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Sister Sin – True Sound Of The Underground [2010]

Country Sweden          Style Sleaze Metal/Hard Rock

Rating 86/100

Band Members
Benton – Bass, Dave – Drums, Jimmy – Guitar, Liv – Vocals

01. Sound Of The Underground, 02. Nailbiter, 03. The Devil I Know, 04. 24/7, 05. Built To Last, 06. Heading For Hell, 07. Outrage, 08. I Stand Alone, 09. Better Than Them, 10. Times Aren’t A-Changing, 11. Beat ‘Em Down


“True sound of the underground” is the 3rd full length studio album by Swedish Sleaze Metal/Hard rock band `Sister Sin’ and one of the most characteristic cases of female fronted Sleaze metal.

Despite the bold title of the release, one could claim that, in a sense, the new “Sister Sin” album is based on the sound of the underground hair metal; specifically the band has gone back to the original sleaze metal concept as defined by “Motley Crue” in the early 80s. Indeed every song on “True sound of the underground” references directly the first two iconic sleaze metal records of “Crue”. So you can expect loud but sleazy guitar riffs topped by short yet effective leads, dark bass lines and totally `Tommy Lee’-like drumming (with the trademark locomotive tempos and characteristic fills). Evidently their brand of sleaze metal has a very American flavour on this new album, perhaps a result of being signed by US label `Victory Records’, still whatever the reason, the approach is spot on and seems to work perfectly for them.

What arguably deviates from this musical approach are Liv’s vocals which instead of the high pitched tones and dark/romantic themes, are seriously aggressive (without going `brutal’) and mostly mid range. In comparative terms the vocal approach is very very similar to that of “Crashdiet” (and their front man Simon Cruz). In terms of lyrical themes, the concept of the album evolves around youthfulness, defiance, social revolution and, of course, sleaze metal style.

This album was quite as a surprise to me, as I did not expect `Sister Sin’ to come up with such aggression in their new material. The preceding album was pretty rocking but not quite as focused or commanding as this new one. Therefore this time they go beyond loud and heavy rock’n roll to a more personality expressive style.

Overall new “Sister Sin” album is an ideal choice for any fan on `Sleaze metal’. If you have bought the latest “Ratt”, “Crashdiet” and “Crazy Lixx” albums then “True sound of the underground” is definitely next in line.

By Nikiforos V. Skoumas

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