Album cover photos of : NIGHTMARE - Power of the Universe

Collectors information / Album Description:

"NIGHTMARE - Power of the Universe" showcases a captivating blend of heavy metal mastery. The album features powerful tracks like "Running for the Deal", "Diamond Crown", and "Prowler in the Night", delivering hard-hitting riffs and energetic performances. With standout songs such as "Power of the Universe" and "Invisible World", Nightmare's dynamic sound and compelling lyrics transport listeners to a realm of epic musical proportions.

"Power of the Universe" is by the French Power/Speed Metal band: Nightmare and is their second full-length album.

Nightmare is a French heavy metal band known for their energetic and melodic sound. The band consists of talented musicians and performers. Yves Campion holds down the bass, while Nicolas de Dominicis, also known as Nicky, delivers powerful guitar work. Jean Marie Boix, nicknamed Apollon, handles the vocals with his dynamic range. Jean Strippoli, known as Jeannot, contributes to the band's guitar melodies, and Jo Amore completes the lineup with his skillful drumming. Together, they create the distinct sound that defines Nightmare's heavy metal style.

Music Genre:

  Power/Speed Metal French
Album Production information: 

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

Sound/Recording Engineer(s): Darryl Johnsrtin

This album was recorded at: Ebony Studios, Hull, UK

Album cover design: Henri Magnat

Album cover photography: Isabelle Stevant

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.


Record Label Information:


Media Format:

  12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  

Year & Country:

  1985 Made in England
Band Members and Musicians on: NIGHTMARE - Power of the Universe
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Yves Campion - Bass
  • Nicolas de Dominicis "Nicky" - Guitars
  • Jean Marie Boix "Apollon" - Vocals
  • Jean Strippoli "Jeannot" - Guitars
  • Jo Amore - Drums
Track Listing of: "NIGHTMARE - Power of the Universe"

The Songs/tracks on "NIGHTMARE - Power of the Universe" are

  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
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Back Cover  Photo of "NIGHTMARE - Power of the Universe" Album

Back Cover  Photo of "NIGHTMARE - Power of the Universe" Album

Close-up of Ebony Record Label  

Close-up of Ebony Record Label  

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