Sister Sin – True Sound Of The Underground
Record Label: Victory Records
Release Date: June 22, 2010
One of the recent musical trends has been classic rock bands releasing new albums, and new bands sounding like classic rock bands. Either way, most of these albums have been laughable releases and only serve as a reminder that classic rock is called “classic” for a reason. One of these new bands is Victory Records’ Sister Sin. Sister Sin is one of the only new classic rock bands to have a female vocalist. Is this enough to save their sophomore release True Sound Of The Underground from embarrassment?
Sister Sin has made the experience very authentic with the guitar sounds that are presented throughout the album. The title track starts off the album and it soon appears that the band may have removed the memorable choruses from their debut. “Outrage” then shows up and puts those fears to rest with a decent chorus even with some questionable lyrics. “Outrage” then gives us our first taste of a guitar lead on the album. It was decent at best and was generically placed, but it was a nice treat to add to the song. Two songs through, and the biggest complaint is the production. This album is WAY too polished for the sound Sister Sin should be going for. They need rawness in their sound, but there is none to be found and it takes away from the atmosphere of the album.
The vocalist changes her delivery for “24/7” and it really helps bring a dark feeling to the verses on the song. “24/7” also sees backing male vocals that are decent enough. They should try to incorporate that more into their sound moving on into the future. The drummer is mostly left out and has no opportunity to showcase his skills. He is forced to play in the background and pave the way for the song. It is a bit disappointing to hear this, as he could be a great asset to the band and we would not even know it. By the time “I Stand Alone” hits, the vocals start wearing thin on you, but then the guitarist gives you a present in the form of a guitar solo. Unfortunately, however, by this time, you just want to call it quits.
True Sound Of The Underground is a respectable release that just eventually flounders into boredom and monotone. They give you nothing to latch on to that keeps you interested all the way through. This album is more enjoyable than their debut, so there is still hope for these guys and girl to gain a footing in the industry. Their third album may be a make-it-or-break-it album for them, so hopefully they realize they will need to step it up. Ultimately, if you are a huge fan of the classic rock sound you should find this album enjoyable, and that is all that matters.