Sinbreed_Master CreatorGermanic power metal has really become its own little thing over the years, making it a reliably punchy alternative to the overly pompous, fancy-pantsy, chaos wizardy sounds of traditional Euro-power. One of the better purveyors of this muscular brand of Teutonic terror is Sinbreed. Fronted by the leather lunged Herbie Langhans they’ve reliably brought the thunder and aggression since 2009, taking the base sound of Accept and Grave Digger and punching the accelerator, often sounding like Helloween‘s bigger, meaner brother, Roccoween. 2014’s Shadows was an enjoyably edgy romp full of powerhouse vocals, biting riffs and catchy choruses, and Master Creator picks right up where that platter left off, offering more rough n’ tumble power metal with an mean streak and cauliflower ears. No surprises, nothing new, just well executed, enjoyable metal with attitude and hooks, and sometimes that’s all you need, dammit!

Opener “Creation of Reality” is a great introduction to the Sinbreed sound – zippy and exuberant like typical Euro-power, but Herbie’s raspy, warbling snarl makes everything feel heavier and darker. He smooths out his delivery for the big, bombastic, Helloweenie chorus and it’s all very melodic and easy to digest while still packing ample nutsack. “Across the Great Divides” jacks up the heaviness with meaner riffing and more maniacal “Jorn on steroids” vocals and it makes quite the impression. “Behind a Mask” dials up the crunch even further, sounding almost like Bay Area thrash, and when Herbie gets his pipes in the mix things gets rowdy.

Tracks like the rousing “Moonlit Night” carry references to classic Vicious Rumors and Metal Church and the melodic nature is offset well by crunching riffs and Herbie’s urgent requests that you “live on the edge of tomorrow.” The title track is extremely close to modern Helloween musically, especially during the chorus where Herbie sounds a lot like Andi Deris, but the thrashy riffs elevate it to the next level of badassery. The best cuts hit late with the one-two punch of “The Riddle” and “The Voice.” The former is a speedy aggression-fest with extra gritty vocals and a snappy chorus, and the latter is a dead ringer for Ronny Munroe era Metal Church boiling over with metallic goodness. Even the uber mega cheesy chorus on “On the Run” doesn’t derail the general coolness and angry swagger Sinbreed delivers (though seriously, that chorus belongs on a Gloryhammer does ABBA tribute album).


The only track that leaves me a bit flat is the obligatory power ballad “At the Gate.” I know you want a change of pace on an album that usually goes 100 M.P.H., but the song just never takes off as a power ballad should and if I heard it live I’d be forced to keep my lighter holstered. At exactly 45 minutes, Master Creator is the perfect length and with all songs in the 4-5 minute range, it breezes by in an enjoyable flash, encouraging replays.

The big selling point for Sinbreed is Herbie’s vocal attack. He sounds like a mix of Mark Tornillo (Accept), Andi Deris and David Wayne (Metal Church, R.I.P.) and he can shift effortlessly between a hoarse roar and smooth as silk crooning. He’s also adept at knowing when to dial up the power for maximum effect and when less is more (if that’s a thing). Tobias Sammet must be a fan since he recruited him for his recent Avantasia album, and it’s easy to see why. Flo Laurin provides a plethora of ripping riffs and dabbles in multiple genres while keeping the speed near maximum for much of the album. His solos are pure hyper-melodic ear candy but fit the material perfectly. And let’s not forget Frederik Ehmke of Blind Guardian fame who returns to provide a thunderous wall of percussion that keeps the sound heavy and driving.

Sinbreed is one of my favorite power metal acts and Master Creator is exactly the kind of album I want from them – fast, angry and catchy as hell. If you like the Germanic method of metal and bands like Herman Frank or Grave Digger, you can’t go wrong with this. Even if you love your power metal fruity and your shirts piratey, this may still have real appeal after you get past the “scary” vocals. Definitely worth hearing, so do partake.

Rating: 3.5/5.0
DR: 6 |  Format Reviewed: 320 kbps mp3
Label: AMF Records
Releases Worldwide: February 26th, 2016

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  • CarvedInStone

    Langhans wasn’t supposed to sing on the Gholstlights album originally. Andrew Eldritch from the Sisters Of Mercy was supposed to sing “Draconian Love” but since they weren’t able to get him and they were impressed by what Herbie did on the demo of the song they decided to go with him

    And what the hell where they thinking with that video? Why do bands the size of Sinbreed, Brainstorm or Almanac always try to make these elaborate music videos? They have neither the budget nor the creative minds to make them look good. Couldn’t they simply do a video of the band in some location playing the song and spend the money saved on something useful? The song is good though.

    • Not into Kafkaroaches?

      • CarvedInStone

        I think I get what they were trying to do and with a biggert budget, a good director and some decent actors that concept could be turned into a decent video. But as it is now the video is utter horseshit.

    • I’m not sure if this is a joke or just unintentionally hilarious. Also this “old-mobile-phone” picture quality reminds me of Michael Mann style.

    • Shangsean

      Agree 100% about the videos. They are absolutely embarrassing and almost turn me off wanting to purchase the music. It’s like they’re taking the piss and it makes me feel embarrassed to like the music. I haven’t even watched this one yet, but I know what it looks like.

    • Oscar Albretsen

      Agreed. The video was a joke.

  • Iain Gleasure

    See AMG, Druhm isn’t so desperate to give EVERY nostalgia power metal act a 4.0.

    Where is your Record o’ the Month now?!

    • AlphaBetaFoxface

      It’s probably lurking somewhere in July.

      • metalhead

        More like august Imo

  • Monsterth Goatom

    …Aaaand we have yet another release date of Feb. 26th. This joins Deströyer 666, Mightiest, Oranssi Pazuzu, Votum, Anthrax, and a handful of others likely. Friday will be good!

    • Iain Gleasure

      I must admit, I find it hard to take a band called Destroyer 666 seriously, regardless of how good or bad the music is.

      • Thatguy

        Who says you need to take them seriously?

      • Monsterth Goatom

        Perhaps, but they’re redeemed by the umlaut.

    • Dethjesta

      All that with Omnium Gatherum and Entombed A.D. too.

      It’s going to be expensive – guess I’ll have to just not eat until march.

      • Monsterth Goatom

        Your soul shall be nourished by the Holy Kingdom of Sound.

  • Monsterth Goatom

    “… fancy-pantsy, chaos wizardy sounds of traditional Euro-power.”

    You mean that in a bad way? One of these days you’ll see the light and come into the glory that is Gloryhammer (hole)!

    And don’t hold your breath for an album of ABBA covers, not after all the hullabaloo surrounding the train wreck that was “Marduk Sings Favorite Lullabies”.

    • brutal_sushi

      At least we got Avantasia doing an ABBA tune. It’s how trick my wife into listening to more metal.

      • Monsterth Goatom

        That’s a good plan. I’ve thought of trying something similar. Maybe start her off with some Soen, and move to Elvenking’s Pagan Manifesto (melodic, not too heavy, and with cleans).

      • [not a Dr]

        And Therion. They did “Summer Night City”.
        And Troldhaugen. They did “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!”.
        (I’m not sure how come I know so much about ABBA covers.)

        • brutal_sushi

          Because everyone loves ABBA.

  • Excentric_13073

    Huh. A less good version of Blaze. Speaking of, I think I’ll go listen to Silicon Messiah again…

    • Silicon Messiah is good, but Tenth Dimension is one of the best trad metal albums of the last decade (and a bit, since I think it was actually released in like 2002 or something).

  • Diego Molero

    I never got into Power, It just isn’t my thing

  • The Stormin Mormon

    Hey, as fun as it is to mock flower metal, there are some awesome bands. Even Joey DeMaio approved of Rhapsody of Fire, and that is instant metal cred! And solid review, as always

  • Oscar Albretsen

    Hey, just so you know, sir, I prefer my SHIRTS fruity and my POWER METAL piratey. So, I listen to Alestorm! Well, as everyone works on picking themselves back up because they laughed themselves into balls on the floor, I must say , based on that video, the band was a bit disappointing. Just seemed a bit run of the mill, vocalist wasn’t all that great, song wasn’t really very catchy. I’ve been listening to “Ghostlights” alot, and that album is just amazing. This, though? Well, I’ll survive.

  • Jeremy Freeman

    When did James Labrie start wearing scary Halloween makeup?

  • Tom Hardy

    Shocked this gimmick band with a terrible logo appeals to anyone.

    • How exactly are they a “gimmick” band?

  • Martin Knap

    I’m listening to Herbie L.’s previous band Seventh Avenue and really dig it, the only problěm is the length of the albums.

  • Patrick Winter

    3.5 out of 5? Not feeling this review at all. this album is top notch.