Nocturnal Rites

Tales of Mystery & Imagination

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Nocturnal Rites are something of an amazing band -- amazing in the sense that they couldn't care less that it's no longer the early '80s, and British/gothic metal is no longer remotely in vogue. Tales of Mystery and Imagination recalls the tightly riffed, classically tinged twin-guitar interplay of bands like Helloween and especially Iron Maiden, in the sci-fi/fantasy lyrics as well as the music. It's a carefully crafted effort that will appeal strongly to fans who, like Nocturnal Rites, still love this particular style of metal regardless of trends.

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