Sinner are one of the long established veterans of German metal, who released their first album way back in 1982.
Vocalist Mat Sinner has re-energised the band in recent years and moved to differentiate their sound from his main project Primal Fear. As a result, Sinner's last album, 1998's 'Crash & Burn', had a diverse and melodic feel. 'One Bullet Left' maintains the same elements.
Opening track 'The One You Left Behind' kicks off in a surprisingly Metal way, with some chunky double-kick drums and twin guitars, but soon settles into a chugging rock groove with a great kick-ass chorus. It's a high-octane start, but not the classic rock sound I was expecting. This is Metal pure and true.
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But first impressions can be misleading, as second track 'Back On Trail' hits the hard rock groove with an enormous nod to Thin Lizzy. This could almost be a cover version and it's fantastic. With a fresh guitar sound, similar to Stampede's album opener, 'Send Me Down An Angel', this homage to Phil Lynott may be derivative but it works. The production is crystal clear and the lead guitar work in the middle pulls you in and tugs your emotional core just like Lizzy. It's the stand-out track on the album and well worth checking out.
The remainder of the album never quite hits the pure rock heights of 'Back On Trail', but it's still great fun.
A fun, raucous mix of Rock and Metal with highlights including '10 2 Death', a fist-pumping testosterone-fuelled fighting track, and 'Wake Me Up When I'm Sober', a calmer, more reflective moment.
For me, though, the album's two closing tracks lack the punch of the rest of 'One Bullet Left', which means it ends on a slightly downbeat note.
But this is well worth checking out if you fancy a change from the revivalist Rock of Black Spiders or Rival Sons. This is traditional melodic Metal with a classic Rock twist and, although predictable, it's no less enjoyable for that.
Jonathan Churchill. MetalTalk.net
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