Nachtmahr (band)

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Thomas Rainer
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Thomas Rainer with Nachtmahr at e-tropolis Festival, Berlin 2013
Background information
Origin Vienna, Austria
Genres Industrial techno
Hardcore techno
Years active 2007-Present
Labels Trisol Music Group
Associated acts L'Âme Immortelle
Members Thomas Rainer - Vocals, music

Nachtmahr is the solo project of Thomas Rainer (also known for his other projects: L'Âme Immortelle and the now defunct Siechtum). Nachtmahr's musical style is best characterized as Techno Industrial.


In September 2007, Nachtmahr had its first release, "Kunst ist Krieg (i.e., Art is War)". The album's song "BoomBoomBoom", quickly became popular in industrial clubs around the world.[1] The band was used for the soundtrack of the American blockbuster movie, Saw IV.[citation needed]

In 2008 Nachtmahr released its first full-length album entitled "Feuer frei". Like "Kunst Ist Krieg", it quickly gained popularity in industrial clubs. The single "Katharsis" joined "BoomBoomBoom" as a worldwide club hit,[1] and helped the album stay in the top 10 of the German Deutsche Alternative Charts (DAC) for more than 6 weeks.[2] The German magazine Orkus called "Feuer frei" was “the new standard for the electro industrial genre”. However, the album did fall under criticism for being too repetitive. While reviewers agreed it was a great album for the dancefloor, some felt it did little more than such, pointing out a lack of variation and originality between songs.[3][4]

Both the album "Alle Lust will Ewigkeit"[5] and its single Tanzdiktator[6] reached No. 1 in the Deutsche Alternative Charts.

Mädchen in Uniform, part of the show of Nachtmahr at e-tropolis Festival 2013

In 2010, Nachtmahr's third album "Semper Fidelis" was released, again placing highly in the German charts.

In 2011, Nachtmahr announced plans to expand their live touring scope, landing gigs in Australia, Ireland, and the United Kingdom.


At the 2012 Kinetik Festival, Nachtmahr were criticized from the stage by opening act Ad·ver·sary for "the use of misogynist and racist tropes in [the] band’s music and publicity materials.".[7] During the last five minutes of his set, Ad·ver·sary "showed a multimedia presentation speaking out against the use of violence, sexism and racism by Nachtmahr (and fellow headliner Combichrist), using direct examples from their work to make his point." [8]


Studio Albums[edit]

  • Feuer Frei (2008)
  • Alle Lust Will Ewigkeit (2009)
  • Semper Fidelis (2010)
  • Veni Vidi Vici (2012)
  • Feindbild (2014)


  • Kunst Ist Krieg (2007)
  • Katharsis (2008)
  • Mädchen In Uniform (2010)
  • Can You Feel The Beat? (2011)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b Magazine, Venia. "February 2012: Nachtmahr". Venia Magazine. Wordpress. Retrieved 7/4/2012.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  2. ^ "Deutsche Alternative Charts". Retrieved 2012-10-25. 
  3. ^ "Nachtmahr - Feuer Frei". Wounds of the Earth. Blogspot. Retrieved 7/2/2012.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  4. ^ "Nachtmahr: Feuer Frei". This is Corrosion. Retrieved 7/3/2012.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  5. ^ "Deutsche Alternative Charts". Retrieved 2012-10-25. 
  6. ^ "Deutsche Alternative Charts". Retrieved 2012-10-25. 
  7. ^ "Kinetik Update 2012: Ad·ver·sary’s Performance". Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "Ad·ver·sary: Making a statement in the industrial music scene". Retrieved 22 May 2012.