2007's The 8th Sin is (you guessed it) the eighth studio album from Swedish power metal band Nocturnal Rites. I'm not a huge fan of this band, but they're enjoyable enough, so when I ran across a clearance copy of this disc I decided to give it a try.
I have to say, this is not at all what I expected. Aside from their early death metal days and the heavier than usual Afterlife, Nocturnal Rites sticks pretty close to the power metal formula. Not so with The 8th Sin, which goes in a more melodic, less epic direction. It's still undeniably a metal album (and not pop metal as some have said), but the songs on The 8th Sin are catchier, melodic in an almost commercial way (as commercial as metal gets, anyway), and have a great `80s energy. I absolutely love this style of metal, so of course I ended up loving this album. The melodies are killer, the songs make you want to sing along, and Jonny Lindqvist does an amazing job on vocals.
I can totally understand how The 8th Sin could turn off some of Nocturnal Rites' fans, especially those who only want to hear pure power metal. As much as I enjoy power metal, I much prefer melodic metal along the lines of Masterplan, Ride the Sky, Jorn and At Vance, and with The 8th Sin, Nocturnal Rites has joined that list in a big way.
Edition Notes: My copy of The 8th Sin came with a bonus DVD featuring live footage and other behind-the-scenes type material. I'm not sure if that is exclusive to early pressings, or if they all have it. It's a cool addition either way.