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Album Review

Nocturnal Rites spice up their Dream Theater-esque prog metal professionalism with a European flair for sweeping, neo-classical grandeur and melodrama. The virtuosity of the individual musicians is Shadowland's highlight, as the chordal and melodic content of the songs offers very few surprises. Overall, the Swedish sextet offers up an admirably competitive grasp on European power metal chops and production values, even if their abilities generally don't rise above the industry standard of the genre.

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A little darker than previous releases but still a good album for my NR collection because of the pure speed


Formed: 1990 in Umeå, Sweden

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

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...
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