If you hear about side projects or even alleged “all-star bands”, you cannot help but roll your eyes, but don’t jump to conclusions when it comes to Sinsaenum, an extreme metal beast that is, from the get go, bound to turn heads. This sextet may draw its sonic power from renowned names, but these are first and foremost friends joining forces when it seemed the most logical thing to do.

Frenchman Frédéric Leclercq, virtuoso bass player of London-based Power Metallers DragonForce, concocted the acoustic nightmare on Sinsaenum’s first album. “I’ve been a death metal fan ever since and wrote some of these songs in 1998 already, so it’s something I always wanted to do,” says the multi-instrumentalist, who sticks to the guitar on this venture. “There was never the right time though, nor did I find the proper people to pull it off.” Eventually, Frédéric started looking for a six-string companion on his journey into the darkest discipline of metal. When he asked compatriot Stéphane Buriez, a French scene icon with Loudblast for 30 years, the front man, who is an accomplished producer and incredibly versatile player himself, immediately agreed. 

However, it was only after an unexpected message from the US when things began to take shape. “Joey Jordison sent an SMS to ask what I was up to, so I told him about those death metal songs.” After the former Slipknot and current VIMIC drum wizard had heard the demos, he wanted to know whom Frédéric had recruited to beat the skins. As there was nobody yet, he eagerly suggested adding his own ferocious style. Joey also had the idea for the name Sinsaenum, a fitting combination of the words “sin” and “insane”.

When it came to choose a voice for the trio’s godless tunes, it actually ended up with two, the main criterion being “death metal with a clear enunciation.” The first was no other than Attila Csihar from Norwegian black metal legends Mayhem and drone masters SUNNO))), another long-time acquaintance of Leclercq’s and Jordison’s too, notorious for his many registers ranging from tortured screams to throat singing. Sean Zatorsky from NWoAHM titans Dååth and Chimaira became the other vocalist, a touring pal of the guys with a growl both aggressive and articulate in the tradition of Morbid Angel’s David Vincent. With another countryman of Frédéric’s – Heimoth, the brain of eclectic extremists Seth – on bass, the picture was completed.

15. September 2017Sinsaenum
Sinsaenum and earMUSIC are pleased to announce the release of “Ashes”, the brand new EP by Frédéric Leclercq and Joey Jordison’s extreme death metal project.
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