Sinner – Touch Of Sin 2
Reviewed by Kylie McInnes
Well, it’s a collection of rerecorded songs disguised as a sequel album. It’s a combination of two of the most mortal sins in metal wrapped into one. This simply stands as a pointless compilation album when a simple “greatest hits”-type album would do. Admittedly, I’m not a fan of rerecorded albums (I even prefer the original Gene Adam renditions over Iced Earth’s Days Of Purgatory versions with Matt Barlow), mainly because you lose a lot of the original intensity that was there 20 years earlier (especially when the originals aren’t half bad, and still have a good sound).
So, enough with the background and now to the actual music. This is typical 80s hair metal in the vein of Whitesnake, Tesla, Winger, etc…only they’re German! Ooh, exotic! Mid-tempo hard rock with an ever-so-slight metal edge (Mat Sinner would be a good vocalist in a USPM style band, but I prefer the David Coverdale types for my glam rock vocals…you know, that winning combination of banshee screams, ballsy deliveries, and copious amounts of hair spray).
There really is nothing that stands out here. Sure, the guitar work is solid, but it’s all generic 80s rock riffs and nothing that really knocks my socks off like a good Mick Mars riff. I suppose that not knowing this band well prior takes out the sentimental value I have for someone who musically came of age in the late 80s and can remember the first time she heard “Livin’ On A Prayer” and “Kickstart My Heart,” so Sinner is just a shadow of what I remember from the music of the days of yore.
On the flip side, nothing here objectively sucks. The only real emotion I get from Touch Of Sin 2 is a solidly affirmative “meh.” If you’re a Sinner fan, you probably already have everything here, and if you’re not a Sinner fan, this will defintely not make you into one.
2.0 // 5