Showing some greater constancy and consistency, Germany's Sinbreed returns with their third studio album, Master Creator in the shorter wait time of two years. While the line up over three albums has been consistent, guitarist Marcus Siepen (Blind Guardian) has bailed on the band. And I wonder why?
Perhaps the answer lies in describing the nature of Master Creator and Sinbreed's heavy metal. Maybe Siepen got tired of doing the same thing over and over again. Once more, this is another album of Sinbreed's uber-fast power metal, not quite up there with Dragonforce, but speedy nonetheless. It's basically a barrage of sharp heavy riffage, thundering bass and drums, and crazy wild guitar solos. And as with the previous album all these things are ravaging the melody and harmony. So, basically Master Creator is Shadows chapter two, or Sinbreed chapter three, however you wish to look at it.
Yet, to be fair, I think, I'm just spit-balling here, I hear more attention to harmony and melody, both in the guitar lines and vocal arrangements. Or maybe I'm simply used to Sinbreed's metal style, I'm able to pick up on more easily after three albums. There is one song, At The Gate, that diverges from the typical Sinbreed formula. It's moderately paced, with less bristling riffage, a touch of piano, and a stronger harmonious vocal arrangement. Also, the following number, The Riddle plays with the tempo, juxtaposing more moderate paced heavy metal with speed. It also has uncharacteristically more interesting chord structure and the lead solo has a real melodic timbre to it. And, it may be my ears playing tricks on me, but I thought I heard some Hammond organ inside as well. These two songs are likely the highlights of this album. Otherwise, as I alluded to from the start, Master Creator is simply Sinbreed being Sinbreed. If you like their bullet train power metal with blistering guitar solos, this album is for you.
Master Creator is simply Sinbreed being Sinbreed. If you like their bullet train power metal with blistering guitar solos, this album is for you.
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