In this intriguing follow-up to their solid debut, "The Beginning," The Sins are back in full force... offering up an eclectic cornucopia of powerful dark rock tunes.
"Wow, I really don't even know where to begin with these guys. OK, here are some basics, they come from the Grunge mecca of Seattle, this is the follow up to their 2003 debut disc "The Beginning", and the sound that they're hip to is Goth-Rock (or if you prefer, Death-Rock), but it is also so much more than that. Their main influences come from the old-school bands of the genre, Sisters Of Mercy, The Southern Death Cult, Fields Of The Nephilim, The Mission, Children On Stun, early Rosetta Stone, etc. Now, don't go thinking that they're just another Sisters clone, because even though they utilize elements pioneered by the grand-daddy of all Goth bands, the end result that The Sins deliver is vastly different to anything that the SOM ever committed to wax. Along with the Goth element, there is a strong Punk vibe, and every now and then there are moments that make you think Metal. I guess you could say, these guys have a strong respect for the rock. Other Goth bands like "London After Midnight", are born from the same root influences, but LAM seems like a polar opposite to The Sins. One could imagine The Sins breaking into a live rendition of "This Corrosion" almost as easily as Danzig's "Twist Of Cain". Each song on "The Last One Kills" is highly unique unto itself, and never sounds like the track that preceded it, nor like the one to follow. Some songs, like "Heaven", are light, and almost folk-like in nature, others, such as "Love In Blood", are grand, bombastic affairs, while still others, such as the showstopper "Walk", are more mid-paced, but filled with an oppressive, cryptic feeling of doom. Quite frankly, this disc knocked me on my jaded ass. It has sat in my CD player for days on end now, and I do not yet have the ability, or the desire to even think about removing it. Each track manages to burrow it's way into your brain on the first spin, so when it comes time to play the disc again, you find yourself salivating in anticipation of each song. Hopefully this gem gets the recognition it deserves."
-- Jeff Richardson, Urotsukidoji's Pad
"I love me some Sins. They never cease to amaze me with their diversity. This new release by them is no different (and I expected no less from such fine musicians). "Devil Behind the Door" sounds like they got some influences from their Sinister Records labelmates Live Not on Evil. "Into the Chaos" sounds and feels like Mr. Murphy from Bauhaus was present in the studio (at least in spirit). "Heaven" sounds like a late eighties era Bon Jovi, really it does. "The Ballad of Mr. Thicket" is an odd swirly piece that would be fun to see and hear performed live. And "Mirror" sounds like Lynard Skynard doing swamp water .... suprised again was I by the Sins, enamored all over again and sad that they almost never perform outside of Seattle."
-- Azrael Racek, Gothic Revue