“Lock ‘N’ Load” is a fun and addictive ride. The songs are well constructed and delivered with attitude and conviction. There are plenty of memorable hooks and choruses intertwined with driving verses and slamming guitars. If you are a glam/sleaze fan this album won’t disappoint.
Nightmare (in their current form, at least) have always belonged to the less cheesy side of power metal, and this album picks up where The Burden of God left off in emphasizing the heavier side of their music while still leaving room for epic, insanely catchy choruses. Aside from the choruses, this is about as far from “flower metal” as an album in this style could possibly be