, guttural vocals from somewhere in the lower intestines, and explosive blast beats and double bass drumming that never relent. Diabolical Summoning is one of my alltime favorite death metal albums, and from the crushing bass lines of Sadistic Intent to the final blasts of Mystical Illusions, it leaves me with a huge smile on my face. All the tracks on this release are my favorites. This is death metal at its best. Clocking in at just over 34 minutes, this album always leaves me wanting more. Thankfully, Cross the Styx is also included.

Their debut is nothing short of being absolutely magnificent. One can feel their body cracking as if being stretched on the rack during the opening Carneficina Scelesta. From the blast beats and heaviness that defied their sound takes over in Perennial Mourning. The production on this album is top flight, courtesy of Alex Krull of Atrocity who also offers some backing shrieks on the title track. My personal favorites are Perennial Mourning, Spiritual Immolation, and Perpetual Damnation. Their debut was nothing short of breathtaking, and never left my stereo or Cwalkman. Diabolical Summoning is still a little more mature sounding than Cross the Styx; but nonetheless is a worthy sophomore effort. Cross the Styx is still an awesome debut and illustrates all the Sinister hallmarks that made them a brutal force to be reckoned with. Best of all, both albums on one release makes it a real value for the wallet. These are mandatory listening for any death metal fan who loves brutal, explosive music. Awesome debut and followup.
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Traditionally, the country of Holland may not have had quite as many underground bands as say the U.S. or the U.K., and they may not even have ever been the ones to necessarily start any given scene. All they seem to do is enter even just one band into the running that serves to perfect the craft and become ultimately even better than their competitors from elsewhere in the world. In 1983 Amsterdam's B.G.K. did it for hardcore punk. Sinister, I believe, did it for death metal on their debut full-length and the album being reviewed, 1992's "Cross the Styx."

I remember the old Relapse mailorder catalog from the '90s used to describe this LP as a cross between "Butchered at Birth"-era Cannibal Corpse and Terrorizer's "World Downfall." That's actually not far off, and why don't we throw in a little "Harmony Corruption" from Napalm Death for good measure. So, Sinister may not have been true innovators in the strictest sense of the word, and yet, in that unique Dutch way, I believe they surpassed the level of many of their influences on "Cross the Styx." In so many ways, this remains the perfect death metal album. Why? Because all the performances are brilliant, and what it lacks in originality it more than makes up for in pure and unadulterated aural chaos and viciousness. From the classic torture and chains intro and outro, courtesy of co-producer Alex Krull, to the onslaught that follows, this is an album that doesn't stop battering the listener's senses and consciousness from the moment it starts and then on throughout the duration of the full, nearly 40-minute LP. Mike van Mastrigt's vocals probably did take a cue or two from Chris Barnes, but few frontmen have ever growled with such seething hatred as Mike does on this record.
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By esthomas on December 1, 2014
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From 1992 to 1996, the underground metal scene became over-saturated with death metal bands. It almost seemed at times that the entire metal scene was transforming into a death metal extravaganza. The only real problem I had with this was that even though many of the bands coming out were pretty decent, the real jewels of death metal would become buried among countless other bands fighting for any kind of attention they could get. Unfortunately, one of the many victims of this was Sinister. I have always believed that simply on the merits of "Cross The Styx" and "Diabolical Summoning", that Sinister should have been bigger. Maybe not the biggest, but I believe that Sinister should have at least stood toe to toe with Morbid Angel and Cannibal Corpse.

My reason for saying that Sinister should have been bigger is because of how well I believe they perfected the old school death metal sound. These guys didn't try to be more technical then Death, or try to be more satanic then Deicide. Sinister just decided to take all the elements which make up Death Metal and make it into something straight-forward and brutal while also being complex enough to keep it from sounding one dimensional. In other words, both "Cross The Styx" and "Diabolical Summoning" are true testaments to just how fierce and unrelenting the old school death metal sound could be.

Yes I know. Everyone has their opinion as to what is good and what is not so I know I can not speak for everyone. I can however suggest that if you haven't heard these two albums and you are looking for some really good old school death metal, then give these two albums a listen. You might be impressed. Or maybe you won't.

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