NOCTURNAL RITES - In A Time Of Blood And Fire LP (Black Vinyl)
Nocturnal Rites

NOCTURNAL RITES - In A Time Of Blood And Fire LP (Black Vinyl)

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As many Nocturnal Rites fans would know, they originally started as a death metal band, even going far enough to record a few demos in the style of death metal. But for some reason, before releasing their first album, they decided to change their style to the polar opposite of death metal, power metal. For my album order of Nocturnal Rites, this was the last one, which I heard years before writing this review. After hearing the album right after Tales of Mystery and Imagination, I had no impression of In a Time of Blood and Fire sounding so… strange and yet somewhat unique. Ignoring the name and album cover, I thought it would sound similar to Tales of Mystery and Imagination but slightly rougher due to it being a debut album. Wow was I quite wrong. I guess when writing the songs for this album, some of the death metal influences never went away. Now, I do say death metal influences, but they are very few and far between really only precipitating slightly in the form of production and atmosphere, and keeping some aggression. If I had to qualify this album in simple terms, I would probably do so by saying it’s the product of a dramatic change in style, from death metal to power metal, with some properties kept from the shift that cultivated into quirks that appear on In a Time of Blood and Fire.