Sainted Sinners is the new project fronted by former Accept and Bangalore Choir vocalist David Reece. The group also features Frank Pane, Ferdy Doernberg, Malte Frederik Burkert, and Berci Hirleman. Combining the talents of many diverse and interesting musicians and sounds, this is certainly an eagerly awaited release; it will be hitting stores on February 24, 2017.
Having been a fan of David Reece and his previous bands/efforts, I was certainly curious to see what he would be giving the masses with this new project. After all, he has given us some very diverse sounding music in the past. While I was not familiar with the other musicians featured here coming in, I remained curious nonetheless; Reece tends to work with some of the best rockers out there.
Again, I stress that I had no idea what to expect when it came to this record’s sound. After having given it a few listens, it could probably best be described as a retro classic hard rock record, with organ and guitar riffs alike giving it a sound reminiscent of groups like Deep Purple. Reece’s vocals on many tracks on here even bring a young Ian Gillan to mind. This fan was not familiar with the men that make up the rest of Reece’s band on this record, but they absolutely do not disappoint.
The year is young, but for this rock and roll fan, Sainted Sinners’ self-titled debut is easily the best album of original material released in 2017 so far.
This is the kind of album I love to hear. Classic hard rock musicians who clearly have a myriad of influences, wanting to show it off and recapture a bygone era of rock and roll. This is not a classic band trying to modernize. This is not a desperate, overwrought comeback record. And perhaps most importantly, it is not a “cash in.” This is classic-style hard rock done right.
Right from its opening moments, with a beautiful mixture of organ and guitar riffs, this album takes the listener back in time with its hard, bluesy rock sounds, and remains reminiscent of many classic hard rock bands at their best. If you are a fan of Deep Purple, Rainbow, Uriah Heep, pre-1987 Whitesnake, and/or Blue Oyster Cult, you are going to find a lot to like about this release. It feels like an amalgamation of the best in classic hard rock, yet manages to feel like its own unique final product.
Sainted Sinners shows us that David Reece is still going strong, and with this new retro project, he has teamed up with some amazing, talented individuals that make their presence known from start to finish. There are not enough kind words to be said about this deliciously retro classic hard rock package, featuring Reece and an ensemble cast of talented musicians backing him up. For classic hard rock fans, February 24, 2017 cannot come soon enough.
ABSOLUTE HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!