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"Brand New Sin" (Now Or Never Records)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

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Guitarist Ken Dunham of Brand New Sin proudly proclaims, "This record will make you want to play air guitar in front of the mirror again, like 'Appetite for Destruction."

Okay, so Ken may be overstating things just a bit. But the truth is that Brand New Sin's self-titled album is an unashamedly hard-rocking CD that does something too few recordings do these days: It'll shake your speakers right off the damn shelves.

With vocals that sound like Metallica leftovers and wall after wall of crunchy guitars, Brand New Sin have more in common with Corrosion of Conformity than with Black Sabbath, but the veteran's influence is there as well. There was a time that this band would have got lumped in with the louder and better of the grunge crowd. Thankfully, those days have passed because Brand New Sin deserves to be recognized on their own merits and not the merits of a come-and-gone genre.

Most of the tracks on "Brand New Sin" simply wallop you with explosive guitars and strong, loud, Hetfield-like vocals. Although the music isn't as complex nor as fast as most Metallica, the power is still there, marinated in a little Lynyrd Skynyrd-style Southern Comfort. 

As good as this CD is (and I particularly liked "SPP" and the Zakk Wylde-ish "Judgement Day") Brand New Sin will sound even better live. Their sound is that pure, unadulterated hard rock that will be further purified in the live environment. And I, for one, can't wait to see/hear it.

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Rating Guide:

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retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) So-so. You've heard better.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

restinks.jpg (954 bytes) Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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