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Latest Nocturnal Rites News
Below is our complete Nocturnal Rites news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
Nocturnal Rites has checked in with the following update about working on new material:
"Hi everyone! We thought it was time for a fresh start. As you can see we are working on a brand new website which will be online very soon, we hope! And it will contain lots of new stuff and information for you. We are currently writing songs for the new album and rehearsing for the gig at the Sabaton Cruise in Stockholm, 2nd of December 2010. The song-writing is going well we have lots of new material for our 9th studio album. We have some really dark and aggressive stuff written as well as some more melodic, so this new album will definitely cater to all aspects of the Nocturnal Rites legacy!
"We also played some live shows with our new guitarist Chris Rörland. This guy really did a great job, entering the stage for the first time as a new member of the band and he kicked ass from the beginning to the end! Not showing any fear at all, he just went for it, crazy but still being 100% professional. Even after a few shows it feels like he's been in the band for ages. So we are extremely happy.
"And we would also like to thank everyone who came to see us on our gigs since we started playing again. A big thanks to you all! More news to follow! Keep your eyes and ears open for upcoming songs, live shows, recording session & release."
The full lineup for the 11th annual installment of ProgPower USA has been finalized for this September's festivities. The event, which is held in Atlanta, Georgia, will include a plethora of both stateside and European acts, including headlining acts Kamelot, Accept, and Hammerfall, along with Turisas, Nocturnal Rites, and more. This year's festival will also mark the first American appearances from Paradox, Leprous, Delain, Tarot (featuring Marcto Hietala of Nightwish), Seventh Wonder, and many more international acts.
In addition to the main two days of the event, there will be two days of pre-fest shows and activities based around ProgPower, including a Mid-Week Mayhem show on Wednesday, September 8th, and a Fest Kick-Off Show on Thursday, September 9th. More information on the festival can be found at this location.
The festival's itinerary is as follows: More...
Nocturnal Rites has announced their new guitarist as Chris Rörland. The band has posted the following video introducing him to their fans:
Leaves' Eyes has been confirmed for next year's ProgPower USA XI festival, which takes place on September 8th-11th in Atlanta, Georgia. Other currently confirmed bands include Kamelot, Hammerfall, Nocturnal Rites, Tarot, Tyr, Delain, Seventh Wonder, DGM, Oceans of Sadness, Stormwarrior, Paradox, and Illusion Suite. More info on the festival can be found here.
Kamelot has issued the following announcement about headlining the ProgPower USA XI festival in 2010:
"Kamelot announced as one of the Headliners for ProgPower USA XI. ProgPower USA began in 2001. The first festival was held in Lansing, Illinois, just outside of Chicago, at J.J. Kelley's. The subsequent events have been held in Atlanta, Georgia, at Earthlink Live (formerly and again Center Stage Atlanta). Visit here for more info."
The lineup for next year's event is currently as follows:
Friday, September 10:
Saturday, September 11:
OCEANS OF SADNESS
Swedish power metal band, Nocturnal Rites, has issued the following update regarding the progress of the writing of their new album:
"Song writing is proceeding as planned and going very well indeed. We are quite sure some of the new stuff will turn some heads... Up and down, in a good way! A quick explanation would be, a little back to the darker 'Afterlife' days mixed with some trademark NR catchy melodies - those that can never go wrong!" More...
Nocturnal Rites has issued the following announcement about planning a string of upcoming Latin American tour dates:
"Together with Storm Blaze Entertainment Booking & Management Agency, we are announcing that we will be doing a string of dates in Latin America this September. More information on exact dates and countries will be announced shortly!"
Reactivated Swedish Thrashers Guillotine, featuring Nils Eriksson and Fredrik Mannberg from Nocturnal Rites, have set their upcoming new album as "Blood Money." The album is already complete and we will set an official release street date in a short while. The tracklisting is as follows:
1. Insane Oppression
6. Skeleton City
7. Madness (Instrumental)
8. Dying World
9. Welcome To Dying (Death, Destruction & Pain)
11. Our Darkest Day
12. Blood Money
Nils Norberg of swedish power metal band, Nocturnal Rites, has issued the following update regarding his departure from the band:
"I just wanna write and explain some stuff for you out there. I have decided to lay down the guitar as my interest for music kind of cooled down the last years. So I’m not a part of Nocturnal Rites any more. It's just becuase of myself. I decided to do this and it has absolutly not been a bad feeling in the band in any way. I don’t know how or if I will go on with music, but I will take a break from the guitar that has been taking up all my waken time the last 20 years. The band will always be a 2nd family for me and I'm not closing the door to play with them again if it would be an a opportunity and I would have the urge to play again." More...
Reunited Swedish thrashers GUILLOTINE, featuring Nils Eriksson (bass) and Fredrik Mannberg (rhythm guitar) of NOCTURNAL RITES, check in with the following recording update:
"Hey all - it's about time we gave you a clue as to how things are progressing in the studio!
Good news is that we have finished the basics; drums, bass and rythm guitars, almost all vocals and have only some lead chops to handle before we can start mixing this baby!
We'll shortly be announcing album title, possible street date and whatever else info we might have!
Talk more soon!"
Recently reunited Swedish thrash metal band GUILLOTINE has signed to Pulverised Records for a brand new album. Consisting of members from the legendary NOCTURNAL RITES, the new album is currently untitled but work is in progress and should see the light of day for a late 2008 release.
GUILLOTINE, the reunited Swedish thrash metal band featuring Nils Eriksson (bass) and Fredrik Mannberg (rhythm guitar) of NOCTURNAL RITES, has issued the following update:
"A few days ago we started laying down the first few songs of drums and guitar for the [new GUILLOTINE album]. It feels amazing to have started this thing now after a few intense months of songwriting...and more importantly — after 10 years of absence from the scene! More info on label, title, expected release date and so on will be announced shortly."
GUILLOTINE recently posted two newly recorded demo tracks — "War" and "Blood Money" — on its MySpace page.
The band's debut album, "Under the Guillotine", was released in 1997.
In a 1998 interview with Chronicles of Chaos, Eriksson stated about GUILLOTINE, "GUILLOTINE plays music that is much more back to basics and rawer than NOCTURNAL RITES. It is so different. I feel that both bands are so far apart from what style and sound they deliver. It really isn't a task to be a part of both outfits. Making music is what I do and being in both bands keeps me busy. And when I'm busy, I'm one happy musician."
Swedish power metallers NOCTURNAL RITES have checked in with the following brief year-end update:
"Just like to take the opportunity to thank all the fans for making The 8th Sin do so tremendously all over the world. Like we said before, even before it was released it had out-sold Grand Illusion, which is indeed an achievement! So - wishes from the band for a great 2008!"
NOCTURNAL RITES have checked in with the following update:
"Hey, we just wanted to thank everyone involved in this tour for some awesome parties, great shows and new friendships! We had a blast! So; thanks all Finnish (THUNDERSTONE) and German (CAST IN SILENCE) guys! Also, big thanks to the fans for showing up and having a ball with us all! We will be posting some videos and stuff soon, so stay tuned.
Next up is the HAMMERFALL boat thing next week, which of course also will be a blast.
By the way, we are confirmed for House Of Metal Festival in Umeå in February next year!
Rock on and talk more soon!"
n e-card for the new NOCTURNAL RITES album, "The 8th Sin", is available at this location. The e-card features streaming versions of several tracks off "The 8th Sin", the band's video for the song "Never Again", the group's latest tour dates as well as a chance win exclusive NOCTURNAL RITES t-shirts.
A video clip of Swedish metallers NOCTURNAL RITES performing the new song "Never Again" at the Gates of Metalbåten festival, which took place April 26-27 on the Silja Festival ferry (which traffics the Baltic Sea between Stockholm, Sweden and Turku, Finland), has been posted at YouTube. More...
Swedish melodic metal outfit NOCTURNAL RITES has lined up the following dates:
Jun. 06 - Sölvesborg, Sweden - Sweden Rock
Jun. 07 - Haninge, Sweden - Haninge Kulturhus
Jun. 08 - Nynäshamn, Sweden - Annexet / Sailor Inn
Jun. 09 - Västerås, Sweden - Hörnet / Aros Kongress Center
NOCTURNAL RITES recently posted its brand-new song "Never Again" at the band's MySpace page. The video for "Never Again", which was directed by the band's drummer Owe Lingvall of Village Road Films (WOLF, CARNAL FORGE, MORGANA LEFAY), is available for viewing at YouTube. More...
Swedish melodic metallers NOCTURNAL RITES have lined up the following dates:
June 6-9 - Sölvesborg, SEE @ Sweden Rock Festival
June 07 - Haninge, SWE - Haninge Kulturhus
June 08 - Nynäshamn, SWE - Annexet / Sailor Inn
June 09 - Västerås, SWE - Hörnet / Aros Kongress Center
Gates of Metal Festival and Metalbåten will create a new cruise which will be called Gates of Metalbåten (The Gates of Metal Boat). The cruise is between Sweden and Finland at the Silja Festival ferry on the 26-27 of April next year.
Seven bands will perform at the ferry and so far Evergrey, Dark Funeral, Nocturnal Rites, Sonic Syndicate and Manticora are confirmed. The Gates of Metal Boat will be a kick-off for the Gates of Metal festival which will be held for the fifth time in Hultsfred on the 3-4 of August.
NOCTURNAL RITES have posted the following update at their official website:
"Due to a change of server, our downloads section will be down temporarily. As of now we don't know exactly when it will be up again, but please bear in mind that it will be down for a while during the summer.
For the people who visit this site for the first time, we suggest you head on over to our MySpace page after you finish browing here. There you will find samples and pretty much everything else you might need."
Thanks and talk soon.