|The Nightrage saga so far
NIGHTRAGE was originally formed in Greece/Thessaloniki back in the year 2000 by Marios Iliopoulos (formerly of EXHUMATION) who released three high-quality death metal albums, all produced in Sweden). And his blood brother Gus G.
Now NIGHTRAGE is back after 2 excellent releases at Century Media Records. "Sweet vengeance" became fast one of the most spoken of and interesting melodic death metal releases of the year (2003) and the follow up "Descent into chaos"; (2005) got great reviews worldwide. From the very beginning this band has always stood for high quality melodic metal packaged in a perfect production. NIGHTRAGE have collaborated with highly skillful musicians like Tomas Lindberg (ex AT THE GATES, THE GREAT DECEIVER), Gus G (ex DREAM EVIL, FIREWIND), Per Möller Jensen (THE HAUNTED) and now the band have signed a new worldwide deal with Lifeforce Records.
The band did many shows so far including an opening slot for ARCH ENEMY, THE HAUNTED, and DARK TRANQUILLITY show at Forum/London, a USA tour (first ever US tour for NR) with bands like MANNTIS, GOD DETHRONED, Lifeforce Records label mates HELL WITHIN and THINE EYES BLEED, also a really successful sold-out European tour with BOLT THROWER, MALEVOLENT CREATION and NECROPHAGIST, and some festival appearances at Inferno festival/ Oslo and Lorca rock/ Murcia Spain, festival along with headline shows at Underworld/ London and Portugal/ Lisabon.
The remaining force of the band: Band-leader/song-writer/guitarist Marios Iliopoulos, bass-player/song-writer Henric Carlsson (ex CIPHER SYSTEM) along with new extreme vocalist/song-writer Jimmie Strimell, who is being described as the one of the best vocalists of his genre, are now working together with the new material for the third album. The results are amazing and some song-titles like:" A Condemned club" and "Reconcile" shows the progression that the band achieved and the new songs feel like having the edge of world class material.
With new blood comes new influences, and mixing those influences with still sticking to the NIGHTRAGE roots you will hear a fresh wind from your speakers when the new album hits you.
NR bio 2007
Since NIGHTRAGE was formed in Greece by Marios Iliopoulos and guitar hero Gus G (FIREWIND) many prominent figures of metal such as Tomas Lindberg (ex-AT THE GATES, DISFEAR, THE GREAT DECEIVER), Nicholas Barker (DIMMU BORGIR, CRADLE OF FILTH), Per Möller Jensen (THE HAUNTED) has collaborated with the band, and after a few member changes the line-up is now as strong as their vision of metallic perfection. New vocalist Jimmie Strimell has already created a buzz of being one of the new stars on the death metal firmament and the bone crunching drumming of recently acquired drummer Alex Svenningson is sure to leave none un-amazed. Together with guitarist and founder Marios Iliopoulos and bassist Henric Carlsson, NIGHTRAGE is finally an unquestionable unity and have already proved their worth as an almighty metal machine on tour right up to the recording of "A New Disease is Born." With their new label Lifeforce Records, NIGHTRAGE are now ready to step up to the higher echelons of death metal, with an album that is sure to send riveting tremors throughout an unsuspecting world. Abandon all hopes of a cure when this new disease is born in early 2007!
Descent Into chaos bio
Swedish melodic Death Metal sensation NIGHTRAGE return with yet another musical vengeance entitled Descent Into Chaos! After their furious debut inception with Sweet Vengeance in 2003, for which the band ranked worldwide praise by all aficionados of the true Gothenburg style of heaviness. That album also earned classy decorations like "Album of the Month" pick in Canadian magazine Brave Words or also a full score review in Germany's Metal Hammer citing Sweet Vengeance as "a future classic and the first legitimate stylistic follow-up of At the Gates' Slaughter of the Soul".
On the shoulders of the positive attention for Sweet Vengeance, NIGHTRAGE didn't only commence working on the material for their second attack, but also saw the necessity to reassemble their line-up's rhythm section to achieve a shape that would enable them to act like a proper band and perform live. The Haunted's Per M. Jensen was solidly replaced by ex-Septic Flesh drummer Fotis Benardo (ex-Cradle of Filth / Dimmu Borgir skinsman Nick Barker had filled in on their live-debut on a festival in Gothenburg) and for bassist Brice Leclercq (now with Dissection) the talented youngster Henric Carlsson (also in Cipher System) stepped in.
The band's core (which can be seen as a best of worlds between Greece and Sweden, really) nevertheless remained the same: leading force Marios Iliopoulos and his Greek countryman axe-partner Gus G. (ex-Dream Evil, also in Firewind) once more display intimidating composing teamwork flow and Tompa Lindberg (ex-At The Gates) adds the undisputed best extreme Metal vocals for a band of their style into the mix.
Descent into Chaos presents NIGHTRAGE with an advanced, uncompromising and focused attitude, remaining faithful to their melodic Death Metal sound, but adding an even heavier edge on to this full throttle album without any lulls. Despite its heaviness, the album has a constant traditional Heavy Metal influence, which mostly shines through when Marios and Gus lock in battle, trading off merciless riffs and leads. Casual keyboards courtesy of Dream Evil's Fredrik Nordström, a guest clean vocal appearance by Dark Tranquillity's Mikael Stanne on the track "Frozen" and the dark instrumental piece "Solus" are additional atmospheric highlights to this all-quality delivery.
Production-wise, Patrik J. Sten has captured some of the best sound ever to come out of the glorious halls of Gothenburg's own Studio Fredman (Arch Enemy, In Flames, Opeth, etc.) and the outstanding artwork by Greek artist Set<´H> (Heaven Shall Burn, Rotting Christ, Caliban, etc.) are further highlights for Descent Into Chaos, designing the album to be a masterstroke for any supporter of melodic Death Metal.
Does it possibly get any better than Descent into Chaos? Hardly, we dare say…
Sweet Vengeance bio
The band was originally formed in Greece back in the year 2000 by guitarist and mastermind Marios Iliopoulos, ex - Exhumation (who released three high quality Death Metal albums before, all produced in Sweden) and his friend Gus G. (known for his acclaimed performances with CMR shooting stars Dream Evil as well as Firewind and Mystic Prophecy). After some demo productions and several line up try-outs, NIGHTRAGE entered the famous halls of Studio Fredman in the band´s new hometown Gothenburg with producer Fredrik Nordström (In Flames, Arch Enemy, Opeth, Hammerfall, Dimmu Borgir, etc.) to record their debut album "Sweet Vengeance" by the wintertime of 2002/2003.
From these promising beginnings, the line-up turned into a notorious one the moment Tomas "Tompa" Lindberg (ex - At The Gates, now in The Great Deceiver & Lock Up) joined in as vocalist. Meanwhile, talented Frenchman Brice Leclercq took over Bass duties, Tom S. Englund (of Sweden´s Evergrey) added some extremely atmospheric clean vocal passages and the stellar drum work was provided by none other than Per M. Jensen (The Haunted).
Needless to say that "Sweet Vengeance" turned out to be a catchy, aggressive masterpiece of modern Death Metal with very dark, classy melodic passages and tons of monumental riffs as well as ever-spilling vocal hook lines.
Taken from the official website of Nightrage