Released: 2008, No Colours Records
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen
Sinners Burn is a death metal side project band put together by the members from Paganizer and Those Who Bring The Torture - and it also is sort of a tribute project paying homage to some of the elder Gods of death metal, especially for the past Swedish death metal scene. It´s all about bands like early Dismember, Unleashed, Nihilist, Necrophobic and such, so at least a listener knows what he/or she gets.
As for jumping back in time in general and seeking for your ancestors´ highly valued past works, this is actually happening all the time in the metal scene these days. For example both thrash and death metal have been re-found and re-animated again by a new generation of metal guys and gals. And in my opinion, that´s a good thing and there´s simply nothing wrong with that at all.
However, sometimes too much is simply too much. As good as Sinners Burn are at playing their crisp and heavy – yet surprisingly melodic even old school death metal – obviously straight through their hearts even, it´s kind of pretty easy to identify with the sound they have, and enjoy the most of it. I can clearly hear the Swedish death metal heritage behind Sinners Burn´s sound, and can also sincerely like it without even forcing me at all to get into it. But having said all that, it´s also kinda disturbing to realize how many bands out there nowadays use pretty much a similar ink in their sound, to make it all sound as ´old school´ as possible. Talk about thousands of such bands these days that have adopted this old school death metal sound for themselves – some better, some worse.
No doubts, this is all good stuff although I cannot say that I still am that severely kicked by the type of stuff that Sinners Burn do, let´s say, as I used to be a couple of years back. You see, visiting the same (old) school over and over and over again, starts feeling a bit boring at one point, and I think I have pretty much reached that point now by Sinners Burn´s PRE-MORTAL AUTOPSY (both the band´s name and album title have a very familiar ring in them, don´t they?) as far as this old school this and that is concerned. C´mon, bring on some new deadly weapons, dammit!!
This is for the lovers of ´90s Swedish death metal stuff mostly, so just bite your own cut out of it if you so wish and want.