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Sinner: Santa Muerte
Sinner - Santa Muerte Music Review

Sinner: Santa Muerte

Melodic Heavy Metal Rock
4.5/5.0

Take a close look at the album art for Sinner's new and latest album, Santa Muerte. Obviously created by the same artist, the artwork is quite similar to the previous album, Tequila Suicide, which you can view at the Dangerdog review. Both feature Hispanic themes, featuring traditional Mexican folk Caltholicism death masks. But with Santa Muerte there are two faces, male and female. The cover art is a clue to something new to Mat Sinner's namesake band. Sinner now has a second and female vocalist with the arrival of Eternal Idol's Giorgia Colleluori. Mat recruited Ms Colleluori for his Rock Meets Classic project and thought she would be a good fit for Sinner. (And stealing an idea from Fabio Lione.) For some diehard Sinner fans that may come as either a surprise or a disappoinment. I was, at the very least, skeptical.

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With Eternal Idol, Colleluori proved herself to be an outstanding melodic metal vocalist with fine range. She brings that talent to Sinner right at the start with the brisk metal rocker Shine On, then later with the speedy Lucky 13. Alternatively, Ms Colleluori channels some Janis Joplin delivering some soulful blues for the equally bluesy Death Letter. Similar is Misty Mountain where subtle blues blurs with heavy metal rock, and Colleluori vocals resound with passionate fire. With other songs, her voice twists between background accompaniment and duet with Mat Sinner as in Last Exit Hell, by example.

While Colleluori comes as a novel addition to Sinner, Mat Sinner has also brought in two guest vocalists. Ricky Warwick (Thin Lizzy, Black Star Riders) adds his voice to the rollicking rocker, What Went Wrong, which has an obvious Thin Lizzy vibe. Ronnie Romero (Lords Of Black) offers his assertive vocal style to the Fiesta Y Copas, a short and fast metal rocker with a Hispanic party theme.

All these things are wrapped in something still familiar to fans: Sinner's characteristic and consistent melodic heavy metal rock. Expect plenty or rock rhythm groove, catchy refrains, and ripping guitar solos. Call it evolution or simply a turn of another page with the addition of a female vocalist, but Mat Sinner and Sinner deliver another fine album of heavy metal rock. Recommended.


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Call it evolution or simply a turn of another page with the addition of a female vocalist, but Mat Sinner and Sinner deliver another fine album of heavy metal rock. Recommended.

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