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Nocturnal Rites


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Nocturnal Rites is a Swedish power metal band formed in 1994, Umeå/Holmsund. So far they’ve released 7 studio albums.

Their first three albums (‘In a Time of Blood and Fire’, ‘Tales of Mystery and Imagination’ and ‘The Sacred Talisman’) feature the former vocalist Anders Zackrisson, while the newer albums are sung by Johnny Lindkvist. Also the musical style has changed a bit during the years; some demo’s were something more like death metal , but then the three first cd releases pure melodic power metal, and on “Afterlife” they took a bit heavier approach with influences of true heavy metal like Masterplan and Dream Evil and even some thrash metal riffs, though the melodic choruses were kept right in the core of the songs.

They have released a few more albums since, with the latest ones being ‘Grand Illusion’ that came in 2005 and ‘8th Sin’ that came out in 2007. The band keeps on fighting on and remains one of Scandinavia’s best known power metal bands.

On June 21st, 2008 it was announced that guitarist Nils Norberg has left the band. On May 9th, 2010, Chris Rörland joined Nocturnal Rites. A video of him playing and Fredrik Mannberg talking a bit about him can be seen here.


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  • Schnedlit

    Wow! Excellent Band!! Powerful!!!

    31 Jan 2:16am Reply
  • Sikuretho

    My new favourite song is Against The World

    29 Nov 2014 Reply
  • metalkillthekin

    great band :)

    15 Sep 2014 Reply
  • azlan222

    just bought their grand illusion, jeeee!

    3 Sep 2014 Reply
  • onlycharles


    22 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Jura18

    Неплохо. Но у шведов круче получается хард, метал - это к немцам и финнам.

    10 Aug 2014 Reply
  • ChrisHikari


    25 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Kattfan_93

    I met one of the guitarists today, he said that they recently had been recording vocals and that the album probably will be released later this year :D

    23 May 2014 Reply
  • Karaouq16

    love them :D

    14 Apr 2014 Reply
  • ClassyMusicSnob

    I've heard of this band in name but never chcked em out. Just heard a really impressive instrumental and I think it's time that I check them out!

    3 Apr 2014 Reply
  • orangexlemon

    Band is on hiatus ?

    21 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Kattfan_93

    New Album please! [3]

    6 Sep 2013 Reply
  • luckyfin

    i feel sorry for meeting this amazing group so late! they are amazing \m/

    23 Jul 2013 Reply
  • ArcTheseus

    New Album please!

    22 Jun 2013 Reply
  • rasmusson

    seriously I've given up on a new album from this group :(. This band is an illusion.

    5 Jun 2013 Reply
  • ikd-sj

    "pain & pleasure" god! ((*◕ω◕)ノ

    11 Apr 2013 Reply
  • metalinvader34

    New World Messiah!

    11 Mar 2013 Reply
  • peterdiktakis

    We seriously need that new album.

    6 Mar 2013 Reply
  • cerbercomp

    Привет комрады, очень советую любителям металла, перспективная групешка, иногда даже похожа на U.D.O и Judas Priest !

    3 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Jason_Kountou

    Where're these guys at? They definitely need to get back and put out something great, like they always do!

    2 Mar 2013 Reply
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