Released: November 23rd, 2018 / Massacre Records
Rating: 3.5 / 5.0
Reviewer: John Haseltine
German power metallers Sinbreed are back with a worthy new album IV. For those who know, and for those who may not, yes it is their fourth release. A quite original album title eh? Well, 2018 brings them on a 10 year anniversary of sorts as well as a couple of new players to the fold.
So Sinbreed are a band I have heard of before, yet I had not really paid much attention to. It’s just one of those things. It could be good as in looking into the band; I did not come across too many good things being said about their latest effort. Or, I should rephrase that as there is quite a bit of disappointment from reviewers.
I have nothing to go against so that is a plus for this release for me. 2018 sees the addition of new vocalist Nick Holleman (Vicious Rumors, Powerized) and Manuel Seoane (Mago de Oz, Ars Amandi) on guitars. The addition of these two means zero to me as it may with their fans and other critics. I feel they have done a damn fine job here.
Overall, I like this album. It is a fast-paced power metal album much in the vein of themselves. At first listen I sensed a likeness to Helloween, Edguy, Gamma Ray or Seventh Avenue. And a whole slew of others.
Holleman’s vocals are clean and a bit more high-pitched than the previous vocalist Herbie Langhans. He (Langhans) is pretty good as I did check out some older material but this is a new era for the band as it seems so one must embrace the new guy. He does a superb job and his range is amazing. Although a pretty typical sounding vocalist for this style, but that’s cool as well. If it ain’t broke….
I believe fans will embrace IV with open arms. It is a very solid release with some pretty damn catchy tunes that come with a sense of familiarity. Not too familiar though as their sound does stand on its own. As for the scoring, there’s nothing really groundbreaking here, just some good ‘ole Euro-power metal. It is a very well done album that I’m sure after a few more listens will grow even more on my ears. That’s usually what happens. Anyways, check it out!