NIGHTMARE - review added 4th May 2012
Album Review: The Burden Of God (2012)
For fans of: Heavy Metal
French metallers Nightmare have existed forever. I've only had contact with their recent live album and 2009 release "Insurrection", but these guys have been living it loud for well over three decades now (admittedly with a gap in the middle).
"The Burden Of God" continues what they were doing with their last record. Though the sound has a slight change of production style, this is still basically the same band making the same style of music...meaning big riffs, a great sound, occasionally stunning drums and fine vocals.
Fortunately, I have to say that though this album is from the same vein it does beat the last one. There is more melody at one end of the scale, more deathly violence at the other, and a load more progression in the middle...all of which are good things and make the release considerably more impressive and memorable.
Opener 'Sunrise In Hell' is a prime example of the melodious yet heavy material this band can produce. 'Crimson Empire' on the other hand verges on something far gnarlier with phat drums and great vocals. 'Children Of The Nation' hits the mark too. 'Shattered Hearts' really reminds me of the style of Danish genius/nutbars Third Eye.
These guys are heading in the right direction with this. It's identical but vastly different to their last release, and I like it rather a lot.
Overall (Not An Average Of The Above):
01. Gateways To The Void (Intro)
02. Sunrise In Hell
03. The Burden Of God
04. Crimson Empire
05. Children Of The Nation
06. The Preacher
07. Shattered Hearts
08. The Doomsday Prediction
09. The Dominion Gate (Part III)
10. Final Outcome
Jo Amore (vocals)
Franck Milleliri (guitar)
Matt Asselberghs (guitar)
Yves Campion (bass)
David Amore (drums)