Surrounding themselves with the beauty of Acropolis and the Athenian extreme metal echoes, Nightfall have their own golden status in the Hellenic metal scene, up to this day. Having dominated the gothic/black metal genre in the late 90’s, they decided to come back in 2020 and reclaim their throne.

In 1991, Nightfall’s mastermind Efthimis Karadimas, produced the band’s initial demo “Vanity”, which abruptly attracted the attention of the then-introduced French label Holy Records. It would be in no time that the band would sign their contract and release with them a decent amount of their most beloved 90’s records, starting with the debut “Parade Into Centuries”. The album soon put them under the spotlight for the Hellenic Metal scene; macabre, obscene, atrocious, but dangerously atmospheric.

December 1993 sees the birth of “Macabre Sunsets”, the band’s notorious sophomore record. Up to this day, it is considered to be among the most obscure diamonds the Mediterranian extreme metal school has produced. Esoteric, magic, heavy and severely atmospheric. What makes it different from its predecessor is no else than the speed and the brutality, while “Parade Into Centuries” was a lot more doom and melodic. The release of the album followed the 1994’s ‘Macabre Dance’ Tour with Celestial Season and Sadness in Europe. Also, the cover art is inspired by the temple of Hagia Sophia in Constantinople, as well as the opening track of the record, “Odious”.

During 1995, Nightfall introduce two different releases; the “Eons Aura” Ep, consisting of four tracks, two of which are covers by Army of Lovers “Until the Day God Helps Us All” and Manowar’s “Thor”, as well as another Nightfall classic, “Athenian Echoes”, some time after the EP. Nostalgia, atmosphere, intensity, sorrow, macabre, extremity, pagan love and eroticism, all included in one masterpiece. As it has been previously described so, an “initial form”, of what we would call today “War Metal”. The passion is strong in this one. “Athenian Echoes” was the last Nightfall album before they decided to take another turn into a more gothic metal sound.

Even though still under the Aegis of Holy Records, Nightfall succumb into a more gothic/black metal sound, which was more than relevant at the time, from bands such as Tiamat, Moonspell, Cradle of Filth etc. Thus, they travelled to Finland to create their upcoming masterpiece that became a milestone for the Hellenic Metal scene not only for the music, but for the promotion of sexual expression while opposing to censorship. “Lesbian Show” was highly praised by the press and the fans in 1997 when it came out.

1999 marks the band’s final steps with Holy Records after a successful continuity of releases. However, back then, this collaboration was signed and sealed in great success, considering that this year “Diva Futura”, one of Nightfall’s most beloved albums ever, came out. This time, dark eroticism and sexuality are praised to a great extent, even it was originally introduced with “Lesbian Show” that associated the band with such themes. As of today, “Diva Futura” is considered gothic metal magnum opus, usually associated with the nostalgic atmosphere of the late 90’s of the gothic/metal scene in Athens. Later this year, the band also releases the “Electronegative” EP.

Four years later, in 2003, Nightfall have joined Black Lotus Records’ roster, and release another splendid endeavor, under the title “I Am Jesus”. From the very start to the very end, this album reaches perfection. Bob Katsionis did his magic behind the keyboards that complemented the entire sound of the album, while in the meantime, “I am Jesus” is a bit of “going back to the roots”, but in a more gothic approach, nothing that similar to the last two endeavors “Lesbian Show” and “Diva Futura”. The album contains some of the best Nightfall tracks of all time, e.g. “Semana Tragica”, “Death of Neira” and the masterpiece “Pale Crescendo Of Diamond Suns”.

On December 7th 2004, “Lyssa – Rural Gods and Astonishing Punishments” sees the light of day, once again by Black Lotus Records. Holding a much stronger black metal essence than its predecessor, along with some nice ambience, this album is not usually referenced when Nightfall come in question, but happens to be among their finest creations so far. In the meantime, “Lyssa” contains some nicely mixed, more heavy metal elements than the previous albums, something that makes it unique in the first place. Featuring some of the finest Nightfall songs up to date, such as “Master of my Dreams” and “So(u)l Invictus”. The guitars in this album are out of this world.

After six years of silence, Nightfall join forces with Metal Blade Records. In 2010, the world witnessed their return to discography after a respectful amount of time. Thus, the bands delivered “Astron Black and The Thirty Tyrants”. Following the pattern of their previous album “Lyssa..” but delivering the goods, “Astron Black…” is another great record from the band’s catalogue. Heavy, melodic, obscure and passionate. Could appeal a lot to fans of Therion today.

The band’s last album before a big hiatus and under the sign of Metal Blade Records, comes in 2012. Its name is “Cassiopeia”. A strong record that is still praised up to this day even though not among the most popular ones by Nightfall. Not too extreme, yet too heavy and melodic. Could stall tall next to Cradle of Filth’s works within 2010 to 2012. The band would then follow a big hiatus until late 2020.

During the craziness of a pandemic, great news emerged, after many years of silence from Nightfall, whose members would engage in other great musical projects. Nightfall are now back and have already signed with Season of Mist. The band would then start once again their fascinating journey to the stars, which would peak in March of 2021, with their new album after 9 whole years, entitled “At Night We Prey”. The band reached a new level of superiority with this record, and now they are ready to conquer the stage again.