8/4/2006 - Review by: Anthony Burke
Fallen into the cliché of this genre
The band on the same label that houses Hellfueled, Sabaton, and other Swedish powerhouses, this should be enjoyable.
The band from Stockholm Sweden are comprise of IT (vocals), Michael (guitar), Y (guitar), Johan (bass), and TG (drums). The start date of 8th Sin is unclear, but the one thing that is clear is that 8th Sin as of today, started out as a fun endeavor for Michael Bohlin (producer) in his studio in Stockholm in 2000. With a magnitude of years and productions under his belt, Bohlin set out to find a partner in crime. He asked his longtime friend Tony Särkkä (better known as IT) to join the project. IT had dropped music like a bad habit, but the idea that Bohlin presented did spark an interest, thus 8th Sin was born. Eight years later (IT had a similar idea 4 years before Bohlin did)their debut album with their first songs was released. IT has 13 albums accredited to him during his earlier musical career. Abruptum, Ophthalamia, Vondur, and War (with Peter Tägtgren of Hypocrisy) just to name a few.
From the opening bell, this album is laced with plenty of electronica, something that is all too common in industrial music. Another thing that has become cliché in this genre is heavy riffing, darker vocals, and distortion. All eleven tracks fit this exact mold. For a project of such differences, they have fallen into the cliché of this genre.
We essentially have a failed experiment. IT seems to be well known in the black metal community, but he screwed up any chance at a respectable comeback when this project left the minds and became a reality. Everything points to a glorified techno/rave album. I have long since outgrown that phase, now (SH) IT needs to follow suit. Any fan of Rob Zombie, industrial (Nine Inch Nails) or just techno in general may find something worthy about this, but as for me, I can't.
Rating: there are 7 deadly sins, well now there are 8. The 8th Sin being, thou shall not listen to this album.
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