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On disc: Sister Sin

Switchblade Serenades - Claudia Ehrhardt - 8 stars
True Sound Of The Underground - Claudia Ehrhardt - 9 stars

True Sound Of The Underground

True Sound Of The Underground
(Metal Heaven - 2010)

About 2 years ago Sister Sin presented their album Switchblade Serenades, now the follow up is hitting the stores. Right before the band headed for the studio their bassist Chris left the band and Benton Wiberg filled the spot for the recordings. So the Swedish are looking for a bass player, coz they surely want to go on tour soon.
They open up with Sound Of The Underground which sounds like a mix of early Mötley Crüe and Warlock - with a dash Accept. Check out Outrage and you'll know exactly what I'm talking about. The song 24/7 is definitely inspired by Accept and Udo Dirkschneider! Imagine Accept with a female singer and you get pretty close to how this tune sounds. It's obvious that Liv and the guys are highly influenced by the early / mid-80's heavy metal, but they manage to make the songs sound fresh. And live they will rock even more!
If you like 80's heavy metal, then check out True Sound Of The Underground! I recommend: Times Aren't A-Changing, Outrage, Stand Alone and Beat Em Down.

9 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


Switchblade Serenades

Switchblade Serenades
(MetalHeaven - 2008)

Sister Sin is coming from Sweden, more exactly from Gothenborg and who expects some heavy metal is right - and wrong! Sister Sin was founded in 2002 to play sleaze rock / metal. The foursome wanted heavy riffs, a raw sound and melodies. Their music is in the vein of Mötley Crüe, Motörhead and Rock Goddess. They play loud, they are heavy and bring you back to the early 80's! So if you are looking for innovative sounds, this isn't what you looking for!
First you hear the crackling sound as you know it from vinyl, but then they go full force ahead with heavy riffs and a lot of street attitude! They fight the current metal trends and do what they like. Singer Liv reminds me a bit of Doro at Warlock's debut, even if Liv's voice is more raspy... The guys add powerful backings like we all know them from the 80's. They don't present something new, but as the opener Beat The Street shows, they enjoy it! At the following Death Will Great Us they add some heaviness. The quintet calls their music Street Metal - and that's a good description. The songs aren't overly catchy, but the refrain can hook you up. At One Out Of Ten they remind me a bit of old W.A.S.P. ... Even if some vocal line brings up the memories of Spread Eagle's self-titled debut ... Btw, these New Yorkers had a track called Switchblade Serenade!
Quite catchy is On Parole where Liv is adding some charming melodic vocals with lots of power. After a few spins this song will haunt you. So be aware! Then they speed off with Make My Day. After this song the crackling is back... Side A ended, time to start Side B - well, that would it be in the days of vinyl. ;)
Sister Sin present with Switchblade Serenade a balladesque heavy rock and show Liv a bit more fragile - partly. With Love/Hate they push down the accelerator again. A dirty rocker with sharp riffs and a sing along chorus - quite Mötley Crüe-ish.
They don't present anything new, but the album is fun! The foursome knows how to write songs and present them. And I guess live they can blow you away! If you can imagine Mötley Crüe's Shout At The Devil with female vocals and a modern production, then you have a good idea what Sister Sin is all about! If this sounds fun to you, get yourself a copy!

8 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


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