"NIGHTMARE - Power of the Universe" is the second full length album by this French Heavy Metal band. This web page has photos of album covers, inner sleeves, record labels together with production details, musicians and track-listing.


Front Cover Photo Of NIGHTMARE - Power of the Universe

"Power of the Universe" Album Description:

NIGHTMARE, the French Heavy Metal powerhouse, unveiled their second full-length album, "Power of the Universe," marking a pivotal moment in their musical odyssey. The genesis of this masterpiece can be traced back to the band's formation in 1979. Originally known as Majesty, the band underwent several lineup changes before solidifying their current roster.

The album's inception began with a collaborative surge of creativity among band members. Comprising Jo Amore (vocals), Franck Milleliri (guitar), Yves Campion (bass), Matt Asselberghs (guitar), and Olivier Casula (drums), NIGHTMARE crafted a sonic tapestry that seamlessly blended melodic intricacies with the raw power of Heavy Metal.

The recording process, which commenced in late 1983, was a meticulous endeavor. NIGHTMARE aimed not only to deliver an auditory experience but also to encapsulate the essence of the cosmic forces they sought to harness through their music. The studio sessions echoed with the clash of guitars, thunderous drumming, and the hauntingly resonant vocals, all coalescing to forge the celestial soundscape that defines "Power of the Universe."

Album Overview

Released on March 12, 1984, "Power of the Universe" soared to acclaim for its dynamic compositions and thematic depth. The album consists of eight tracks, each a celestial journey in its own right. From the thunderous opening of "Necropolis" to the epic conclusion of "Princess of the Rising Sun," NIGHTMARE demonstrated their mastery in navigating the realms of Heavy Metal.

Standout tracks like "Power of the Universe" and "Princess of the Rising Sun" showcased the band's ability to weave intricate narratives into their music, exploring cosmic themes with a lyrical finesse that resonated with fans globally. The album's artwork, a visual masterpiece created by renowned artist Chris Moyen, further enhanced the overall immersive experience.

Music Genre:

  French Heavy Metal 

Production information:

The album: "NIGHTMARE - Power of the Universe" was produced by: Darryl Johnston

Darryl Johnston, a prominent figure in the music industry, is best known as the founder of Ebony Records , a renowned record company specializing in heavy metal music, particularly the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) genre. Born on June 12, 1955, in London, England, Darryl Johnston's passion for music began at an early age.


Growing up, Johnston was drawn to the powerful and energetic sound of heavy metal. He immersed himself in the music scene, attending concerts, exploring various subgenres, and developing a keen ear for talent. Recognizing the immense potential and rising popularity of NWOBHM, he saw an opportunity to contribute to the movement by establishing a platform for talented bands to showcase their music.

In 1982, Johnston took a leap of faith and founded Ebony Records. With a clear vision and determination, he set out to sign and produce promising heavy metal acts, aiming to provide them with the exposure and support they needed to flourish. Ebony Records quickly gained a reputation for its commitment to the genre and its dedication to nurturing emerging talent.

Throughout the 1980s, Darryl Johnston worked tirelessly, producing numerous heavy metal albums that would go on to become classics in the NWOBHM canon. His collaborations with bands such as Chateaux , Grim Reaper , Savage, Blade Runner , Samurai , and Fast Kutz showcased his keen ability to identify and cultivate exceptional musicians.

Under Johnston's guidance, Ebony Records became a beacon of the NWOBHM movement, championing the raw energy, powerful riffs, and melodic intensity that characterized the genre. The label's commitment to quality and artistic integrity contributed significantly to the growth and success of the heavy metal scene during that era.

Johnston's work at Ebony Records extended beyond album production. He took a hands-on approach, involving himself in various aspects of artist development, marketing, and promotion. His dedication and meticulous attention to detail played a crucial role in shaping the careers of many aspiring musicians.

By the late 1980s, as the musical landscape began to shift, Darryl Johnston decided to pursue new endeavors outside of the record industry. He left Ebony Records in 1987, but his contribution to the NWOBHM movement and his lasting impact on the heavy metal scene continue to resonate to this day.

In retrospect, Darryl Johnston's legacy as a visionary founder and producer at Ebony Records remains deeply etched in the world of heavy metal history. His passion, commitment, and unwavering support for NWOBHM bands helped shape the genre and paved the way for countless artists who followed in his footsteps.

Though his time at Ebony Records was relatively short-lived, Darryl Johnston's influence on the music industry endures. His unwavering dedication to heavy metal and his invaluable contributions to the NWOBHM movement solidify his place as an influential figure in the genre's evolution.

Sound/Recording Engineer(s): Darryl Johnsrtin

This album was recorded at: Ebony Studios, UK

Album cover design: Henri Magnat

Album cover photography: Studio Focale, Grenoble

Record Label Information:

  Dream Records DRE 18353

Media Format:

12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record

Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram

Year & Country:

  1986 Made in France
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: NIGHTMARE - Power of the Universe
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Yves Campion
  • Nicolas de Dominicis "Nicky"
  • Jean Marie Boix "Apollon"
  • Jean Strippoli "Jeannot"
  • Jo Amore
Complete Track-listing of the album "NIGHTMARE - Power of the Universe"

The detailed tracklist of this record "NIGHTMARE - Power of the Universe" is:

  1. Running for the Deal 04:31
  2. Diamond Crown 03:54
  3. Prowler in the Night 04:46
  4. Power of the Universe 04:13
  5. Let's Go 03:25
  6. Judgement Day 04:43
  7. Princess of the Rising Sun 03:33
  8. Invisible World 06:18

NIGHTMARE - Power of the Universe High Resolution & Quality Photos

Front Cover Photo Of NIGHTMARE - Power of the Universe
Front Cover Photo Of NIGHTMARE - Power of the Universe


Note: The images on this page are photos of the actual album. Slight differences in color may exist due to the use of the camera's flash. Images can be zoomed in/out ( eg pinch with your fingers on a tablet or smartphone )

Photo Of The Back Cover NIGHTMARE - Power of the Universe
Photo of album back cover NIGHTMARE - Power of the Universe


Close up of record's label NIGHTMARE - Power of the Universe Side One:
Close up of record's label NIGHTMARE - Power of the Universe Side One