Nocturnal Rites

Nocturnal Rites
  • Jonny Lindqvist - vocals
  • Per Nilsson - lead guitar
  • Fredrik Mannberg - guitar
  • Nils Eriksson - bass
  • Owe Lingvall - drums

NOCTURNAL RITES is a Swedish power metal band formed in 1990.

The band started off under the name Necronomic playing heavy metal, as can be heard on their demo (“The Obscure”, 1991). This attracted some independent labels’ attention, but they turned them down in the hope of a better opportunity. On the 2-track promo that was recorded in 1992, their style had evolved into a slightly more melodic, Iron Maiden-influenced sound, but was still unmistakably death metal.

The band initially consisted of Fredrik Mannberg (guitar/vocals) and Tommy Eriksson (drums), who then hired bassist Nils Eriksson. Following their change of style, the band hired vocalist Anders Zackrisson, whose voice was more adapted than Fredrik Mannberg‘s to power metal. Tommy Eriksson was soon after replaced by Ulf Andersson. The band also added a second guitarist, Mikael Söderström. By this time they had fully evolved into the Helloween-style power metal sound of their first three albums.

In 1994, the band signed with Swedish label Dark Age, and the first album In a Time of Blood and Fire was released in collaboration with Megarock Records in 1995. After this, guitarist Mikael Söderström decided to leave the band and was replaced by Nils Norberg. Despite being a replacement for the band’s rhythm guitarist, Norberg became their lead player, with Mannberg switching almost entirely to rhythm from then on. The second album, Tales of Mystery and Imagination, was first released in Japan in late 1997. It was released in Europe in March 1998 on Century Media. The band toured Europe with Overkill and Angel Dust.

The third album, The Sacred Talisman was released in 1999 and featured a new drummer, Owe Lingvall due to a leg injury of Ulf Andersson. The album entered the Japanese charts at No. 83. Only 2 weeks after the release, the band toured Europe with Nevermore, Morgana Lefay and Sacred Steel and participated in Open air festivals such as 1999’s Dynamo festival. After this, singer Anders Zackrisson was replaced by former Mogg frontman Jonny Lindqvist, a former band mate of Owe Lingvall. His voice was quite different from his predecessor’s, which gave the band a new face on their next album, Afterlife, released in 2000. The band then toured Europe once again with Iron Savior.

2004 saw the release of the album New World Messiah, followed by a 6-week tour with Edguy and Brainstorm. Two videos were also released in December, “Awakening” and “Against the World”, both of them produced by drummer Owe Lingvall.

In 2005, the 10th anniversary was celebrated with the re-release of the 2 first albums and some bonus material on the “Lost in Time” double CD. The band also played a live show, “Demons at the Opera” with a 55-piece orchestra at the Umeå Opera House. A documentary about the show was broadcast on Swedish national television.

The album Grand Illusion, out in 2005, featured many special guests, including Jens Johansson (Stratovarius), Henrik Danhage (Evergrey), Kristoffer W. Olivius (Naglfar), Stefan Elmgren (HammerFall), and, more surprisingly, the Swedish world champion of cross-country skiing (three times world cup gold winner), Per Elofsson who comes from the same town as the band, Umeå.

The band also toured with such acts as Nightwish, Gamma Ray, HammerFall and Labyrinth, and played in festivals such as Wacken Open Air, Sweden Rock, Gates Of Metal, etc.

A new studio album, The 8th Sin, was released in 2007. Nils Norberg left the band the following year due to personal reasons. He was replaced by Christoffer Rörland.

Mannberg and Erikson are also members of the thrash metal band Guillotine, and Rörland has joined Sabaton as of 2012.

On September 29, 2017 NOCTURNAL RITES released their first new album in 10 years titled Phoenix.

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Phoenix / 2017

Nocturnal Rites - Phoenix
  • Album Info
  • 2017
  • AFM Records

1. A Heart As Black As Coal
2. Before We Waste Away
3. The Poisonous Seed
4. Repent My Sins
5. What’s Killing Me
6. A Song For You
7. The Ghost Inside Me
8. Nothing Can Break Me
9. Flames
10. Welcome To The End

“Phoenix” is the ninth studio album by Swedish power metal group NOCTURNAL RITES, released by AFM Records on September 29, 2017.

The 8th Sin / 2007

Nocturnal Rites - The 8th Sin
  • Album Info
  • 2007
  • Century Media

1. Call Out To The World
2. Never Again
3. Not The Only
4. Tell Me
5. Not Like You
6. Leave Me Alone
7. Till I Come Alive
8. Strong Enough
9. Me
10. Pain & Pleasure
11. Fools Parade

“The 8th Sin” is the eighth studio album by Swedish power metal group NOCTURNAL RITES, released by Century Media on May 16, 2007.

Grand Illusion / 2005

Nocturnal Rites - Grand Illusion
  • Album Info
  • 2005
  • Century Media

1. Fools Never Die
2. Never Trust
3. Still Alive
4. Something Undefined
5. Our Wasted Days
6. Cuts Like A Knife
7. End Of Our Rope
8. Never Ending
9. One By One
10. Deliverance

Released in 2005, “Grand Illusion” is the seventh studio album from NOCTURNAL RITES. The lyrical themes on this album focus on achieving freedom and overcoming tyranny. The album was also issued in a limited edition with a bonus DVD.

New World Messiah / 2004

Nocturnal Rites - New World Messiah
  • Album Info
  • 2004
  • Century Media

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

“New World Messiah” is the sixth studio album by NOCTURNAL RITES, released in 2004.

Shadowland / 2002

Nocturnal Rites - Shadowland
  • Album Info
  • 2002
  • Century Media

1. Eyes Of The Dead
2. Shadowland
3. Invincible
4. Revelation
5. Never Die
6. Underworld
7. Vengeance
8. Faceless God
9. Birth Of Chaos
10. The Watcher

“Shadowland” is the fifth studio album by Swedish power metal band NOCTURNAL RITES, released in 2002.

Afterlife / 2000

Nocturnal Rites - Afterlife
  • Album Info
  • 2000
  • Century Media

1. Afterlife
2. Wake Up Dead
3. The Sinner’s Cross
4. Hell And Back
5. The Sign
6. The Devil’s Child
7. Genetic Distortion Sequence
8. Sacrifice
9. Temple Of The Dead
10. Hellenium

“Afterlife” is the fourth studio album by Swedish power metal band NOCTURNAL RITES, released in 2000.

The Sacred Talisman / 1999

Nocturnal Rites - The Sacred Talisman
  • Album Info
  • 1999
  • Century Media

1. Destiny Calls
2. The Iron Force
3. Ride On
4. Free At Last
5. Hold On To The Flame
6. Eternity Holds
7. When Fire Comes To Ice
8. The Legend Lives On
9. The King’s Command
10. Unholy Powers (Night Of The Witch)
11. Glorious

“The Sacred Talisman” is the third album by Swedish power metal band NOCTURNAL RITES, their second on Century Media.

Tales Of Mystery And Imagination / 1997

Nocturnal Rites - Tales of Mystery and Imagination
  • Album Info
  • 1997
  • Century Media

1. Ring Of Steel
2. Dark Secret
3. Test Of Time
4. Lost In Time
5. The Vision
6. Warrior’s Return
7. Change The World
8. Pentagram
9. Eye Of The Demon
10. End Of The World
11. The Curse
12. Burn In Hell

“Tales of Mystery and Imagination” is the second album by Swedish power metal band NOCTURNAL RITES, their first on Century Media. It received distribution in Europe in February 1998 after being initially released only in Japan.

In 2005, the album was re-issued as a 2-disc compilation titled, “Lost in Time: The Early Years of Nocturnal Rites”. The compilation featured previously unreleased demos and acoustic re-recordings.

In A Time Of Blood And Fire / 1995

Nocturnal Rites - In a Time of Blood and Fire
  • Album Info
  • 1995
  • Megarock Records

1. Sword of Steel
2. Skyline Flame
3. Black Death
4. In a Time of Blood and Fire
5. Dawnspell
6. Lay of Ennui
7. Winds of Death
8. Rest in Peace
9. Dragonisle

“In a Time of Blood and Fire” is the debut album by Swedish power metal band NOCTURNAL RITES, released in 1995.

In 2005, the album was re-issued as a 2-disc compilation titled, “Lost in Time: The Early Years of Nocturnal Rites”. The compilation featured previously unreleased demos and acoustic re-recordings.

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