Written by Alex Stojanovic
Fiesta Y Copas
Last Exit Hell
What Went Wrong
The Ballad Of Jack
Release Date: September 13, 2019
Label: AFM Records
Mat Sinner - Bass & lead vocals / Tom Naumann - Guitars / Alex Scholpp - Guitars / Giorgia Colleluori - Vocals
Markus Kullmann - Drums / Sasha Krebs - Backing vocals / Neil Witchard - Bar & backing vocals
In addition to all the new additions and changes to the lineup. There's a couple of special guests making appearances on the record. The album's first official single "Fiesta Y Copas", which is your typical, but pure party rock 'n roll Sinner anthem, features Ronnie Romero of Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow performing guest vocals. The other track that features a vocal guest appearance is "What Went Wrong", which features Ricky Warwick of Black Star Riders and Thin Lizzy.
There's a number of different rock 'n roll influences to be found. There's the straightforward traditional hard rockers like the aforementioned "Fiesta Y Copas", but also the opening track "Shine On", which has a slight Motley Crue vibe, "Lucky 13" and "Craving", all filled with driving riffs, pummeling grooves and catchy hooks bound to stick in your head for hours, days even. There's a little bit of blues flavour on "Misty Mountain", and the band even covers "Death Letter", originally done by blues legend Son House. Speaking of blues, I love the strain that Sinner usually puts into his vocals to get that gritty sound.
The opening riff to "The Wolf" leans slightly more towards the heavier side of things, to the point where it almost feels like a Primal Fear outtake. I can actually picture Ralf Scheepers singing the verses. It's another track where Sinner's and Colleluori's vocal blend so nicely together. While I didn't find anything on Santa Muerte that didn't blow me away, because it's a very by-the-numbers metal album (which is something I really enjoy), it was a really enjoyable listen. If that's not your thing, then steer clear. However, if you're a fan of stripped down, straightforward rock and metal, like me, give this album a listen.
Highs: "Fiesta Y Copas", "Craving" and "The Wolf". The addition of Giorgia Colleluori makes for some really tasty vocal harmonies.
Lows: Those who don't enjoy the more by-the-numbers 80s metal won't enjoy this album.
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