Sinner - Touch Of Sin 2 (CD Review)

01.Born To Rock
02.Comin’ Out Fighting
03.Bad Girl
04.Knife In My Heart
05.Concrete Jungle
06.Don’t Believe A Word
08.Germany Rocks
09.Danger Zone
11.Blood On The Sand
12.Lost In A Minute
14.Heat Of The City

Mat Sinner (vocals/Bass)
Alex Beyrodt (Guitar)
Christof Leim (Guitar)
Alex Scholpp (Guitar)
Andre Hilgers (Drums)

Guest Musicians

David Readman (Voodoo Circle, Pink Cream 69)
Erik Martensson (W.E.T.)
Diego Valdez (Helker)
Tom Naumann (ex-Primal Fear).

German hard rock band who formed in 1982 by future Primal Fear bassist Mat Sinner, are about to release a very special new piece of work: titled "Touch Of Sin 2" (in a nod to SINNER's 1985 album, "Touch Of Sin"), the album includes 11 re-recorded versions of the best songs from the band's early years.In addition, the 3 brand new songs “Blood On The Sand”, “Heat Of The City” and “Don’t Believe A Word” round off the album in a perfect way.
Commented Mat Sinner: "When we were younger and new to the music business, we were proud to be part of the Noise Records family and to get the chance to sign a contract with them. Reading this contract so many years later, you can't but shake your head in disbelief and wonder what must have possessed us. The exclusive rights to the recordings have since been bought and sold numerous times with the effect that none of those who owned them has ever had any relation to either the production itself or to how it was created.

"Today, the older SINNER songs still enjoy great popularity within the scene. We continue to play them live, even though the CDs aren't available any longer. It is Universal who owns the albums at the moment - but does not distribute the CDs. Therefore, they're to be held responsible that CDs from this era can only be purchased at exorbitant prices. Unfortunately, the musicians and songwriters involved have no means of dealing with the matter - our hands are tied.
"When I offered to do a remix on several songs for a best-of album, I was told that the original tapes have mysteriously disappeared and were probably burned in an 'accidental' fire. That much about the pearls of our past.

Well cd reissue problems aside, the idea of doing a 'Best Of' is often a cop out because fans already have everything, so the record company hit on the idea of getting bands to record one or two new songs for said release, these usually get released as singles, so technically you dont have to buy them.

So Sinner re-record their hits and add a few new songs, seems like a slighty better option, often gives bands a chance to correct the sound or do a better solo etc.

Certainly nice to hear a few of these tracks again, i had long forgotten about this band to be honest, seem to recall seeing them with celtic frost and helloween about 27 years ago maybe longer.

The new songs fit in well and have the bonus of being recorded with some special guests, roll on 'Touch Of Sin 3 - The Live Recordings'.

Rating 7/10

For fans Of : Primal Fear, Helloween, Wolfpakk, Accept