Sinner: The Nature Of Evil-1998.

Sinner is a German heavy metal band formed by vocalist and bassist Mat Sinner in 1982 (who later joined Primal Fear). They were part of the German heavy/speed/power metal scene. Their latest album, Santa Muerte, was released on 13 September 2019.

Based in Stuttgart, Germany, Sinner released their first album, Wild’n’Evil in 1982.[1] This album, along with the next two (Fast Decision and Danger Zone) were raw affairs, having little in common with the melodic metal they would later become known for.[1] After many personnel changes (including drummer Edgar Patrik leaving to join Bonfire), the band saw the addition of Accept‘s Herman Frank on guitars and the release of Touch of Sin in 1985. Frank would leave before the next album, 1986’s Comin’ Out Fighting,[1] with future U.D.O. guitarist Mathias Dieth replacing him.

1987 saw the release of Dangerous Charm, a much more melodic album than previous efforts, but shortly after this the band lost their recording contract,[1] took a break and would not be heard of again for five years.

In 1990, Mat Sinner released a solo album called Back to the Bullet on BMG with a completely new band. Three members of the Mat Sinner band reformed Sinner and released No More Alibis in 1992, an album far heavier than anything Sinner had released before. This renewed vigour coupled with songwriting that far exceeded the band’s previous releases not only carried on but strengthened with Respect in 1994 and Bottom Line in 1995, the latter staying in the Japanese national charts for five weeks. Since the reformation the band’s reputation had improved immensely, touring as support for bands such as Mr. Big and Savatage as well as headlining their own German tour and releasing a live album. Sinner were to reach even higher peaks though, releasing two hugely successful albums with Judgement Day in 1997 and The Nature of Evil in 1998 before touring Europe as support for rock giants Deep PurpleThe Nature of Evil was the band’s most successful album to date, reaching No. 63 in the German album charts.

In 1998, Mat Sinner and Tom Naumann, who had been with Sinner since their reformation in 1992 formed Primal Fear with ex-Gamma Ray vocalist Ralf Scheepers. Mat Sinner has been involved as a driving force in both Sinner and Primal Fear to this day.

In 2000, the band saw its first line-up change in five years as several members left, including guitarist Tom Naumann while ex-Helloween and Gamma Ray‘s Uli Kusch filled in on drums for The End of Sanctuary. However, in 2003 the previous 1995–1999 line-up renewed itself and on 20 January 2003 released There Will Be Execution before going quiet again for four years. In the past nine years the band had released six albums, each as good, if not better than the last, proving to be the band’s most successful period. This success would continue, as after releasing two more albums with Primal Fear, an album with his pre-Sinner band Goddess Shiva and guesting on Tribuzy‘s debut album, Mat Sinner brought Sinner back to release Mask of Sanity in 2007. This album spawned two popular singles in “Diary of Evil” and “Black” and included a faithful rendition of Thin Lizzy‘s “Baby Please Don’t Go”.


Wild ‘n’ EvilFull-length1982
Fast DecisionFull-length1983
Danger ZoneFull-length1984
Bad GirlSingle1985 
Out of ControlSingle1985 
Metal Attack Vol. 1Split1985 
Touch of SinFull-length1985
Born to RockSingle1986 
Comin’ Out FightingFull-length1986
Fight the FightSingle1987 
Knife in My HeartSingle1987 
Rebel YellSingle1987 
Dangerous CharmFull-length1987
Where Were YouSingle1992 
No More AlibisFull-length1992 
Fire in the DarkEP1993 
Germany Rocks – The Best OfCompilation1994 
The Best of Sinner – Noise YearsCompilation1994 
Bottom LineFull-length1995
In the Line of FireLive album1995 
Judgement DayFull-length1996
Judgement DaySingle1997 
The Nature of EvilFull-length1998
Treasure (the works 93 – 98)Compilation1998 
The Second DecadeCompilation1999 
Emerald – Very Best of SinnerCompilation2000 
The End of SanctuaryFull-length2000
There Will Be ExecutionFull-length2003
Mask of SanityFull-length2007
Crash & BurnFull-length2008
Jump the Gun (The Collection)Compilation2009 
One Bullet LeftFull-length2011 
Touch of Sin 2Full-length2013 
No Place in Heaven – The Very Best of the Noise Years 1984-1987Compilation2016 
Tequila SuicideFull-length2017 
The Nuclear Blast RecordingsBoxed set2018 
Fiesta y CopasSingle2019 
Last Exit HellSingle2019 
Death LetterSingle2019 
Santa muerteFull-length2019
Mat Sinner
Vocals, Bass (1980-present)
See also: Goddess ShivaJornKiske / SomervilleLevel 10Primal FearSilent ForceMat Sinner, Voodoo Circle, ex-Scheepers (live), ex-Cans
Tom Naumann
Guitars (1990-1999, 2002-2007, 2016-present)
See also: Primal FearMat Sinner, ex-Godiva (live)
Alex Scholpp
Guitars (2011-present)
See also: Farmer BoysTarjaTieflader, Dacia and the Weapons of Mass Destruction
Sascha Krebs
Vocals (2016-present)
Markus Kullmann
Drums (2019-present)
See also: Hartmann, Moby Dick, Voodoo Circle, ex-Dezperadoz, ex-Minotaurus, ex-Pump, ex-The Warning, ex-Blind Wizzard, ex-Dog Track, ex-Paradizze
Giorgia Colleluori
Vocals (2019-present)
See also: Giorgia and the Groovy Square, ex-Eternal Idol, ex-Hollow Haze, ex-Jack 0.7

Past Members:

Edgar PatrikDrums (1981-1983)
See also: ex-Bonfire, ex-Samson, ex-Tyran’ Pace
Calo RapalloGuitars (1981-1982)
See also: ex-Tyran’ Pace
Frank MittelbachGuitars (1981-1983)
See also: Acustika, ex-Tyran’ Pace
Wolfgang WernerGuitars (1982)
Mick ShirleyGuitars (1982-1984)
See also: Jackie Wulf, ex-Overkill, ex-Blues, Reds & Yellows, ex-Grizzly, ex-Kai Border, ex-Rock & Roll Junkies, ex-Stampede!
SG StonerGuitars (1983-1985)
Ralf SchulzDrums (1984)
(R.I.P. 2014) See also: ex-Vinder, ex-Tyran’ Pace, ex-Chrystine
Bernie van der GraafDrums (1985-1990)
See also: ex-Victory, ex-The Heat
Herman FrankGuitars (1985)
See also: Herman FrankPoison SunVictory, ex-Hazzard, ex-Moon’Doc, ex-Accept, ex-Pänzer, ex-The Element
Angel G. SchleiferGuitars (1986)
See also: ex-Bonfire, ex-Mad Max (live), ex-Pretty Maids (live), ex-Charade, ex-Demon Drive, ex-Paul Sabu
Mathias DiethGuitars (1986-1987)
See also: Gravestone, ex-U.D.O., ex-Ape
Armin MueckeGuitars (1987)
See also: ex-Toxin
Andy SusemihlGuitars (1987, 1992)
See also: David Reece, Andy Susemihl, ex-U.D.O., ex-Ape, ex-Lazy, ex-Mr. Perfect
Tommy GeigerBass (1990-1992)
See also: Mat Sinner
Alex BeyrodtGuitars (1990-2000, 2010-?)
See also: JornLevel 10Primal FearSilent ForceMat Sinner, ex-Missa Mercuria, ex-The Sygnet, ex-Wild Axes, Voodoo Circle, ex-Princess
Tommy ReschDrums (1991-1994)
See also: TalonMat Sinner, Sinwell
Frank RösslerKeyboards (1992-2007)
Fritz RandowDrums (1995-1998, 2001-2005)
See also: ex-Moon’Doc, ex-Saxon, ex-Victory, ex-Eloy, ex-Epitaph, ex-Jane
Klaus SperlingDrums (1999, 2006-2009)
See also: MPMy Darkest HateFreedom Call (live), ex-Donnerkopf, ex-Insanity, ex-Prolopower, ex-Wasteland, Nitrogods, ex-Primal Fear, ex-Mystic Prophecy (live), ex-Saidian, ex-Chinchilla (live)
Henny WolterGuitars (2000-2006, 2007-2010)
See also: ex-Donnerkopf, ex-Sweethard, Nitrogods, ex-Primal Fear, ex-Talon, ex-Viva, ex-Thunderhead, ex-Fair Warning (live)
Matthias LangeGuitars (2006)
See also: Rezident Ex, ex-Alley Cat, ex-Metalium, Bon Scott (AC/DC tribute), ex-Electric Eye (Judas Priest tribute), ex-Jump (Van Halen tribute), ex-Thin Lynott (Thin Lizzy tribute), ex-X-Thirteen
Christof LeimGuitars (2006-?)
See also: The New Black, ex-The Traceelords
Andy VogelDrums (2010)
See also: ex-Lyon
André HilgersDrums (2011-2014)
See also: BonfireSilent ForceSonic Haven, ex-Nuclear Blast Allstars, ex-The Sygnet, ex-Axxis, ex-Empire, ex-Herman Frank, ex-Lingua Mortis Orchestra, ex-Rage, ex-Razorback, ex-Vanize, ex-Regicide (live), ex-Mendacious Messiah, ex-Ninja, ex-Noisehunter (live), ex-Bourbon $treet
Moritz MüllerDrums (2014-?)
Francesco JovinoDrums (2016-2019)
See also: Vanishing Signs, Voodoo Circle, ex-Edge of Forever, ex-Jorn, ex-Primal Fear, ex-Sunstorm, ex-U.D.O., ex-Hardline

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