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Sinner: The End of Sanctuary - 2000 reviewed by: Vinaya Saksena

Track Listing
1. Signed, Sealed and Delivered
2. Blood Relations
3. End of Sanctuary
4. Pain in Your Neck
5. Edge of the Blade
6. The Prophecy
7. Detsiny
8. Bongress of Deceit
9. Heavy Duty
10. Night of the Wolf
11. Broken World
12. Hand of the Saint
Okay, anyone who knows me well knows damn well that I consider this to be my favorite metal album of the year 2000, so a little bias may creep in here and there.

Anyway, for those of you for are not yet familiar with the band (your day of enlightenment will come...) Sinner have been around for about twenty years (and at least ten albums, depending on how you count 'em), causing quite a stir in their native Germany, but receiving scant attention on these shores. Anyway, "The End of Sanctuary" is fairly heavy, often fast-paced, and laced with generous helpings of beautifully well-executed harmony guitars and atmospheric keyboard touches. The result is a combination of melody, power and professionalism seldom heard from a modern metal band.

Cuts such as "The Prophecy," "Congress of Deceit" and the chugging lead-off tune "Signed, Sealed and Delivered" are rendered sturdy and distinctive by absolutely top-notch playing all around, particularly in the skillful dueling guitars of Ale x Beyrodt and Henny Wolter. Elsewhere, we also get a couple of nice long, emotive epic tracks that showcase Frank Roessler's pristine, almost orchestral-sounding keyboards. The overall feeling of the album is slick, smooth, exuberant and tasteful, with a nod to many classic rock and metal acts, most notably Thin Lizzy, whose influence is made abundantly clear by the aforementioned harmony guitars, which are all over the place on "The End of Sanctuary" (much to my delight-I can't get enough of 'em).

Man, all I can say is I've just got to hand it to Mat Sinner and Company. They've managed to bring the long-forgotten art of complex, melodic hard rock into the 21st century and put their own stamp on it.

Good job, fellas.

Rating: 9


--Vinaya Saksena 04.07.04
About this Writer:
Vinaya Saksena // Vinaya is either a writer who dabbles in guitar playing, or a guitar player who dabbles in writing. A Maximum Metal staffer since 2004, he has also served as a reporter for several newspapers in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Although his obsession with music is such that it does not allow time for much else by way of hobbies, he also enjoys traveling, trivia, photography, British comedy and the occasional A-Team re-run.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: SINNER
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Crash & BurnSinner
2008
Eric Compton1/23/2009
One Bullet LeftSinner
2011
Eric Compton4/11/2012
The End of SanctuarySinner
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There Will Be ExecutionSinner
2003
Eric Compton2/5/2003


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