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4.0 out of 5 stars A return to power metal form
Ten years on, and album number 7 for the Swedish melodic metal maestros, and it's very much business as usual. Now this lot don't put out bad albums, although they've only made one great album, and that was "Tales of Mystery and Imagination" back in 1998. But they have a tendency to put out above average albums that don't really last the pace. Also, their last release,...
Published on 30 Sept. 2005 by Mr. H

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1.0 out of 5 stars Fool or More?
A total disaster!! I bought this item this month and it takes a long term to send it and when I have it, it was empty!!! I return the product but the worst about it, I wanna this! And I don't have it! Be careful, my friend, you can be the next fool. Nocturnal forever!!
Published on 23 Dec. 2010 by DavidHalfMetal


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4.0 out of 5 stars A return to power metal form, 30 Sept. 2005
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This review is from: Grand Illusion [Bonus DVD] (Audio CD)
Ten years on, and album number 7 for the Swedish melodic metal maestros, and it's very much business as usual. Now this lot don't put out bad albums, although they've only made one great album, and that was "Tales of Mystery and Imagination" back in 1998. But they have a tendency to put out above average albums that don't really last the pace. Also, their last release, "New World Messiah", saw their usual high standards dip a bit, and I was getting ready to write them off as a spent force.
But "Grand Illusion" sees them raising their game again. It's almost as if they knew they were treading water a bit. So, this time around, the melodic power metal they trade in has sharper riffs, more memorable melodies and, probably, the best vocal turn Jonny Lindqvist has put in since his arrival in 2000.
They've put together some excellent material, some of which tips over into prog metal territory, especially album highlight "Something Undefined". The other big song is "Cuts Like A Knife" which is one of the most brutal numbers they've recorded. Tragically there's no cover version of the Styx classic "The Grand Illusion", but you can't have everything. I do wonder slightly at the sequencing, though, as album opener "Fools Never Die" is, not only the worst track on the album, but also an overtly 'pop' song. Doubtless, there are some who won't get past it. It's also the single release in Europe which could confuse some.
They've also gone down the guest appearance route with Stefan Elmgren from HammerFall, Jens Johansson from Stratovarius, Henrik Danhage from Evergrey and Kristoffer W. Olivius from Naglfar popping in to help out. However, the real surprise is three times cross-country skiing world cup winner, Per Elofsson on guitar. Its to the credit of Nocturnal Rites that it remains very much their album, in the face of the guest list.
No surprises, just a return to the form we always knew they were capable of.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best album so far ..., 2 Oct. 2011
This review is from: Grand Illusion (Audio CD)
Back in the late 90's, Nocturnal Rites were playing a kind of Iron Maiden style of rock, especially evident on their breakthrough album, "The Sacred Talisman".
Since then, they have moved into a more slicker produced style of melodic hard rock (some will have liked this switch, others not).
This release, was again another definite step forwards, eclipsing their 2004 offering New World Messiah, with a heavier production and better composed material.
All the tracks are high quality melodic/hard rock, with tinges of Heavy Metal.
Powerful guitar riffs accompany soaring vocals and each song has a catchy singalong chorus.
All the songs are pleasing and for me, the stand out tracks are the awesome "Still Alive", "End Of Our Rope" and the stunning finale "Deliverance".
Certainly, their best album to date.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Fool or More?, 23 Dec. 2010
This review is from: Grand Illusion [Bonus DVD] (Audio CD)
A total disaster!! I bought this item this month and it takes a long term to send it and when I have it, it was empty!!! I return the product but the worst about it, I wanna this! And I don't have it! Be careful, my friend, you can be the next fool. Nocturnal forever!!
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