For the past three decades, the French heavy metal pioneers NIGHTMARE are now already an integral part of the European music scene. Although interrupted by a ten-year hiatus (late 80s to late 90s), NIGHTMARE at any time had their fans behind them. And they were never disappointed. This beautiful tradition continues with "The Burden Of God" seamlessly: NIGHTMARE combine their classic heavy / power metal roots with some contemporary elements and show that they are living in the now. In direct comparison with the previous album "Insurrection" (2009), an increase is observed in symphonic elements, so that sometimes the memories of 2001's comeback album "Cosmovision” to be awake.
"The big difference is," laughs bassist Yves Campion, "that on "The Burden Of God" we have a much better sound."
Together with the renowned producer Patrick Liotard NIGHTMARE recorded the album in Marseille, where it also was mixed. For the mastering the band was able to hire Maor Appelbaum (Halford, Therion, Sepultura, Yngwie Malmsteen).
In fact, it was then Liotard, who, becoming enthusiastic about the new NIGHTMARE song material, he even contributed two of the songs he has written.
“The two tracks ”Final Outcome” and “Afterlife " were written by Patrick Liotard," confirms Campion. "Both songs are not typical for NIGHTMARE, but we liked it so much that we wanted to have them on the album absolutely."
Typical trademark of NIGHTMARE from Reunion 1999, the entire album through is the executive, apocalyptic mood. Slightly thrashy power riffs and bloodcurdling voice of Jo Amore do the rest to complete the sound picture.
New to the line-up NIGHTMARE welcome guitarist Matt Asselberghs, who replaced the retired JC Jess.
NIGHTMARE was founded in 1979 and released their debut album "Waiting For The Twilight" 1984. "Power Of The Universe" was released the next year and should initially be the last sign of life of the band, as it shortly afterwards, due to musical differences, broke up.
In 1999 the time had come for a fresh start. This was done with vocalist Jo Amore, who left his position as drummer in the band and from then on acted as a front man. The drumsticks were handed to Jo’s brother David. In the form of an EP ("Astral Deliverance") and the release of the reunion concert of 1999 ("DeLIVErance"); NIGHTMARE made clear: we are back!.
With “Cosmovision" the first studio album since the reunion, the highly-anticipated next studio album was released in 2001. After a tour with Saxon followed by concerts with Grave Digger. NIGHTMARE then opened numerous shows for Blind Guardian played several major festivals (e.g. Rock Machina in Spain, Skeleton Bash in Austria and Germany's prestigious Wacken Open Air).
The next two albums, "Silent Room" and "The Dominion Gate" were also recorded in Sound Suite Studio. 2007 and 2008 were determined by extensive touring and many prestigious festivals (Hellfest, Gods of Metal, Basinfirefest, Hell Over Paradise, Metal Camp ). With "Genetic Disorder", which again received great critical acclaim in 2007, a new studio album was released too.
With “Insurrection" NIGHTMARE made their debut on AFM Records in 2009, 2011 they released "One Night Of Insurrection”, the live show for 30-year band anniversary at DVD / CD and went on tour with Sabaton.
With "The Burden Of God" NIGHTMARE now return again with a superb new studio album. And they prove that they are still the best heavy metal export of France.
NIGHTMARE - The Aftermath
Release Date: 2014-05-23
NIGHTMARE - Cosmovision
Release Date: 2013-February-15th
NIGHTMARE - The Burden Of God
AFM CD 391-2
Release Date: 2012-05-18
NIGHTMARE - One Night Of Insurrection
AFM DCS 350-7
Release Date: 2011-02-25
Media: DVD/CD Boxset
NIGHTMARE - Insurrection
AFM CD 295-2
Release Date: 2009-09-11