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Saints Of The Underground
Love The Sin, Hate The Sinner
June 2008
Released: 2008, Warrior Records
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: Chaosankh

Saints of the Underground (S.O.T.U.) is a sort of modern day supergroup of eighties hair metal veterans. Fronted by Warrant’s Janie Lane, the band also features the skin pounding of Ratt’s Bobby Blotzer, the string work of current Alice Cooper guitarist, Keri Kelli, and current Ratt bassist, Robbie Crane. As a whole the project feels like a fun distraction for the guys who comprise it, featuring a few new songs written together, a few covers, and a few tracks that have been around for awhile. Stripped of the eighties gloss that riddled most of the previous work by these band mates, what is left is a fun rock record with seemingly small aspirations.



Things kick off rather strongly with the first two tracks, “Dead Man’s Shoes” and “Tomorrow Never Comes.” Straight ahead, infectiously catchy hard rock is the modus operandi of these two songs, and they are so good, that most of the rest of the album feels like somewhat of a letdown. “All in How Your Wear It” fails miserably as the goofy lyrics about the merits of wearing tight pants, make up, and leather really feel foolish in 2008. “Good Times” is a rather modern sounding effort, featuring an opening that is strikingly similar to The Smith’s “How Soon is Now.” This track along with “Signs of Life” have a sound reminiscent of Warrant’ last album with Jani Lane on vocals, BELLY TO BELLY, having that grungier edge that a lot of eighties bands tried in an effort to stay afloat as the hair metal ship was sinking. There are two straight-up covers on the album, Tom Petty’s “American Girl” and the Stones’s “Moonlight Mile,” both of which feel like typical bar band performances, elevated somewhat by the always smooth vocal delivery of Jani Lane. The rest of the songs offered are all catchy and enjoyable, but nothing particularly special.



LOVE THE SIN, HATE THE SINNER is an enjoyable listen, and these guys together prove that they could be a viable product without the clout of their longtime monikers. In the end, though, it feels like something that was thrown together over a few weekends and a few beers amongst friends without much direction. As something to fill the time before full-on Warrant and Ratt reunion studio records, this album is a worthy purchase. However, most listeners will probably wish the band spent a bit more time writing songs like the opening two numbers, and, therefore, finishing with more of a lasting affair.
Track Listing

1. Dead Man's Shoes
2. Tomorrow Never Comes
3. All in How You Wear It
4. Good Times
5. Exit
6. American Girl
7. Signs of Life
8. Bruised
9. Moonlight Mile
10. Jimmy

Lineup

Jani Lane - Vocals
Bobby Blotzer - Drums
Keri Kelli - Guitar
Robbie Crane - Bass

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Saints Of The Underground
Love The Sin, Hate The Sinner
September 2008
Released: 2008, Warrior Records
Rating: 5.0/5
Reviewer: Celtic Bob

Saints Of The Underground was formed by Keri Kelli and Bobby Blotzer, and then they recruited Jani Lane and Robbie Crane. It started out as a group to play covers and have some fun during off time from their respective bands. The chemistry amongst them was so good that it just evolved into what we hear on this recording.



Some people may immediately label this album falsely based solely on the cover and who is in the group. Upon seeing Jani front and center some may immediately think “Heaven” or “Cherry Pie”, true he was the voice behind those two great songs but this is much more. For comparison reasons this album is closer to Warrant’s DOG EAT DOG disc mainly due to the fact of Jani’s distinct vocals and the heaviness of the songs. Upon first listen you are dragged in with catchy melodies, great guitar and pounding drums. The vast majority of the songs on here are upbeat with only one mellow ballad and that one being a cover of The Rolling Stones’ “Moonlight Mile”. The other cover song on the album is a beefed up version of Tom Petty’s “American Girl. I guess its hard not to include some classic covers on the album when that it what started the group but the talent in the band is so huge it is a shame the disc isn’t all originals. Maybe next album? As for the original cuts……heavy as fuck! Not in the brutal death metal sense but in the rock sense. The drums are deep sounding and just hit you in the chest, the guitar is slightly distorted like the 80’s Sunset Strip metal……perfectly fitting. Add in some killer vocals from Jani and the melodic basslines from Robbie and you have a sure fire hit album. Jani hasn’t sounded this good in ages. It’s great to see him back on top and belting it out again. A couple of the stand outs on here are the opening track “Dead Man Shoes” which just grabs you from the start, “All In How You Wear It” which can be interpreted as judging a book by its cover.



One of the best albums you can purchase this year. Chock full of great music with no filler. Hopefully this is just the beginning…….
Track Listing

1. Dead Man Shoes
2. Tomorrow Never Comes
3. All in How You Wear It
4. Good Times
5. Exit
6. American Girl
7. Signs of Life
8. Bruised
9. Moonlight Mile
10. Jimmy

Lineup

Jani Lane
Keri Kelli
Bobby Blotzer
Robbie Crane

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