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Review: Nightmare - Aeternam

Label: AFM Records
Year released: 2020
Duration: 48:50
Tracks: 10
Genre: Heavy/Power Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: November 29, 2020
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating

Rated 3.75/5 (75%) (8 Votes)

The last album from France's Nightmare that I reviewed was 2014's Aftermath, an album I found to be an improvement over the previous one I reviewed, 2009's Insurrection. Aeternam is the band's eleventh full-length and is similar to Aftermath in the listenability of the songs and features the high level of energy in the performances Nightmare has always seemed to have. New vocalist Madie (their third in as many albums) brings a powerful shout to the proceedings and belts out her vocal lines like Leather Leone or Doro Pesch, but she brings a slightly progressive slant to her vocal lines. I could almost hear a little Threshold in some of the choruses, but mainly Nightmare play a mix of traditional and power metal that is pleasing to the ear in that European power metal way. I enjoyed Aeternam quite a bit while it was on even if I couldn't remember much once it ended. Solid and entertaining.

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