NIGHTMARE had an announcement for fans that will shock many, but you shouldn’t worry.
Following the end of 2016, NIGHTMARE will enter a temporary hiatus. There is no start or end date set to the break yet, but the band has assured fans that it will be temporary and they will return. According to their official announcement (translated by yours truly, below), it’s all in light of their fast-approaching 20th anniversary. Here’s the announcement and member comments:
Thank you for your continuous support for NIGHTMARE.
We have an important announcement.
NIGHTMARE will put a temporary halt on all band activities after the end of 2016.
This decision was made after taking both our 20th anniversary and taking the members’ health into consideration.
We want to make sure the band’s quality can continue to improve in light of this milestone.
We, as both members and staff, hope that we can show you the value of this decision
when we begin activities again.
While the band NIGHTMARE will go on a temporary hiatus,
the members’ solo and support activities will continue on as normal.
We will notify you of the exact stop and restart dates of activities soon.
We sincerely apologize to all of our fans for the trouble and worry this may cause.
Please continue to give us your support.
First off, I’m sorry for the sadness that this sudden news may cause.
I’ve been in rehabilitation for functional dysphonia since February.
I’ve managed to recover enough to sing somewhat, but it will take a bit longer before I’m fully recovered.
We’ve been in NIGHTMARE for so long that I think we’ve all come to rely on each other too much for different things without even noticing.
I hope that we’ll be able to grow as both people and artists during our hiatus.
We’ll do our best to return as a new and improved NIGHTMARE.
NIGHTMARE will be taking a little break.
I was scared of the idea at first, but I’ve come to realize that it’s our chance to grow even stronger. I’m not worried anymore.
I hope you can look at this hiatus as our chance to come back bigger and better than ever, too.
It’s really important to keep on moving,
but it’s also important to take a break once in a while.
That’s what I think. I think that when we come back, we’ll be able to go further than ever before.
I really believe that. When we return to the stage, I’ll prove that to you.
Try not to worry too much.
It’s easy to think of a hiatus as something negative,
but as for me, I’m looking at it in a positive light.
You should look at this as the break we need in order to continue moving forward.
To all of our fans and friends, help us out.
We also need your support to keep moving forward.
I’ll see you later.
I’m sorry for this sudden news.
Please let us rest for a while.
Fans can expect to hear from at least some of the members during their break, since they’ll be continuing on with solo and support activities. When we know more about NIGHTMARE’s short break, we’ll let you know.