SEPT 4th,2011  

Review by: Chris 

Band Members:

Anthony Hamalainen - vocals
Marios Iliopoulos - guitar (*)
Olof Morck - guitar (*)
Anders Hammer - bass
Jo Nunez - drums
(*) did music composition

NIGHTRAGE is a Greek/Swedish Melodic Death Metal Band. Forming in 2000 by Marios and friend Gus G.

Latest CD “Insidious” their 5th, but 3rd with Lifeforce Records.
Recorded at: Zero Gravity Studios, Athens
Produced by: Terry Nikas and Marios Iliopoulos
Mixed + Mastered at: Fredman Studio (Gothenburg, Sweden) by: Henrik Udd and Fredrik Nordstrom(At the Gates/In Flames/Dark Tranquility)

Artwork by: Gustavo Sazes (Morbid Angel/Arch Enemy/Firewind/Sonic Syndicate/God Forbid)
Vocal Recordings by: Ryan Butler at Arcane Digital Recordings
Drum/Guitar/Bass Recordings done by: Terry Nikas at Zero Gravity Studio

Total of 15 tracks (including intro/outro)

1. So Far Away (intro)
2. Delirium of the Fallen
3. Insidious
4. Wrapped in Deceitful Dreams
5. Hate Turns Black
6. Sham Piety
7. Cloaked in Wolf Skin
8. This World Is Coming to an End
9. Utmost End of Pain
10. Poignant Memories
11. Hush of Night
12. Poisoned Pawn
13. Solar Eclipse
14. Solar Corona
15. Emblem of Light (outro)

Japan and Digital Only Bonus:

16. Photograph (cover Def Leppard)

RELEASE DATE - Sept26(Europe) / Sept27 (North America)

Guests on this album:
Apollo Papathansio (Firewind)
Tomas ‘Tompa’ Lindberg (At The Gates/Lock Up/Disfear/ex-Nightrage)
Gus S (Firewind/ex-Nightrage)
Tom S Englund (Evergrey)
John K (Biomechanical)

NIGHTRAGE has left its make on the Scandinavian scene, and I am guessing it is about to do the same to the rest of us. Sounds like they are becoming a force to be reckoned with. What comes out of Sweden seems to have a more melodic style. The vocals heard on this CD are harsh and fitting, and give a little something extra to each song. The guitar has some great riffs and the solos , crazy at times. The drumming you can hear is the faster paced thrash beats. They set the pace high right from the start with “Delirium of the Fallen” , so many different aspects in this one, actually the whole album has such variety to each song, you not going to get bored listening to each and every one of their 15 songs. I also didn’t hear a filler song in this Cd at all. I think they have accomplished one of the best Melodic/harsh thrash, with some progressive tendencies album to date. I highly recommend you get your own copy, then share it with others, spread this around, everyone needs to hear this one. Don’t forget to check them out on “Frets of Fury” tour with Firewind, Arsis and White Wizzard :

Oct 09 St Petersburg, FL @ The State Theater
Oct 10 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Oct 11 Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
Oct 12 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
Oct 13 Hampton, NH, NH Wally's
Oct 14 Montreal, QC @ Les Foufounes Electriques
Oct 15 Ottawa, ON @ Maverick"s
Oct 16 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody"s
Oct 18 Joliet, IL @ Mojoe"s
Oct 19 St Paul, MN @ Station 4
Oct 20 Winnipeg, MB @ The Osborne Village Inn
Oct 21 Edmonton, AB @ Pawn Shop
Oct 22 Kelowna, BC @ Sapphire Nightclub
Oct 23 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
Oct 24 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
Oct 25 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
Oct 26 San Francisco, CA @ Slim"s
Oct 27 Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky A Go Go