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Sinner: One Bullet Left

If you like your rock hard, heavy and European, then you won't go wrong allowing some Sinner into your life. Mat Sinner who keeps himself busy with all kinds of other projects, Voodoo Circle & Primal Fear being just two, is without doubt a talented guy.

He should be praised for keeping the metal/rock flag flying and with this new Sinner album that flag is blowing firmly in the wind. However 'Back On Trail' is a track that will see Phil Lynnot punching through the grave with a middle finger directed to Mat or both hands applauding. It is so close to Thin Lizzy that it could be deemed as theft, not that it's a bad track but it sounds a little uncomfortable. 'One Bullet Left' is a stompathon and typically European, but the decision to cover 'Atomic Playboys' by the early 90's Steve Stevens fronted band is an unwise choice. Mat handles all the bass on the album, and has with him guitar shredders Alex Beyrodt (Primal Fear, Voodoo Circle), Alex Scholp (Tarja), and Christof Leim (The New Black), but his vocals however are not the strong point and this is what ultimately lets the album down somewhat. Riffs, there are plenty, drums, awesome but the album sounds a little hurried and sadly the quality has suffered. Luckily the same cannot be said for his Voodoo Circle project which is sure worth checking out. While not a bad album, and I've listened to LULU….TWICE! One Bullet Left could certainly have benefited from some more balls out tracks with a different man on the microphone still a respectable effort.

Track List:-
1. The One You Left Behind
2. Back On Trail
3. Give & Take
4. One Bullet Left
5. 10 2 Death
6. Haunted
7. Atomic Playboys
8. Suicide Mission
9. Wake Me When Im Sober
10. Mind Over Matter
11. Mend To Be Broken
12. Rolling Away

Added: December 15th 2011
Reviewer: Mark Davies
Related Link: Artist Website
Hits: 2619
Language: english

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Sinner: One Bullet Left
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2011-12-16 10:33:16
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There was a time when Sinner was a pretty kick ass metal band. Mat Sinner has been around the block for quite a while with this act, and when you consider his other bands Primal Fear and Voodoo Circle, he's had quite the career in metal over the last 20 years. The problem with this latest Sinner CD One Bullet Left is that, as the title implies, that band seems to be on their last legs and this release is their last 'bullet' so to speak before the chamber is empty. Mat's always been a decent singer, and his backing vocals in Primal Fear are the perfect foil to Ralf Scheepers' commanding wail, but on One Bullet Left, Mat's voice just sounds weak and tired. Musically, there's some crisp guitar work courtesy of fellow Primal Fear & Voodoo Circle mate Alex Beyrodt, Christof Leim, and Alex Scholpp, and some of the tunes have some serious crunch and metal attitude, but many just lack anything memorable and Sinner's weak vocals don't help matters. "Give & Take", "10 2 Death", and "Suicide Mission" just have a generic feel to them, and the cover of Steve Stevens' "Atomic Playboys" is average at best. Even the bands homage to Thin Lizzy on "Back on Trail", while well done, is sort of creepy. The best stuff here is actually the power ballad "Haunted", the Primal Fear-ish "Mind Over Matter", the fretwork frenzy of "Mend to Be Broken", and the catchy "The One You Left Behind".

Considering there are three capable guitarists here, in the end you'll feel that there's not enough guitar firepower. Much of One Bullet Left should be heavier than it actually is. Remember when we were all disappointed at how heavy Judas Priest's Turbo wasn't? Well, you'll get the same feel here. I also think with One Bullet Left, Mat Sinner needs to relinquish the lead vocal slot to someone else if he intends to keep Sinner going in the years ahead. The end result is a decent album but in the grand scheme of things pretty forgettable, and considering the strong track record this band has had that's a real shame.

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