VANDENBERG

(NETHERLANDS)

SIN

(2023)
LABEL:

MASCOT LABEL GROUP

GENRE:

HARD ROCK

TAGS:
80's, Bluesy, Easy-Listening, Guitar-Hero, Old School, Rasping vocals
"Vandenberg offers us with "sin" a veritable collection of unstoppable, addictive tracks cut from the best of '80s bluesy Hard Rock."
LOLOCELTIC (16.11.2023)  
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With "2020", Vandenberg made a successful comeback, ending a 35-year silence. After a change of singer, Ronnie Romero having given way to Mats Leven (Yngwie Malmsteen, Treat, Therion...) in 2021, the Dutch combo is back with "Sin", whose cover art was designed by Adrian Vandenberg himself, and curiously recalls that of "Heading For A Storm" (1983) with its sharks. Produced by Bob Marlette (Alice Cooper, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Airbourne, Black Stone Cherry...), this new opus seems ready to crush everything in its path.

Indeed, if there are two things that jump out at you from the opening track 'Thunder And Lightning', it's the ample, powerful production and the vocals of Mats Leven, furiously reminiscent of a certain David Coverdale. Warm, rocky and virile, the Swede's interpretation is perfectly in tune with the bluesy, melodic hard rock that takes us straight back to the golden days of Whitesnake in the late 80s. It's true that the leader of Vandenberg was the main mastermind behind "Slip Of The Tongue", which he composed for the most part, giving him undeniable legitimacy to work in this genre. But with his new frontman, he seems to have found the rare pearl.

Of course, it's easy to make comparisons between most of the tracks on "Sin" and many of those on Whitesnake's extensive discography, but this will be of far less interest than enjoying this flurry of irresistible and varied songs, which succeed both in plunging fans back into the heyday of MTV hard rock and in dusting off the genre with something worthy of today's era. In addition to 'Hit The Ground Running', whose riff is clearly inspired by that of 'Bad Boys' ("1987"), we also note that of Dio from "The Last In Line" on the majestic and bewitching eponymous track. As for the melancholy mid-tempo ballad 'Baby You've Changed', it proves to be a worthy heir to 'Is This Love' and 'The Deeper The Love'.

The end result is a real treat for fans of this alloy, which is as catchy as it is gleaming, and as melodic as it is hairy. Those obsessed with originality will go their own way, others will delight in this throwback to a few decades ago. With a leader at the top of his game, both in terms of composition and luminous solos, a flawless rhythm section and a singer who seems to have found the setting he deserved, "Sin" offers a veritable collection of unstoppable, addictive tracks not to be missed under any circumstances.
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. Thunder And Lightning - 4:20
02. House On Fire - 3:52
03. Sin - 6:56
04. Light It Up - 3:35
05. Walking On Water - 5:09
06. Burning Skies - 3:34
07. Hit The Ground Running - 3:41
08. Baby You’ve Changed - 4:05
09. Out Of The Shadows - 5:37

LINEUP:
Adrian Vandenberg: Chant / Guitares / Basse
Koen Herfst: Batterie
Mats Levén: Chant
Randy Van Der Elsen: Basse
   
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KINGEDDIE
20/11/2023
 
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J'avais tout un stock de remarques plus ou moins intéressantes mais au final j'aime bien cet album de Vandenberg avec toutefois 3 (petits) bémols :
- la durée de la galette, 9 morceaux c'est un peu court
-la voix quasi clonée de Coverdale qui donne l'impression qu'on écoute un nouvel album du serpent blanc ( c'est à s'y méprendre !) Si Coverdale cherche une seconde voix, elle est là..
- enfin la pochette particulièrement laide, qui à mon sens ne véhicule aucune image ou métaphore et qui aurait sa chance au concours des artworks les plus vilains
À part ça, ça fleure bon le hard-blues des 80's et notre hollandais de gratteux est en forme, tout en délicatesse et sobriété...il tient bien la route le bouzin...
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