Back then, he had released the first album “Denied by Reign” and while you could head-bang to it, there were a few things that could have sounded better, like the drums. “Nightmares by Design” has a much better production and also steps into more “thrashy” than “deathy” lands — the album’s opening song, “Foretold Revelation” leaves a “Master of Puppets” feeling with its acoustic guitar. While I am a big fan of Death metal, this change of style also makes everything sound better to me.
This time Jono got some help to keep the project going with 3 musicians joining the band. This enabled Severed Fifth to pass from the studio to the stages and they are giving some concerts in California.