After several years of work, local underground metal band Nightmare plans to finally release their first solo album before April, members of the group said last week.
The band’s guitar player, Aung Myo Linn, told The Myanmar Times that the group has been preparing the 12-song album titled Nga Dto Thamine (Our History) since 2010, but every time they recorded a song they were dissatisfied with the result.
“So we played the songs again and again, which is why we’ve spent so much time on the album,” he said, adding that all the songs were original tunes written by band members.
Nightmare vocalist Novem Htoo said most of the songs were “extremely explosive” but there were also some softer, slower moments on the album.
“Metal is a branch of rock music, but with metal the style is extremely explosive and the singers scream very loudly to express their feelings,” he said.
Aung Myo Linn said most people in Myanmar were unfamiliar with metal music, so the band did not expect to make a profit from album sales.
“After listening to our album, people who already know our music can enjoy our new songs, and those who don’t know our songs will become familiar with our music style. That’s our only expectation from the album,” he said.
He added that the band members produced the album themselves, since most music producers were not interested in their music style and they did not have a sponsor.
“We produced the album ourselves to document our music,” he said.
Aung Myo Linn said all the music for the album has already been recorded and the band is now mixing the songs, after which they will have to be submitted to the censors.
“If the censors give us permission, we can finally release our album,” he said. “We hope this will be an easy step because the rules are changing in our country and the censorship board is also changing.”
Nightmare was formed in 2007 with Aung Myo Linn, Novem Htoo, bassist Nyi Phyu and drummer Squeeze.
“We’ve spent a lot of time and money on our music,” said Aung Myo Linn.
“To produce a good song, guitarists must spend a lot of time learning to play, vocalists must train their voices, and everything else. We’re very tired but we like to play music and some people want to listen to our songs. We’ve put a lot of effort into creating metal music for a very small audience.”
He added that there was no plan to release a VCD with music videos, but one video will be included on the CD as a bonus track.