Nightmare - The Dominion Gate (Candlelight Records) - Back
The French powermetal band Nightmare formed in 1979, many years later they are still rockin’ out. For those unfamiliar with the band, they have an old school power metal sound, with some of that rockin’ feel. Symphonic power parts as well. A few bands they are reminiscent of are Hammerfall, Rhapsody, Edguy, Kamelot, Iced Earth, and Savatage. Actually that should be the other way around because Nightmare was first. There are parts that you would expect from bands of this type, however they seem to use other, more basic riffs maybe a little too much. Kinda dulls the music a little. A few of their unique parts partially loose those tracks for me. Instead of being dynamic, those instances were a little annoying. But they do have solid solos and nice melodies throughout, which stabilizes the album. Passionate vocals are worthy of a mention as well and they work great with their music. A couple tracks have sparingly used death growls. They seem a little out of place; nevertheless they aren’t bad. The thirteen tracks and over sixty-five minutes were recorded at Soundsuite Studio. Tristania and Green Carnation have recorded there previously. Most of the tracks are solid. A few that rose above the rest for me include “Endless Agony”, “Circle Of The Dark, ” and “A Taste Of Armageddon.” The last of which has a video has made for the track. A few guest appearances are also on “The Dominion Gate,” include members from After Forever and Pretty Maids. Power metal devotees unite!


Reviewed By: Jeffrey D. Adkins