Metal Review: Darkane | The Sinister Supremacy (2013)

Darkane The Sinister SupremacySweden’s thrash metal outfit Darkane is back with their sixth album, “The Sinister Supremacy,” and the first item of note is the return of vocalist Lawrence Mackrory after the departure of Jens Broman for “personal issues.” The second item of note is the great cover art by Carlos Holmberg (ex-Soilwork), depicted as “a Rorschach test as seen by an individual who has completely succumbed to the sinister supremacy.”

From previous release, we know that Darkane knows a little something about playing their instruments. They notes are precise and each strike of every chord has meaning and is done with precision. One of the best displays of their rhythm guitar precision work is on Ostracized, where they effectivley use palm muting where necessary to emphasize partivular notes. Ostracized is one of the best songs on the album from the solid riffwork and vocal work to its melodic feel.

The title track, The Sinister Supremacy, is another track that comes busting out of the gates after the intro to the album sets a serene mood. The same can be said for The Decline with its slow opening into a powerful song.

Humanity Defiled is another one of the standout tracks from the album with its melodic chorus and sweet guitar lines. The solo work and rhythm work is great on this one as well as some of the great double bass work on the drums.

Overall, Darkane seems to not have missed a beat by replacing Jens Broman with Lawrence Mackrory. If anything, they appear more focused and ready to get to work.

The Sinister Supremacy Release Dates:
- June 28, 2013 in Europe through Massacre Records
- July 2, 2013 in North America through Prosthetic Records
- June 19, 2013 in Japan through Trooper Entertainment

The Sinister Supremacy Track Listing:
1. Sounds of Pre-Existence
2. The Sinister Supremacy
3. Mechanically Divine
4. Ostracized
5. The Decline
6. Insurrection is Imminent
7. In the Absence of Pain
8. Humanity Defiled
9. Hate Repentance State
10. Collapse of Illusions
11. By Darkness Designed
12. Existence is Just a State of Mind

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