|Review: Sinbreed - Master Creator|
Label: AFM Records
Year released: 2016
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: March 9, 2016
Reviewed by: Bruno Medeiros
Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (4 Votes)
Although we can't say that Sinbreed is a new act, as they have been in the scene since 2000 when the band was called Neoshine, it was only in 2009 that these guys were properly introduced to the metal community in the form of the demo When Worlds Collide. Two albums and six years later, here we are with Master Creator. The result is an album that consolidates Sinbreed as a reliable band – more or less in the same way as Iron Savior is – with a characteristic sound and familiar melodies.
Starting out in traditional fashion when it comes to Power Metal, Alex Schulz (bass), Frederik Ehmke (drums), Flo Laurin (guitars, keyboards) and Herbie Langhans (vocals) go strong with "Creation of Reality", with potent riffs, fast drums and a killer display by Langhans, who once again delivers a top-notch performance throughout the album. All of the following songs continue in a similar fashion, with maybe the exception of "Moonlit Night" and "At the Gate" that break the tempo and slows things down just a little bit. My favorites on this one are the three songs that end the album, "The Riddle", "The Voice" and "On the Run", with the first one being the better of them, loaded with quality riffs and a memorable beginning. As I said above, songs like "Across the Great Divides", "Behind a Mask", "Master Creator" and "The Last Survivor" were crafted to be fast and heavy tunes with similar melodies and approaches in order to maintain the characteristic sound Sinbreed is working hard to achieve. Allied to all that are the creative riffs by Laurin (who did all the guitar work by himself), the surgical drumming by Emke, who shines in every turn and every blow, not limiting himself to just setting the pace of the songs and, of course, the ripping, aggressive vocals by Langhans. Despite being an obvious continuation of Shadows, Master Creator features a slightly different Sinbreed than seen on its predecessor. At times we can see that, while only present on the aforementioned album, Blind Guardian's axeman Marcus Siepen was a great asset to the band and improved their songwriting and execution alike, as there are weak spots that once or twice turn into nuisances.
Sinbreed is doing a good job detaching itself from the Power Metal cliché, mixing the genre with some Speed Metal elements and somewhat different lyric approaches than the generic Power Metal band, and is quickly figuring with the cream of the crop. Although inferior to Shadows, Master Creator is nevertheless solid and full of energy, with just a few downsides here and there, and overall will turn out satisfying the fans. There is clearly a characteristic sound to what the band does, and they stick to that throughout the entirety of the effort, so if you are looking for an album with lots of different elements, you should look somewhere else. But hey, when the sound makes for a winning formula, why change?
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