Avenged Sevenfold
Nightmare


4.0
excellent

Review

by Avius USER (1 Reviews)
July 24th, 2010 | 87 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It probably won't sway the dissenters, but Nightmare only improves on the classic A7X song formula.

Avenged Sevenfold is a band that are sure to spark controversy wherever their name is mentioned. Between their rabid legion of fan boys, and their equally-as-large legion of dissenters, it’s becoming more and more difficult to actually get a somewhat unbiased opinion of them. When you look at the facts, however, there are certain things that are simply undeniable about their five album career: the band cannot be faulted for rehashing old material. That’s not to say they can't be (painfully) generic at times, but each album has its own unique flavour that keeps each new release fresh and exciting. And Nightmare doesn’t deviate from the course. This is a record that draws from their older influences more than anything, creating a pleasant blend of the band's previous three records, while also drawing comparisons to progressive music at times.

One thing can be said for certain: this is the darkest record the band has put out. While Waking The Fallen might have been heavier, Nightmare just has a melancholy feel to many of the songs, something absent from the bands previous slower releases. This is especially evident in the second half of the record, where a hat trick of “ballads” (the term is used loosely) express emotion rarely seen in Avenged’s songs. The album is not all dreary, however: the sky-high sing-a-long choruses are present as always and better than ever. Frontman M.Shadows sounds better than ever, and the lyrics are improving, if still being cringe worthy at parts. Lead guitarist Synyster Gates goes no holds barred on his fretboard wizardry, bringing back memories of the group’s City Of Evil days. Mike Portnoy also did a spectacular job on the kit, staying faithful to The Rev’s drum lines. In fact, if someone didn’t know better, you could swear he was playing on the record. Rhythm players Zacky Vengeance and Johnny Christ seem to be tighter than ever, with Christ’s bass actually audible at parts.

This record is not perfect though; the faults that have plagued Sevenfold throughout their career are still prevalent. While Shadows does sound better, it’s still Shadows, and (with the exception of the almost all screamed track “God Hates Us”) this album won’t sway anybody with a hate for his vocals. The songs can seem bulky as well; with the album clocking in at over an hour, it’s almost too much to handle in one sitting. The verse-chorus format doesn’t help the problem either, the exception being the epic 11-minute closer “Save Me”, which flows from section to section, making 11 minutes seem like 5.

This is, while opinionated, the band's best record of their career. Out of tragedy, they have crafted an opus of mainstream metal with progressive metal. From the haunting “Fiction”, featuring vocals from the late Jimmy Sullivan (which made this reviewer’s eyes water), to the radio-ready arena rocker “Welcome To The Family”, to the vicious “God Hates Us”, this record takes the best pieces of Avenged and put them on a single record. While one could argue that the songs seem too delegated (“So Far Away” is the ballad, “God Hates Us” is the heavy song, “Save Me” is the long song, etc.) it provides variety at the least. If Avenged can refine their songwriting to include these all these elements as one song, instead of allotting each song a rigid place, they could soon acquire a status as one of the remembered bands of the new decade.


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Avius
July 24th 2010


7 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

First review. Big Sevenfold fan, tried to be unbiased. Also tried to avoid bringing up The Rev's death as an integral feature of the album.

All (constructive) criticism is welcome!

tiesthatbind
July 24th 2010


7380 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm glad to see a positive review for this that isn't track-by-track, I was gonna write one if no one else did. Great review for a first, just a couple things:

That’s not to say they can be (painfully) generic at times,

I think you mean can't.
pleasant blend of the bands previous three records

This is, while opinionated, the bands best record

Add an apostrophe. And take out the "while opininated". This is a review, it's supposed to be opinionated, so that statement is redundant.
they could possibly rise to be one of the best bands of the 2000’s

This is a pretty strong claim, keep it if you want, but I think it's going a bit overboard.

Other than that bit of nitpicking, very solid review, and you defended your rating well. Pos.

CutMan
July 24th 2010


1798 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Addressing the "best bands of the 2000's" thing: Do you perhaps mean they will be one of the bands well remembered from the decade? I would change it to that, because I figure they might be one of those bands people look back on.

Avius
July 24th 2010


7 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

tiesthatbind, thanks for the up! and yeah, I meant the decade, but I have a feeling that these guys are going to be looked on in the future as a Metallica-status band. A bold claim, but whatev hahaha I'll try and word it better.

You guys wanna tell me how to edit this ?

tiesthatbind
July 24th 2010


7380 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Go to your profile and click "Edit My Reviews/Albums."

Avius
July 24th 2010


7 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Grammar cleaned up a bit, changed closing sentence. It's worded awkwardly to me, but I cba to try harder haha

CutMan
July 24th 2010


1798 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well, I don't know about Metallica...

Let's see... "they could become one of the most remembered bands of this decade."? That sounds like your thought.

CutMan
July 24th 2010


1798 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

OH, you meant how to get to the process, not a suggestion on what to change it to... My bad.

tiesthatbind
July 24th 2010


7380 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I mostly agree with the review though. I've liked a few songs here and there from the band, but this feels like the most complete album they've released, and the first one I can actually listen to from start to finish. They should have scrapped Nightmare and started the album with Welcome To The Family, but otherwise this is a pretty strong mainstream metal album.

CutMan
July 24th 2010


1798 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, I'm pretty sure I agree, too. Though I need to listen to City of Evil and Waking the Fallen again so I can sort out exactly how i feel.

Quen
July 24th 2010


1633 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The Rev

Quen
July 24th 2010


1633 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Idk, that would suck. In all likelihood that was probably the only song he didn't write, wasn't he the main song writer for the band?

bloc
July 24th 2010


35024 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

He was yeah, but Nightmare was really the worst track on the album.

BassDemon333
July 24th 2010


3415 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah, the title track sucks.

Quen
July 24th 2010


1633 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Record sells weren't going to be an issue with this one. Considering how big their fan base is and alot of people will check them out just from the publicity of Jimmy's death.

Quen
July 24th 2010


1633 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Their self-titled is a guilty pleasure of mine I'm not gonna lie. But I see what your saying, isn't the release date the 27th for the album in the US?

Quen
July 24th 2010


1633 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah, Scream made me laugh isn't the song about rape or something along those lines? Have you seen M. Shadows live he is a hell of a patriot, it surprised me considering their image.

tiesthatbind
July 24th 2010


7380 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I think the self-titled had some awful tracks like the ones you guys just mentioned, but Almost Easy and Afterlife were pretty good.

Quen
July 24th 2010


1633 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Dear God was so bad, I can't even put it into words.

Quen
July 24th 2010


1633 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Avenged Sevenfold should definitely steer clear of acoustic songs. Forever.



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