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Sinner
One Bullet Left

Company: AFM Records
Release: 2011
Genre: Power
Reviewer: EC

  • The band just does no wrong



  • This longtime German mainstay shuffled the line-up and left standing is the man Mat Sinner and guitarist Christof Leim. By no means is that a change to the style and product for record number seventeen. "One Bullet Left" isn't a think tank of brains but man the band just does no wrong in thirty plus years (excluding that atrocious "Respect" in '93). This record continues the pursuit of Thin Lizzy, Mat playing straight into Lynott's melodic vocals and free for all melodies. Check out the tuneful "Back On Trail" and think of an entry on "Black Rose". Other cuts here are solid gleaming German fare, fave list checks in with "10 2 Death", "Atomic Playboys" and strong armed "Suicide Mission". The title track is historically one of the band's best. Mat continues a downward spiral on vox and he should this far in the match. Yet the fight goes on and Sinner is well ahead on this judge's card.



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    Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.


    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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    All reviews for this band:
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    TITLE BAND
    DOR
    REVIEWER DATE
    Crash & BurnSinner
    2008
    Eric Compton1/23/2009
    One Bullet LeftSinner
    2011
    Eric Compton4/11/2012
    The End of SanctuarySinner
    2000
    Vinaya Saksena4/5/2004
    There Will Be ExecutionSinner
    2003
    Eric Compton2/5/2003



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