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Sinner - Touch Of Sin 2

Touch Of Sin 2
by YngwieViking at 19 August 2013, 4:18 PM

Noise Records“Touch Of Sin” is considered by many as the most interesting and typical disc recorded, out of the early era of this band leaded by Mat Sinner (PRIMAL FEAR / VOODOO CIRCLE / ex-SHIVA), who is in his own way, one of the most iconic regarded figure in the Germanic Metal business panorama, as much as a musician, as a producer, as a Manager but also as an A&R for many artists and labels.

“Touch Of Sin 2” is a compilation of re-recorded old SINNER songs, but the tracks “Don't Believe a Word”, “Blood On The Sand” and “Heat Of The City” are brand new titles,  “Touch Of Sin” was originally recorded in 1985 with a short lived line up composed notably of ex-ACCEPT six strings gunslinger Herman Frank (VICTORY / MOON DOC / ex-ELOY) , this new revamped version starts with a wall of sound in the heavy riffage of “Born To Rock” one of the most familiar SINNER’s song as PRIMAL FEAR  performed this track live , many times in the past, so the message is clear, this album starts in 'the pedal to the Metal' mode and with a firm intention of 'rocking our world big time' for a little more than 49 minutes.

Some songs are taken from “Dangerous Charm” in 1987 as “Concrete Jungle” / ”Knife in My Heart ” or the title track from the ‘86  “Comin' Out Fighting ” along with the anthemic “Germany Rocks” (“stamp your feet/bang your head”) and “Lost in a Minute”, same for the ninth song “Danger Zone” out from the same eponymous vinyl platter in 1984, (then mastered with the famous Direct Metal Mastering … DMM : Did you remember?), that I always had a soft spot for.

The track “Emerald” isn’t a THIN LIZZY's cover but “Don't Believe a Word” sure it is, even if it’s in a reworked version quite far from the style of the original song, however, the Phil Lynott’s influence is spread very much all over this album and strangely, I was surprised how SINNER's old songs and today’s SAXON are finally sounded quite similar, they are sharing some commune history and Germany’s is the second home for Biff & co, so perhaps, we could consider them, as cousin-German in Metal Family.

The new songs are very much in the same style displayed all along this “Touch Of Sin 2”, and the same musical path which was walked by SINNER since the milestone “Mask Of Sanity”, which is confirmed by “Blood on the Sand” and “Heat of the City”, keeping a more nasty Rocking pace while leaving all the Heaviness and the wickedness flavors, once displayed in the amazing “The Nature Of Evil”, to the ‘side project’ fronted by Ralf Scheepers and called PRIMAL FEAR once and for all. The new line up built around a bunch of high-profile veterans in a perfectly effective shape, this is a full blown team that is backing Mat Sinner aka Mathias Lasch, with notably Andre Hilgers from RAGE and the devoted guitar players Alex Beyrodt (VOODOO CIRCLE / PRIMAL FEAR / ex-SIGNET / ex-SILENT FORCE) and Christof Leim (THE NEW BLACK) but also in order to complete the triple axe attack: the newbie Alex Scholpp (TARJA).

This is not revolutionary by any way, but it’s a well-crafted and honest piece of melodic Heavy Metal with a strong dose of blood, sweat and beers Rocking attitude and maybe a new attempt to rehabilitate this unsung band of the 80s overshadowed by the more successful acts of that era such as THE SCORPIONS & ACCEPT or even BONFIRE…Not essential, but yet strongly enjoyable album to play on the your way back to home after an hard partying night spend in one of the numerous summer Metal-Fest.

“It doesn't matter what you've done / In my words you are a sinner / For every word you say to me / In every way, you are a sinner” from “Burning Times” by ICED EARTH.

4 Star Rating

1. Born To Rock
2. Comin' Out Fighting
3. Bad Girl
4. Knife in My Heart
5. Concrete Jungle
6. Don't Believe a Word
7. Shout!
8. Germany Rocks
9. Danger Zone
10. Emerald
11. Blood on the Sand
12. Lost in a Minute
13. Masquerade
14. Heat of the City
Mat Sinner - Lead  Vocals / Bass
Alex Beyrodt - Guitars
Christof Leim - Guitars
Alex Scholpp - Guitars
André Hilgers -  Drums
Record Label: AFM Records


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