Sweden’s NOCTURNAL RITES, are busily preparing for their North American debut at Chicago Powerfest 2006 Saturday, April 8th, complete information [here](http://www.chicagopowerfest.com/index.asp). Speaking on behalf of the band, bassist Nils Erikksson said, \\"We are really psyched about finally getting to North America and we couldn\\'t be happier about actually making our debut U.S. show at the Chicago Powerfest alongside Morgana Lefay. I am sure we will have a blast.”
Asked about inviting the band to perform at the festival, promoter John Coyne said, “My partners (Chris Lotesto, Rob Such) and I are extremely excited to have Sweden\\'s NOCTURNAL RITES making their U.S. debut at this year\\'s Chicago Powerfest! This will be a very special one-off, co-headlining performance, in support of their new CD *Grand Illusion*. The fans can expect a high-energy 90 min. set that will surely be one of the highlights of a great weekend of metal! Please visit www.chicagopowerfest.com for tickets and event details.”
“Like Manna from Heaven, 10/10” (*Outburn*) Sweden’s NOCTURNAL RITES blend melodic metal and powerful hard rock, with a deadly progressive thread. “Powerful melodic metal with an emphasis on largess of sound and arena-rock groove.” (*The Aquarian*) the band’s music is driven by thundering double-bass drums, authoritative vocal lines, gracefully fluid rhythm and awe inspiring duel lead guitar grandeur. More information on the band, MP3s, and videos can be found [here](http://www.chicagopowerfest.com/index.asp).