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Sister Sin: Now And Forever

Headbanging hard rock from the Swedish metal heartlands

Like a fly stuck in amber, Sister Sin are caught in the past. Their fourth album is another fully realised tribute to the 80s when metal was metal, grunge was an abstract notion and bands like Judas Priest and Mötley Crüe were filling arenas from Long Island to Long Beach.

Given the sound and feel on Now And Forever, both of those bands must have been on heavy rotation in the bedrooms of Sister Sin’s fledgling members dotted throughout the suburbs of Gothenburg. And while they could make the most glorious covers band, there’s no denying the rattle and hum of their own material, especially when brought to life by Cameron Webb’s (Motörhead, Danzig) hefty mix.

Admittedly, Shades Of Black is Crüe’s Too Young To Fall In Love in all but name, and elements of Judas Priest’s Screaming For Vengeance are all over the album, but if you can shrug off the very obvious musical nods, songs like Hang ’Em High, Fight Song and Running Low are pure, air-punching pleasure.

Philip Wilding is a novelist, journalist, scriptwriter, biographer and radio producer. As a young journalist he criss-crossed most of the United States with bands like Motley Crue, Kiss and Poison (think the Almost Famous movie but with more hairspray). More latterly, he’s sat down to chat with bands like the slightly more erudite Manic Street Preachers, Afghan Whigs, Rush and Marillion. He ghosted Carl Barat’s acclaimed autobiography, Threepenny Memoir, and helped launch the BBC 6 Music network as producer and co-presenter on the Phill Jupitus Breakfast Show. Five years later he and Jupitus fronted the hugely popular Perfect 10 podcast and live shows. His debut novel, Cross Country Murder Song, was described, variously, as ‘sophisticated and compelling’ and ‘like a worm inside my brain’. His latest novel The Death And Life Of Red Henley is out now.