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Light Burning Bright Till the Dawn

by Dream or Nightmare

Hybrid metal: a combination of traditional, modern, progressive, and melodic metal.
Genre: Metal/Punk: 90's Metal
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Lost Wish
6:28 $0.50
2. Self Inflicted Gunshot Wound to the Head
5:12 $0.50
3. Tomorrow Aside
6:46 $0.50
4. Conflicting Addiction
4:08 $0.50
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
DREAM OR NIGHTMARE is a project that combines different styles of metal to create an original and unique sound. Influences include not only traditional, modern, melodic, and progressive metal, but also several other musical genres; which allows for more creativity in writing, performance, and expression (which is especially evident on their new CD "Light Burning Bright Till the Dawn"; it reaches far beyond what is displayed on their previous recordings).
Along with founder and lead guitarist Joe Sims (who has received international acclaim for his work with the groups Axemaster, The Awakening, and Reign), DREAM OR NIGHTMARE has grown into a strong unit through the vocal combination of Dave Rhynard and Jim Arnold (which adds diversity to the band's sound; both heavy and more melodic vocal styles are represented), the aggressive yet complex guitar work and keyboards of Jim Arnold, the heavy progressive bass of Dave Rhynard, and the energy of drummer Russ Kirk. As a unit, this band has proven to be one that has the ability, talent, and creativity to produce a style that will appeal to fans of all varieties of metal.
With thoughtful lyrics, powerful yet technical music, and an overall feel and flavor that's all their own, this band has all the elements to become a worldwide success. "Light Burning Bright Till the Dawn" as well as their past demo releases (which feature the band's previous singer) are only the beginnings of bigger and better things to come from DREAM OR NIGHTMARE; a project that is definitely breaking through on the international scene.

JIM ARNOLD: Lead Vocals - Lead Guitar - Keyboards
DAVE RHYNARD: Lead Vocals - Bass Guitar
JOE SIMS: Lead Guitar

"Because of the different elements/influences that are incorporated in DREAM OR NIGHTMARE's music, they have been termed "Hybrid" metal - a band that attempts to set trends, not follow them."

For more information, updates, and news, contact:

614 Cleveland Rd., Apt. 2
Ravenna, OH 44266

PHONE: (330) 297-6415
YAHOO GROUP: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DreamOrNightmare/



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This was a very cool CD except for the fact that it was too short! I really enjoyed the journey these songs took me on. The power driven metal groove and strong lyrical writing. I really liked the duality of vocals both heavy and melodic. I think that blended in with the intense instrumentation that combines progressive and melodic metal. Definitely an introspective CD. A must have.

Future Impact webzine

Excellent publeshed review of the CD
CD: Light Burning Bright Till the Dawn
I got this cd from the band and I was really impressed with them so much. I get a feel for their music. It has sort of a hard gloom to it.They have a great guitar sound and they have skills. Jim Arnold & Joe Sims do more than just play the guitars. They offer a different sound that is lacking a little out there. You can tell that they want to have their own sound and are not like everyone else. Russ Kirk, the drummer, is an awesome drummer and you can here the years he has had behind the skins. He has a talent to hit the right drum at the right time and has a great touch. And you cannot forget Dave Rhynard, the bass player. A lot of bass players are neglected but I think he is the heart of the deep sound that they have. The vocals are a thing that I am so very impressed with because all the guys in the band sing{lead or backing}. That to me shows that they don't do the leader thing and all are into being a part of the band instead of guys standing in the background.

With the first song "Lost Wish", it gives you the start of a deep Gothic metal song and they never let up on any other songs. The song "Tomorrow Aside" has to be one of my favorites because it has the mental state of listening to the song and looking at the sky and having flashes of life and death. They give it a slow gloomy feel and then kick it into gear but it still has the same feel throughout the entire song. This is one of the best Cd's I have heard and glad to have in my hands. I like to say it was a great job Dream or Nightmare and I know that me and thousands of other gloom metal heads out there should be keeping an eye on you guys. We will be looking forward to hearing more in the future. And to the people, keep an ear open for those hidden tracks.

Bahama Kin

Review posted in many Yahoo Groups by freelance writer
Song Selection Reviewed By: Bahama Kin

*1. Lost Wish.
This Dream or Nightmare song identifies the listener with the final thoughts of someone who has been denied happiness. Not allowed to exist, the culprit eavesdrops on the victim. The victim tries to explain the situation to no avail. Yet has a Last Wish to be Free, even a Dream is DENIED! The victim still tries to explain and fades into the void. This song is great in its subject matter. It invites you to the world of Heartache and doom. Sure will kick your ass. Heavy, Clean, it measures pain. In the Metallica, Black Sabbath vein.
4 stars

*2. Self Inflicted Gunshot wound To The Head.
This Dream or Nightmare song explores the story of a suicide. as if the Victim is Screaming for someone to feel what it feels. Most definitely Kicks your ass, with forged Steel toed boots even. Demands the attention of mercy, Crawling through Misery it shines. With a heavy blast of Iron Maiden, Early Black Sabbath, Metallica Induced Sonic metal Crunch. But a very Dream or Nightmare style all in itself.
5 stars

*3. Tomorrow Aside.
This Dream or Nightmare song relates to morbid feelings of someone who has lost their senses of thought, well being, & time. Seems the victim is responsible in a way, yet has others to blame. Almost a crack addiction meets Depression. It ventures into an interesting sound. Refreshing and heavy at the same time. Reaches into old Queensryche influences, Dream Theatre textures. But definitely innovative and pure Dream or Nightmare.
5 stars

*4. Conflicting Addiction.
This dream or nightmare song has lots of energy, I honor the truth here. Sure do respect just how Dream or Nightmare tells it like it is. this song is a scary reality, set into music the correct way. Developing themes, yet clear, clean, and 20 ton heavy guitar work folks.
4 1/2 stars

- My CD has additional tracks (13)
*Note track 12.
This track sounds like life support gone wrong.
The subject meets the Horned one, interesting movie like effects. Awesome production,thumbs up.

*Note track 13
This is Brilliant! It seems the victim is us. Awakening, from a Bad dream.
Brings us back to the Album Theme. resurrection from the dead.
5 stars

Buy this album folks, you'll be so glad you did.

Gramie Dee - The Autopsy Report (radio and zine)

Light Burning Bright Till The Dawn
Dream Or Nightmare
rating *****

This album was long awaited by me. I'd heard about it's progress for some time and heard samples from it, but nothing would prepare me for the total feeling of pleasure I experienced when I heard the finished works. Dream Or Nightmare is a band of serious minded musicians from Cleveland Ohio. They write their music with a distinct edge of epic proportion and story telling. I'd almost say Dream Or Nightmare was a progressive metal band, but then along comes the thrash and death influences followed by inspirations of power metal.

Four main tracks are prevalent on the CD with two unnamed bonus tracks at the end and each song paints a picture, a chapter in a book of ever changing plot lines and endings. The sad hopes of Lost Wish echo and multiply within the fatalistic Self Inflicted Gunshot Wound To The Head and it's as if Tomorrow Aside is a summing up of the previous two songs and their grim message. But then comes Conflicting Addiction which could almost be an appendix to everything laid out in the first three tracks. Maybe I'm looking too deeply in to this when I should just sit back and listen to the excellent musicianship that holds throughout this album. But for those of you who like to become immersed within great lyrics, Light Burning Bright Till The Dawn with take you on a journey of speculation and analysis.