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  • Witchwood - Before the Winter
  • Destiny's End - Breathe Deep the Dark, Transition
  • Capricorn - Capricorn, Inferno
  • Nocturnal Rites - In a Time of Blood and Fire
  • Rovescio della Medaglia - Contaminazione 2.0
  • Depressive Age - First Depression, Lying in Wait

NOCTURNAL RITES
"In a Time of Blood and Fire" 25°Ann.

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  • SWORD OF STEEL
    SKYLINE FLAME
    BLACK DEATH
    IN A TIME OF BLOOD AND FIRE
    DAWNSPELL
    LAY OF ENNUI
    WINDS OF DEATH
    REST IN PEACE
    DRAGONISLE
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"Melodien in bester Helloween- und Blind Guardian-Manier. Und textlich haben die Jungs einen leichten Manowar-Einschlag. Eine gelungene Überraschung— Rock Hard (De)a
 
 
 
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Nel 1990 il chitarrista / cantante Fredrik Mannberg formò una band chiamata Necronomic ed alla fine dello stesso anno gli unici due membri rimasti (Fredrik e il batterista Tommy Eriksson) reclutarono il bassista Nils Eriksson e iniziarono a suonare come Nocturnal Rites. Nel 1991 la band registro' il primo ed unico demo di quattro tracce "The Obscure". Attiro' l'attenzione di diverse etichette, ma la band decise di aspettare per qualcosa di meglio. Mentre scrivevano materiale per un promo di due tracce si allontanarono progressivamente dal death metal degli esordi verso un sound più melodico. Questo nuovo approccio attiro' l'attenzione di varie labels, ma la band non era ancora disposta a firmare alcun contratto. In questo periodo il batterista Tommy Eriksson lasciò la band e fu sostituito da Ulf Andersson. La band aggiunse un secondo chitarrista, Mikael Söderström. Per tutto il 1993 i Nocturnal Rites scrissero nuovo materiale ed il loro sound divenne definitivamente di stampo heavy metal tradizionale influenzato da bands come Iron Maiden e Judas Priest. La band descrive questa transizione come una normale continuazione di ciò che avevano iniziato nel 1992. Entro la fine del 1993 avevano raccolto abbastanza buon materiale per un'altra registrazione ma si accorsero che la voce di Fredrik non era piu' congeniale per il loro nuovo suono. Così decisero di cercare un cantante piu' adatto ad un sound piu' classico e melodico. Il sostituto fu trovato in Anders Zackrisson, cantante talentuoso ed esperto con un passato nei Gotham City. Con la registrazione del 1993 con il nuovo innesto di Zackrisson i Nocturnal Rites sentivano che le canzoni avevano del potenziale e le inviarono a varie etichette. Il nastro catturo' l'attenzione della indie svedese Dark Age. Raggiunsero un accordo ed alla fine del 1994 la band lo firmò. L'intenzione della Dark Age fu fin dall' inizio quella di concedere in licenza l'album ad un'etichetta più grande che consentisse maggiori fondi e migliore distribuzione. Il partner fu trovato nella svedese Megarock Records e finalmente l'album di debutto "In a Time of Blood and Fire" (1995) venne rilasciato. Fu subito un grande successo di critica,  ma sfortunatamente, a causa di alcuni problemi di distribuzione e promozione non ottenne la visibilita' che avrebbe meritato. Mentre il gruppo scriveva il secondo disco, il chitarrista Mikael Söderström decise di lasciare la band e fu sostituito da Nils Norberg, talentuoso sia come musicista che come autore. Alla fine del 1997 il secondo album, "Tales of Mystery and Imagination" fu rilasciato in Giappone. Ma poiché la Megarock ormai non soddisfaceva piu' le aspettative della Dark Age, cercarono un accordo migliore per l'Europa e lo trovarono grazie all' interessamento della Century Media e così il disco fu finalmente pubblicato nel 1998. Iniziava un'era completamente nuova. Dopo un tour in Europa, la band torno' con ritrovata fiducia per scrivere e registrare l'acclamato "The Sacred Talisman" (1999), mostrando un lato più maturo e capace e ci fu un cambio con il nuovo batterista Owe Lingvall. Quindi i Nocturnal Rites si unirono a Nevermore e Lefay per un intenso tour europeo, alla cui fine, la band e il cantante Anders Zackrisson si separarono. Rapidamente venne trovato come sostituto il cantante Jonny Lindqvist e con lui la band ha pubblicato i seguenti album: "Afterlife" (2000), "Shadowland" (2002), "New World Messiah" (2004), "Grand Illusion" ( 2005), "The 8th Sign" (2007) sotto Century Media e "Phoenix" (2017) su AFM.
Masterizzato da Patrik Engel, gentile licenza Century Media.
In 1990 guitarist/vocalist Fredrik Mannberg formed a band called Necronomic, then by the end of the same year the only two remaining members (Fredrik and drummer Tommy Eriksson) recruited bassist Nils Eriksson and started  with the monicker of Nocturnal Rites. In 1991 the band made their first, and still only, official demo recording. A four track release called "The Obscure". It attracted some indie-labels but the band decided to wait for something better. While writing material to be a two track promo recording they found themselves having drifted away from the death metal sound, towards a more melodic and harmonic oriented sound. This new approch, again, attracted some label attention. But  the band was not be willing to sign. Around this time drummer Tommy Eriksson left the band and was replaced by Ulf Andersson. The band also added a second guitarist, Mikael Söderström. Through 1993 the band continued writing material and by this time their sound had come to grow into traditional heavy metal, influenced by the likes of Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. The band describes this transition as a normal continuance on what they started on in 1992. By the /end of 1993 they felt they had gathered enough good material for another recording. This recording, however, made the band realized Fredrik's vocals didn't quite fit their new sound. So they felt they had to recruit a proper, melodic singer. Fredrik's replacement was found in Anders Zackrisson, a talented and experienced vocalist, formerly of  Gotham City band. With 1993's recording with newly recruited Zackrisson they felt the songs had potential and it was sent out to various labels. The tape caught swedish label Dark Age's attention. A deal was worked out and by the end of 1994 the band signed it. Dark Age's intention was always to license the album to a bigger label with better funds and distribution. The partner was found in Megarock Records and finally Nocturnal Rites debut album "In a Time of Blood and Fire" (1995) was launched upon the world. It was critically a big success but, unfortunately, due to some distribution problems and poor efforts in promoting the album, it never became “big” as it potentially could have been. While writing for a follow-up, guitarist Mikael Söderström decided to leave the band and was replaced by Nils Norberg, equally talented as musician and songwriter. In late 1997 the band's second CD, "Tales of Mystery and Imagination" was released in Japan. But since Megarock didn't please Dark Age, they looked for a better deal in Europe and found it in Century Media and so the album was finally released in March 1998. At this point, a whole new era was to begin for the band. After touring Europe in support of the "Tales..." album, the band came back with a newfound confidence to write and record its third offering, the critically acclaimed "The Sacred Talisman" (1999). It showed a more mature and able side of the band and a new addition to the rythm section, the drummer Owe Lingvall. Then the boys joined Nevermore and Lefay for an intense european tour. When all touring duties were done the band and vocalist Anders Zackrisson separated. Quite quickly a replacement was found in local singer, Jonny Lindqvist and with him Nocturnal Rites released the following albums: "Afterlife" (2000), "Shadowland" (2002), "New World Messiah" (2004),"Grand Illusion" (2005), "The 8th Sign" (2007) all under Century Media, then "Phoenix" (2017) under AFM.
Vinyl mastered by Patrick Engel, kindly licensed by Century Media.
 
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