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Sinner – Touch of Sin 2 Review

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Released by: AFM Records

Release Date: Out Now!!!

Genre: Heavy Metal

Links: http://www.matsinner.com/

 

Line Up:

Mat Sinner – Lead Vocals / Bass

Alex Beyrodt – Guitars

Christof Leim – Guitars

Alex Scholpp – Guitars

André Hilgers – Drums’

 

Tracklist:

1. Born To Rock

2. Comin’ Out Fighting

3. Bad Girl

4. Knife in My Heart

5. Concrete Jungle

6. Don’t Believe a Word

7. Shout!

8. Germany Rocks

9. Danger Zone

10. Emerald

11. Blood on the Sand

12. Lost in a Minute

13. Masquerade

14. Heat of the City

 

Sinner is one of those bands from back in the day that if you knew who they were then chances was good that you loved them. Hailing from Germany (seriously is this country not the most fertile land for awesome heavy metal music or what) and fronted by future Primal Fear bassist Mat Sinner they were the perfect mix of metal and melody, a perfect combination of NWOBHM sensibilities like Saxon with an excellent sense of AOR style akin to The Scorpions, but melding the two into what became Sinner. The band has consistently released outstanding albums since 1982, even with Mat pulling double duty with Sinner and Primal Fear.

Due out soon is a special best of set entitled Touch of Sin 2, playing off of the title of one of their classic albums, Touch of Sin. It’s special in that the members took 11 of the bands earliest tracks and re-recorded them, as well as adding three new tracks. As Universal owns the rights to their music from the early days and claim the tapes were burned in an accidental fire, Mat decided to just lock the band up in the studio, select the best of the best from the early days, and record them for the fans. As most of these songs are staples of their live show they knew there was a demand for them. Sometimes when a band does this sort of project it shows how much the band has lost over the years. However, Sinner sounds just as fresh as ever. With classics like “Comin’ Out Fighting,” “Knife In My Heart,” and “Danger Zone” as well as an excellent cover of the Thin Lizzy song “Don’t Believe A Word,” plus two other new tracks “Blood On the Sand” and “Heat of the City” adding to their already stellar catalog Sinner proves yet again that they have survived so long and are so loved by their fans because they’re simply that good.

If this is your first introduction to the band, then it’s a pretty good start. Having proved decades ago that they were a force to be reckoned with it’s no wonder they continue to forge ahead besting each previous release. Perhaps someday the powers that be will see fit to relinquish the rights to these fantastic songs to the rightful owners and the early albums will get a proper release. Until then just love their current output and enjoy treasures like Touch of Sin 2.

 

Written by Chris Martin

Ratings    Chris    9/10

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