Released: 2005, Century Media
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
Nocturnal Rites are celebrating their 10th year as a band by releasing a double disc album (a re-make of their two first albums) with a lot of bonus material.
Right after the release of NEW WORLD MESSIAH the band went out on tour through Europe as support act to the German power metal act Edguy. They also featured in Demons of the Opera which took place in the Opera House of Umeå where they performed with a 55 piece string orchestra.
Just like Edguy, Nocturnal Rites plays power metal with a hint of heavy metal in between the catchy refrains and choruses. The music is well played and the guys are really competent musicians that know exactly how to get the best out of each other and the music. The band has used keyboards more frequently compared to the other albums but they have done it in such a nice way that I don’t mind.
The guys have a real treasure in their lead singer Jonny, he is one of the best power metal singers I’ve heard and he’s really hard to beat, he takes the material a bit higher (if that’s possible).
The production is awesome and incredibly solid, even though they used keyboards they still have managed to contain their hard and heavy sound.
Nocturnal Rites serves us 10 mind-blowing tracks and after only a few listening it stands clear that GRAND ILLUSION takes over where NEW WORLD MESSIAH left of. The album also delivers the bands darkest and most evil song “Cuts Like A Knife” with guest vocals by Kristoffer from Naglfar. His and Jonny’s voices match perfectly and it’s quite brave of Nocturnal Rites to test their musical limits like they have done with this song. All of the guys impress a great deal on this new album and they are extremely skilled on both instruments as well as Jonny on lead vocals.
If you’re working fast you may be able to get a hold of the first edition of the album that includes a bonus DVD, videos and a whole lot of goodies for every fan Nocturnal Rites.
Also available from Border Music: http://www.bordermusic.com