Swedish metallers Nocturnal Rites have issued the following update on their official website:
"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!
Swedish metallers Nocturnal Rites have announced Christopher Rörland will replace Nils Norberg as their new lead guitarist.
Commented by rhythm guitarist Fredrik Mannberg: "It feels great to have Chris in the band. He's a really, really nice guy. We're very happy to have found this guy very close to our hometown. We are very excited to start working on new material and play some live shows with him, so it's great."
Nocturnal Rites are still working on the follow-up to The 8th Sin, released exactly three years ago.
Nils Norberg, guitarist of Swedish power metal formation Nocturnal Rites, has left the band. The following message was posted by him on the band's official site:
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 because of myself. I decided to do this and it has absolutely 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 opportunity and I would have the urge to play again.
The following message was posted on Nocturnal Rites's official website:
"We have added a corny, little message from the band including some previews of the bonus DVD that comes with "The 8th Sin" over at NocTV. We have a new live-clip from the GoM-boat on there as well!
Also, Century Media has launched an e-card with us including a competition where 25 lucky winners get a free NR shirt. Don't miss!
Some exciting more cool stuff will be revealed in the coming days, so stay tuned".
For more info about the album go to this location or read more here and here.
In other news, Nocturnal Rites have teamed up with Finnish Heavy/Power Metallers Thunderstone for a co-headlining European tour this fall.
Nocturnal Rites have posted the brand new song 'Never Again' at their MySpace page, here.
Furthermore, the band present the new video clip for 'Never Again' at YouTube, here or here.
The clip was directed by the band's drummer Owe Lingvall, who started his own video production company Village Road Films last year and already created clips for Wolf, Carnal Forge and Morgana Lefay.
Sweden's Nocturnal Rites have set "The 8th Sin" as the title of their new album, due in Europe on May 28 via Century Media Records.
According to a press release, the mystery of the album title can now be revealed: the new album is, of course, full of lust, gluttony and pride, but stands above of any wrath, greed, sloth or envy - the 8th not that deadly sin, however, is a deluxe blend of melodic metal and hard rock done the Nocturnal Rites way!
"The 8th Sin" offers a slightly more modern sound with harsh riffs, huge choruses and the band's classic guitar extravaganza. But don't be afraid of any bad surprises, the new album is 110% Nocturnal Rites from start to finish!
Nocturnal Rites bassist Nils Eriksson has issued the following update on the band's official website:
"Hey, we will fix our forum once and for all next week. Sorry about this crap, but we've been way too busy recording to even think about any website related stuff. Good news is that we will start mixing our yet untitled album on Monday!
Honestly, this album feels really different, fresh and new. Still it sounds like us, in some wierd way. Guess we can't escape the NR ghost. However, we have some REALLY cool songs on the way. Be patient.
Tons of stuff will be up here soon, like studio pics and whatnot. We will be back asap with tracklisting, release dates and whatever else we know by then."
Melodic metallers Nocturnal Rites have completed work on the follow up to their last album, New World Messiah (2004). Entitled "Grand Illusion", the band's seventh album was recorded and mixed at Toontrack Studio in Umea, Sweden.
The ten track album features guest appearances from Stefan Elmgren (Hammerfall), Jens Johansson (Stratovarius), Henrik Danhage (Evergrey), Kristoffer W. Olivius (Naglfar) and Swedish world champion of cross-country skiing (three times world cup gold), Per Elofsson.
Century Media will release the album on September 19th. The release 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.
Hi all, our smoking new album "New World Messiah" is set for release on March 22nd!!!
Make a big mark in your calendars, people. Life will never be the same again after this glorious day, I tell you.
Our new site will be up in a week or two. We will announce its coming on this very site before this one gets closed down... On the new one you will get to hear NEW SONGS (or bits of them anyway) SEE NEW PHOTOS (we're still as ugly though. maybe even worse) AND SEE CLIPS OF RECORDING MADNESS, EVIL WORSHIP AND WHAT NOT!!!
Also - BIG NEWS -
We will be on tour with EDGUY and Brainstorm April through May. A complete listing of all dates will be found on our new site. This will be the tour of the century, folks. No doubts in my mind. See you soon, /NILS & The Boys
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... maybe just a tad better."