Nocturnal Rites

Tales of Mystery and Imagination (Century Media)
Enslain Magazine Issue #5
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"Tales of Mystery and Imagination" starts out with a classical piece, "Ring of Steel", played quite lightly, and then as this piece slowly dies out, the guitars and drums are played along to the melody, and the song then completely changes to a song much like any of the others on the album. In other words, they intro'd their first song with a very "Century Media" styled beginning. The music on this album can be compared most greatly to Iron Maiden, almost to the point of completely ripping their style off... For example, "Dark Secret" begins with a riff that sounds almost exactly like one of the main riffs of Maiden's "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner". The guitar sounds are almost exactly the same too. They would make an incredible Maiden tribute band, as their version of "Wasted Years", as heard on "Made in Tribute", is one of the most closely matched sounds on that compilation. Let me digress from that, and explain a little more about their sound. Their vocalist has great range, and sounds quite 80's. The riffs on this album are really enjoyable, with lots of harmonies, and great intros. They are sometimes a little simple, or their sound is lacking a little something, but for the most part, it's a great album. It's quite obvious now who I would recommend this CD to, but I think most people would find some enjoyment in this album. -- Lady Enslain