Nightmare (FRA)
The Burden of God


4.0
excellent

Review

by Drew Tyler USER (68 Reviews)
October 17th, 2012 | 9 replies | 877 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Traditional power metal, with slight symphonic elements to boot, this is the ideal 2012 power metal album.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Nightmare is a power metal band hailing from Grenoble, France. Formed in 1979, They are proven veterans of the metal scene, but the band has only begun playing power metal since reforming after a long hiatus that stretched from the mid 80’s and ended in 1999. To date, the band has released nine studio albums, and has received much critical praise for some of their more recent works. With the band’s ninth studio album, they take a tentative step into symphonic territories, while still retaining their traditional roots.

Right from the onset, Nightmare display heavy, energetic, and highly theatrical material. While the band still has a knack for traditional power metal song structures, the band’s heavy riff driven material is backed by subtle use of keyboards, melodic guitar playing, and harmonizing vocals. This slight use of keyboards and more symphonic elements is a new element the band included in their sound, and they pull it off well without it becoming overdone and besmirching the band traditional roots. While certainly not re-inventing the wheel, Nightmare displays a refined approach to songwriting, with memorable riffs, catchy hooks and choruses, and a truly compelling vocal performance from front-man Jo Amore. Each band member has adequate time to show off their abilities. Tight drumming, infectious guitars, and a compelling vocal performance, what’s not to love?

The album also has adequate production, with all the instruments audible and clear. The guitar tone is perfect, and just the right amount of attention is given to the bass. The album also displays good track listing, with each song flowing into the next with ease. The album also has some variation with regards to tempo and style. There are the more heavier aggressive tracks, as well as some soft ballad like tracks and everything in between, so the albums overall sound never becomes to cumbersome for the listener. The album length is also just right, as it doesn’t feel to short, nor to stretched out. There is no filler to be found here either, with exception made towards the short and unnecessary spoken-word intro.

With all that said, this is pretty much the ideal power metal of 2012. All of the subtle elements we have come to enjoy from the genre are present, but this may also be the albums singular weakness. While many of the band’s contemporaries expand their sound into more progressive territories, Nightmare have found a sound that suits them best, and are settling in. This effort is certainly not a progressive affair, instead it will remind us of why we started listing to the genre in the first place, and it give us hope that true music will live on forever, so long as bands like Nightmare keep baring the torch for metal in years to come.



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ThrashTillDeath94
October 17th 2012



590 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Here are a couple of my favorite tracks from the album.

Sunrise In Hell
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TQy0UWtPwU

Children Of The Nation
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sazGXLagWDI

ThrashTillDeath94
October 17th 2012



590 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Certainly not the most popular band around here...

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
October 17th 2012



5921 Comments


The vocals are impressive, something between Ronnie James Dio, Jorn Lande and Roy Khan.

I also like the crunchy/thrashy sound of the guitars.





Edit: the band is great, to say the least.

Digging: Essence Beyond - Carnivalism

CaptainDooRight
October 17th 2012



28353 Comments


review owns, pos'd

and fuck Voivod you just made my dick hard by mentioning Roy Khan. I actually don't care for the band he was in but fuck Roy is prolly the best singer I've ever heard.

Fuck checking hard, fuck

Digging: Tukaaria - Raw to the Rapine

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
October 17th 2012



5921 Comments


Check the links Captain, you won't be disappointed.



Edit: Listening to the rest of the tracks from this album in YouTube, really awesome stuff.

CaptainDooRight
October 17th 2012



28353 Comments


I'm gonna tonight bro cuz I'm up to 90% on my max phone internet usage. My work blocks youtube. But yea I'll make it happen. Got me anticipat'in

ThrashTillDeath94
October 17th 2012



590 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

"Listening to the rest of the tracks from this album in YouTube, really awesome stuff."

I'm glad you liked it man, i'm also glad you guys are taking the time to check those links. As always thanks for reading.

TheNotrap
October 17th 2012



7983 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Great to see this reviewed, have a pos.

All Sput dudes that dig classic/power metal with a thrash glimpse should give this a listen.

ThrashTillDeath94
October 17th 2012



590 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Hell yeah



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