There’s a lot to be excited about when it comes to Sinsaenum’s second album, and a fair bit of that is due to how strong last year’s Ashes EP was. Even for as inessential as it was – a couple of new cuts packaged with some previously-released bonus material – it remained a solid death metal release all the same, and as an introduction to many to Joey Jordison’s ventures into more extreme material (as well as some extra star power brought along by members of DragonForce and Mayhem), it was arguably what was needed for Sinsaenum to maximise their impact.
That’s all well and truly capitalised upon with Repulsion For Humanity as well; for everyone who became enamoured with Sinsaenum’s approach on Ashes, here’s more of the same, just an hour’s worth. And again, this is pretty much just as good as last time, not revolutionising the death metal formula by any means, but dark and heavy enough to remain enticing, if not entirely all the way through. That’s the only significant problem with Repulsion For Humanity; it’s technically fine, but given how little Sinsaenum stretch their legs throughout, it hits a point of running on fumes that’s hard to avoid, especially given the meaty runtime and especially with how much of a slog it can be to get through longer tracks like My Swan Song or Forsaken.
For death metal junkies content with simply another high-quality fix though, this is pretty much a no-brainer. There’s a heft emblazoned in the guitar work in its absolute best moments, hitting the near-perfect cross-section between mid-paced stomp and a slightly more complex edge on Final Resolve and I Stand Alone. Meanwhile, the title track and Sacred Martyr embrace speed and venom without ever falling fully off the rails like so many before them have fallen victim to. There’s the constant sense of Sinsaenum being a well-oiled machine while keeping the whirlwind danger and anger running at full capacity. Even if it lacks any real breathtaking moments, there’s enough credit to be offered for a band running with enough efficiency to make their aims work. Attila Csihar’s vocals seem to have dropped the black metal affectations from Ashes but there’s still a presence that’s impossible to ignore, and Jordison’s drumming comes across as the most limber and technically-minded that it has in a long time.
And at the end of the day, while Repulsion For Humanity isn’t going to be heralded as a genre classic, it’s definitely still good. It’s openly flawed in how it becomes crippled under its own ambition on the same token, but for a no-frills death metal experience that only needs the strength of its performers beyond anything else, Sinsaenum are doing a good job here. Cut it down to just the highlights and this could be something really special; as it stands now though, it’s still worth sinking a bit of time into.
For fans of: Deicide, Aborted, Katakylsm
Words by Luke Nuttall
‘Repulsion For Humanity’ by Sinsaenum is out now on earMUSIC.