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Nightmare: Dead Sun

After the release of The Aftermath in 2014 vocalist Jo Amore and drummer David Amore upped sticks and left Nightmare but fear not, as an entity the band has been around since 1979 so quitting was never an option and on October 10th 2015, Nightmare revealed their new line-up in their hometown Grenoble; announcing the addition of powerhouse vocalist Maggy Luyten (Beautiful Sin, Beyond The Bridge, ex-Ayreon) and drummer Olivier Casula (Sandragon, ex-Thalidomide, The Seven Gates) alongside founding member Yves Campion - bass & vocals, Franck Milleliri guitar and Matt Asselberghs -guitar & vocals. The album has been arranged in France by the band's long-time friend and producer Patrick Liotard together with Joost Van Den Broek (The Gentle Storm, Epica), produced and mixed by Joost Van Den Broek at Sandlane Studios in The Netherlands, and recorded at Noise Factory Studio in Belgium with Gerald Jans behind the desk.

The eagle-eyed amongst you will note the addition of female vocalist Maggy Luyten who absolutely deserves the epithet "powerhouse" as above. She has a voice which can crush planets but what she doesn't have is enough memorable songs to wrap her tonsils around. I noted that "Red, Marble and Gold" is anthemic, however, without having the song in my ears I can't remember anything else about it and I have had my copy of this album for over a month now. Therein lies my issue with Dead Sun, it's solid, fine, alright or any other middling synonym you can think of nothing stands out which in a world with a huge amount of product is a bit of a problem.


Track Listing:
01. Infected
02. Of Sleepless mind
03. Tangled In The Roots
04. Red Marble & Gold
05. Ikarus
06. Indifference
07. Dead Sun
08. Seeds Of Agony
09. Inner Sanctum
10. Serpentine
11. Starry Skies Gone Black

Added: March 10th 2017
Reviewer: Simon Bray
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Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 363
Language: english

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