Rise Records has become one of the biggest record labels for metalcore music. Signing with major names in the music scene like Miss May I, Of Mice & Men, Sleeping With Sirens, Issues, and Crown the Empire has made the label desirable among the vast lineup of up-and-coming hardcore bands looking to get to the next step in their careers. Rise seems to have another hit in the making: Nightmares.
This rock band from Atlanta, Georgia began their debut into the music industry strongly, releasing their first single “In the Mouth of Madness” in early March. This track reached great popularity due to the guest vocals from Tyler Carter of Issues. Carter brought listeners to the song, but they stayed because of Nightmares. The first impression of this band is exciting for any major metalcore fan. The haunting atmosphere in the instrumentals is countered by uplifting clean vocals to give the track clear distinction. Rather than just sticking to heavy breakdowns and fast riffs, Nightmares capture a chilling essence with spooky sound effects and brutal unclean vocals.
With their newest single “Cujo” released, this eerie element is conveyed in an even more powerful way. The staccato beats and lack of clean melodies drive this hardcore track down to its core and leave new fans anticipating the next release. The harsh screams hit intense lows as the cyclic heavy riffs pulse throughout the track as strong as the Tell-Tale Heart. The song’s heavy elements are simple but are used strategically and powerfully, giving the track the exciting and catchy originality it needs. Nightmares go beyond replicating similar hardcore styles with “Cujo”. The focus on the harder aspects of their sound is a smart way to add variety and expand their skills as a debuting band.
These components exhibit a much different style than “In the Mouth of Madness” and showcase the potential that Nightmares have on their first record Suspiria, releasing on June 3, 2014. The way they stray away from metalcore generality in “Cujo” is hoped to be present in most of this new music from the band. It will be interesting to see how they execute this dark theme musically on the rest of the album.