Written by Alex Stojanovic
Go Down Fighting
Road To Hell
Loud & Clear
Dying On A Broken Heart
Release Date: March 31, 2017
Label: AFM Records
Mat Sinner - Bass & vocals Tom Naumann - Guitars Alex Schlopp - Guitars Francesco Jovino - Drums
It's been six years since we've had a new Sinner album of all original material after One Bullet Left, but that changed this year with the release of the band's 17th studio album Tequila Suicide, and it's a damn great listen, as expected. For this album, he enlisted some of his Primal Fear bandmates to perform on the album like Francesco Jovino on drums and Tom Naumann on guitars, who has played on a number of the band's albums since 1990, as well as guitarist Alex Schlopp, who has been in the band for the last couple of releases. There's also some guest appearances from Primal Fear's Magnus Karlsson, Pete Lincoln of The Sweet, Ricky Warwick of Black Star Riders and Gus G. of Ozzy Osbourne and Firewind.
Strong rockers are found throughout the album, such as the catchy opener "Go Down Fighting", "Dragons" and the war tune "Battle Hill", which carries a bit of a resemblance to Gary Moore's "Over The Hills & Far Away". The latter also contains one of the record's catchiest choruses. Twin-guitar harmonies fly in throughout the album, giving several tracks a Thin Lizzy flare. However, "Road To Hell" seems to give off the biggest Thin Lizzy vibe here with the melodic riffs and Sinner brings out his inner Phil Lynott vocally. He's always sounded great in the vocal department and continues to do so.
Things are taken down a few notches on "Sinner Blues" where the band head into the bluesy side of things, giving the record a bit of a different flavour. That should be pretty obvious with a title like that. I especially like how Sinner adds that slight soulful grit to his vocals. Right after that, the album heads back into melodic rock territory with "Why", "Gypsy Rebels" and "Loud & Clear". Catchy closer "Dying On A Broken Heart" may sound like it's more suited for radio with the lack of distortion in the guitars, but there's no doubt that it will get more than a few heads bobbing with its great hooks and unbelievably catchy melodies. Tequila Suicide may seem like another typical Sinner album to some, but it's full of tunes that combine the influences of Thin Lizzy and Judas Priest with great hooks and melodies, creating an exciting listening experience. If you've never heard the Sinner band before and you love traditional rock and metal, give them a listen and pick up this album.
Highs: "Go Down Fighting", "Dragons", "Battle Hill" and "Sinner Blues"
Lows: Those who don't enjoy the more by-the-numbers 80s metal won't enjoy this album.
Final Rating: 8/10