DEADLY SINS - Selling Our Weaknesses

Deadly Sins - Selling Our Weaknesses

12 songs
37:12 minutes
***** ****
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Deadly Sins come from Boston and can’t deny their origins, which is not a bad thing in this case. The band has only been founded in 2006, but vocalist Stephanie Dougherty gathered some experience with Dropkick Murphys. The musicians played in bands like Reach The Sky, Crash And Burn and Even In Blackouts.

Stephanie’s slightly raw voice is quite impressive, making it obvious that the vocals have a dominant role in Deadly Sins. The band always finds the right balance between heaviness and pop appeal. The choruses are perfectly accessible, which is furthermore emphasised by the male backing choirs. The mood of the songs is mostly emotional and melancholic, reminding of Bambix and Petrograd. When they decide occasionally to rock harder, parallels to Sleater Kinney and Leatherface (the music, not the vocals) come to mind. Freshly Minted Royalty even surprises with acoustic parts, highlighting once more Deadly Sins’ versatility.

Deadly Sins play sincere punk rock with a gut feeling. They don’t yet quite achieve the same level as Deadline, but Selling Our Weaknesses, perfectly produced by Dean Baltulonis (Bouncing Souls, Sick Of It All), is one of the best debut albums I have heard in a long time. I predict a bright future for this band.

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