- Sinner (band)
Infobox musical artist
Name = Sinner
Background = group_or_band
Genre = Heavy metal,
Years_active = 1982—present
Label = AFM Records
Associated_acts = Primal Fear,
Helloween, Gamma Ray, Accept, Tribuzy, Bonfire, U.D.O.
URL = http://www.matsinner.com
Current_members = Mat Sinner
Past_members = Frank Mittelbach
Bernie Van Der Graaf
Sinner is a German heavy metal band formed by vocalist and bassist
Mat Sinner(Primal Fear). Their latest album, "Mask Of Sanity", was released in January 2007. Next album, "Crash & Burn", will be released on September 19th 2008 by AFM Records.
Based in Stuttgart
Baden-Württemberg, Sinner released their first album, Wild'N'Evil' in 1982. This album, along with the next two ('Fast Decision' and 'Danger Zone') were raw affairs, having little in common with the melodic metal they would later become known for. After many personnel changes (including drummer Edgar Patrik leaving to join Bonfire), the band saw the addition of Accept's Herman Frank on guitars and the release of 'Touch Of Sin' in 1985. Frank would leave before the next album, 1986's 'Comin' Out Fighting', with U.D.O.'s Mathias Dieth replacing him.
1987 saw the release of 'Dangerous Charm', a much more melodic album than previous efforts, but shortly after this the band took a break and wouldn't be heard of again for five years.
In 1990 Mat Sinner released a solo album called 'Back To The Bullet' on BMG with a completely new band. Three guys of the Mat Sinner band reformed Sinner and released 'No More Alibis' in 1992, an album far heavier than anything Sinner had released before. This renewed vigour coupled with songwriting that far exceeded the band's previous releases not only carried on but strengthened with 'Respect' in 1994 and 'Bottom Line' in 1995, the latter staying in the Japanese national charts for five weeks. Since the reformation the band's reputation had improved immensely, touring as support for bands such as Mr. Big and
Savatageas well as headlining their own German tour and releasing a live album. Sinner were to reach even higher peaks though, releasing two hugely successful albums with 'Judgement Day' in 1997 and 'The Nature Of Evil' in 1998 before touring Europe as support for rock giants Deep Purple. 'The Nature Of Evil' was the band's most successful album to date, reaching 63 in the German album charts.
In 1998 Mat Sinner and Tom Naumann, who had been with Sinner since their reformation in 1992 formed Primal Fear with ex-Gamma Ray vocalist Ralf Scheepers. Mat Sinner has been involved as a driving force in both Sinner and Primal Fear to this day.
In 2000 the band saw its first line-up change in five years as several members left, including guitarist Tom Naumann while ex-
Helloweenand Gamma Ray's Uli Kuschfilled in on drums for 'The End Of Sanctuary'. However, in 2003 the previous 1995-1999 line-up renewed itself and released 'There Will Be Execution' before going quiet again for four years. In the past nine years the band had released six albums, each as good, if not better than the last, proving to be the band's most successful period. This success would continue, as after releasing two more albums with Primal Fear, an album with his pre-Sinner band Goddess Shiva and guesting on Tribuzy's debut album, Mat Sinner brought Sinner back to release 'Mask Of Sanity' in 2007. This album spawned two popular singles in 'Diary Of Evil' and 'Black' and included a faithful rendition of Thin Lizzy's 'Baby Please Don't Go'.
Sinner Album sales have never been spectacular: it is estimated they sold less than 150,000 copies of their first three releases. The band's six and seven track albums of the 90s, Respect and Bottom Line, sold less than 200,000 combined and without any real advertising except that of word of mouth. Sinner's fourth Full Length Album, "Judgement Day" received fair reviews but again had little advertising put into it as the band spent most of its money on recording. Sinner's "Nature of Evil" released in 1998 proved to be the band's most successful original album with over 100,000 copies sold. "Nature Of Evil" was advertised heavily on the
internetmostly on German Music web sites. In 1998 and 1999 Sinner released two Compilation Albums, the first was the Emerald Collection containing many tracks from "Danger Zone" and "Comin' Out Fighting". The second compilation album which contained three songs from "Bottom Line", three songs from "Nature of Evil", four songs from "Judgement Day", two from live recording and three new released songs, was called "The Second Decade". "The Second Decade" became Sinner's best selling album, most of which were bought on Ebay. "The Second Decade" by Sinner until 2005 was the only album available for sale on Ebay and proved to be an international success. The Second Decade brought new fans to Europeprimarily from Latin America, Japan, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Polandand Greece.
"End of Sanctuary" and "There Will Be Execution" are currently Sinner's only 21st Century albums selling good and entered the German album charts. To date Sinner has released eleven albums and sold over a million records world wide.
Fast Decision" (1983)
Danger Zone" (1984)
Touch Of Sin" (1985)
Comin' Out Fighting" (1986)
Dangerous Charm" (1987)
*"Mat Sinner - Back To The Bullet" (1990)
No More Alibis" (1992)
Bottom Line" (1995)
Judgement Day" (1997)
The Nature Of Evil" (1998)
The End of Sanctuary" (2000)
There Will Be Execution" (2004)
Mask Of Sanity" (2007)
Crash & Burn" (2008)
*"In The Line Of Fire (Live In Europe)" (1996)
The Best Of Sinner - Noise Years" (1995)
Germany Rocks - The Best Of Sinner" (1995)
Treasure - The Works 93-98" (1998)
The Second Decade - Best of" (Includes three new tracks) (1999)
*"Emerald - Very Best Of Sinner" (1999)
A Tribute To Accept" (Sinner cover Balls to the Wall) (2000)
The Spirit Of The Black Rose- A Tribute To Phil Lynott" (Sinner cover The Sun Goes Down) (2001)
Emerald - A Tribute To The Wild One" (Sinner cover The Sun Goes Down) (2002)
* [http://www.komodorock.com/new-releases/cd-releases/new-sinner-album-set-for-september-release;-pre-production-well-under-way-200802154327/ New Sinner Album Set For September Release;] Feb 15. 2008
* [http://www.matsinner.com Official website]
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