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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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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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Tad Morose Practice For Tour, Work On Video

Sweden's TAD MOROSE are hard at work practicing for the bands upcoming Scandinavian tour with EDGUY and labelmates NOCTURNAL RITES. Meanwhile, singer Urban breed checks in with the following update, "The video for 'Anubis', is almost finished. It won't be long now, as all that is needed is for me to paint another few textures and we're practically there. We're also working on a medley for our September Atlanta ProgPower V appearance. This because we have so much we want to play and so little time. It will be an all out Andrén-era medley to satisfy the needs of our long time fans." Tad Morose's latest release, Modus Vivendi , was released in the U.S. by Century Media earlier this year.

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Nocturnal Rites New Album And European Tour

The Swedish Power Metal fortress NOCTURNAL RITES announces the release of their sixth studio album "New World Messiah" on March 24th 2004. This brilliant new forged piece of steel was produced in their hometown Umea. For the mixdown and mastering they left Sweden for the first time to get a glorious sound from Finnvox Studio in Helsinki, Finland. The man behind the desk was T.T. Oksala who recently did a great job for bands like Tiamat, Apocalyptica and other stars of the global Rock empire. A warm and powerful sound was ensured by Minerva Pappi, one of the finest female mastering engineers currently in the business. Once more the five defenders of true metal deliver finest melodic, bombast Power Metal garnished with delicious chorus lines.

Directly after the release of "New World Messiah" the band will head out April 2nd 2004 for a massive European tour together with EDGUY and BRAINSTORM. Label mates TAD MOROSE, recently released the highly acclaimed "Modus Vivendi", will replace Brainstorm for the last five shows in Scandinavia.

The complete European tourdates are listed below: More...

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Nocturnal Rites Set Album Title

Swedish melodic metallers Nocturnal Rites have reportedly set "New World Messiah" as the title of their follow-up to 2002's "Shadowland", tentatively due in early 2004 through Century Media Records. Working songtitles include "Against the World", "The Icon" and the projected title track. The group's bassist Nils Eriksson had previously described the new material as "pretty much like we've always done...[but] maybe just a tad better."

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