Never let the bassist write your riffs. That's the lesson to be learned from Sinister's third full-length release -- though first without seasoned guitarist Andre Tolhuizen. Imagine a whole album of rhythm tracks with nary a lick, solo or melody in sight and you have a sound image of why Hate marked the beginning of the end for the Tolhuizen-less Sinister: like the recordings that follow it, Hate is all rhythm and no soul.
Notes: Stick with the first two Sinister albums, Cross the Styx and Diabolical Summoning, but avoid the 2009 digipack releases from Metal Mind, a label known for its low-quality, cash-grabbing reissues.
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