This will be the 11th album for the German rockers Sinner and it very well may be the best they have ever done. Crash & Burn is a disc filled with the fist pumping, anthem like heavy metal that fans of the group have come to know through the years but this time there is a difference. Call it experience, call it maturity, call it whatever you want, Sinner seems to have taken their brand of fiery melodic metal to another level with this album.
As the air raid siren goes off to start this album, it should be taken literally. Heavy metal is about to rain down upon you! When the band leaps into the anthem like title track "Crash & Burn", it becomes clear that this group, who has not put out an album in about 5 years, has not lost a beat! It will also be obvious why these guys are compared with the likes of Manowar when you hear this one.
After that is when the change in the band becomes apparent. As you are recovering from the opening song thrashing, the band gives you a much more melodic approach with their next song "Break The Silence". Still, this is every bit as metal as its predecessor, but there is definitely a move to more melody on this one. Even with the blazing guitar solo in the middle!
This seems to be the pattern for the album as they see-saw back and forth between in your face metal and then one with a little more melodic side. Either way you are getting some very good stuff that will keep finding its way back into the CD player. There are few bands producing this type of quality heavy metal anymore. Luckily we still have Sinner to remind us just how good this music can be.
Toward the end of the disc, Sinner even throws in a cool power ballad called "Until It Hurts". From there they take off into more uncharted territory with the very light piece called "Little Head". While I was listening to this, I thought that these guys could easily be placed next to American bands like Molly Hatchet or 38 Special and you would be hard pressed to not think that they are from the deep South!
Needless to say, no matter where they come from or how you want to classify their music, they deliver a lethal dose of good old fashion foot stompin' rock and roll! This is the type of stuff that many started to listen to heavy metal for in the first place. Sinner just gives us a refresher course!
1. Crash & Burn
2. Break The Silence
3. The Dog
4. Heart Of Darkness
7. Fist To Face
8. Until It Hurts
9. Little Head
11. Like A Rock