The mighty NIGHTMARE was founded in 1979 and released their debut album “Waiting For The Twilight” in 1984. Still hitting it hard and heavy after all these metal years, the illustrious French collective has unleashed The Aftermath, their ninth thrilling magnum opus, now available worldwide through AFM Records. While on the road. guitarist and newest member Matt Asselberghs took the time to answer our inquiries about the new album, what he thought about the earlier incarnations of Nightmare, their live shows, and other topics. It was brief, to the point, and all Nightmare in their full metal glory! Read on…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Nightmare, and how long the band has been together.
Hey I’m Matt, axe man of the band, I’ve been in the band for two years and half now and the band exists since 79 !
Where is the band based out of and what is the current music scene like there?
The band comes from a city called Grenoble in South East (France)! It’s a kinda cradle there when you’re talking about music, a lot of bands emerge from this town !
Is there any story or concept behind the title The Aftermath?
The Aftermath is just a record about the human vanity against mother nature, the human being is for sure the only kind of animal that can cut the branch where it’s sitting on !
Who did the cover art for The Aftermath and how much input did you have on it?
Everyone in the banded add his touch and the final master has been released by my friend Anthony Mouchet from the band Psygnosis!
When you look back on the Nightmare album you did in the 80’s, what do you think of them now?
Personally I really love them, Nightmare was for sure the only French band at the time which made a real worldwide heavy metal sound! Those records kick asses!!!
What could one expect from a live Nightmare show?
Well, some power, some energy and a taste of heavy fucking metal !
Has Nightmare ever played in the States or plan to do so in future days?
Yes we’ve played at the 70000 Tons Of Metal two years ago and it was a fucking great experience, we ‘d really love to go back there and make a tour ! We really love USA !!
What’s up next for Nightmare?
Well a huge tour with the Wacken road show all over Europe in October/November ! Maybe Canada maybe Australia…only time will tell…
Any final words of wisdom?
“The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!”
Franck Milleliri (Guitars)
David Amore (Drums & Machines)
Jo Amore (Lead Vocals)
Yves Campion (Bass & vocals)
Matt Asselberghs (Guitars)
(Interview by Ken Morton)
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