Nils Eriksson of Nocturnal Rites - Back
1. How did the band get started? How did you meet and how long have you been together?

Nils Eriksson: Fredrik formed a band in 1990 which later came to be NR. I joined in '91 and we were a three piece for about a year before we got a second guitarist and a different drummer. Anders, former vocalist, joined in 1994 and our first album came out in '95. As NR we've been together since 1991.

2. How would you describe your music?

Nils Eriksson: Angry and melodic power metal.

3. What are your biggest influences?

Nils Eriksson: We're all very different when it comes to our musical preferences. We listen to everything from jazz and fusion to extreme death metal. So I guess it difficult to narrow it down to a few bands. I'd say everything we listen to influence our writing in some way or form.

4. What influence do you think your bands has in music and metal today?

Nils Eriksson: I think we sound different from a lot of other bands today. We're heavier and sometimes more agressive. Still we manage to maintain and focus on melody and structure in our songs. I hope that has some kind of influence, but I guess that's a tough question for me to answer.

5. What made you want to be in the band? And if you weren't in the band what would you be doing now?

Nils Eriksson: Ever since I was a kid a guess I dreamed of being in a band and touring all over the world. That's what the bands I looked up to did and I guess I wanted the same. Obviously, also the creative part, to build a song from scratch band using nothing but your creative mind. I can't see myself not being in band, music is what life is all about.

6. Are any band members in side projects? If so what are they, and explain a little about them.

Nils Eriksson: Fredrik and I used to have a band called Guillottine, playing old school trash metal. We had an album out in 1997 called "Under the Guillotine." But that's all we've had time to do so far. Who knows what the future holds though? No other members have side projects at this point in time.

7. How would you feel if a band took their sound from yours and became very well known?

Nils Eriksson: Noone can exactly copy a sound of another band. Bands can sound similar but never exactly the same. If the band in question was inspired by us, I'd feel honored.

8. What current bands do you like or respect?

Nils Eriksson: Travis Tritt, Vanessa Carlton, Rob Halford, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden.

9. How many demos/albums do you have? Tell me about them!!

Nils Eriksson: Only one demo was ever made - "The Obscure" (1991). "In a Time of Blood and Fire" (1995) was our first album, released on a small Swedish label called Megarock Records. Did very well considering the amount of promotion and effort spent on marketing it. "Tales of Mystery and Imagination" (1998), our first cd on Century Media Records. Did very well and it was a boost for our creativity to finally be on a "major" label. "The Sacred Talisman" (1999). The first record with new drummer Owe Lingvall. I think this one showed we'd come a long way musically since "Tales..." "Afterlife" (2000). The first album with new singer Jonny Lindqvist and a big success for us. The fans welcomed Jonny and praised what he'd brought to the band. "Shadowland" (2002). Our new album. It feels very promising judging from the response so far, comes out May 27th in Europe.

10. What demo/album do you like the best?

Nils Eriksson: Like always the newest one. I think every band feels that way.

11. What is the meaning behind the songs?

Nils Eriksson: Lyrically there is no meaning or message behind our songs. The lyrics are an extension of what we felt when we wrote the song. Our songs deal with all kinds of different topics.

12. What does the future hold for the band?

Nils Eriksson: More touring, and hopefully we get to visit new countries and continents this time around. It's hard to look into the future at this point though - we have to get the album released and see some results before we know what will happen next. But, however, the new album feels like our strongest so far so hopefully it will get us moving.

13. If you could play with any band who would it be and why?

Nils Eriksson: With Jimi Hendrix. It would have been cool to be around when everything started.

14. Who writes the majority of the music?

Nils Eriksson: Fredrik, Nils N and me. We write as a team and collaborate with ideas and different approaches all the time. Usually Fredrik or Nils N show up at our studio with a riff, pattern or structure and then we build from there. Usually no one writes an entire song by himself. We all help out and contribute in our own way.

15. Who has been the favorite band you've played with and why?

Nils Eriksson: I can't name just one. We've toured with so many cool bands and had lots of fun. I can't single it down to only one I'm afraid. But some of the bands we've played with are Iron Savior, Nevermore, Overkill, Labyrinth...

16. Where did you get the band name from?

Nils Eriksson: A friend of ours came up with it back in 1991. We thought it sounded cool and we never came around to changing it. It still works, I guess.

17. Describe what the band is like live?

Nils Eriksson: Like a truckload of insanity. We scream, throw things around and have so much fun. You should come see us for yourself!

18. If you are gonna do any kind of video what would be in it?

Nils Eriksson: There is a video for one of the tracks on the new album. It's a summary of last year and includes behind the scenes clips from when we're on tour, in the studio, photo sessions and just basic madness. It's fun to watch!

19. Are there any touring plans made; if so tell me about them?

Nils Eriksson: We will start by doing festivals this summer. Wacken Open Air, Eurorock and so on. Then I guess we'll be starting to tour this fall. Nothing is really confirmed yet, but there will definitely be as much touring as we possibly can handle!