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Sinbreed - IV

Sinbreed
IV
by Lior "Steinmetal" Stein at 19 October 2018, 12:05 PM

No rest for the wicked. Just like clockwork, or would you say what the doctor ordered, and I am sitting down listening to another SINBREED album, their fourth in eight years since their debut. Celebrating their tenth year of activity, SINBREED signed with Massacre Records, after their timed romance with AFM Records, and on the verge of issuing “IV”. However, there is more if you haven’t been paying attention. SINBREED stored two surprises within “IV”.

Earlier on it was reported that Nick Holleman, ex-VICIOUS RUMORS / POWERIZED, was recruited to the band’s lineup. Well, I couldn’t say that I was surprised, it was only a matter of time until a band would grab on to the young talented Dutchman, which recently parted ways with the American veterans. SINBREED got to him first and trusting from what I heard on “IV”, only fortune could come out of it. Along with the vocal line being newly manned, SINBREED recruited MAGO DE OZ’s skillful guitarist, the Spanish Manuel Seoane, as replacement to BLIND GUARDIAN’s Marcus Siepen. Can’t really say that I know the guy’s works, but checking out some MAGO DE OZ videos, I can see why he was picked.

SINBREED has been known to me since their debut “When Worlds Collide”, tracing back to 2010. In overall, their style of melodic Power Metal hasn’t changed that much and I trust that “IV” would prove that fairly well. The impressive fusion of HELLOWEEN / GAMMA RAY / EDGUY in their music has always been a treat to listen to, a sure heart winner. Needless to say that their signature sound is also a kind of wicked merger between the two German veterans. “IV” offers the band’s immaculate sense of speed meets melody, several mid-tempo heaviness to keep things a bit out of the ordinary, tenacious riffing, tremendous soloing efforts and rhythm section, along with a striking vocal front that is an ultimate booster to the music’s generated energy. Another strong point is the outstanding production of the choir vocals, ascertaining the songs to be larger than life. I found it to be quite uplifting and an element that band should stick to.

Generally, and I expected it right from the start, the album surely flows in the same European Power Metal manner of the late 90s / early 00s, therefore, not too many surprises there. Nonetheless, there are tunes that can’t be denied of their glory. The crushing melodic heaviness of “At Least I Am”, displayed a somewhat darker image of SINBREED, combining toughness with hearty harmonies that are pure classic. The EDGUYish style chorus is a moment to remember. “Wasted Trust” reminded me a bit of later RUNNING WILD / GAMMA RAY, firing melodic barrages that are spiritually 80s material. Similar to the previous tune, the chorus stepped in and just took my heart away, boosted up by such a clear sound, this is what a melodic Metal fan desires for. “Pale-Hearted” consumes with its opening lead guitar harmony, a riff that would reveal itself time and time again. The song itself displays classic style riffing, a free spirit that might remind of early HELLOWEEN, with Holleman commanding the vocals as if he was the younger version of Kai Hansen. Also recommended: “Pride Strikes”, “Into The Arena” and “Final Call”.

Once again SINBREED landed a beyond solid Power Metal album in the books. Their music direction might be similar to a hefty load of artists that has been dwelling in the same spectrum, yet their continuous great efforts, with “IV” included, prove that they are one of the best out there.

4 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. First Under The Sun
2. Falling Down
3. Wasted Trust
4. Into The Arena
5. Pale-Hearted
6. Final Call
7. The Purge
8. Pride Strikes
9. At Least I Am
10. Through The Fire
Lineup:
Nick Holleman - Vocals
Flo Laurin - Guitar / Keyboards
Manuel Seoane - Guitar
Alex Schulz - Bass
Frederik Ehmke - Drums
Record Label: Massacre Records
     


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