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Nocturnal Rites

Formed: 1990
From: Umeå, Sweden
Last Known Status: Active

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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Five More Bands Confirmed For Bloodstock Open Air

Five more bands have been confirmed for BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR, which takes place on 14th-15th July 2006. The festival, in its second year, will offer the UK an equivalent show to the major European Metal Festivals, albeit on a smaller scale for a 5000 capacity. However all the things you would expect from such a festival will be present. Food, Stalls, Camping, Beer tent (housing the second stage) with Metal Karaoke up to 2am each night for those of you who can stand 14 hours of metal per day.

The following bands were just confirmed for Bloodstock Open Air 2006:

Metal Church (Friday)
Callenish Circle (Saturday)
Evile
Headless Cross
Pitiful Reign

and The UK's own THRASH TILL DEATH TOUR appearing on STAGE 2 on Friday 14th July.

The full BOA lineup currently consists of: More...

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My Dying Bride To Headline Bloodstock 2006

British Doom Metallers MY DYING BRIDE have been confirmed as the headliners of the 6th annual Bloodstock Festival to be held at the Assembly Rooms in Derby, UK on 29th-30th September 2006. MY DYING BRIDE are only the second UK band to have headlined the event, previously SAXON headlined in 2001 and 2003.

The current Bloodstock line-up is shaping up as follows:

AGANKAST
AWAKEN
AXEL RUDI PELL
BEYOND AFTERLIFE
BRAINSTORM
CAPTIVE AUDIO
DEADFALL
DIED SMILING
EDEN
ENEMY UNKNOWN
ILLUMINATUS
MACHINE MEN
MAEL MORDHA
MAJESTY
MARSHALL LAW
MY DYING BRIDE
OMNIUM GATHERUM
ONSLAUGHT
PRIMAL FEAR
SPELLBLAST
STEEL TORMENTOR
SWORN AMONGST

Another 6 bands are to be announced over the forthcoming weeks, including 2 special slots given over to bands that have entered a raffle to play the show. Any band interested in entering the raffle should contact the organisers at the BLOODSTOCK festivals new website.

In related news, the second BLOODSTOCK OPEN-AIR festival is taking place on July 14th-15th 2006 at Catton Hall, South Derbyshire, UK. Currently confirmed bands are:

ASHTAR
ATHEIST
ENSIFERUM
NOCTURNAL RITES
PYRAMAZE
RAUNCHY
SEASON'S END
TURISAS

More bands will be announced over the forthcoming weeks. Tickets (which will be sent out during April) for both shows are available from bloodstock.uk.com.

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Nocturnal Rites Announce North American Debut

Sweden's NOCTURNAL RITES, who today released Grand Illusion, have announced their co-headlining North American debut at Chicago's PowerFest 2006 Saturday, April 8th, complete information here. Speaking on behalf of the band, bassist Nils Erikksson said, "We are truly psyched about finally getting ourselves over to the U.S.; it has been talked about for way too long without happening. So making our debut co-headlining the Chicago PowerFest 2006 alongside our Swedish buds Morgana Lefay will be nothing but a blast and quite positively a huge party."

Blending melodic metal and powerful hard rock, with a deadly progressive thread, Sweden's NOCTURNAL RITES are driven by thundering double-bass drums, authoritative vocal lines, gracefully fluid rhythm and awe inspiring duel lead guitar grandeur.

More information on the band, MP3s, and videos can be found here. "Grand Illusion" was recorded at Toontrack Studio in the band's hometown, Umeå, Sweden. Joining the band on this extraordinary album are some of metal's most prominent artists, including guitarist Stefan Elmgren (Hammerfall), keyboardist Jens Johansson (Stratovarius), guitarist Henrick Danhage (Evergrey), and vocalist Kristoffer W. Olivius (Naglfar). Swedish world champion cross-country skier Per Elofsson (three-time World Cup gold) also appears, displaying his whammy bar action on "Never Trust." Grand Illusion's cover art was provided by Axel Hermann (Dream Evil, In Flames). The finished domestic version of Grand Illusion will contain bonus CD-ROM enhancements with the "Fools Never Die" video, directed by drummer Owe Lingvall, and footage from the video and album's making.

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Just For Fun

Century Media Artists Give Christmas Insight

Every family has its Holiday Traditions, from the holy to the secular, the materialistic to the generous and everything in between. Screaming through the Holiday Season Century Media artists prepare for eating, drinking and making merry!

IMPALED - Ross Sewage

“Ah, the dead of winter... my favorite time of year! Well, first I join my family and we start the burning of the Cruel Log. It burns for eight magical days... or for however long we keep pouring the oil from a dead baby seal's fat onto it. Then we take the kids and get a photo of them sitting on Satan's lap at the Church of Satan in San Francisco. We all ask for the coming year to deliver revenge upon our enemies. One of my favorite moments is decorating the XXX-Mess tree with ornamental dongs, dildos, and effigies of Jenna Jameson. Finally we tuck the kids away, and by kids, I mean me. The next day I get up to receive the presents Satan brought for me because I've been naughty all year. YAY!! A new scalpel and bonesaw! For New Year's... I get drunk. Big surprise.”
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Lullacry And Nocturnal Rites Share Release Date

New albums from Finland’s LULLACRY and Sweden’s NOCTURNAL RITES will see North American release on Jan. 24 through Century Media Records. Female fronted rock band LULLACRY fire all 8-cylinders throughout Vol. 4’s 10-tracks.

Blending melodic metal and powerful hard rock with a deadly progressive thread, Sweden’s NOCTURNAL RITES crown their 10 years together with "Grand Illusion." Touring extensively across Europe and Japan with Nightwish, Gamma Ray, Nevermore, Overkill, Hammerfall and more and performing at every major European Metal festival (Dynamo, Wacken Open Air, Sweden Rock, etc.), the band has converted legions of fans worldwide. Grand Illusion features guest performances from members of Hammerfall, Stratovarius, Evergrey and Naglfar, along with cover art by Axel Hermann (Dream Evil, In Flames) and a CD-ROM containing video extras.

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Nocturnal Rites Update

Swedish melodic metal outfit NOCTURNAL RITES has successfully finished its tour throughout Europe with German speed metal act Gamma Ray. Bassist Nils Eriksson’s personal feedback:

“Just back from touring all over Europe with Gamma Ray. Weird - two days ago I was drinking beer without my shirt on in the sun in Kaufbeuren and when I get back home we have -10 Celcius. We had a blast in Europe and did some really, really fucking great shows. The new songs went down great and now we can\'t wait to start our headlining trek in Sweden. Now I have to sober up. I guess I can\'t drive my car until another couple of weeks... Hats off to all fans for showing up and raising hell with us. We love you all...“

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Nocturnal Rites Plan Swedish Tour

Swedish power metallers NOCTURNAL RITES will embark on a tour of Sweden in November/December. Confirmed dates are as follows:

Nov. 17 - Gävle, SWE – Club Monster
Nov. 18 - Eskilstuna, SWE – ICE
Nov. 19 - Motala, SWE – Motala Metal Festival
Nov. 25 - Huskvarna, SWE – Folkets Park
Nov. 26 - Falun, SWE – Arenan
Dec. 02 - Örnsköldsvik, SWE – Musikhuset
Dec. 03 - Västerås, SWE – Prisma
Dec. 15 - Göteborg, SWE – Musikens Hus
Dec. 16 - Kalmar, SWE – Palace
Dec. 17 - Örebro, SWE – Satin

NOCTURNAL RITES' latest album, "Grand Illusion", was released last week via Century Media Records. The follow-up to 2004's "New World Messiah" was recorded and mixed at Toontrack Studioin Umeå, Sweden and features guest appearances by Stefan Elmgren (HAMMERFALL), Jens Johansson (STRATOVARIUS), Henrik Danhage (EVERGREY), Kristoffer W. Olivius (NAGLFAR) and Swedish cross-country skiing world champion, Per Elofsson.

"Grand Illusion" includes a bonus DVD featuring three videos from "New World Messiah", the "Fools Never Die" clip, a "Making of Grand Illusion" segment and extra footage from the "Demons of the Opera" show.

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Nocturnal Rites Post Live Video Online

Swedish power metallers NOCTURNAL RITES have posted online a live video of the track, "Deliverance", at this location.

The performance was fialmed at the Sky Com Arena in Umeå, Sweden.

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Nocturnal Rites Record Performance For Future DVD

According to a posting on NOCTURNAL RITES' official web site, the group's performance at this past weekend's Gates of Metal festival in Hultsfred, Sweden was recorded by the Swedish national radio P3 and will be broadcast later in the year as part of the "P3 Live" series.

As previously reported, NOCTURNAL RITES will be supporting GAMMA RAY on their upcoming European tour in September/October. NOCTURNAL RITES will be touring in support of their new album, "Grand Illusion", due in Europe on September 19 via Century Media Records. The follow-up to 2004's "New World Messiah" was recorded and mixed at Toontrack Studioin Umeå, Sweden and features guest appearances by Stefan Elmgren (HAMMERFALL), Jens Johansson (STRATOVARIUS), Henrik Danhage (EVERGREY), Kristoffer W. Olivius (NAGLFAR) and Swedish cross-country skiing world champion, Per Elofsson.

"Grand Illusion" will include a bonus DVD featuring three videos from "New World Messiah", the brand-new "Fools Never Die" video, a "Making of Grand Illusion" segment and extra footage from the "Demons of the Opera" show.

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Nocturnal RItes To Support Gamma Ray

Swedish power metallers NOCTURNAL RITES will be supporting GAMMA RAY on their upcoming European tour. Confirmed dates are as follows:

Sep. 27 - Pilzen, CZR @ KD-Club Seoikova
Sep. 29 - Budapest, HUN @ Petöfi Hall
Sep. 30 - Zlin, CZR @ Golem
Oct. 01 - Zvolen, SLO @ City Sports Hall Website
Oct. 03 - Milano, ITA @ Rolling Stone
Oct. 04 - Pratteln, SWI @ Z7
Oct. 05 - Lyon, FRA @ Transbordeur
Oct. 07 - Bergara, SPA @ San Sebastian
Oct. 08 - Madrid, SPA @ La Riviera
Oct. 09 - Porto, POR @ Club Hard
Oct. 11 - Barcelona, SPA @ Razzmatazz 1
Oct. 12 - Zaragoza, SPA @ TBA
Oct. 14 - Lichtenfels, GER @ Stadthalle
Oct. 15 - Langen, GER @ Stadthalle
Oct. 16 - Bonn, GER @ Brückenforum
Oct. 17 - Paris, FRA @ Elysee Montmartre
Oct. 19 - Oberhausen, GER @ T-Club Turbinenhalle
Oct. 20 - Hamburg, GER @ Markthalle
Oct. 21 - Osnabrück, GER @ Hydepark
Oct. 22 - Kaufbeuren, GER @ All- Karthalle

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Nocturnal Rites New Album And Tracklisting

Swedish power metallers NOCTURNAL RITES have set "Grand Illusion" as the title of their new album, due in Europe on September 19 via Century Media Records.

The follow-up to 2004's "New World Messiah" was recorded and mixed at Toontrack Studioin Umeå, Sweden and features guest appearances by Stefan Elmgren (HAMMERFALL), Jens Johansson (STRATOVARIUS), Henrik Danhage (EVERGREY), Kristoffer W. Olivius (NAGLFAR) and Swedish cross-country skiing world champion, Per Elofsson.

"Grand Illusion" will include a bonus DVD featuring three videos from "New World Messiah", the brand-new "Fools Never Die" video, a "Making of Grand Illusion" segment and extra footage from the "Demons of the Opera" show.

"Grand Illusion" track listing:

01. Fools Never Die (3:54)
02. Never Trust (4:43)
03. Still Alive (4:02)
04. Something Undefined (4:08)
05. Our Wasted Days ((5:17)
06. Cuts Like A Knife (5:10)
07. End of Our Rope (5:26)
08. Never Ending (4:29)
09. One by One (4:23)
10. Deliverance (5:00)

NOCTURNAL RITES will support NIGHTWISH on their Swedish tour in September. The dates are as follows:

Sep. 08 – Stockholm, SWE @ Arenan
Sep. 09 - Göteborg, SWE @ Lisebergshallen
Sep. 11 - Umeå, SWE @ SkyArena

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Dimmu, Evergrey Confirmed For Gates Of Metal

Dimmu Borgir has been confirmed for Gates of Metal. The Norwegian band will play the big stage at this years festival. Sweden's Evergrey is also confirmed. Gates of Metal is held in Hultsfred, Sweden between the fifth and sixth of August.

5000 tickets has been released, and foreign visitors can make their ticket reservation at the official festival website. The website is available in English.

For more information visit http://www.gatesofmetal.se.

Confirmed artists:
Edguy
Children of Bodom
Masterplan
Grave Digger
Amon Amarth
Dream Evil
Nocturnal Rites
Sabaton
Twilightning
God Among Insects
Pantokrator

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More Bands Confirmed For Gates Of Metal

Another three artists are presented by the Gates of Metal festival which takes place in Hultsfred, Sweden between the 5 and 6 of August.

The new artists are Children of Bodom, Nocturnal Rites and Twilightning. The festival has now confirmed eight artists to the third edition of Gates of Metal.

This years festival will expand and opens on the Friday evening with performances. This will also mean that there is going to be more artists performing at Gates of Metal 2005 than other years.

5000 tickets have been released, and foreign visitors can make their reservation at the official festival website. The website is now available in English as well.

Previously confirmed artists include: Edguy, Grave Digger, Amon Amarth, Dream Evil, God Among Insects.

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Nocturnal Rites At The Opera

One of the principal forces in Swedish power metal have been given a once in a lifetime opportunity of doing two shows alongside the renowned philharmonic orchestra at the opera house in their native Umeå, Sweden.

"I think these concerts will blow people away. Not only will it be cool to hear our songs being played by an award winning orchestra consisting of 50 people – our sorry asses will be up their, on stage with them, playing the material we wrote ourselves. Imagine the total and utter power that will be unleashed when our two musical worlds collide", Nils Eriksson, the band’s bassist, says.

The shows will be conducted by the prominent Hans Ek, whose merits include everything from working in Canada and England, directing the musical Chess at Cirkus in Stockholm, conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to having worked in nearly every Opera House in Sweden.

"This guy is a heavy weight champion and I am sure he will interpret our songs in ways we never even thought were possible. I can’t wait to hear this", Nils Eriksson says.

In addition to Nocturnal Rites being the headline act on the bill, two other local bands, Persuader and 6th Awakening, will also in their own shows merge with the orchestra. Furthermore in the opera house’s smaller venue an array of other local metal bands will be performing the good old fashioned way.

"As far as I know this is the first time any opera house in Sweden, or maybe even the world, has opened its doors for a weekend completely devoted to this slice of modern culture we call metal.

Culture isn’t supposed to be static. It’s meant to bend, take on new forms and be questioned. I love this idea and I think it will give the metal audience a new perspective on classical music and vice versa", Nils says.

The two day event, aptly dubbed “Demons of the Opera”, will set off on the eves of April 1st and 2nd. Tickets go on sale Monday February 14.

In other news, Nocturnal Rites have just finished shooting their third video clip off last year’s critically acclaimed “New World Messiah” and are currently working on material for its successor. Until this monster is let loose, check out “Lost in Time: The Early Years of Nocturnal Rites” – the band’s 10 year celebration CD containing their first two albums, newly recorded songs, rare bonus tracks and video enhancements. In stores on February 21st.

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Nocturnal Rites Post New Video Online

Swedish power metallers Nocturnal Rites have posted the video for "Against The World" on their official website here.

The video was produced and directed by the band's drummer, Owe Lingvall, for Gun Produktions.

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Nocturnal Rites Semi-Acoustic Song Posted Online

The busy Swedes of the Band Nocturnal Rites wish all of you out there a rockin' Christmas and a cool metallic New Year.

The guys themselves are already looking back on a successful year, but they are still keeping busy. The band won't allow themselves to fully relax and get into the holiday spirit until they finish work for their next videoclips and "Against The World" (their second from the "New World Messiah" album). Once that's done, expect the lads to open an extra bottle of bubbly, because they are now celebrating the ten-year anniversary of Nocturnal Rites.

On February 21st, 2005, the double album "Lost In Time: The Early Years Of Nocturnal Rites" with old songs which have been out of print for a long time, along with some new treasures, as well as witty liner notes by the band, will be released.

The band wants to present a tasty MP3 delicacy just in time for Christmas: a 4 minute-long extract of the semi-acoustic version of "In A Time Of Blood And Fire" (the full 6 minutes are on "Lost In Time...") available here.

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Nocturnal Rites: First Two Albums Re-Released

In celebration of NOCTURNAL RITES' 10th Anniversary the band's label, Century Media, will be releasing a double CD set containing their first two albums.

Both albums have been out of print for a long time and will be released as a compilation entitled "Lost In Time: The Early Years Of Nocturnal Rites". It will be released on February 21st, 2005. The debut album, "In A Time Of Blood And Fire", was released in 1995 on Megarock Records but was only available in small quantities. Two years later they released their second opus, "Tales Of Mystery And Imagination", in Japan. It was re-released in the rest of the world with different cover artwork on Century Media a year later. More...

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Skinlab & Nocturnal Rites Videos On "Viva La Bam"

Skinlab's "Paleface" and Nocturnal Rites' "Egyptica" will be featured on MTV's "Viva La Bam" this Sunday, November 7th. Check local listings for time.

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Nocturnal Rites Drummer Recovering

Swedish power metallers Nocturnal Rites have posted this update on their official website regarding drummer Owe Lingvall's recent surgery:

Owe's surgery went really well and he would like to express his grattitude to the fans for all their messages and concern. He is now back from the hospital, at home and recovering quite quickly (although it still hurts like hell, he says). We know lots of you really want to know exactly what happened. Well, Owe was taking out a tent from the ground at his summer house and apparently it got stuck for some reason. After some pulling he got it to come out of the ground, but unfortunately, one of the nails holding it down came out of the ground like a missile hitting his left eye. Massive bad luck...

As soon as Owe is 100% up and running again, we will make plans for the new record and possible shows at the end of this year or early 2005. In the meantime, the rest of us will continue working on new material and be looking forward to the new video clip for "Against the World" to be released.

Heavy Metal is the law, play loud,

Nils E

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Nocturnal Rites Drummer In Serious Accident

According to a posting on their official website, Nocturnal Rites drummer Owe Lingvall was involved in accident at his summer house a few days ago that almost caused him to lose an eye. He is now in hospital and will undergo surgery on Thursday, October 7th.

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