NIGHTMARER: Discordant Death Metal Act Unveils “Brutalist Imperator” Single; Deformity Adrift LP Nears May Release Through Total Dissonance Worship And Vendetta Records

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Dissonant death metal outfit NIGHTMARER presents “Brutalist Imperator,” the fourth single from their impending second LP, Deformity Adrift, nearing release on Total Dissonance Worship and Vendetta Records.

Forged in 2014, the international collective known as NIGHTMARER, which features within its ranks current and former members of The Ocean, Convulsing, Gigan, War From A Harlot’s Mouth, and more, set out to derive only the most extreme elements of their previous musical endeavors and take them to much more miserable and punishing levels.

Deformity Adrift ventures far beyond the conventions of the already unconventional genre of dissonant death metal, without surrendering an ounce of viciousness. A thirty-two-minute sonic behemoth, the record is at once confounding and ravaging. Inarguably the band’s most diverse work to date, strong nuances of industrial and doom metal can be heard throughout the record’s nine tracks concluding fittingly with a suffocating wall of sound that leaves its listeners bruised, battered, and shaken. The guitars were recorded by Simon Hawemann at Sludge Studios, vocals and additional guitars were recorded by Keith Merrow at Merrowsound, all bass was recorded by Brendan Sloan at Overland, and drums were recorded by Marc Wüstenhagen at Dailyhero Recordings. The record was mixed and mastered by Raphaël Bovey at MyRoom Studio and comes adorned in the cover art of Jeanne Comateuse.

With “Brutalist Imperator,” the band offers, “For the fourth and final single of our upcoming full-length Deformity Adrift, we chose the album’s opening track. We dug deeper into our death metal roots and dialed up the aggression to 11, to undeniably serve the subject matter of the lyrics. ‘Brutalist Imperator’ is a look beneath the blustering facade of tyrants, which only appeals to the fragile and subservient. The desperate craving for the illusion of power ultimately reveals their true face: A desperate grimace, marked by complete and utter weakness. Crush ’em all!”

Stream NIGHTMARER’s “Brutalist Imperator” now at THIS LOCATION.

The video for “Taufbefehl” is playing HERE, the “Hammer Of Desolation” video is playing HERE, and “Throe Of Illicit Withdrawal” is streaming HERE.

NIGHTMARER’s Deformity Adrift will be released by Total Dissonance Worship in the US and Vendetta Records in Europe on CD, LP, CS, and digital formats on May 5th. Find preorders at THIS LOCATION.

NIGHTMARER hit the extreme metal underground with their 2016-released debut EP Chasm. The furious whirlwind of low-end dissonance and pulverizing heaviness immediately took the scene by storm and paved the path to a record contract with Season Of Mist.

The band’s following full-length Cacophony Of Terror (2018) and their appearance on the 2019 edition of the Devastation On The Nation Tour, earned the band a strong, diehard following, while the addition of guitarist Keith Merrow (Merrow, Conquering Dystopia) in the same year, only further cemented their reputation as a band to watch closely.

In early 2020, NIGHTMARER parted ways with Season Of Mist to launch their own label, Total Dissonance Worship. Under that banner, the band released the single “Primordial Grit” and 2021 EP Monolith Of Corrosion to critical acclaim from both fans and critics alike. Angry Metal Guy crowned the EP, “one of the weightiest, most impactful death metal offerings you’re likely to hear for months to come.” Everything Is Noise concurred noting, “Monolith Of Corrosion stands tall and mighty as a bleak and harrowing monument to what the darker depths of metal can achieve.” Added No Clean Singing, “if you think of Monolith Of Corrosion not just as a stunning piece of work in its own right, but also as a sign of how much NIGHTMARER have improved and evolved in just the few short years since Cacophony of Terror, then it only stands to reason that their next album – whenever it may appear and whatever form it may take – will be even bigger, even better, and even more devastating.”

By 2021, most of the band relocated to Portland, Oregon to finish the production of their long-awaited, second full-length: this year’s Deformity Adrift.

“The song is both spacious and heavy, calling to mind dissonant death metal greats like Gorguts and Ulcerate but in a way that NIGHTMARER can call their own.” – BrooklynVegan on “Hammer Of Desolation”

“Everything about this rules.” – Metal Injection

“In line with that harrowing and haunting subject matter, the music delivers twisted guitar dissonance whose unnerving contortions might put your teeth on edge, backed by bludgeoning rhythms, bursts of turbulent blasting, and terrorizing growls.” – No Clean Singing