Nightmare (1979-present): a Progressive Metal band from France.
rench power metal magnates Nightmare formed in 1979. Their break, however, arrived in March 1983 after opening for Def Leppard Pyromania era in Grenoble in front of over 4000 fans. The band quickly signed to 'Ebony Records' the following year to record their debut, Waiting For the Twilight. The album propelled them into the Japanese charts, drawing the attention of 'Virgin Records', who released it in Greece.
In preparation for their forthcoming release, the quintet hired vocalist Jean-Marie Boix (ex-Bronx), bringing new momentum to the band with his powerful voice. With this new addition, Jean Strippoli (guitar), Nicolas De Domin icis (guitar), Yves Campion (bass), Jo Amore (drums) entered the studio for the second time to record, Power Of The Universe. Shortly thereafter, Nightmare left 'Ebony Records' and Power Of The Universe was re-released in France by 'Dream Records', while the band prepared their third LP. Unfortunately, the collapse of the new record company and financial difficulties impeded its release. Moreover, Jean-Marie Boix was forced to leave the band due to serious illness.
In 1987, Spectrum Management insisted on the band hiring an English-speaking singer, who eventually turns out to be the Scottish Tom Jackson (ex-Praying Manti s, Bernie Marsden' s.o.s., Zenith...), and proves to be the perfect fit... A new band comes to life, with only Yves Campion and Nicolas De Dominicis remaining from the original line up... Under this new configuration, the band records a two track demo-tape and plays a few shows in France. It also gains a little success in Britain, with an unforgettable show at London's Royal Standard. Unfortunately, musical differences arise among the members of the band, and Nightmare has to leave the foreground of the French musical scene, in which it had gained a role.
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Nightmare reformed for the 1999 mini album Astral Deliverance, issued by the 'Adipocere Re cords'. Jo Amore traded in his drum kit for the mic and passed the sticks to brother David. Nicolas De Dominicis and Jeannot Strippoli accepted the guitar responsibilities, as did and Stphane Rabilloud the keys, while Yves Campion strapped on his bass guitar to complete the new line-up. The record was dedicated to the bands late frontman J.M. Boix who had died tragically young in April of the same year. The band's previous recording efforts were re-released with a substantial amount of bonus material, and in 2000 a double live CD DeLIVErance was also released to document the band's career and memorable performance at their 30th Octoberreunion show which boasted cover versions of Accept's Metal Heart and Sortilege's theme tune, complete with a guesting Patrick Liotard of Presence during Nightmare's reunion campaign, several labels expressed interest in signing the band.
Nightmare finally opted to sign to 'Napalm Records' in late 2000. In June 2001, they entered Soundsuite Studio with Norwegian producer Terje Refsnes at the helm for the recording of their third album, Cosmovision, famed French guitar-hero Patrick Rondat of Elegy would guest on the track Spirit Of The Sunset released in October 2001 and followed by a tour with Sax on in France and Italy, as well as a gigs guesting for Grave Digger on their Road to Nasca - Cosmovision tour. However, in February Jean Stripolli and Stephane Rabilloud opted out and Nightmare duly inducted Alex Hilbert, as his replacement. In this incantation, the band put in an appearance at New Jersey's Metal Meltdown IV. With this unforgettable performance Nightmare became the first French heavy metal band to play North America in over two decades.
Back in France, Nightmare opened for Blind Guardian and also appeared in further cult summer festivals like Rock Machina in Spain, Skeleton Bash in Aust ria, and Germany's prestigious Wacken Open Air extravaganza for the second time. The press praised Nightmare's live performances and with the momentum of success. Nightmare the re-entered the Studio with Norwegian producer Terje Refsnes, once again, to record a conceptual album entitled Silent Room emerged in October of 2003, the whole affair rounded out with a cover of Vicious Rumors Ship Of Fools. European package tour dates for January of 2004 found the group in league with Dutch gothic act After Forever, Sweden's Amaran and Spain's Dark Moor. A major gig came with a support of Judas Priest in our hometown at leSummun in Grenoble in June, and another performance at Headbangers Open Air in Germany would follow, but the two gigs were cancelled for different reasons. The same month the band amicably severed ties with 'Napalm Records'.
At the end of 2004, another co-founding member, Nicolas De Dominicis, departs; replaced by a young guitar virtuoso Franck Millileri. March of 2005 saw Nightmare signing a new deal with 'Regain Records'. The band then entered the Soundsuite Studio with Terje Refsnes again in April and May of that year to work on the next albumThe Dominion Gate. Ex-Pretty Maids guitarist Ricky Marx would guest in the studio, as di d After Forever singer Floor Jansen and grunter/guitarist Sander Gommans. To promote the album, the track A Taste Of Armageddon was given the video treatment by director Johann Porcher. A release party concert was held for The Dominion Gate on 9th September at l'Art Scene in St Martin D'Heres.
In 2006/2007 Nightmare would spend most of the time touring.
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