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When it comes to power metal, there are only a handful of bands sticking to a tradition of heavy, mind-melting riffs while also bringing their sound into the 21st Century. NOCTURNAL RITES is one of those bands, and their eighth full-length, appropriately titled The 8th Sin, is rife with the kind of visceral energy that helped bring the genre to the forefront in the mid-to-late ... Read more in Amazon's Nocturnal Rites Store

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  • Audio CD (April 6, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Century Media
  • ASIN: B0001MDQ1W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,569 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. New World Messiah
2. Against the World
3. Avalon
4. Awakening
5. Egyptica
6. Break Away
7. End of Days
8. The Flame Will Never Die
9. One Nation
10. Nightmare

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Nocturnal Rites is doing this kind of metal very very well.
Justin G.
"Avalon" comes on and I'm like, "Okay, I don't like this song, but it's actually a good one."
dismaleuphony
Jonny's voice is agressive yet melodic, keeping it true to old-school metal.
Michael Pardi

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By dismaleuphony on March 1, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Well, at the risk of being totally hated, I'm going to offer my thoughts on New World Messiah...

Personally, I gave this CD a 3, and if it wasn't for the band having an awesome singer and quality sound, I'd give it less. I'm a fan of their "Afterlife" CD a lot, and like most of "Shadowland" as well, but with this CD, I think their time has run out. What happened here?

Okay...it's not like a hate it, but once the first track is done with, I'm left yearning for something I can enjoy, but it's just not there. "New World Messiah" (the song) is a good opener. No problems but it's nothing we haven't heard before from this band. But, the comes "Against the World," and I'm left saying "damn, I hope there's something good coming soon, because I'm getting worried." Nocturnal Rites is really sounding sing-songy and relying too much on their patented background singing-infused chorus lines. The guitar solo is just boring...I may be no guitar virtuoso, but I think I could at least think of a more interesting melody here.

"Avalon" comes on and I'm like, "Okay, I don't like this song, but it's actually a good one." So, not too bad yet... But, for some reason "Avalon" makes me feel like listening to Edenbridge, because the chorus feels so bombastic I can't help but wishing I was belting out "The Undiscovered Land" atop of uptempo power metal instead of atmospheric metal. Nothing against Edenbridge, but Nocturnal Rites used to be power metal with a touch of tension, anger, and inspiration in the hooks...what's this? This just doesn't have the same excitement to it. It feels like the band's swansong more than a band in the middle of their peak as musicians.

From here though, I'm going to have a tough time liking much else...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael Pardi on November 30, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I don't know if I can make such a bold statement, but it is definitely my #1 favorite release for 2004, and certainly ONE of the best Power Metal recordings ever. This effort is pretty much flawless, the production is crushing, guitar work is stellar (as always with N.R.) vocals are even better (and more varied) than their last two CDs, and the bass/drums lay a perfect foundation, locking in with each other and hitting insanely hard... (this CD is LOUD!)
Ever since these guys layed off the "medieval" topics, their records have been greatly improving. I'm not saying "Sacred Talisman" was not good, it's just that the last three are amazing, "New World Messiah" being the best (in my opinion...) The vocals do not get too shrill, which is a constant complaint for people just getting into Power Metal. Jonny's voice is agressive yet melodic, keeping it true to old-school metal. The leads are incredible, they fit in perfect with the song, never coming across as obnoxious... Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 15, 2004
Format: Audio CD
OH MY GOD!!!!This album is twice as good as any of their other album's.So don't listen to those other bad review's.There all just huge Afterlife fan's.And they're craving something that's just straight forward,slow,and boring heavy metal.And guess what,this album is heavier too.Just in a more Power speed metal package.I use to wonder if Owe Lingvall their drummer,had what it took to make a really great Power speed metal drummer,and you know what? He's got it in spades!Although this album does have one small negative.And that's that some of their song's are not as catchy as some of their other song's.Egyptica is a great example.I really think this is probably the weakest lerical song on the album.But it also has arguably the most amazing guitar solo on the album.So I think the amazing musicianship makes up for it,and I mean that too!On this album they are way tighter as a group,and you will,that is if you give it a chance,definately hear that.Although I,myself heard it right off,and I was literally blown away!All their guitar solo's are way,way,more wicked than their other album's.So I tend to think that maybe only Power metal hater's just don't like this album as much.Which is expected.What with the kind of quick transition from a more heavy metal sounding album like Afterlife,to a slightly more Power metal sounding album like Shadowland,to this amazing display of Power speed metal.I think this album might be a little hard to diggest lerically,although just at first.But the outstanding production,music,that is way tighter,faster,and about four times better than the other album's should do the trick.Now don't get me wrong those other album's are amazing too,but I still think musically,not so much lerically,that this album put's them really badly to shame.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By zeek on August 28, 2004
Format: Audio CD
When i first heard Nocturnal Rites new singer on Afterlife, i hated his voice,always thought he sounded just like the guy from stryper.But then when i started listening to Shadowland it grew on me more and more, he still isnt one of my "favorite" singers,however he does bring a unique sound to the band.This one doesnt quite hit me like Shadowland does but this album has very good moments.The title track,Against the World,Awakening,The Flame will never die and One Nation are def all stand outs on the album.As a matter a fact the middle break after the solo in "One Nation" is so good it should have been made into a song itself,reason i say this is because they don't play it long enough so i forced to rewind it a dozen times or more,yes its that cool.The production is a little to small by comparison of SL but doesnt sound bad,just tiny,so it could use a little more power behind the songs.I didnt like the album at all when i first heard it but if you give it a few spins it will become very good.In conclusion NR have always been known for killer chorus's and there are some here as well,also the guitarist has a very very creative style without super speed or super flashy playing,although some are extremely techinical.So listen and enjoy.
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