Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Sinner - Crash and Burn


Sinner
Crash and Burn
Candlelight

Sinner is from Germany, but listening to Crash and Burn I’d swear the band was from England, circa 1980. The forceful but musical singing, chugging street tough riffs, fleet-fingerd solos and catchy melodies come from a suitcase stamped NWOBHM. Fistpumpers like Unbreakable, Break the Silence and the ridiculous Little Head mostly call to mind Judas Priest, UFO and Iron Maiden, but Connection is a (hopefully very deliberate) nod to Thin Lizzy and Until It Hurts is the great ballad Sinner’s countrymen the Scorpions haven’t written in years (maybe ever). If you think I’m trying to intimate that Sinner is derivative, well, ya got me. But the group’s enthusiasm and skill trumps any indictments for theft, if you ask me.

- Michael Toland

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