EPK – Sinnery – Black Bile (2022) (EXSR)
Publicist – Jon Asher – jon[@]ashermediarelations[.]com
“Writing Black Bile we knew more than anything that we just want the listeners to feel what we felt while writing the album. The album contains many different styles of play all while sticking to what we love about metal the most, heavy and melodic fast parts. We really tried to explore further into our inspiration’s inspiration and see where the sounds that we love came from, we mixed everything that we like to give the album a sound that is 100 percent Sinnery. All of the songs mean a lot to us, they all speak about our perspective dealing with different stuff about the world that we live in or our own minds and personal life.” – Sinnery
For fans of Metallica, Gojira, Testament, The Haunted, Sylosis
Album Title: Black Bile
Release Date: September 16, 2022
Label: Exitus Stratagem Records (EXSR)
Distribution: Sony/The Orchard
“I’ve said this many times in the past, but one of the many things I love about this business is following the progress of bands as they come of age, mature and get better at their craft. What’s not to love about paying early witness to a bunch of folks gelling and heading on an upward trajectory as they make the move towards proverbial world domination? Israeli thrashers Sinnery are one such band. Gathering their Exodus, Testament, Gojira, The Haunted and post-St. Anger Metallica influences, the quartet from Herzliya, Tel Aviv will soon be releasing their second full length, Black Bile via Exitus Stratagem Records. This new tasty little rager pops the clutch and pumps the gas on modern thrash with a grizzled edge that improves upon the roots planted with their 2016 debut A Feast of Fools and their 2013 demo, Showing Teeth.” – Decibel Magazine
“You just gotta love a band that knows exactly what the hell they wanna be. Sinnery bow to no one, instead turning heel to scissor kick you in the temple with battering ram riffs, suplexing drums, and neck-twisting vocals. You know the opening of Back to the Future where Marty McFly plays a single guitar chord on Doc Brown’s hyper amplifier and goes flying across the room from the resulting sound? “The Burning” provides the same effect regardless of the size of your chosen sound output device – you will be ragdolled and tossed around like a frisbee in a college quad by the quartet’s supreme rippage.” – Everything Is Noise
“Those of you who are hungry for some taut, frenzied Thrash metal with its nose pressed up against an actual battlefield should look no further than the Israeli four piece’s debut” – Edwin Mcfee – Metal Hammer July 2016
“…must be heard by anyone who is looking for any good aspiring thrash bands, you will absolutely find plenty of enjoyment out of this piece, and that I can promise you.” – Vintered – Metal Addicts
“It’s like we could fuse the dirty and raw aggressiveness from bands as NUCLEAR ASSAULT with the melodies presented on old works from METALLICA, and with some bits of raw power from bands as M.O.D., and a personal touch the makes “A Feast of Fools” tasteful.” – Metal Temple (2016)
“Sinnery is not about the usual metal but more about interesting and original combinations that infuse the clean with the rough while keeping it all high energy” – (Translated from Hebrew) Yoni Oren on a Sinnery live show for Metalist July 2021
“straightforward, old school, thrash worship… From its opening moments, A Fest Of Fools is utterly brimming with palpable enthusiasm for all things thrash—and that isn’t just a turn of phrase. Sinnery consistently manage to hit an impressive amount of recognizable benchmarks of the traditional thrash sound throughout their debut record.” – Metal Observer (2016)
“A Feast of Fools is a good album that shows a band full of youthful energy.” – Angry Metal Guy (2016)
“the band’s first full-length album shows off a band full of hunger and energy. The music, at its best, thrashes hard and shows off a commitment to making music that is hard and intense. Check out the way the band struts its stuff on “Built to Kill.” Other highlights include “Holy Grounds” and “Mad Dog.”” – Sea of Tranquility
BAND STORY ANGLES / FUN FACTS:
1. Up until mid recording the album Black Bile, Sinnery thought it was going to be named Hanged From The Sun, that was the first song they wrote for the album and they loved the title so it just stuck as the name of the record for a long time, but was questioned a lot about how it relates to their concept. Upon looking at all the songs they agreed that Black Bile will suit the concept better and also is a song more fitting to be a title track.
2. When Sinnery toured Russia in 2019 they played in a town called Tver and while jumping off the stage Saar broke his bass mid-gig. They were in the middle of a town they never heard of before and they didn’t know what to do, how can they continue the tour if Saar can’t play? They found a really small guitar shop on google, it was a sketchy empty street and they were the only ones there, getting lost looking for a guitar shop in the middle of heavy snow not knowing a single word in Russian. They don’t remember the guitar store name, but the guy who managed it really saved their asses, he fixed the bass in an hour’s work and charged close to nothing for it. That guy is a hero for them.
3. Carlos’s name isn’t really Carlos, it’s Matan, they can’t remember how it started, but they never called him Matan since he joined them. It’s always weird to hear people call him Matan, it feels strange for him too.
4. Yuval Kramer who produced Black Bile with the band has been a friend of theirs ever since they started, back then he used to play in a cool local Israeli Thrash metal band called Dark Serpent. They were so good that Sinnery asked him to help them to become a better band. They never knew why Yuval helped them so much since he was older than them (they were a sorry bunch of 16-year-olds). He drove hours to some of their rehearsals, answered a lot of phone calls when they asked for advice, compose orchestras for their debut album, and came to their shows. When Sinnery did Black Bile it was mutually just known that he was going to be a part of it.
5. Sinnery once opened for a big local band in a big club, they didn’t get to play a lot of big shows back then and it was really important for them to get to more of those. Only the day before the show, Alon’s commander told him that he can’t go to the show and he has to stay late at his army base. After a lot of fighting Alon just decided to leave the army base early without his commander knowing and went to the show anyway.
Album Title: Black Bile
Release Date: September 16, 2022
Label: Exitus Stratagem Records (EXSR)
Distribution: Sony/The Orchard
1. The Burning (4:39)
2. Black Bile (4:56)
3. Who Will Be Eaten First (2:38)
4. Sever (6:03)
5. Anti Tribe (3:48)
6. Mouthful Of Nails (5:46)
7. Hanged From The Sun (5:39)
8. Bleak (4:42)
9. Here Below (4:39)
10. Holes (06:08)
Album Length: 49:07
Album Recording Credits:
• All songs performed by: Sinnery
• All songs written by: Sinnery
• Produced by: Sinnery and Yuval Kramer
• Mixed by: Matt Hyde
• Mastered by: Matt Hyde
• Album Artwork by: Travis Smith
Album Band Line Up + Live Band Line up:
Alon Karnieli – Vocals & Guitars
Idan Kringel – Guitars
Saar Tuvi – Bass
Matan Carlos Mandelbaum – Drums
The album as a whole (LYRICALLY & MUSICALLY) explained by the band:
Black Bile is a journey, our journey. Realizing the worst of us and how we use that to be better. Black Bile was a hard chapter in our lives, traveling deep into our minds and pulling out everything that makes us feel bad, depressed or anything of the sort and putting it out in the open for everyone to see. While writing the album we understood the power we have when we use that bad energy for good.
It’s not about replacing bad energy with good, that’s not possible because we are who we are, it’s more about using bad energy to let some good come in. So that is the main idea behind the feel of the album and the lyrics.
Musically we tried to let the songs reflect those themes sonically, keeping it heavy and hard-hitting like a tantrum, like someone losing his shit when he feels like nothing. There are slower moments and faster ones, it’s all a part of the rollercoaster that it is to be alive in this day and age.
Track by track (LYRICALLY & MUSICALLY) explained by the band:
The Burning –
The Burning is probably the most popular song with the fans even before it comes out, the fans chant the “God bless the human race” on every show so it was a no-brainer picking it out to be the first single off of the album.
The Burning is an upbeat thrash song with many heavy and groovy moments it was perfect for the beginning of the album, to start with a bang, no introductions or orchestral intros just straight up metal from the get-go.
Lyrically the song’s full name was The Burning of Mt. Sinai and so it’s easy to know this song is an anti-religious song, coming from Israel, religion is a big part of the atmosphere where we grew up, and we are not very fond of those establishments that are more about power and money than the lessons in those books they sell.
Black Bile –
Black Bile was picked to be our title track since the whole concept of the album is being represented in the lyrics, it talks about killing the worst in yourself, all while keeping the finger pointed at the one who’s to blame – yourself.
While musically Black Bile also represents what we love about modern metal and the essence of what our music turned out to be. Heavy, upbeat banger that keeps attacking you right until the very end of the song.
Who Will Be Eaten First –
We don’t touch politics with our music, at least didn’t do it until now.
WWBEF might sound like it’s pointed at specific events but it’s more about the grim reality of that it doesn’t really matter who we chose to sit up there on the throne we, will still call it rain when he pisses right on all of us.
Musically the song was supposed to be a thrash metal banger, keeping it short and fast from start to finish, kind of a song that keeps the mosh pit fueled and intense.
We used to joke around and call Sever the ballad of the album (Well, until Holes was written). Sever is a song about being at the lowest point that you can be in and musically we wanted it to reflect that by being heavy in a different way than other songs, in a more slow-paced way.
We searched for those specific harmonies for a lot of time writing the song, so it’ll feel exactly the way it should and will sound very grim and dark to emphasize how we felt. In the end, there’s a true climax, a turning point in the life of the narrator where everything goes a bit faster and the song ends in a kind of incomplete way.
The Anti Tribe is a part of the whole Sinnery concept. It’s about the people that share our strive to be better. All while Black Bile for us is the bad voices inside our heads that keep testing us trying to keep us lazy/depressed/not productive etc. The anti tribe is all the people who like us are actively fighting those emotions and are using them as fuel to be better. No one is held accountable. No one is to blame, not God, not our families, not anyone. We are responsible for our own fate. And so the song itself is an open letter from one to itself calling himself out on all the things that he does, not letting any of the shame go to waste.
Musically it reflects just that – the fast riffing and fast pace of the song feels like an unrelenting attack, again with harmonies and melodies that we’ve written to reflect the grimness that we feel.
Mouthful of Nails –
Mouthful of Nails came out as some sort of a catchy anthem, it was the 2nd song we wrote for the album and so it had a lot of versions.
Going into the studio we felt like Mouthful of Nails might be the weakest link in the album setlist but after working on it in the studio with Yuval Kramer it really all clicked together and we realized it was just a diamond in the rough. Mouthful is a more melodic take on modern metal with fast drums and riffing but also a catchy chorus to go along with it.
Lyrically the song is about being silenced by family or environments and is sort of payback for that.
Hanged From The Sun –
Hanged from the Sun was the first song we wrote for Black Bile, for a couple of years it was even the title track of the album before the concept really took shape.
Hanged from the Sun is more of a storytelling song, the story is about a ruler or god that fell from grace and decided to paint the sky with his blood to spite his former supporters, and so he hangs himself from the sun for all to see.
The concept of the song can be seen in the artwork of the album.
Musically the song is a rollercoaster, sometimes slow and more often than not very fast and heavy. The song evolves with the lyrics as it explodes in the solo when by the story the character hangs itself from the sun. It’s the only song not sung from our perspective but from a character’s one.
Bleak is a song about us, but unlike the others, Bleak is about the intense and complex dynamics we have as a group, pushing each other to the limits and going through highs and lows, always sticking together in a very very close relationship that sometimes makes it hard on us to be friends.
Musically it is probably the “black sheep” of the album, being weirder and more experimental for us while writing it.
It’s a heavy song and more complex in its riffing but we really tried to use the right melodies and harmonies to make the listener feel what we feel, how dark it can get when you’re doing something that intensely for so many years with your friends, it can get dark.
Here Below –
Here Below always felt like some collage of everything on the album. Very fast, very heavy, moving from one part to the next pretty quickly and using almost every tool we had for writing back in those days so it has a lot of melody in it.
Lyrically the song is about existential questions, it’s about asking yourself how much you’re worth and what lies ahead for you to discover. Does it all matter if everything of your past is burnt? The conclusion of the song is that nothing really matters and the sun will set on you and me alike. We are all nothing and so we are equal in our nothingness.
Holes is a song about rebirth, it was a different take for Alon about the death of his father saying he had learned how to use his “Black Bile” to grow outside of his private hell. And so generally the song is about growing into something better than what we are. It was the last song that was written for the album and so symbolically it also closes it, as it’s a closure for the album’s concepts and it feels like the walk to the open grave at a funeral (As our producer Yuval Kramer used to say).
Musically the song is slower yet heavy (probably takes the title of the ballad of the album?) it keeps in line melody-wise with the entire project, keeping everything dark and grim so it can hit the listener right in the guts.
Forged by the love for metal and hatred for anything else, Sinnery formed in late 2012 in Herzliya, Israel. The four-piece toured Israel nonstop while entering the studio with Israeli producer Eli Pikover to record their first album “A Feast of Fools”.
In 2016, the band signed with Pitch Black Records and together released Sinnery’s debut LP “A Feast of Fools”, getting the band to play in Cyprus’s biggest metal festival “Power of The Night Fest 2017”. AFOF gained the band many new listeners receiving great praise worldwide.
In 2019, the band toured with legendary German thrashers, Tankard.
Fast forward to 2022, The band has completed production on their highly anticipated new album “Black Bile”, mixed and mastered by Matt Hyde (Machine Head, Trivium, Slipknot, Bullet For My Valentine). The album is set for release on Sept 16th via label Exitus Stratagem Records (EXSR).
Sinnery is set to conquer new grounds and get on tour starting with Romanian Festival and date in the UK in September and October.
Shared stage with:
Tankard, Oliver/Dawson Saxon, Betzefer, Shredhead
Tours and Festivals
2017 – Power of the Night fest – Nicosia, Cyprus
2018 – United Under Hate Tour – St. Petersburg, Moscow, Tver, Ivanovo, Yaroslavl, Rybinsk – Russia
2021 – IMF – Tel Aviv, Israel
2022 – Rockstadt Festival – Romania
2022 – Black Bile – LP
2016 – A Feast of Fools – LP