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As Metal albums go this one is a bit of a doozey.

With a history that dates back almost thirty-five years, the band from Grenoble in France known as Nightmare have this Metal thing down to a tee. Yet, as a long time fan of their music, this new album came as a bit of a surprise to me because I haven't heard them sound this fresh or enthused for a long time. Don't get me wrong because their last few albums have all been very good, it's just that something seems to have changed within the bands song-writing and there seems to be more excitement in the way they set about writing these new tracks.

The heaviness of old is still there of course with the crunching guitars of Franck Milleliri and Matt Asselberghs striking out from the speakers with a snarl as powerful as a thunderstorm and Jo Amores' vocal roar almost punctures your eardrums and makes them bleed as he sings. But it's the melodies that Nightmare have driven into each of the songs that has given this album and band a whole new lease on life.

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Just take a listen to the heavy as hell 'Bringers Of No Man's Land' and marvel at the fact that even though the guitars, bass and drums threaten to tear your face off, the chorus is so catchy that you'll be singing it before the song has finished playing. That Nightmare can then continue to pummel us with a batch of heavy yet hook filled songs is a boon. Try the galloping 'Necromancer', the mid- paced brooding 'Invoking Demons', the Manowar meets Primal Fear romp of 'I Am Immortal' or the dark and intense 'The Bridge Is Burning' to see and hear what a band with thirty years plus experience in the music business can come up with. It is something pretty special.

Okay, Nightmare won't win any medals for originality and at the moment there are a lot of young bucks out there vying for the title of "Kings Of Metal". I think however the older generation has just slapped them down and said "you know what kids, this is how you do it". As Metal albums go this one is a bit of a doozey

Ian Johnson

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