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Sainted Sinners - 'Back With A Vengeance' Album Review
Sainted Sinners – ‘Back With A Vengeance’
one year after their highly praised, self-titled debut album, SAINTED SINNERS return
with their second effort ‘Back With A Vengeance’. Like other bands that were
born in the 70’s Sainted Sinners have wasted no time whatsoever in releasing
Their debut really took me by surprise. It was a full-blown rock album
following in the style of some of the greats. I’m here again, less than 12
months later, with some very high expectations.
by the soul-driven voice of American born vocalist David Reece (ex-ACCEPT) and
guitarist Frank Pané (BONFIRE), SAINTED SINNERS are completed by the rhythm
section of the two former PURPENDICULAR members Malte Frederik Burkert (bass)
and the Hungarian drum maestro Berci Hirleman.
track ‘Rise Like A Phoenix’ has a repetitive and lackluster opening, and takes
over a minute to get to the riff. When it does happen, ‘RLAP’ paces along with
an Iron Maiden rhythm. The only thing is, Maiden does it better. The saving grace
here is David Reece’s vocals. The bloke has still clearly ‘got it’. Burning the
Candle’ is in itself is straight out of the iSpy ‘Rock and Roll’ music by
numbers (£12.99 from all good bookshops). ‘left out in the cold’, ‘turned over
every stone’, ‘too hot to handle’, ‘down in flames’. Yup, they are all here
folks.Title track ‘Back With A Vengeance’
kicks off like a Van Halen track. In fact, I am so sure that its Van Halen that
I expect Mr Roth wit the lyric… "Oh wow, man !" "Wait a second
man. Whaddaya think the teacher's gonna look like this year ?" The guitar
riff, and drum pattern are so close to Hot For Teacher its unreal. I am half expecting
Sainted Sinners to receive a ‘cease and desist’ letter.
me I Was Wrong’ is the first song on the album that I’ve liked for being
themselves. The BVs add to the song, with its bluesy tone. It’s here that Reece
shines brightly. ‘Nothin Left To Lose’ goes back to the reference book. Its got
a Middle Eastern sound. Following behind the likes of Rainbow’s ‘Stargazer’,
Dio’s ‘Egypt’, and Blue Murders ‘Valley Of The Kings’ it falls short in
comparison to these three songs. The guys do up the ante with ‘Waitin’ ‘till
the Countdown Begins’ –I’m a sucker for a Hammond Organ. Oo-er!
It Go’ follows on nicely. NOW the guys are in their classic rock groove with
guitars, keys, vocals and backing vocals all coming together to great effect. ‘When
The Hammer Falls’ falls on Dio territory. ‘Pretty Little Lies’ and ‘Gone But
Not Forgotten’ both have a nice bluesy Whitesnake vibe. Both are songs that sit
firmly alongside anything on the debut.
Frank pane is a talented guitarist. He tries to be Eddie Van Halen on a lot of
the songs here, when all I want him to do is to be Frank Pané. With their
Debut, SS weren’t trying to be anyone, here they are trying too hard to sound
like other bands.
me, the second half is a lot stronger than the first as there are too many
similarities to other bands songs in that first 25 minutes. Looking at other
comments around the web, I’m clearly missing something here, as there’s some
really positive comments regarding ‘BWAV’ .
not saying its crap, it just that the guys set the bar really high with their
debut. However, there are some positives to be had. Pané’s guitar playing when
he isn’t trying to be EVH is excellent, the use of the classic Hammond sound is
here in abundance once again, and Reece still has a bloody great voice. I just
think I’ve been expecting too much.