Starting in 1989, SINISTER was a band arising in the middle of the Death Metal hype. Mike, André, Aad and Ron were joining forces and the SINISTER sound was born. After releasing a demo, which sold about 1500 copies, a promo tape followed. Sending out the promo to various labels resulted in signing up with Nuclear Blast Records in 1991. Their debut CD "Cross The Styx" saw the light in early 1992, and sold many copies worldwide.
Many live shows all over Europe followed. Touring with bands like Suffocation, Cannibal Corpse and Deicide increased the number of people knowing SINISTER. In the years after that, SINISTER succeeded in maintaining their popularity by releasing their second and third album "Diabolical Summoning" (1993) and "Hate" (1995), and doing many live shows all over Europe and a
very successful tour with 55 shows through the US.
At the end of this period, Death Metal got less popular, lots of Death Metal fans switched over to Black Metal, Gothic and other atmospherically music. SINISTER never thought about playing other music than their favorite; Death Metal. Some years passed and the band released their mini-CD "Bastard Saints" (1996), and played a few live shows. Several line-up changes followed, and led SINISTER to write their most aggressive, brutal and intense album so far, "Aggressive Measures" (1998).
This time their presence in Death Metal paid off. Death Metal is back, where for SINISTER it never left. The response from fans and critics were good. SINISTER sold lots of albums and played lots of good shows, of which a short US tour and good festivals like Wacken Open Air, Milwaukee Metal Fest and Czech Dynamo blessed their way. Yet the cooperation between SINISTER and vocalist Eric didn't work out very well, which lead to Eric's departure in August 1999. SINISTER was searching for a new singer. After some serious tryouts with different singers, Rachel came out best and the band started concentrating on the next record. "Creative Killings" was released on Hammerheart Records in September 2001. Shortly after the release, guitarist Bart decided to quit the band. A replacement was found in Pascal. The album was promoted with shows in Russia, Belarus and a tour across the rest of Europe, consisting of 26 shows.
In 2002 SINISTER decided to join forces again with Nuclear Blast. The result was the release of their album "Savage Or Grace". The album was massively promoted through shows in Mexico, Columbia and a two week tour with Cannibal Corpse across Europe.
After a short split, SINISTER reformed in March/April 2005 due to letters from the fans around the world. A slight change in the line-up happened, though. Former bassist Alex Paul moved to guitars, drummer Aad moved to vocals and newcomer Paul to drums. After the recordings of "Afterburner", several promotional gigs, and after launching DVD "Prophecies Denied", Paul left the band in late 2007 to pursue other interests.
A new record deal was signed with Massacre Records for an album to be recorded in May 2008, titled "The Silent Howling" with Edwin van den Eeden on drums.
The "Legacy Of Ashes" album, recorded in 2010, would be the last with Edwin and Alex. After shows in South Africa and Russia, the band parted ways with them because of different opinions in the band.
Aad didn’t hesitate and immediately called his mates from the band project Absurd Universe; Toep, Bastiaan, Mathijs and Dennis. Bastiaan, Aad and Toep already knew each other from the band Supreme Pain. Toep and Dennis knew each other from their cooperation in former bands, like Putrefied.
Bastiaan and Mathijs are brothers. So, putting this band together again with these guys, was just as logical as it could probably be. In 2011 SINISTER started with the recordings of "The Carnage Ending" at Soundlodge with Jörg Uken. The band had to prove itself more than ever, after yet another serious line-up change. But the reactions were amazingly well and positive. With this record, the band was back on track. Fans were even comparing it to "Cross The Styx" and the beginning of SINISTER. Also with booking agency D19, SINISTER was able to play big shows and festivals like the 70.000 Tons Of Metal cruise, Hellfest, Extreme Hate Festival Brazil and
Eindhoven Metal Meeting.
After touring the Balkans and many festival shows in Italy and Germany, SINISTER did not rest but started writing songs for the monster album "The Post-Apocalyptic Servant", a CD which can be considered as the fastest and hardest work ever from SINISTER. In 2014 recordings at Soundlodge were completed and SINISTER started to promote this CD with a tour in Australia and many club shows in Europe. The critics were excited about the album!
After launching the 7" EP "The Unborn Dead" - containing two cover songs of Novembers Doom and Grotesque - in 2014, SINISTER recorded a complete cover CD to celebrate the existence of the band for 25 years, not counting the breakup for two years. This CD was entitled "Dark Memorials" and came out in 2015, and received great responses!
Heading for a new CD in 2017, Mathijs was forced to leave the band due to personal reasons and not much later the same applied for Bastiaan. Luckily Alesa (Aad’s wife) was able to help the band with their mini tour in Brazil and some other great festivals in 2016 as Summer Dying Loud in Poland, Albania, and so on. With Ricardo Falcon on guitar SINISTER is on full strength again,
both for the live shows and to work on the new songs for "Syncretism", as Bastiaan will be on
the bands side to take responsibility for the 2/3 of the guitar parts on "Syncretism".
In November 2016 the album recordings were done at Soundlodge with Jörg
This majestic, dark album with 100% pure Death Metal will be released in
In 2017 SINISTER will also play at great festivals, such as Netherlands Deathfest, In Flammen Open Air, Speedfest, Rockstadt Extreme Fest, MetalDays, Metalmania, Obscene Extreme and many more!
To start with a steady line-up for all shows and the future, Ghislain van der Stel has been recruited to join the squad! SINISTER is more than ready to destroy, and they hope to see you all!
Hail the beast!
"It's a new story of sacrilege. Sinister is here to support the amalgamation of
dark religions and rituals. The killer riffs, pounding drums and extra
dimensions provide this dark atmosphere! Wait for this majestic delivery and
convince yourself - this is Syncretism! This is Death Metal!" – SINISTER
• 18.02.2017 NL Amstelveen - P60
• 04.03.2017 NL Tilburg - 013 (Netherlands Deathfest)
• 22.04.2017 PL Katowice - Spodek Hall (Metalmania)
• 20.05.2017 FI Hyvinkää - Villatehdas (Steelfest Open Air)
• 05.-09.07.2017 CZ Trutnov - Battlefield (Obscene Extreme)
• 07.07.2017 DE Torgau - In Flammen Open Air 2017
• 23.-29.07.2017 SI Tolmin - MetalDays
• 01.-02.09.2017 DE Nauen - Freilichtbühne (Rock For Roots)
Additional tour dates are already planned.
1990 - Putrefying Remains/Spiritual
1991 - Sinister EP
1991 - Sinister/Monastery Split EP
1992 - Nuclear Blast Sampler (Split) EP
1992 - Cross The Styx
1993 - Diabolical Summoning
1995 - Hate
1996 - Bastard Saints MCD
1998 - Aggressive Measures
2001 - Creative Killings
2003 Savage Or Grace
2006 - Afterburner
2008 - The Silent Howling
2009 - Prophecies Denied Live DVD
2010 - Legacy Of Ashes
2012 - The Carnage Ending
2014 - The Post-Apocalyptic Servant
2015 - Dark Memorials
2017 - Syncretism
Adrie Kloosterwaard - Vocals
Toep Duin - Drums
Ricardo Falcon - Guitar
Dennis Hartog - Guitar
Ghislain van der Stel - Bass Guitar
Adrie Kloosterwaard - Vocals
Toep Duin - Drums
Bastiaan Brussaard - Guitar
Ricardo Falcon - Bass Guitar
Dennis Hartog - Guitar
2. Convulsion Of Christ
3. Blood Soaked Domain
4. Dominance By Acquisition
6. Black Slithering Mass
7. Rite Of The Blood Eagle
8. The Canonical Rights
9. Confession Before Slaughter
Digipak Bonus CD
1. Unhallowed Blood
RUNNING TIME: 48:19 Minutes (CD),
61:78 Minutes (Digipak)
GENRE: Death Metal
HOME COUNTRY: Netherlands
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