American Nightmare (Give Up The Ghost) are one of the most important and influential hardcore/punk bands of the last two decades. The band's volatile mix of traditional American hardcore, English influenced attitude, and Wesley Eisold's emotional lyrical prose set a new creative standard for the worldwide hardcore community. Their sphere of influence is far reaching, serving as the bellwether to the giants of punk (AFI, New Found Glory, etc.), hardcore (Hatebreed, Converge, etc.), and even mainstream music (Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, etc.).