"Sinner" (Big Machine; 2021)

Reviewed by Snidermann

John 5, of course, is guitarist extraordinaire from Rob Zombie's solo career and his own latest solo endeavor is a release called "Sinner."

If you thought this would be a guitar-heavy release, well, you would be spot on. I did hear some vocals on this but frankly not too much. This release is John 5 doing whatever in the hell he wants to when it comes to music. It's strange, fun and frankly beyond words (for now at least, since it's my fucking job to put it into words).

A great instrumental version of Queen’s "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," is an added treat here, among all the rest of the killer music. Tight guitar mixed with just about whatever the hell John 5 wants. When I first listened to this recording, I said "What the fuck?" a few times but the more I listened, the more I got it. This is musical expression in its purest form and, if you like your musical form to be heavy guitar action, then "Sinner" is just what the doctor ordered.

Wow! To say this music was way beyond the normal realm of musical expression is like saying black is just a color. Well, let me tell you my friends, this music is far beyond. This music must be witnessed to be truly appreciated and then, even when you do witness it, you still can't really figure it out. I liked it for its strangeness and the avant-garde weirdness of the entire project.

Peter Criss, Carla Harvey and Dave Mustaine lend their talent to this recording and what a recording it is. Totally enjoyable, but unlike any other guitar-driven recording I have ever heard. Simply outstanding.

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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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