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Description / Collectors information: 

Exorcist - Nightmare Theatre, the 1986 Virgin Steele 12" vinyl LP, delivers a dark and captivating heavy metal experience. With haunting melodies, powerful performances, and memorable songwriting, it remains a must-have for metal enthusiasts. The album's ominous atmosphere and occult themes make it a standout in the genre, leaving a lasting impression on listeners.

Rare album written by Virgin Steele

Music Genre:

  Power Thrash Death Metal
Album  Production information:

The album: "Nightmare Theatre" was produced by: The Lion
Sound Engineer Dr Metal
Recorded at the Sonic Sound Studio, Freeport, New York
All songs by Damain Rath and Marc Dorian

Collector notes with full explanation of the aliases used by the "Virgin Steel" band-members to record this album.

David DeFeis Singer, Sound Engineer and Producer has been using the pseudonyms "Damien Rath" and "The Lion". while recording the album "Nightmare Theatre" for the "Exorcist" band.

Mark Edwards (Drums) has been using the alias "Geoff Fontaine" while recording the album "Nightmare Theatre" for the "Exorcist" band and the pseudo "Darlene Destructo" for playing in the "Original Sin" band.

Joe O'Reilly (Bass) has been using the fake-name "Jamie Locke" while recording the album "Nightmare Theatre" for the "Exorcist" band. He used the alias "Pandora Fox" to perform in the "Original Sin" band.

Edwin Pursino (Guitar) has been using the nickname "Marc Dorian" while recording the album "Nightmare Theatre" for the "Exorcist" band and used the alias "Cynthia Taylor" while playing in "Original Sin".

Chris "Dr Metal" Bubacz, born on 12 April 1955, is a renowned sound engineer who made a significant impact on the Heavy Metal scene of the 1980s. With his exceptional talent and dedication to achieving the perfect sound, he became a driving force behind the success of several influential bands, including Metallica, Anthrax, and Znöwhite.


Born and raised in a small town in the United States, Bubacz developed a deep passion for music at an early age. Fascinated by the technical aspects of sound and recording, he spent countless hours experimenting with audio equipment, building his own amplifiers, and dissecting albums to understand their production techniques.

Bubacz's journey into the world of Heavy Metal began in the late 1970s when he moved to a bigger city to pursue a career in sound engineering. He started working at a local recording studio, learning the ropes of the profession and honing his skills. His dedication and keen ear for detail quickly earned him a reputation as a rising talent.

In the early 1980s, Bubacz's path crossed with Metallica, an emerging force in the world of Heavy Metal. Impressed by his technical expertise and passion for the genre, the band invited him to work on their second studio album, "Ride the Lightning." Bubacz's contribution to the album's sound proved to be transformative, capturing the raw energy and aggression that became synonymous with Metallica's early years.

Following the success of "Ride the Lightning," Bubacz's reputation soared, and his services were in high demand within the Heavy Metal community. Bands like Anthrax and Znöwhite sought out his expertise to achieve the perfect sonic landscape for their albums.

With his meticulous attention to detail and innovative recording techniques, Bubacz played a crucial role in shaping the sound of each band he worked with. He had a remarkable ability to capture the intensity of live performances while maintaining clarity and balance within the recordings.

During his tenure as a sound engineer, Bubacz worked on numerous groundbreaking albums, including Metallica's "Master of Puppets," Anthrax's "Among the Living," and Znöwhite's "Act of God." These albums not only became influential within the Heavy Metal genre but also helped solidify Bubacz's status as one of the most sought-after sound engineers of the era.

Bubacz's work extended beyond the recording studio. He often accompanied bands on tour, ensuring their live performances matched the sonic excellence of their studio albums. His commitment to quality and his ability to adapt to different venues and equipment made him an invaluable asset on the road.

Despite his tremendous success, Bubacz remained humble and focused on his craft. He continued to explore new recording techniques, pushing the boundaries of what was possible within the Heavy Metal genre. His innovative approach to sound engineering left an indelible mark on the music industry, inspiring countless aspiring sound engineers and musicians.

After the 1980s, Bubacz continued to work on various projects, collaborating with a wide range of artists across different genres. While his contributions to the Heavy Metal scene remain legendary, he proved his versatility by adapting his skills to diverse musical styles.

Chris "Dr Metal" Bubacz's pioneering work as a sound engineer in the 1980s cemented his place in Heavy Metal history. His dedication, passion, and unwavering commitment to capturing the essence of the genre through sound made him a highly respected figure in the industry. Today, his legacy lives on, influencing generations of musicians and sound engineers who strive to replicate his unparalleled contributions to the world of Heavy Metal.

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Record Label Information:

 Cobra Roadrunner RR 9700

Media Format:

 12" Vinyl Full-Length Stereo Long-Play  Gramophone Record
Album weight: 230 gram  

Year and Country:

 1986 Made in Holland
Band Members and Musicians on: Exorcist Nightmare Theatre
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Damian Rath - Vocals

     David DeFeis Singer, Sound Engineer and Producer has been using the pseudonyms "Damien Rath" and "The Lion". while recording the album "Nightmare Theatre" for the "Exorcist" band. His sister "Danielle Defeis" performed in the Power/Speed Metal "Original Sin".

  • Marc Dorian - Guitar
  • Jamie Locke - Bass
  • Geoff Fontaine - Drums
Track Listing of: "Nightmare Theatre"

The Songs/tracks on "Nightmare Theatre" are

    Side One:
  • Black Mass
  • The Invocation
  • Burnt Offerings
  • The Hex
  • Possessed
  • Call for the Exorcist
  • Death by Bewitchment
    Side Two:
  • The Trial
  • Execution of the Witches
  • Consuming Flames of Redemption
  • Megawatt Mayhem
  • Riding to Hell
  • Queen of the Dead
  • Lucifer's Lament
  • The Banishment
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