Let's start with my conclusion. The new Sandness album Higher & Higher is a disappointment. More than that, I would say it's nearly unlistenable. I no more than fired up my digital EPK and was completely turned off by the very first song, in this case, the ironically titled, You Gotta Lose. I could feel my shoulder tighten up and then shudder. I could feel facial muscles cringing in a grimace. Ugh.
If that sounds bad to you, then I've made my point. The guitars are harsh and distorted, even sounding like they're out of tune. And I'm pretty sure bass player and vocalist Mark Denkley can't sing for shit. Combined with ugliness of the guitar riffage, I felt myself cringing once again. Then I found myself skipping through the songs as fast as possible. Melody and harmony were lost, possibly never to be found. Finally, at the end, I felt sadness for Sandness. This album is nearly an embarassment for the band. I simply could not listen to it.
The only reason I didn't give Higher & Higher a big fat 0.0 goose egg of a score is because the band is youngand energetic, which means they can only improve. Sorry, fellas, but people read my reviews for my straight talking honesty.
The new Sandness album, Higher & Higher, is a disappointment, nearly an embarassment for the band. I simply could not listen to it.
Mat Sinner is both an icon and legend in the German, and the larger European, hard rock and heavy metal scene. Cranking out music since 1982, Sinner is an industrious and prolific musician and producer whether through his namesake band, the heavy metal heroes Primal ... [ Read More ]