There are bands which are badly missed once they disappear from the scene. One of those examples are Swedish melodic metal masters NOCTURNAL RITES who released their latest album “The 8th Sin” in 2007 and afterwards slowly slipped into a hiatus kind of situation. The announcement of new NOCTURNAL RITES music was embraced by fans worldwide, and the first single “Before We Waste Away” (released in late June) was received with huge praise and excitement. “Phoenix”, the band’s new album, holds all NOCTURNAL RITES trademarks; from the characteristic voice of vocalist Jonny Lindkvist to the typical NOCTURMNAL RITES harmonies and melodies – it’s all there, and possibly even better than ever before! So September 29th can’t come quickly enough. Prepare for a forceful return! The “Phoenix” will rise from the ashes. The band states: “We can’t wait to share this new album with everyone. It’s been long overdue. Needless to say, it feels great to finally be back."