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A real Rock’n’Roll monster, National Nightmare.

Hailing from Helsinki Finland, National Nightmare is the real deal with huge rock pedigree featuring Jimi Sero, bass player from the legendary Smack, guitarist MELA, known from Finnish punk legend Pelle Miljoona, lead singer Sami Haxx, formerly of the Species, and drummer Tommy Gun from bands like Caroline and Liivit Boys , backing vocalist Hanna “Miss Simone” Wendelin (Sleep of Monsters, Five Fifteen)  and percussionist Mr. Voodoo (Reprinted, WOTZC) . 

National Nightmare’s sound is influenced by 60’s rhythm and blues groove like TinaTurner, powerful 70’s blues based hard rock of Aerosmith and wrapped in the deceptive simplicity of old school AC/DC. Open mindedness and interesting modern musical exploration is evident. Without taking themselves too seriously the band experiments with the sound, groove and power of rock’n’roll. 

In December 2016 the band released the two track single ’Night Bus’ and ’Rock’n’Roll Saves Souls’ packing a tight rhythm section, bluesy guitar hooks, great melodies and larger than life backing vocals wrapped into soulful vibe and feel good Rock ‘n’ Roll attitude. A video for ’Night Bus’ was released in February 2017. 

First album “SANGRE SALVAJE” was released October 2018. 
Singles and EPs: Force my hand - (which was a soundtrack in Housemarque´s “Stormdivers” PC-game trailer), Shiva, Sugar Coated, Wild Blood, Two Faced You, Shooting Star, Night Bus 

Upcoming second album “HIGH LIFE” asserts National Nightmare’s status as one of the premier rock-’n’-roll bands in Finland. 
“Witch”, the first single from the album, is due out May 1st 2021. 


Story of High Life

Part 2 - Pre production High Life a rock-'n'-roll album 


First contact emails were exchanged with Hiili as early as September 2019. Mela had called him in advance, and Hiili was already familiar with the band and its first album, Sangre Salvaje. A set of raw studio demos were sent to Hiili, allowing him to get his bearings on the song material. From that moment, the preproduction phase started. In the weeks that followed, Hiili and the band discussed and corresponded numerous times on the artistic direction, sound, and arrangements of the songs.  

They talked about bands like Aerosmith and Alice Cooper, groove and soul in rock, how vocals and percussion would have a big role, and they would not shy away from any style or era; they would let the Rock-'n'-roll history and modern sound mix and naturally benefit the songs. 

Based on those talks, Hiili later suggested arrangement changes, tempo alternatives, key changes, etc., and the band started to record the second iteration of demos that would eventually evolve into a template for the actual album recording. 

“When I first met the band, I wondered which of them might have been last arrested.  
My guiding idea was to bring out the personalities and handprints of the members strongly. 
The album features a variety of flavors of rock’n’roll, whose charismatic characters tie together seamlessly.”
- Hiili 

Recording and arranging of these new demos occupied the band for several weeks. From the band's home base, Hawaji Studio, demo's were bounced back and forth with Hiili. Feedback, ideas, and suggestions were processed, and good things and happy coincidences happened.  

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Out of fourteen songs,  ten made the cut. December 29th, 2019 Haxx emailed Hiili; "This is it! These are the songs. We'll start practicing these after new year, and if everything goes as planned, we can record the drum tracks in early 2020".  
One big decision was made in that motorway service station. After the arrangements were locked, the band would practice the songs up to live show standard before the final recording would start. When that standard was reached, drums were to be recorded at Sound Supreme studio in Hämeenlinna and then continue with the rest of the tracks in the band's homebase Hawaji studio, in Helsinki.

Part 1 - High Life a rock-'n'-roll album 

On October 16th, 2019, acclaimed rock-'n'-roll producer Hiili Hiilesmaa will be meeting National Nightmare on E12  motorway service station, halfway between Hämeenlinna and Helsinki. 

In the past few weeks, Hiili has been listening to the band's new demos for  its second album, titled "Planet Fun Fun." 
In this meeting, Hiili will share his vision, his secret sauce, and his silver magic bullets that would make National Nightmare's next album a definite rock-'n'-roll album. 

Motorway restaurant’s table was bristling with rock-'n'-roll legends from Helsinki; bass player Jimi Sero,  guitarist MELA, lead singer Sami Haxx,  drummer Tommy Gun, backing vocalist Hanna “Miss Simone” Wendelin, and percussionist Mr. Voodoo. 

They all have impressive and long careers, ups and downs, domestic and international success, several bands, several published records, music in TV, movies, and games.  
A total of 1313 years combined of Rock-'n'-roll lifestyle sits on that table. 

Hiili arrives. Greetings are exchanged, most of the band have met and worked with him in the past.  
Small talk dies, and it's business time.  

'So, Mr. Hiili..how were the demos?" Jimi starts. 

Hiili leans forward. 

 "Well, friends..this is super good material…I see colors in my mind… people clapping and speaking in tongues...but before I summon a demon and start making deals with you, how about a cup of coffee first?"




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