The story of ‘Syncretism’
Sinister music can be described as traditional Death Metal, dark and brutal. Blast beats and polka’s and also with slow parts. But most important, Sinister makes real songs with recognizable structures. With respect for the past without capitulation to the commerce or current trends. Of course, Sinister sounds continuously evolves all the time and to develop in what they are good at DEATH METAL.
HMA: Next month you have ‘Syncretism’ out on Massacre Records, tell us about the writing sessions.
Aad Kloosterwaard: Bastiaan wrote seven songs and the other songs were taken care of by Ricardo. In general, Bastiaan makes some demos with guitar and drum computer. He sends it to us and then we rehearse the song, maybe changing some things here and there. When everyone is satisfied with the arrangements Bastiaan makes a guide and click tracks for the studio. I check the click tracks if it’s cool and playable for me. Finally, Adrie makes his vocal arrangements and he will make pre-productions in Slovenia to hear if it sounds all cool. Now with Ricardo we might write more songs together in the rehearsal room. We will see how this will work out. I can’t wait to think and work about new patterns and riffs!
HMA: Considering the ‘Syncretism’ is your 13th record, would you say that you have a solid process in place?
AK: First you need motivated people in the band. And of course, you need the skills and dedication of all band members. And very important, you need at least one good songwriter. The production/producer is very important. You have to know your style and what sound fits best. For Sinister, the current modern digital sound with programmed instruments doesn’t fit. We need the darkness of real instruments, although the sound is pretty balanced. The artwork determines the final product, in a way that, if you don’t like what’s on your plate, probably you don’t wanna eat it. Discussions and arguing about minor things is killing!
HMA: Can you tell us about Sinister lyrics?
AK: In general you can say that the lyrics are about blasphemy and against God believers and all the shit they bring to the world. But lyrics are not about politics or social issues. ‘Syncretism’ is about the amalgamation or merging of dark faiths. So “the dark side” merges and becomes bigger and bigger, till the time is there to overrule the conventional faiths. That’s the story of ‘Syncretism’.
I like the beauty of sickness in a way that you can write whatever you want, think about, without any compromises. Your deepest and sickest thoughts can be written on paper. And I know everyone has them, no one excepted. I am lucky to write death metal lyrics and to have the opportunity to share my fantasy. But I don’t have compassion with the established order or world. And the same counts for artists making the artwork. In a way, I think what we do is art. And artists are free to express themselves in any way we want. We are not hurting anyone, I am a normal guy, with a pretty good job and so are most of the death metal fanatics. They live their own life without hurting anyone. It’s like boxing or so. It is good to express yourself and to make brutal music, art and/or listening to it.
HMA: Does Sinister have a common theme throughout your albums?
AK: In general lyrics are about “the dark side” and blasphemy. But ‘The post-apocalyptic Servant’, for instance, was a concept about the future after the apocalypse, where mankind changed into mutants in a world ruled by evil gods creating pain and suffering for all survivors. In this setting, all kind of things happened. I always think about the second layer or subject/theme underneath the lyrics while writing. It is not just putting some nice words on paper. Of course, they must be sick because we don’t make pop/rock music and with love themes.
HMA: What can you tell us about your cover artwork?
AK: The art should fit the music. Like a dinner which must be served or presented on a way you want to eat it. ‘Syncretism’ was made by Alexander Tartsus shows perfectly the story of ‘Syncretism’. Fanatical believers… whatever, are walking to the bridge, gathering, while all demons are flying out in the sky. In a sort of way, they are merging (Syncretism), and creating a blanket of evil to spread the darkness, plagues and sickness over these creatures. In the background, the Church, smeared with blood, now becomes the pantheon of doom.
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