Here’s a reprint of my review of the new Darkane album that ran in Metal Hammer.
THE SINISTER SUPREMACY
Inspired by the part of our psyche which makes good people do bad things, The Sinister Supremacy is the sixth album from Swedish melodic death/progressive thrash five-piece Darkane and it’s a record which sees them in a ferocious frame of mind. Their first new material in five years, the opus also features the return of singer Lawrence Mackrory (who performed on their debut record Rusted Angel) and the presence of their prodigal son has definitely put a fire back in their bellies. Calling to mind a mix of Chuck Billy, Chester Bennington and mid-period James Hetfield, the frontman’s vocal gymnastics adds excitement to the likes of The Decline and Existence Is Just A State Of Mind and strings, mandolins and keyboards all help stretch the band’s sound, creating a darker, heavier atmosphere throughout. The title track is a classic in the making thanks to a super-fast melodic riff which will leave no head un-banged,while the creepy but cool piano and strings-led instrumental Hate Repentance State is an interesting detour and a welcome part of an album that was worth the wait.