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Sinner - One Bullet Left

Label: AFM
Format: CD
Released: 2011
Reviewed By: Mark Gromen
Rating: 8/ 10

Who misses Thin Lizzy? OK, they’re doing an admirable job of re-creating the old tunes with former The Almighty frontman Ricky Warwick, but no one can replace the late/great Phil Lynott. That said, German metallers Sinner throw down an amazing (not wholly subconscious) paean to the Irish rockers. Although he’s fronted his own outfit since the 80s (periodically interrupted by commitments to a little band called Primal Fear) bassist Mat Sinner’s vocal pattern is uncannily similar to Lynott (see ‘Back On Trail’). No wonder he was asked to participate in a live tribute a few years back.


‘The One You Left Behind’ opens with the titular ballistic blast and it’s off to the hard rock races: lots of groove and guitar solos (check out ’10 2 Death’). Cannonading drums, ala Gary Moore’s ‘Over The Hills’ commence the gritty voiced title cut. It’s half way through the disc, ‘Haunted’, before anything approaching a ballad is aired. ‘Wake Me When I’m Sober’ is the only other slow delivery. The lone odd moment within the dozen selections being a cover of former Billy Idol guitarist Steve Steven’s ‘Atomic Playboys’, complete with out-of-the-world sound effects.

Hope there’s more than one bullet left!

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