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Nocturnal Rites

Nocturnal Rites began life as the Swedish death metal outfit Necronomic, which released a demo tape entitled The Obscure in 1991. Gradually, as the band members realized they would prefer to play more melodic strains of metal they had enjoyed growing up -- British and Gothic metal bands like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and Helloween -- their own style shifted towards that retro direction, and Nocturnal Rites was born. The original lineup included vocalist/guitarist Fredrik Mannberg, rhythm guitarist Mikael Söderstrom, bassist Nils Eriksson, and drummer Tommy Eriksson; Tommy Eriksson left quickly and was replaced by Ulf Andersson, and in 1993, after a demo tape in their new style attracted some interest, Mannberg abdicated vocal duties to concentrate on lead guitar and make way for singer Anders Zackrisson. This lineup recorded In a Time of Blood and Fire in 1995 for the Megarocks label; poor distribution, however, led the band to seek greener pastures. Söderstrom left the band at that point and was replaced in 1996 by Nils Norberg, a good enough guitarist to share lead duties with Mannberg. Andersson was forced to leave the band in the summer of 1998 due to a leg injury, and was replaced by Ove Lingvall. The group's sophomore album, Tales of Mystery and Imagination, was issued in 1998 by Century Media; The Sacred Talisman followed a year later, featuring keyboardist Mattias Bernhardsson. 2000 found the band with a new lead vocalist, Jonny Lindkvist, who debuted that year on the Riot/Rainbow-influenced Afterlife. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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Totally awesome
My church plays a few songs from this band as a warm up, I love it !
The most rock & metal stations on Pandora Radio!
I like.
Best
amazing band
So great!
WAKE UP DEAD!!!!!!!! !
excelent band
WOW just heard for the first time great stuff...
Without this album I'd definitely would be dead!
Rise, Avalon, from the pale mystery...ye s , I just sang that out loud at work and garnered a few strange looks from my work mates...ah well, good music just makes me want to sing!
love it
New Album? When?
Fools never die = best son
Best power metal band I've ever heard.
Simply awesome.
dougd26
I love me some Nordic metal, but I'm having a hard time getting into this band. My first encounter with them was a very cheesy music video. I do like a few songs off New World Messiah.
I really like alot of their songs, need to buy one of their albums, which do yall recommend as a first?
They started off as death metal and then went back to retro NWOBHM and then went progressive! awesome! these guys are pretty damn cool!
Like listening to a young Rob Halford. AMAZING!!!
Where's "Sacred Talisman"??? Get with it, Pando!
@metacom Are you serious? Kamelot is one of the best power metal bands ever and they're from the US.
metacom_of_9
Just look at the people they call "artists" at the top of the lists in the US. thats why.
maxhammer200 5
Stunning MAG sound, of course European. Why USA so empty, tasteless, sterile now? Help me.
Fool's Parade. :D
tjamesmc
Awesome band. Why isn't Shadowland in the "Selected Discography" Pandora?
@ST33L: Actually it was the video for "Never Again" that they were (justifiably ) mocking.
these babes are good ... can't believe this is the first time i listen to them ... hocked already!
Lol yeah I bet it was "Avalon". Great song, absolutely awful video lol
I picked up The 8th Sin last night, and it is a damn fantastic album.

I'm kind of surprised I went so long without buying any of their albums, as I've yet to hear anything they've done that I didn't instantly love.
Ha ha, one of Nocturnal Rites videos made it into Something Awful's "Metal Hell" article - not because they were making fun of the song mind you, just how ridiculously bad the video itself was.

But never ever making good music videos is one of the Rules of Power Metal, so Nocturnal Rites is just staying true to form, heh!
ozmotron
Nordic Metal may be the last stronghold of the genre. Play at maximum volume for best results.
These guys are incredible! I've been into them for awhile, but only recently have I considered them to be among my "favorite" bands.
lots of great songs
NOCTURNAL RITES IS THE KING OF THE POWER METAL PILE!!
My daughter's name is Avalon, and I discovered the song "Avalon" a couple months ago, so it's probably my favorite song.
I wish Pandora could play some more stuff off Grand Illusion, haven't heard that album yet.
germainr1222
haha yeah you're right,they are really addictive
The more I hear from them the more I like them.
I am getting addicted to Avalon...
I just discovered these guys, I already love them! Like a mix between Stratovarius , Kamelot, and Iron Maiden. Call Out To The World instantly entered my list of favorite songs.
Huzzah for Pandora and turning up this group!
Awesome band
This band is a rollercoaste r . Half of their songs are awesome, and then they did songs like Avalon which makes me think Winger maybe wasn't such a bad band.
singer sounds like grim reaper singer
I have The Sacred Talisman, Afterlife, and New World Messiah and i would have to say my favorite albums are before Afterlife. I like the original singer the best.
mat_man20
It's a mix of all my favorite bands. It ROCKS! WOOT!
Great sound. I love Iron Maiden, Edguy, Avantasia and the like. Thanks Pandora for the introduction !
odinscross69
why theses guys aren't more well known is beyond me!!
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