Sinners Never Sleep is You Me At Six's heaviest record and returns the band to their post-hardcore
roots with screamo guest vocals from Oli Sykes and Winston McCall along with harder guitar riffs.
This should appeal to those who didn't like the more pop-orientated direction the group went in
with Hold Me Down though the band also throw in songs like 'No One Does It Better' and 'Crash' for
good measure. As someone whose opinion of the band varies from album to album, this is them at
their best with its harder and more abrasive sound though it's still You Me At Six so don't expect
something like In Utero here.
You Me At Six begins to move in a different direction, while hanging on to their roots. Sometimes the heavier songs work ("Bite My Tongue", "Little Death"), but sometimes they are laughably bad ("Time is Money"). Songs like Reckless will remind you of old YMAS. Overall this is a very solid and enjoyable effort.
As a BMTH and Parkway Drive fan, I was intrigued when YMAS first announced the respective lead vocalists roles on their upcoming album. The fact that Sykes' and McCall's appearances are still the highlights of the sheer mediocrity put forth on this album says it all.
They show a lot of potential on here, their musicianship has improved and Josh Franchesci is getting better as a vocalist. Still feels like they haven't fully shaked off the Pop Punk tag, will be interesting to see where they go from here.