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Brand New Sin

When rock fans think of Syracuse -- one of the cities in upstate New York -- they often think of hardcore punk and the straight-edge movement, which has used punk to promote clean living, vegetarianism, and spirituality. Many straight-edge bands have been avid supporters of the Hare Krishna sect; arguably, straight-edge has often functioned as a Hindu-minded equivalent of Christian rock, although many straight-edge bands have leaned to the left politically and have, in some cases, vehemently lambasted Christian pop and rock artists who supported the Republican Party.

Despite Syracuse's reputation as a punk/straight-edge town, not every band that came from that area in the '90s or 2000s had a straight-edge connection. Syracuse metal band Brand New Sin have nothing at all to do with straight-edge; if anything, these rowdy, long-haired, tattooed, decadent, hell-raising headbangers sound like they are rebelling against everything that Syracuse's straight-edge scene has stood for. Kris Wiechmann, one of the band's three guitarists, showed how politically incorrect he could be when he equated Brand New Sin's self-titled debut album with "the first drink an alcoholic takes after walking out of rehab," which isn't exactly the sort of thing a straight-edge vegetarian teetotaler would brag about. Blistering and forceful yet consistently melodic, Brand New Sin have been influenced by a variety of metal and hard rock bands, and those influences range from Motörhead, Black Sabbath, and Guns N' Roses to Pantera and Metallica. There are also traces of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Southern rock in the band's material, which has the sort of bluesy, swampy edge that Southern outfits like Alabama Thunder P**sy and Hammerlock have brought to alternative metal.

Although Brand New Sin have plenty of '70s and '80s influences, they also have enough of a Corrosion of Conformity/Down influence to avoid sounding flat-out retro, and thus remain relevant to the post-millennial alternative metal scene. However, Brand New Sin don't get into rap-metal at all -- the Syracuse headbangers show no awareness of hip-hop-minded nu metal bands like Limp Bizkit, Korn, (hed)pe, Rage Against the Machine, and Tommy Lee's Methods of Mayhem. In the '90s, some of Brand New Sin's members belonged to a Syracuse band called Godbelow, which favored a metal/punk blend. But when they wanted to do something different -- something with more bluesy, swampy leanings and a Southern influence -- Brand New Sin were born in the early 2000s. While other metal bands had four or five members, Brand New Sin had six thanks to a lineup that consisted of lead singer Joe Altier, bassist Chuck Kahl, drummer Mike Rafferty, and no less than three guitarists: Slider (who also provides background vocals), Kris Wiechmann, and Ken Dunham.

In June 2002, Brand New Sin's self-titled debut album (which Peter Walker produced) was released by the Jersey City, New Jersey-based Now or Never Records. A year later, drummer Kevin Dean was added to the band. Brand New Sin once again joined Walker for the recording of their second album. The Black and Blue EP and the band's sophomore effort, Recipe for Disaster, were both released in 2005. In 2008, Altier left the band to pursue other projects and was briefly replaced by Nine Ball frontman Joe Sweet, who ultimately parted ways with the band in 2009, as did guitarist Dunham. That same year, guitarist Wiechmann took over lead vocal duties and the band released the independently produced album Distilled. In 2011, Brand New Sin returned with its fifth studio effort and second featuring Wiechmann as vocalist, United State on Goomba Music. ~ Alex Henderson, Rovi
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A cool song my nephew loves wwe and UFC and all of that stuff
Good to see a great metal band come out of upstate N Y, right in my backyard
The big show is the worlds largest athlet
The big show
This band is nothing without this singer. Miss this dude
These guys are amazing.
lllanismarzo
This band has evolved to a much higher level since this was put on Pandora! Joe and Kenny are gone. Go to their website to hear their new album United State, with new lead guitarist, Tommy Matkowski. In my opinion this latest album is their best so far!
spinachcat
This band rocks! I'd love to see them live.
I'm 48 and this sh*t meets pretty much most of my hard rock listening needs. If it wasn't for Pandora I would have missed this entirely. I'm just bummed that I hadn't been exposed to them a lot sooner. D*mn there is soooo much great music out there. Regular radio sucks. They play everything to death while bands like this never get a chance to be heard by the masses. Good on ya Pandora!
love these guys!
love it!!!!!!!!!
rock on
We do indeed have a new CD called "Distilled" with our original guitarist and main songwriter Kris Wiechmann on lead vocals! http://brand n e w s i n . c o m
queeen_beee
Lubbock Texas! Awesome!
Re: the song "The Loner", I hear the same amount of Nickelback as I did on S.P.P. and therefore must still be wrong. ;)
seen them live in st. pete with black label society. great show.
i put them on my southern metal station
I don't know how they sound like Nickelback.. . I t will be interesting to hear the new album, now that Joe's gone solo...My sister is friends with him and has said that he takes vocal lessons so as to not ruin his voice. Let's hope the new vocalist does the same :-p
captinnutbut t e r
good band from the 'cuse.there played out in upstate ny though.
this is awful...typi c a l riffs that my a**hole could write.

unoriginal.. . t h e lyrics are hard to listen to
Funny... after listening to "S.P.P." I came here to leave a comment somewhere along the lines of "great, another Nickelback". Apparently my opinion is wrong. I stand corrected. lol
Great sound nowhere near the now lame over-famed Nickleback.
Nickleback.. . . . . l o l , not even.

Way stronger, way more southern/met a l .
COC, DOWN......Ma y b e a bit of Alter Bridge....

I like em.
billdude49
sounds good, until they get popular? spoken like a wannabe idie fan.
cj00710
Awesome vocals and a hint of Black Label Society. ROCK.
Nickleback?? ? ? Nickleback?? ? ? ? ? ?

I put them more in a Down / Corrosion of Conformity / Heavy Southern rock category. Very heavy, very bluesy. Me like very, very much.
aroylance
Nickleback? Are you joking?? They sound like a mix between Pantera and good ol' Molly Hatched, sprinkled with a little BLS. Sweet Groove.
Reminds me of nickleback. Sounds good until they get popular, I hope they don't get popular.

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