Nightmare – Aeternam
Release Date: 02/10/2020
Running Time: 48:51
Review by Mark Pritchard
Recently, for at least the last 2 weeks, while the weather has been trying to decide whether it wants to rain or to snow (normal for the UK), and through some really tough days missing loved ones that are no longer with us, I’ve been taking the opportunity to listen to French Heavy/Power Metal band Nightmare, and their most recent album “Aeternam”! While outside the days may be gloomy, this has really made the sun shine for me. Let me take a moment of your time to tell you about them, and their brilliant new release.
Nightmare were originally founded all the way back in 1979, and have had an amazing journey so far, which has included being the opening band for Def Leppard back in 1993, playing a few of the biggest metal festivals such as Wacken and Hellfest, as well as supporting the likes of Sabaton, Saxon, Grave Digger, and Blind Guardian, which can definitely not be understated! Since being founded, Nightmare have released, no less than 10 studio albums, a live album, “Live Deliverance”, in 2000, and a compilation album in the shape of “Travel In The Spheres Of Time” in 2006. Now we arrive at their 11th studio album “Aeternam”!
From the very first listen, one thing that has struck me is the intensity of the album. Both the instrumentals, and the clear, but also intense vocals of new singer Marianne “Madie” Dien, make “Aeternam” an album that stands out from the crowd. To be able to keep adapting with the times and to still bring that same fierce, in your face music, with so many releases, really shows the band’s experience, and it hits the mark! At times, especially with some of the solos that appear on “Aeternam” I can’t help but join in on air guitar! Then there are times where I can sit back with my headphones on, just listening away, enjoying a nice cup of tea, just letting the music wash over me.
After listening to “Aeternam” as much as I have, picking one song that stands out more than the rest isn’t the easiest thing to do, as every track is brilliant for their own reasons. But if I had to pick it would be ‘Crystal Lake’. This amazing song, with its soothing/haunting instrumental with calm vocals to start, makes me take complete notice straight away. Then, as the track progresses it builds in intensity perfectly. It’s such a great track.
This album is definitely one that will feature on my playlist for some time to come, and I recommend everyone give it a listen, especially those of you that love proper Heavy/Power Metal. Nightmare really should be a lot bigger than they are!
‘Divine Nemesis’ (Official Video)
01. Temple Of Acheron
02. Divine Nemesis
03. The Passenger
04. Downfall Of A Tyrant
05. Crystal Lake
06. Lights On
08. Under The Ice
09. Black September
Madie – Vocals.
Yves Campion – Bass & Vocals.
Franck Milleliri – Guitar.
Matt Asselberghs – Guitar & Vocals.
Niels Quiais – Drums.
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