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April 2014
Released: 2014, AFM Records
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Waspman

Back after a four-year gap, Germany’s power metal collective Sinbreed is back with their second album, SHADOWS. The band features in its ranks two Blind Guardian members, and a vocalist who seems to impress just about everyone who hears him and who, not incidentally, sang on my top album of 2012, the phenomenal THE OLD MAND AND THE SPIRIT by Beyond the Bridge. With all of that pedigree, I had high expectations of this album, despite missing out on their WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE debut from 2010.

From the opening barrage of “Bleed”, I knew I was going to love this album. The high-speed, gritty power metal is exactly the kind of thing I love to hear. I’d say our JP hit the nail on the head in his review of their previous album when he made a comparison to Running Wild, even if Sinbreed is perhaps a bit less rollicking and a bit more Iron Savior-like to my ears. Comparisons be damned though, this is impressive stuff. To the band’s credit, they let their revved-up guitars lead the charge, making SHADOWS perhaps a shade heavier than your typical power metal album. Herbie Langhans’ vocals are the icing on the cake, topping off the music with a powerful, snarling voice that you can’t help but like.

Song after song is pure power metal enjoyment (thought I was going to say “perfection” there, didn’t you?), although a couple of tunes later in the track list are not quite up to the godly level of the first five. No matter though, SHADOWS is an album that power metal fans should love instantly.
Track Listing

1. Bleed
2. Shadows
3. Call to Arms
4. Reborn
5. Leaving the Road
6. Far Too Long
7. Black Death
8. Standing Tall
9. London Moon
10. Broken Wings


Herbie Langhans: Vocals
Marcus Siepen: Guitar
Flo Laurin: Guitar
Alexander Schulz: Bass
Frederik Ehmke: Drums



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