Nachtmahr (band)

Thomas Rainer

Thomas Rainer with Nachtmahr at Nocturnal Culture Night Festival, Deutzen, Germany 2014
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.

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. Later in 2014 Rainer launched his "Operation America" tour where he would play across 20 states in less than one month. Just 2 months prior to the tour, Rainer's latest album "Feinbild" was released to great success. 2015 the band is now done with the festival season and on a short two show tour in Russia.


Studio Albums


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  1. 1 2 Magazine, Venia. "February 2012: Nachtmahr". Venia Magazine. Wordpress. Retrieved 7/4/2012. Check date values in: |access-date= (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: |access-date= (help)
  4. "Nachtmahr: Feuer Frei". This is Corrosion. Retrieved 7/3/2012. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  5. "Deutsche Alternative Charts". Retrieved 2012-10-25.
  6. "Deutsche Alternative Charts". Retrieved 2012-10-25.
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