Swedish power metal fans, I have a very special announcement for you. Nocturnal Rites has a new album coming out very soon. That’s right, Phoenix will be released on October 6, 2017 and I for one could not be happier. It has been ten years since their last release, The 8th Sin. Where did they go? I am not sure, but let’s not dwell on the past, but rather stick to the fact that we are getting a new Nocturnal Rites album soon.
Let’s dive right into this album then shall we? First up is “Heart Black as Coal.” This is a classic Nocturnal Rites song with ground pounding spirit. The guitar work is phenomenal, and vocalist Jonny Lindkvistto has not lost any range in the ten years he was gone. Next is “Before we Waste Away.” This is the single Nocturnal Rites released to promote the album, and the song’s lyrics are such a true statement of the world we live in today:
“Welcome to the new age
Where our views are warped and bent in shape
To fit the mold, the flavor of the day
All the numb and the pacified
It’s a new world the stage is yours tonight
Sign up at the dotted line
Oh… come and join the ride”
Phoenix continues with “The Poisonous Seed” which is one of my favorite pieces on the album. It has that fast drumbeat which feels like your heart when you’ve been terrified during a scary movie. The drums keep pounding right into an amazing guitar solo. Things slow down for a bit for “Repent My Sins” but then pick right back up for “What’s Killing Me.” This a classic Nocturnal Rite’s song with a rich guitar driven sound that pushes from start to finish. The album continues with one great tune after another as it crescendos into “Welcome to the End” which incorporates some symphonic pieces but still holds true as a power metal masterpiece. It is the perfect way to wrap up Phoenix.
I think we are all just happy that Nocturnal Rites are back, but to come back with such an amazing album like Phoenix makes their return even that much better. To say that Phoenix will raise Nocturnal Rites out of the ashes may be a little cliché but I like the sound of it. So when October 6th rolls around, pick up your copy of Phoenix via AFM Records.