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Sinner: Brotherhood
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Sinner: Brotherhood

Melodic Heavy/Power Metal
4.5/5.0

With his lengthy musical career in the German and the broader European metal underground, Mat Sinner should probably be now known as an icon, legend or, as they say in today's social media culture, an influencer. His career began in his teens with his namesake band, Sinner. There's also Primal Fear, which he founded in 1997, an established icon of traditional heavy power metal. But his musical associations with other bands and musicians is also abundant and profound. Voodoo Circle. Silent Force. Level 10. Ralf Scheepers. Magnus Karlsson. Alex Beyrodt. Jorn Lande. Michael Kiske. And the list goes on.

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In this month, Mat Sinner return to his original band Sinner with its 20th studio album Brotherhood. The album title is apropos as it reflects how Mat Sinner likes to develop a project. He gather metal spirits to craft and perform with him. This album is no exception. Besides some regular band members like long time guitarist Tom Naumann, the guest list includes, among many, Oliver Palotai (Kamelot), Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear), Ronnie Romero, and Evergrey's Tom Englund.

Musically speaking, Brotherhood is classic Sinner: an abundance and mixture of fast and heavy power metal in a melodic wrapper. I would probably add that the arrangements have more breadth and depth, sounding grandiose and bombastic, thanks to the power riffage and Palotai's subtle but distinct orchestration.

Referencing just a few songs, you'll find some hard-charging power metal numbers with The Rocker Rides Away, Bulletproof, We Came To Rock, the assertive The Man They Couldn't Hang. Perhaps more steady heavy metal comes with Brotherhood and Refuse To Surrender. Some major heavy chunky riffs in that one. The Last Generation can only described as a massive melodic metal anthem defined by both a light acoustic guitar and brisk electric guitar lines. Finally, Sinner covers The Killers' hit When You Were Young. I'm not much of a fan, but I liked the punch that Sinner's metal gave to the original song. However, keep in mind that this song is only available on your physical copy, not the digital.

All said, and simply, Brotherhood is another fine and entertaining album from Sinner and company: classic melodic heavy power metal that cannot be disputed. Recommended.




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The Take Away

All said, and simply, Brotherhood is another fine and entertaining album from Sinner and company: classic melodic heavy power metal that cannot be disputed. Recommended.

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