on 2 October 2011
Back in the late 90's, Nocturnal Rites were playing Iron Maiden style rock, especially evident on their breakthrough album The Sacred Talisman.
Over the years they have moved to a more melodic hard rock sound, with tinges of Heavy Metal.
The production quality has also improved, some will say that they sound a little too over produced nowadays.
Their previous release, Grand Illusion, was an absolute belter and certainly, their strongest offering to date.
It was always going to be a tough ask to match the quality of that album, but I have to say, they have come up with another strong release.
All the tracks are good quality, albeit, with a slightly more melodic feel.
Tracks 1 to 8 are the stand out songs, it does dip towards the end.
The last track, an instrumental, shows me that they can play lead guitar solo's and I would love to see that feature more, on their next album.
Overall, a real decent effort.
on 1 April 2016
This cd was released in 2007 and i got it for about £4 which is gr8. Its the 2nd cd i,ve brought lately from NOCTURNAL RITES and i love um. Again i was looking for bands similar to JORN and it was suggsted i try out this band and i,m very glad i did. They play modern melodic metal, heavy geetars and DIO type singing. If your into melodic metal and want a change and a band you don,t know try NOCTURNAL RITES and this cd and there other cds you will luv um like me, and i,m an old NWOBHM fan from the late 70,s so i,ve been around rock and metal along time.
on 2 November 2007
With this CD Nocturnal Rites have abandoned their power metal roots and turned to Melodic Metal.
The results are astonishing for most of this cd with only the last couple of tracks tailing of a bit.
Great vocals, great melodies, very nice guitar tone and basically the whole band turn in an excellent performance.
This is how melodic metal should be played and the only reason for 4 stars is the cd length around 43 minutes and a couple of less appealing tracks at the end.
Fans of say Mob Rules and Cornerstone will love this.
on 11 July 2010
Me, Pain & Pleasure, Not The Only, Never again: Then the albuim only gets 4 stars?!?!
Very good melodic metal CD, well worth a listen to anybody who has not heard the band before. The songs just grow on you.
Higly recommend driving music. Metal that appeals across the generations (my copy gets borrowed by my daughter).