You would think that after being in this line of business for 20 years now, Matt Sinner and company would be out of ideas and be more experimental and softer with their sound. Wrong! This album is heavy as fuck and will rock the hell out of anyone even if you're in a coma.
Right from the get go, "Higher Level Of Violence" lets it rip with the dueling guitar work of Henny Wolter and Tom Naumann. Matt's vocals are gritty yet melodious and true to the SINNER sound. The true meaning of Power Metal is exercised on this disc. The title track shows just how much balls this band still has after all these years. This would have to be the bands most proficient and technical disc to date. The guitar frenzy solos of the title track prove it.
The SINNER/German sound is still there and hasn't lost any of its flavor. If you hear hints of ACCEPT's sound, it's not intentional. You have to remember that they are neighbors in the German community and they emerged around the same time. The CD comes to a harmonious and melodic end with the acoustic ballad "Crown Of Thorns" which rounds out the disc nicely and shows that can be more than just Power Metal thrashers.
There is little filler here. It's all action from top to bottom so you don't get weary of it fast. (Online April 1, 2003)