"Sins" (Fat Lady Music; 2012)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Charm City Devils hail from Baltimore, Maryland. They are founded by former SR-71 singer/song writer and drummer John Allen so you know the stick smashing is at an all time high, and so are the vocals. This disc kicks off with the track "Spite" and keeps kicking with next one titled, "Unstoppable." Most people might have had their first exposure to Charm City Devils with the song "Man of Constant Sorrow." You can remake a song but it better have a reason to exist beyond its initial listen and Charm City Devils do this remake up right!

This is their sophomore disc. Their first was titled "Let's Rock n' Roll." Nikki Sixx helped name the band and their debut disc was on his label Eleven Seven Records. The vocals are clean and anybody with a decent range can hit the high notes on all the catchy choruses. The guitar has a tough sound and the riffs are quite nasty. You'll be picking up your gitfiddle to try a few of them 'cause ... well, why not?

The drums pound and keep the guitar in check. The only down time is between tracks and, with twelve gritty songs pushing your metal horns higher, you'll cue this disc up time and time again. This is the reason rock music is made: tough guitar with solid soloing, excellent vocals and drums that keep a rockin' beat.

Charm City Devils: Singer/song writer and former SR-71 drummer John Allen, Anthony Arambula – bass, Jason Hesier - drums, Victor Karrera –guitar, Nick Kay – guitar.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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