Nocturnal Rites review – Sabaton Open Air 2018
Power Metal from the northern of Sweden are wraping up the friday at Sabaton Open Air. It’s pretty cold when they enter the stage and to be honest the music that Nocturnal Rites bring the audience this night isn’t exciting enough to get me any warmer. Nocturnal Rites are great on record but live something’s missing in Falun this time. The jokes between the singer Jonny and the bassplayer Nils makes me smile though. It’s my kind of humor. They were forced to cancel their signing session because Jonny didn’t felt well, and maybe this is a reason that the band didn’t reached out to me.
I’m very much into riffs and when the guitarplayers Fredrik and Per playing those riffs it’s great to be there. And of course there are some good songs as well. “Repent My Sins”, “Not The Only” and “A Heart As Black As Coal” were stand out tracks this night. Jonny is working the audience and he’s doing a pretty good job trying to get people clap their hands, sing along in the lyrics and cheer. It took the band ten years between the records “The 8th Sin” and “Phoenix”, a promise has been made from Jonny that we don’t have to wait ten years for a new album, and when we come to that point I would love to see Nocturnal Rites in a smaller venue. A tour around Sweden with gigs in clubs would be great. In that environment I believe Nocturnal Rites can deliver a hell of a show.
Who: Nocturnal Rites
Where: Sabaton Open Air, Falun
Stand out track: A Heart As Black As Coal