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Nightmare

Nightmare
Hometown: Grenoble, France Current Label: AFM Records Websites: Official Website
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Band Members: Franck Millileri- guitars
David Amore- drums, vocals
Jo Amore- lead vocals
JC Jess- guitars, vocals
Yves Campion- bass, vocals

Nightmare Bio:

NIGHTMARE was formed in 1979...
Their break, however, arrived in March 1983 after opening for Def Leppard at the Pyromania era in their hometown of Grenoble (France) in front of over 4000 fans. The band quickly signed to Ebony Records the following year to record their debut album, Waiting For The Twilight… The album propelled them into the Japanese charts, drawing the attention of Virgin Records,... who released it in Greece also.

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 Dominicis (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 licensed in France by Dream Records, while the band prepared their third LP. Unfortunately, the collapse of the company and financial difficulties impeded this release. Moreover, Jean-Marie Boix was forced to leave the band due to serious illness.

We are now in 1987 : Spectrum Management insist on their hiring an English-speaking replacing singer, who eventually turns out to be the Scottish Tom Jackson (ex-Praying Mantis, 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... The new NIGHTMARE records a two track demo-tape and plays a few shows in France. It also gains a little success in the U.K., with a memorable show at London's famous Royal Standard club.

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 leading role, and of which it was bound to become the leader...

NIGHTMARE reformed for 1999 mini album Astral Deliverance issued by Adipocere Records. Jo Amore traded in his drum kit for the microphone and passed the sticks to his brother, David. Nicolas De Dominicis and Jeannot Strippoli accepted the guitar responsibilities, as did and Stéphane Rabilloud the keyboards, while Yves Campion strapped on his bass guitar to complete the line-up…

The record was dedicated to the band’s late frontman J.M. Boix who had died tragically 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 entitled DeLIVErance was also released to document the band's career and memorable performance at their 30th October 1999 reunion 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 interests in signing the band. NIGHTMARE finally opted to sign to Austrian’s 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, with several guests musicians and especially the famed French guitar-hero, Patrick Rondat. The album was released in October 2001 and followed by a tour with Saxon in France and Italy, as well as a concerts with Grave Digger on the Roads to Nasca… Cosmovision tour 2001. However, in February Jean Stripolli and Stephane Rabilloud opted out and NIGHTMARE duly inducted Alex Hilbert, as replacement.

In this incantation, the band put in an appearance at New Jersey’s Metal Meltdown IV festival. With this unforgettable performance NIGHTMARE became the first French heavy metal band to play North America in over two decade at this time.

Back in France, NIGHTMARE opened for Blind Guardian and also appeared in further major summer festivals like Rock Machina in Spain, Skeleton Bash in Austria, and Germany’s prestigious Wacken Open Air extravaganza for the second time. The press praised NIGHTMARE's live performances and with the momentum of sweet success.

NIGHTMARE entered Soundsuite studio with Norwegian producer Terje Refsnes, once again, to record a conceptual album entitled Silent Room emerged in October of 2003…

European package tour dates for January of 2004 found the group in league with Dutch gothic act After Forever, Sweden Amaran and Spanish Dark Moor...

End of 2004, another co-founding member, Nicolas De Dominicis departed, being superseded by a young guitar virtuoso Franck Milleliri.

March of 2005 saw NIGHTMARE signing a new deal with Swedish label Regain Records. The band entered a new time in Soundsuite studio with, for the third time on the helm, Terje Refsnes, in April and May to work on an album with title of The Dominion Gate. Ex-Pretty Maids guitarist Ricky Marx would guest in the studio, as did After Forever singer Floor Jansen and grunter/guitarist Sander Gommans.

To promote the album, the track “ A Taste Of Armageddon ” was given the video-clip treatment by director Johann Porcher.

NIGHTMARE performed then many concerts including appearances at Raismes Fest in France on 10th September with also acts such as Sonata Arctica, Anathema, Symphorce..., as well as co-headlining show with After Forever in Paris, at La Loco on 20th November for The Vibes In Paris festival.

NIGHTMARE have also made a special headlining promo show in their hometown, Grenoble on 5th November before embarking from January 27th 2006, on a full European tour once again with After Forever and Magica from Romania. This tour has visited countries like Holland, Belgium, the UK, France, Spain, Switzerland, Italy… Then it was the right time once again for NIGHTMARE to make several summer festivals appearances : at Evolution Festival in Italy, Hellfest in France, Heavy Metal Maniacs in Holland culminating to an exceptional headlining show at the Koltura Club in Tel Aviv (Israël)...

After a few months break, it was the right time to prepare a new album, this one to be recorded in July 2007 at famous Fredman studio in Sweden with Fredrik Nordström on the helm…

2007-2008 were others years of extensive tourings and festivals including a headlining tour in france in the fall of 2007 with support acts such as Freedom Call (Germany), Hydrogyn (U.S.A) and Kragens (France)…

The band also appeared in major summer festivals such as the Hellfest in France for the second time, the Gods Of metal in Italy together with bands such as Yngwie Malmsteen, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest…, the Basinfirefest in Czech Republic with Queensryche and Primal Fear… etc…, the famous “ Hell Over Paradise ”, Metal Camp in Slovenia… among many others… all this to ends-up the promotion of the album, Genetic Disorder which gained huge success worldwide…

2009 marks a new step in NIGTHMARE’s full career and an important year celebrating their 30th anniversary…
The arrival of JC Jess on guitar replacing Alex Hilbert and especially the signing to famous German label, AFM Records. Spring 2009 : the band entered Indiscreet studio in Stuttgart (Germany) to record their seventh studio album to be released September 11. 2009 worldwide through AFM…

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