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Monday, January 21, 2008

CD Review: Nightmare - Genetic Disorder

Nightmare - Genetic Disorder
2007 Regain Records
Ray Van Horn, Jr.

Nightmare may be a band you're just coming to the plate with, but believe it or not this French power metal unit has been lurking about since 1979 in various modes and inceptions with a momentary layoff during the nineties. Nightmare had its break in 1983 as openers for Def Leppard on the Pyromania tour, and while the band has had a modest impact on the global metal community with their earlier recordings Waiting For the Twilight and Power of the Universe, they certainly ruled the French metal scene back in the day.

While bassist Yves Campion is the last man standing from Nightmare's birth, he's had Jo Amore in tow for the majority of the ride. Jo Amore was originally Nightmare's long-standing drummer but he's since yielded the kit to his brother David, who joined the band officially in 1999. Jo assumed vocal duties in light of the passing of Nightmare's vintage era singer Jean-Marie Boix, and he's brought to the table a capable helmmanship that's allowed Nightmare to continue on their quest for power metal supremacy.

Fortifying themselves with guitarists Alex Hilbert in 2002 and Franck Milleliri in2005, Nightmare has developed a tougher, focused sound that's in step with today's popular Euro metal tiers and still reveals a hint of the glory years spent in the midst of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal period that spawned them. On Genetic Disorder, Nightmare rides the savvy contemporary rails that producer Fredrik Nordstrom (In Flames, Arch Enemy, Dimmu Borgir and Hammerfall) lays in front of them, creating a perfectly contemporary power metal album filled with a steady chug and Jo Amore's vocals that frequently pass for Ronnie James Dio.

In all honesty, the addition of newer blood in Nightmare's second life has as much to do with bringing them into the times gracefully as putting their faith into a producer that obviously knows how to pull out a heavier bombast from them. Seriously, if you've never heard of these guys, there's virtually no way you'd figure out they're coming up on 30 years as a band. Maybe that should scare a few people, since songs like "Battleground For Suicide," "The Winds of Sin" and "Forsaken Child" jettison with such youthful vigor one could assume they've only been around a mere decade. However, only someone from the old school could know how to make a song like "Queen of Love and Pain" sound like a textured Dio or Yngwie Malmsteen song minus the flashy abundance. They coat and lavish tastefully while sticking to the core rhythms and alluring choruses.

Punching out steady throbbers like "Leader of the Masquerade" and "Final Procession," Nightmare delivers tuneful and singable metal marches with the stature that's sustained them throughout Europe, given new latitudes with a pair of guitarists who get what this band's about while steering Nightmare into the revival scene with such confidence it's just about impossible to ignore Generic Disorder.

Rating: ****


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Nightmare was reborn in 1999 with a revised line-up. it is one of the most brutal band that I ever listened in my young life, I like a lot, I would like to buy one of their DVD

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