Nocturnal Rites - _Afterlife_
(Century Media, 2000)
by: Adrian Bromley (6 out of 10)
This band, even though they are primarily a power/melodic metal act, can sure turn up the juice when need be. I'm talking deafening roars of metallic ecstasy. While the new disc titled _Afterlife_ is a definite continuation of Nocturnal Rites' material, it doesn't really offer much diversity or groundbreaking work. A lot of the music here is very same sounding, a far cry from their diverse and definitely pounding 1998 record _Tales of Mystery and Imagination_. Nocturnal Rites is still going strong (check out numbers like "Hell and Back" and "The Devil's Child"), I just think the band didn't really try too hard to add another rung to their ladder of creativity here. I have to give them credit, though, as the production is frightfully crystal-clear from start to finish. I'm a little bummed out on how the overall record unfolds, but I'll let die-hard fans of the band make the final judgement call.

(article published 25/10/2000)

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