Zadoc...& the Nightmare Discography

Songs of the Vampire (version 2)
(1996)


Blood and Rain
(1993)

Songs of the Vampire (version 1)
(1995)

Songs of the Vampire (version 2)
(1996)

...As the Curtain Falls...
(1997)

Zadoc: Vampire Theatre
(1999)

Beyond Our Eyes
(2000)

Buried Alive!
(2004)

Tragically Ever After
(2007)

[Track Listing]
1. Passing the Gates
2. Save Me
3. Twisted
4. Immortal Dreams
5. Gift of Pain
6. Birth of Darkness

(version 2 - 'live' room recording)
[Line up:]
Zadoc [Vocals, Guitars, Sequencing and Arrangements]
Kirk Brinley [Guitars]
Dark Cloud [Keyboards]
Jeff Densmore [Bass]
The Jester [Drums]
[Released:]
March 1996 - Cassette Only
(Currently Out of Print)

[Not Very Produced:]
Zadoc

[Engineering:]
Zadoc

[Notes:]
  • This album was hastily put together as a replacement for 1995's "Songs of the Vampire" (version 1) as the band's sound was rapidly evolving.  The band didn't feel that the 1995 release reflected how the band sounded live any longer, and this release was intended as a simple hold-over until the band could afford another studio offering.
  • The cover photograph was taken outside against the back door of the Lost Horizon after a performance.  The cover was photocopied for quick and cheap distribution.
  • Amongst the people who purchased this recording was future Nightmare bassist Az Mordecai.  He learned the songs on this release for his audition 7 years later.
  • The rest of the band did not care at all for Zadoc's contribution of "Birth of Darkness" initially.  The band refused to learn to play it, and when it was performed live it was performed only with Zadoc being backed by the sequence.  When it became apparent that the song was being talked highly of from fans who purchased this release, the band changed their minds about their ill-feelings towards the song.
  • The version of "Birth of Darkness" from this release was featured in a short film.
 
[Recording, Mixing, and Mastering]

Recorded/Mastered on DCC (Digital Compact Cassette)

Room was miked with two over head mikes and two lines (stereo) from the mixer of the P.A. System

[Album Artwork]
[Front Cover Artwork] Concept and Design by Zadoc
[Logo] Designed by Zadoc, Kirk Brinley, and Nico Gerritsen
[Booklet Layout and Design] Zadoc (in progress)
[Photography] Mark Stevens
[Financing] Virtually nothing - aside from the $150 DCC deck and a $5 DCC Tape

Timeline:
From "Songs of the Vampire version 1" to "Songs of the Vampire version 2"
  • February 1995 - The Jester is hired as a live drummer.  He has no previous musical experience, but learns mainly to just supplement what the drum machine is playing.
  • April 1995 - After a year of not speaking to each other, Dark Cloud and Zadoc patch things up.  Dark Cloud is rehired, and the band tries a 'double drummer' experiment.
  • May 1995 - "Songs of the Vampire (version 1)" released.
  • June 1995 - After a few months of trying to syncopate the two drummers, Dark Cloud is moved to the keyboards.
  • March 1995 - After continuing to develop their sound, the band realizes that their "Songs of the Vampire" demo is 'outdated' and doesn't properly reflect the band's current sound.  They decide to wire a few microphones up in their rehearsal space and record "Songs of the Vampire (version 2)".  It's unclear as to why the band decided not to rename this recording. 

Album Concept Art and Photographs
The original cassette release cover