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The band fully embrace their mid-era period
Swedish act Nocturnal Rites break their 10-year hiatus for this new album 'Phoenix'. Newish members are vocalist Jonny Lindqvist and lead guitarist Per Nilsson. The band fully embrace their mid-era period, the stronger groove oriented, hard rock style. The keyboards, harmonized vocals and power metal riffs are prevalent and dominate within the smooth production standards. I hear a lot of gang chants over some of the hooks, unifying the listener with the band's sound. 'Phoenix' is indeed a rebirth of the band. Let's hope they don't wait so long before the next record.
Recommended for fans of: Stratovarius, Brainstorm, Epica
1 :REVIEW COUNT
3.5 :AVE RATING
ALL REVIEWS FOR: NOCTURNAL RITES
RATING Grand Illusion 2006 Century Media Anthony Burke 2/18/2006 - Phoenix 2017 AFM Eric Compton 10/19/2017 3.5
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