Album Review – Sangue Cassia – Sinistro

 

Sinistro is a Portuguese doom metal band and Sangue Cassia is their third album.

So, compared to some of the other doom metal bands that I’m aware of, Sinistro is far more ambient.  I think this can, in part, be attributed to lead vocalist Patricia Andrade, who lays powerful, but often lilting vocals down on top of the band’s power riffs. But even then, Sinistro is not afraid of the synth, for example.

I liked their second album, Semente, when I discovered it, but it had trouble sustaining itself for a full album (one 11 minute song ended with 5 minutes of the same riff, in a kind of unrelenting way). Sangue Cassia is an improvement on Semente. Now, I don’t speak Portuguese, so their lyrics might be the most inane thing ever, but when Andrade’s voice is souring over the gutteral thrum of the band, they sound great.

I will warn you, this is a doom metal band, and they live up to the reputation that I feel doom metal should have of having at least a couple extremely long songs. Sangue Cassia has tracks that are 11, 8, and 10 minutes long. But they seem to have overcome their previous issues with how to handle that and these very long songs don’t feel like a slog to me.

Recommendation: Buy It

Songs I have a Playlist for: Lotus, Vento Sul, Nuvem, Ferida

Songs I would Thumbs down: None

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