Describing themselves as ‘powerful, dynamic’ heavy metal, London based NIGHTMARE WORLD boast none other than Pete Morten of Threshold on vocals which is hardly a bad place to start! This 9 song album covers everything these ears love about metal in all its classic forms. From the giant classical sounding ‘The Mara’ intro I was hooked as this lead into ‘In Memoria Di Me’ and a fantastic power metal opener with the huge riffing of Sam Shuttlewood & Joe Cleary on guitars and Nick Clarkes keyboards really creating a great song.
‘The New Crusade’ is up next and was reminiscent of the pioneers of this genre such as Helloween & Stratovarius – what this song does is show off the huge musical talent here with some staggering guitar and keys solos! ‘No Regrets’ starts with a classic evil riff and the keyboards build with an almost King Diamond feel before the vocals take it back to the classic euro metal sound – another great journey and ‘Defiance’ slows things down to an almost doomy intro and mid paced song with a Hammer-like (ironic this week) style organ outro.
‘The Burden of Proof’ is probably my favourite song on the album with more horns up heads down riffs. At its heaviest this song reminds me of Priest and another hugely under rated band of the time in Marshall Law. I always worry about how high the cheese factor will go with a ballad on a power metal album but with ‘The Ever Becoming’ I loved it. The keyboards, Pete’s beautifully layered vocals and (solo aside) no distorted guitar at all, make this a great twist in the albums tale.
‘Damage Report’ is next which is very keyboard heavy before the guitars finally kick into what I reckon to be the most commercial of the tunes on here. Really good. Album closer ‘Euphoria’ is another top example of these guys at their best with more great metal riffs, double bass, keys and vocals which showcase the band at their peak. It’s fair to say this type of metal won’t appeal to the more closed minded scene kids amongst us – I can never understand why?
This kind of metal unites through passion, talent and the ceremonial banging of the head so perhaps this should act as a reminder to those who started reading this review and scowled at the musical description!
This kind of metal unites through passion, talent and the ceremonial banging of the head...