NIGHTMARE – Aeternam

NIGHTMARE - Aeternam
  • 8.5/10
    NIGHTMARE - Aeternam - 8.5/10


AFM Records
Release date: October 2, 2020

User Review
9.5/10 (1 vote)

Eternal Metal

French heavy metal pioneers Nightmare have been an integral part of the European metal scene for the past three decades. The band have been prolific with their album releases, always updating and evolving their sound over the years. 2016 found the band taking a new direction with female vocalist Maggy Luyten (Beautiful Sin, Beyond The Bridge, ex-Ayreon), original member Yves Campion on bass, with Franck Milleliri and Matt Asselberghs continueing on guitars and songwriting duties. The resulting album Dead Sun showed that they had a great chemistry, and though Luyten’s role has been filled by Madie (Faith In Agony) on the new album, the band just seems to get better and better with time.

Haunting Vocals

Aeternam has all of the best elements that make up a great metal album, from kick ass thrash riffs, to haunting screams and technically amazing drums. Vocalist Madie is a great addition to the lineup, adding a very unique and solid vocal performance. The vocal harmonies are perfectly layered and built up for drama, playing along side the precision guitars. The album was mixed and mastered in Simone Mularoni’s Domination Studio in Italy and is probably their best effort to date. 30 years of tweaking and it’s no surprise that Nightmare knows how to get it right.

Favorite Tracks

“Divine Nemesis” tops the list for this reviewer with it’s thrashy galloping riffs and harmony guitars, topped by Madie’s powerful performance and strong melodies. The song takes a turn in the middle to an almost Judas Priest style, melding thrash with classic metal to make a for kick ass song. “Lights On” has great hooks, foot stomping rhythms and blazing guitars to keep you coming back for more. The title track “Aeternam” takes it up a notch, making it all worth waiting for when it comes up at track 7.

Final Notes

It’s impressive that a band with this history is still making valid music that shows a continual evolution as time marches on. Nightmare looks to be as strong a force in the Metal scene as ever. This album get’s under your skin (in a good way) the more you hear it, which is something that you always hope will happen. From start to finish Aeternam is an excellent Power/Thrash/ Symphonic Metal blend that has something for everyone, and should be in your album collection in physical form (support your bands, so they can keep bringing you metal!).

Band photo of the French heavy metal group Nightmare


Madie – Vocals
Yves Campion – Bass & Vocals
Franck Milleliri – Guitar
Matt Asselberghs – Guitar & Vocals
Niels Quiais – Drums

Aeternam Tracklist

1. Temple of Acheron
2. Divine Nemesis
3. The Passenger
4. Downfall of A Tyrant
5. Crystal Lake
6. Lights On
7. Aeternam
8. Under the Ice
9. Black September
10. Anneliese


  • Bryce Van Patten

    Bryce is an audio engineer and a graphic designer here at Metal Express Radio. From the day he purchased his first album (Machine Head by Deep Purple), he has had a passion for heavy music, which has influenced his whole life. Bryce is from the great Pacific Northwest in USA, and has played in metal bands like Babylon, Holy Terror, The Wild Dogs, Warhead and Egypt through the 80s. He had his first interview for the Portland, Oregon publication The Rock Rag with guitarist Paul Gilbert in his Racer X days. Then he was honored to get to have drinks, and talk for an hour with the legendary Dan McCafferty of Nazareth for his second interview. In 2013, he spent an amazing hour talking to Andi Deris of Helloween, which was the high point of his heavy metal journalism.   In the year 2001, he formed Man in Black Music Publishing. They released recordings by several local bands, and in the spirit of the old Metal Massacre compilations, he created a 2-album series called The Defenders of Metal. The albums featured classic styled Metal bands from all around the world, with bands from Australia to England, and from Argentina to Russia. Currently, he is the producer/creator/vocalist of the Metal band The Black Tuesdays.

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1 Comment

  1. Nice to see Magali found a band that matches her vocals so well! I remember seeing her live with Virus IV in 2010 when I moved to Belgium, such a powerful stage presence, and such a nice person, we spoke briefly after the show. Go Belgium!

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