Sinner - Tequila Suicide

Sinner Tequila Suicide cover
Sinner
Tequila Suicide
AFM Records
2017
6
Average: 5.5 (28 votes)
Ha, with nearly 20 releases and a bunch of compilations out there, going on since the very early 80s, Sinner have certainly paid their dues and are due some respect, because of being at it for so long through the ups and downs, but they were never “legendary”, despite the occasional good albums and they had they fair share of flops. It’s even evident that the eponymous band is not the even the most successful one Matt Sinner is in. Figures. Their melodic metal, that has seen changes through the years, doesn’t feel or sound dated, which is good on one hand, but it does sound run of the mill, which ain’t all that good. And it’s all mish-mashed, while staying pretty true to itself…
 
“Go Down Fighting” has this paradoxically happy riff and sounds like a metallized Hanoi Rocks that talks about metal being “a dinosaur” and Metallica being cool in the 80s. Whatever. It’s infectious again, but a little meh. Oh and somehow even typos in the lyrics. Way to go.
 
“Tequila Suicide” sounds like I dunno Ricky Warwick meets the Leningrad Cowboys, and even includes the former Almighty/Black Star Riders singer among others. Not bad, but nothing too special. Oh and that cover you chose “Sinners”? Too Quireboys…
 
“Road to Hell” nice riff, swigs of Thin Lizzy, but generic.
 
“Dragons” inane lyrics about a “bitchy” – “dragon lady” type of woman, who mistreats the hero. Nice melodies and a decent riff, but absolutely silly as a concoction.
 
“Battle Hill” is where Sinner reaches in the bag, to get out the babyoil. Cue, bits of Gary Moore’s epic riffing, bits of latter day Tarot and lyrics that could half belong to Saxon and well, it’s not so bad, but feels pretty unrelated to the other songs…
 
And why not follow that with a “Sinners Blues” an obviously bluesy number somewhere between Joe Cocker and Dire Straits – that sort of mood, with average vocals. Ah, no highlight, no daylight, no heeltaps.
 
“Why” has Greek guitarist virtuoso Gus G. offering an injection of guitar adrenaline – even if the song is not particularly metal… more somewhere between his solo material and Black Star Riders; a nice hard rocker, with a bite… one of the better “songs” that seem to come together properly.
 
“Gypsy Rebels” again goes for that Lizzy vibe, a more rock n roll than metal number that on occasion sounds harder. Not bad…
 
“Loud N Clear” tries to hit the gus and has a nice riff in there somewhere, but otherwise, it’s too slogans instead of a proper chorus; “the generic” factor we discussed before… cookie cutter material that’s not terrible, but not “delicious” either – since we’re talking about cookies!
 
“Dying on a Broken Heart” starts with some nylon and is a semi electric bluesy ballad that finds itself between the rock and a place that ain’t too hard.
 
“House of Rock” tries to stiffen up things, but despite it’s good intentions it’s too – “let’s do some shouty generic “Rock” lyric on top and it’s “ready” for the road”; OK that riff ain’t bad – no it ain’t at least not unless you want to play in front of people to inebriated to appreciate a good song from the “fodder”.
 
“Monday Morning” is a ballad about a long distance relationship, but it’s too by the numbers, at least for my tastes; nice vocal, during a so-so chorus…
 
“I Am” is a rockier song that has a pretty monolithic riff that sounds a bit derivative and some decent melodies. The better pick of the “limited only songs as this one, “MM” and “HOR” are digipack only songs…
 
Mishmashed, uneven and not consistent enough, “Tequila Suicide” isn’t terrible, but lacks in focus. If you like the band give it a spin, I guess.

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