(8/10) I'm not sure if there are busier musicians in German rock/metal than Mat Sinner. Primal Fear, Voodoo Circle, ... are outfits that include the Swabian bass player on the four string guitar and sometimes also as being producer too. Next to all these highly successful bands Mat Sinner always kept his band Sinner alive and kickin'.
My first Sinner longplayer was the 1986 release "Comin' Out Fighting", an album that features great songs like the title track and "Lost in a Minute". The icing on this metallic cake is the Billy Idol cover "Rebel Yell" that sounds as good as the original. Now, I don't want to revel too much in the past. We reached 2017 and Sinner releases their 17th longplayer "Tequila Suicide".
That Sinner's sound is inspired by Thin Lizzy is well known. These influences are also very present on the new record and songs like "Gypsy Rebels" and "Road to Hell underlines this very well.
These tunes are good ones but the real smashers of the album are halfway down the tracklist. My favourite on "Tequila Suicide" is called "Dragons". Sinner kicks it off with a grooving bass line and some Hammond sounds. The song is kept in moderate pace, has a mighty punch and a chorus that is catchy as hell. I have to admit that I had this number on almost endless loop.
"Battle Hills" is next on the list and brings the Highlands right into your living room. It's another tune that shows a certain Thin Lizzy connection before Mat Sinner and his gang unveils their bluesy side. "Sinner Blues" is what the title promises. It's a more silent track that, if I remember it right, hasn't been part of any earlier Sinner record. Listening to "Sinner Blues" is a joyful experience, since it's more than 'just' a standard ballad. This song includes feel and emotion.
To sum up. Sinner sticks to their roots and their trademarks. Even after all these years Mat Sinner maintains a fresh and dynamic sound for his solo outlet with "Tequila Suicide" being an example of dedication leading to high quality. Keep on rocking.
- Go Down Fighting
- Tequila Suicide
- Road to Hell
- Battle Hill
- Sinner Blues
- Gypsy Rebel
- Loud & Clear
- Dying on a Broken Heart
Label: AFM Records
Genre: Melodic Metal
Release Date EU: March 31st, 2017