Sinnergod – Sinnergod
A diverse effort from the Manchester rockers
Words: Mick Birchall
I’ll punctuate the review by saying this: The new self-titled record from Sinnergod is pretty damn good. I wouldn't get overly carried away and call it amazing, but with this self-titled effort the Manchester band certainly does what it set out to do, namely introducing a legion of new people to who they are and describing what their style and songwriting approach says about them. With strong choruses and fun riffs all nestling under a really unsettling gothic atmosphere, the whole record is really effective in its presentation.
Sinnergod have been making waves for a while now and even though they might have slipped my radar prior to this album, I am now firmly backing their corner. This was further cemented by seeing them live at Grand Central, where their stage presence and performance made the package even more enticing.
The album opens with the anthemic Dead of Night and while a decent opener really doesn't really feel like it belongs on the record, the production style not quite meshing with the rest of the album in my opinion. It’s from the second track Burn and onwards that the album really picks up and begins a more consistent style, with a lot of powerful choruses that hit in just the right way, that just get you right in the gut, play out. When their pulsating beats and tight riff work come together all under atmospheric synth, it just all works. The best example on of it is on the song I Never Had A Gun.
The album mixes its styles up quite nicely, from some very southern rock sounding moments to nu-metal then, before you know it, they switch it up to a more gothic industrial sound. All with the same fire, energy and tight musicianship so when the change comes, it never sounds like it’s out of left field.
When I first picked up the album I didn’t 100% love the sound, except for a few instantly likeable songs, but I have to say the more I’ve listened the more I enjoyed the work.