Album Reviews

Sinner – Santa Muerte Review

Released by AFM Records

Release Date : September 13th, 2019

Genre: Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Hard Rock

 

Line Up:

Mat Sinner – Bass, Vocals

Tom Naumann – Guitars

Giorgia Colleluori – Vocals

Alex Scholpp – Guitars

Markus Kullmann – Drums

 

Tracklist:

1. Shine On

2. Fiesta Y Copas

3. Santa Muerte

4. Last Exit Hell

5. What Went Wrong

6. Lucky 13

7. Death Letter

8. Craving

9. The Wolf

10. Misty Mountain

11. The Ballad Of Jack

12. Stormy Night

 

 

Sinner is a heavy metal band formed in 1982 by German bassist and singer Mat Sinner, known also as one of the founding members of Primal Fear. The German act has been through major lineup changes through the years with the participation of big calibre musicians, such as Herman Frank (ex-Accept), Uli Kusch (ex- Helloween) and Alex Beyrodt (Primal Fear) ad even though they have been through periods of inactivity, they have managed to release more than a dozen studio albums. Their upcoming record via AFM Records entitled “Santa Muerte” is essentially based on the passion of their leader for creating music of great quality and accepting many challenges on the road to innovation.

This new record features Giorgia Colleluori as a permanent singer of the band and there are also some important guests to mention for what the vocal parts are concerned: Ricky Warwick (Black Star Riders, Thin Lizzy) and Ronnie Romero (Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow) give a hard rock style to “Santa Muerte”.

The opening track “Shine On” gives a great start off to the album thanks to the strong melodies in combination with the powerful vocals of the Italian frontwoman. The Chilean frontman is featured on the first single “Fiesta Y Copas” and the atmosphere gets more of a Latin celebration of rock that continues with the title track, where the listener can assist to an excellent guitar work and a Latin speech at the verse of the song. As listening goes further, the record unveils a heavy metal duet between Sinner and Colleluori entitled “Last Exit Hell” with a strong catchy chorus “Last train to Heaven, Last Exit Hell” together with excellent heavy guitar and bass riffs and melodies. This could be considered the absolute highlight of the record, but there are still more surprises to unleash as the songs scroll on: it’s time for an amazing hard rock track “What Went Wrong” brought to the next level by the great rough vocals of Ricky Warwick providing even more quality to the solid composition of the song. There is a lot of variety of sounds in this album and the fresh rock tune “Lucky 13” is another proof of that matter, followed by a modern version of “Death Letter”, a traditional song where the Italian singer reveals her full vocal range in the company of the great Swedish guitarist Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear). “Craving” and “The Wolf” are two mid-tempo hard rock tracks, even though the second one has heavier guitar riffs.

The final section of the record includes the groove sounding rock ballad “Misty Mountain” which leads to a speed ending with “The Ballad Of Jack” and a wonderful closing track: “Stormy Night” is the proof of the great harmony between male and female vocals in another powerful piece of exciting guitar solos and an atmospheric ending. “Santa Muerte” is an album of fresh and great quality compositions and a great variety of sounds which fills the listener with enthusiasm and positive energy, a combination of experience, innovation and love for the music by some of the biggest names in the field.

Ratings: 8/10

Written by: Katerina Paisoglou

My Global Mind – Staff Writer

 

 

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