Released: 2005, Regain Records
Reviewer: Arto Lehtinen
The long time French power metallers Nightmare have released the fifth full length album from a loooong carer which started back in 1979. It seems like being a heavy metal band in France ain’t any easy job as the band has been on hiatus and faced more than a few setbacks during their years of the existence. However, the band’s main vocalist, Jo Amore, and the bassist Yves Campion haven’t given up, instead they keep going on. THE DOMIONION GATE is the debut release for the Swedish Regain Records whereas a couple of previous albums were put by Napalm Records.
The album starts off with a nice and melodic opening track titled “Temple Of Tears” with quickly played double drumming and chorus singing on the background. But the album ain’t the pure power metal throughout as songs like “Messangers Of Faith” and “Secrets Rules” definitely stand for pure traditional melodic metal and even remind me slightly of the same kind of the approach that can be heard on Dio’s albums. As a matter of fact, the band could have dropped a couple of songs off from the album - for example the mandatory ballad song titled “Haunting Memories” is quite unsuitable compared to the other melodic songs. Obviously one ballad oriented song on an album is a kind of normal choice for every band after all.
All in all Nightmare’s fifth opus offers a solid and highly guaranteed power metal delivery from the beginning to the end on these thirteen songs. Even Jo Amore’s English sounds surprising good in my ears and I am not able to recognize the French accent in his singing. Jo Amore handles the vocals from a wide range extremely well. It is kind of weird that the man’s services and abilities haven’t been used by other bands on their own releases as Jo Amore’s is a high quality and skilled metal singer indeed!
With this fifth opus the French Nightmare should increase their fanbase and attract people to get a hold of THE DOMINION GATE as the album presents the well played and produced power/trad metal.