Boston based hardcore outfit American Nightmare burned hard, bright, and fast for five years in the early 00s and then called it quits in 2004. Two albums, legendary live shows, and a god-like status within the scene was enough to draw them into a near extinction. In the 14 years since then, there have been various spin off bands with varying degrees of success, but the demand for a reunion has never faltered.
Now, 15 years since the release of their last record, American Nightmare have released their self-titled third album. Clocking it at 9 songs and 20 minutes long, from the outside it seems very typical American Nightmare, but when you sink your teeth in the album showcases a much more defined sound.
Lead single and opener ‘The World Is Blue’ is the sound that best epitomised the band all those years ago; heavy, loud, and fast. Following on, ‘Flowers Under Siege’ is frantic mayhem for its life span of 40 seconds, and ‘American Death’ is pretty much the same just for a slightly longer 2-minute period. The first 3 tracks are hardcore heaven, and set the album off at an absolute rampage.
Both ‘Forever Gloom’ and ‘Colder Than Death’ are the utter standouts on this record. The almost emo/goth vibe of the tracks give a sound that is reminiscent of The Misfits and The Damned back in their heyday, and thankfully they don’t feel at all out of place or forced. If anything, they feel like a mature and more natural sounding American Nightmare.
Releasing a self-titled album on your third release is a bold move. If it backfires, then you have nowhere to hide, but if it’s a success then the results can be career-defining – American Nightmare have delivered the latter. It’s a career-defining release, and a record that will shine above the rest of their catalogue and stand the test of time. 14 years away from making music has done American Nightmare the world of good. Let’s just hope that it’s not that long for its follow-up.
Written by Jacob Eynon (@itsjustjake93)
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