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WLM Reviews: Sinbreed – Master Creator

February 27, 2016

sinbreed - master creatorAlong with a couple of other releases so far this year, Sinbreed‘s new album Master Creator on AFM Records clearly must be considered one of the finer Euro Power Metal discs of 2016.

The band’s combination of melody, speed, and a healthy dose of traditional PM riffing blends to become sweet music to my ears. Certainly the band is on the “happy” side of things with their delivery. Consisting of members who also belong to such stalwarts as Avantasia and Blind Guardian, as well as having been a stable lineup for 8 years now (save for the recent departure of Marcus Siepen of Blind Guardian) all lead to a professional creation all around. The band has the two components that are necessary to find success – an excellent vocalist in Herbie Langhans, and killer songwriting courtesy guitarist Flo Laurin. Definitely not a groundbreaker, but enjoyable nonetheless.

The band also bills themselves as a Christian act, probably explaining the more upbeat approach. I couldn’t say that they beat you over the head with religion though, employing lyrics that seem to mostly be open to interpretation and positive in nature.

The entirety of the album is not up tempo, double bass fueled, galloping guitar driven (although a lot of it is). The band stretches a bit with the atmospheric Moonlit Night and a step into the progressive with The Riddle – one of my favorites here, a bit darker than the rest. Sinbreed also gives us a decent piano-driven ballad in At The Gate. There are no duds here, nothing I would call filler.

A handful of songs do stand out from the remainder. The opener, Creation of Reality, rips and the title track buzzes along at a nice pace, sure to get some heads moving and fists pumping with its soaring chorus. Last Survivor is pretty typical for a mid tempo song, including a nice vocal section during the chorus. Closing track On the Run alternates between a mid-paced rocker and a terrific chorus that would be right at home in a Helloween song.

Here’s Creation of Reality:

Once again, Sinbreed proves to be a solid band, with a pedigree solidly in the German Power Metal camp. They have all the trappings of the genre, appealing to us fans who enjoy a clean bit of Metal, melodic yet aggressive singing, and simply music to bang our heads to.

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