Emerging from the most vile and foreboding parts of Kentucky, Sinistrum comes wielding their ruthless craft. Although the band itself is new, its members have a proven history in the world of extreme metal, having demonstrated their prowess in Abominant, Fornicus, Blood Curse, Coffin Stench, and more. After teasing the world in 2022 with their Trichotomy of Death demo EP, Sinistrum has focused their killer fury into their first full-length album: Infernal Dawn.
Infernal Dawn features 10 tracks of sharp and biting death metal meant to get your blood boiling and have you seeing red. However, it is also packed with a number of epic and melodic twists that hone that rage into something grand and grotesque. On February 2nd the album will be released digitally, on cassette tape by Morbid And Miserable Records, and on CD by Adirondack Black Mass. A vinyl edition will also be produced by Adirondack Black Mass at a later date. In the meantime, a lyric video has been released for the title track so that all may sample its monstrous glory. Take heed and be prepared for the incoming death metal storm!
ALBUM: Infernal Dawn
LABEL: Morbid And Miserable Records / Adirondack Black Mass
RELEASE DATE: February 2, 2024
GENRE: Death metal
FORMAT: Vinyl, CD, cassette, and digital
Recommended for fans of: Pestilence, Hypocrisy, Nunslaughter
- Infernal Dawn
- Abomination Rising
- Godforsaken and Bleeding
- Legacy in Barbarity
- Death Omen
- Morbid Reality
- Deus Mortis
- Malicious Imprisonment
- Hordes of Hell
- Traverse the Swarm
Scott Briggs – Vocals
Garrett Netto – Guitar
Timmie Ball – Guitar
Mike May – Bass
Craig Netto – Drums
|Hey guys, it’s great to see that you initiated a plentiful creative process! As a relatively new – but not a beginner – band, what kind of motivations have you developed? What news are in Kentucky right now?
Sinistrum in its current lineup has been a band for almost four years. Before that, Sinistrum existed as a three-piece featuring Scott, Mike, and Timmie. Not many people know that. When Craig and I joined in 2020, we had already been in bands with the other guys (Effigy, Abominant, etc) and Scott produced and recorded music from those previous bands. From the start, we were all comfortable and set out to build upon the legacies of our previous bands, but also take Sinistrum a step further. The scene in Kentucky is extremely unique, so we were inspired to branch out of our typical soundscapes and try new things.
After all, musicians in a band must always have an “approximately common” vision to produce quality results. How easily does that work for you? What does the songwriting process look like?
The vision of Sinistrum is to make fresh, pummeling metal. We have a variety of different vibes in our songs (thrash metal, black metal, death metal, etc) but the bottom line is that every song is heavy; every riff serves the purpose of waking up the crowds when we play live. Scott handles all of the lyrics and vocal melodies, while Timmie and I write (most of) the music. When a song is written in its basic form, Mike and Craig play a big part in arranging/structuring the parts.
The “Trichotomy of Death” EP was your first release in 2022. These three songs introduced us to your frightening death metal cave. What do we need to know about them? For whom they might be interesting? For whom they might make pleasant moments?
Trichotomy of Death was a great introduction to Sinistrum’s style of metal, and those songs laid the foundation for what we’d try to capture on Infernal Dawn. “Death Omen” went through many writing drafts until Mike suggested it having the big, epic outro it has now, which broadened our writing palette greatly. “Deus Mortis” was originally written in 2017, when Sinistrum was a three-piece. In 2020, the song was reconstructed almost completely to fit better with the other material we were writing at the time. “Malicious Imprisonment” was the first song we wrote as a five-piece band, and it has a lot of twists and turns. Musically, we didn’t know what direction we wanted to go in, so we went in all of them!
Fortunately, your full-length “Infernal Dawn” album is already round the corner and will be released on the 2nd of February. These songs already sound a lot better, and I think they are very good. How much have you changed? How did the songwriting process differ?
Thank you! The reaction to Trichotomy of Death let us know we were on the right track for a full-length, so the songs on Infernal Dawn are much more tightened up and well-thought out. We’ve been playing the songs from the album live and they seem to go over really well with the audiences, which tells us we’re doing something right!
Furthermore, you already have even newer songs! Is it possible that the next release will be out in a year? How different do you think it will be?
Yes, we do have more songs on the burner. There’s about five or six songs completely finished right now, and three or four more that are about halfway finished. The next release could come out in a year, but that depends on how much we can perform live in support of Infernal Dawn – we want the album to have as long of a lifespan as possible before putting out new music. As far as the differences in material, these new songs are pretty far away from Infernal Dawn. I don’t want to reveal too much about them, but we really like them. They’re really focused and melodic.
How much opportunity do you have to play live? What are your ideas both in terms of concerts and the band?
We take things show by show. There’s not a big touring market in the midwest/Kentucky area but we love jumping on opportunites when we get them. Sinistrum supports our friends in local bands, and we have had the pleasure of performing with some of our favorite bands from Kentucky. We do what we do because we want people to resonate positively with our music, so all of the support and kind words we’ve received mean the world to us.
Thank you for your answers and I hope you’ll get far with Sinistrum!
Absolutely! Thanks for having us.