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Sister Machine Gun [reviews]
Sins of the Flesh |WaxTrax! Records, 1992|

1. Sins of the Flesh, 2. Why Not, 3. Degenerate, 4. X-Rated Movie, 5. Don't Let Me Down, 6. Not My God, 7. Night Returning, 8. Life, 9. Addiction


Formed in 1989 (or 1990 according to some sources), Sister Machine Gun is the creation of Chris Randall out of the industrial-based city of Chicago. Their debut effort, Sins of the Flesh, was released in 1992 on the famous WaxTrax label, thanks to Randall's buddies at KMFDM.

Now, as I just said, 1992 is the year for Sins of the Flesh. Keep that in mind, considering the majority of this album sounds like as if it'd be in 1989. It was hard for me NOT to compare this album to Nine Inch Nails' Pretty Hate Machine album from 1989. I wouldn't call Sister Machine Gun a ripoff of Nine Inch Nails, but the similarities are defiantly present.

The title track "Sins of the Flesh" (and multiple other songs) features constant electronic beeps, a soft verse-hard chorus pattern, and a drum machine that was built in the 1980s. All of those are present in Nine Inch Nails' 1989 song "Head Like a Hole." As I said, it's hard to avoid the similarities.

Other songs such as "X-Rated Movie" and "Why Not" sound almost exactly the same. Throughout the album, the songs become more repetitive and similar, such as the two songs mentioned above. Yet, other songs such as "Not My God" have a different vibe to it. Even though it still features the effects mentioned above, it has some sort of "groove" to the song (on a side note, if you can find the Killjoy Mix or the Video Version of this song, it's worth the search).

"Night Returning" is a quick nod to 1980s Killing Joke, considering the keyboard lead and dark vocals that are within the song. The dark style in the song is interesting, but it does get boring after 2 minutes. There just isn't much diversity within the song to keep it afloat.

All in all, Sister Machine Gun's debut album isn't much to give for. The repetitive songs are an instant turn off, and it's just not creative enough for constant playthroughs. (Xenerki)
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