Avenged Sevenfold
Nightmare


4.5
superb

Review

by Kaje Watkins USER (1 Reviews)
July 27th, 2010 | 34 replies | 6,740 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This band's latest effort is one of their best, despite losing their drummer, the late Jimmy (The Rev) Sullivan.

These guys have been through a lot since the death of the dearly departed Jimmy Sullivan back in December, 2009, but they've have pulled through, and they've made an absolutely amazing album The Rev would be proud of. Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater filled in for The Rev, and he was a worthy replacement, being the idol of Jimmy (The Rev)
The opening, and their first single, 'Nightmare', is the perfect opening for this album, beginning with innocent bell chimes and then ending with Matt Shadows' signature raspy voice, "It's your f***in' nightmare!" sends chills down your spine. The guitar work, as expected, is pretty mind-blowing.

One of my favorite songs, entitled 'So Far Away', is an acoustic classic, and is depressing in a sense, but one of the best songs on the album. 'Buried Alive' reminds me of Metallica, and it's not a bad thing at all, as it should be the band's second single.

You can tell, if the band is religious, that they have hate towards God for taking away The Rev, one of the best percussionists out there, as the song title suggests. This is one of the most heavy songs on the album, bringing back Matt Shadows' 'Waking The Fallen'-esque screams, and it's probably one of the best songs on the album.

We now go to one of the songs that nearly made me cry, dedicated to The Rev, with his own drum patterns and vocals intact, is entitled 'Fiction.' This song has some of the most moving lyrics I've heard in a song. It's interesting that Jimmy (The Rev) turned this song into his bandmates 3 days before his death, and it's quite a coincidence that it seems this song was a goodbye to his family and friends - 'I know you'll find your own way when I'm not with you.' This song is eerie, as there is only a piano and drumbeats throughout.

'Save Me', the last track, is an epic of a song, clocking in at ten minutes and 57 seconds. To me, this whole album was the Nightmare, and 'Save Me' is the waking from the Nightmare, a perfect ending to an absolutely amazing album.

Matt Shadows (Vocals), Synyster Gates (Guitar, Backing Vocals), Zacky Vengeance (Guitar, Backing Vocals), and Mike Portnoy (Percussion) have made The Rev Proud, and wherever he is, he's looking at them with a smile.

Overall, this album gets a 4.5/5. If you're a fan of Avenged Sevenfold, this album WON'T disappoint, and if you're not a fan, pick it up anyways, this will probably win you over.

R.I.P. Jimmy (The Rev) Sullivan.


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  • WicKed110 (4)
    Overall a really good modern rock album with a few heavy metal tracks....

    Starblind (2)
    Enough is enough....

    Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (3.5)
    After the passing of their drummer does a band still release quality or consistant music?...

    johnny21874 (5)
    Dynamic, aggressive, strong. Words cannot express the acclaim this album deserves. A great...

  • C. William Emerson (2.5)
    If you like myself was anticipating something along the lines of their self titled, you mi...

    Chob8 (4.5)
    The first album since the tragic passing of Jimmy ‘The Rev’ Sullivan expresses emotion...

    bluehaze54 (3.5)
    A step in the right direction...

    DreamScapeVirus (3)
    While A7X is not for everyone i recommend people who liked the last album and modern hard ...

  • Alexd93 (3.5)
    May not be the best album of their career but nightmare serves well in remembering The Rev...

    TheMabee (3.5)
    ...

    Mike Stagno EMERITUS (3)
    While Avenged Sevenfold have previously been able to overcome their weaknesses, the strong...

    Avius (4)
    It probably won't sway the dissenters, but Nightmare only improves on the classic A7X song...

  • J. Ponton EMERITUS (2.5)
    The sound of the band slowly pulling themselves together, in more ways than one....

    lessermaster (3.5)
    Avenged Sevenfold’s “Nightmare” exceeds all of their past efforts in terms of musica...


Comments:Add a Comment 
kajeybby
July 27th 2010


7 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's my first review, give feedback please!
Thanks!

Emim
July 27th 2010


26621 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

IT'S YOUR FUCKING NIGHTMARE!

halloway
July 27th 2010


684 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this read like you wrote this along with your first listen of the album.

kajeybby
July 27th 2010


7 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Not at all.
It's my 7th.

Apollo
July 27th 2010


10302 Comments


Here's my criticism: for your next couple of review, try reviewing albums which don't have 5 reviews already. It will bring your credibility up substantially.

BallsToTheWall
July 27th 2010


44314 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Calm down Apollo. Don't try to limit his freedom.

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SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
July 27th 2010


15976 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

this album is fucking terrible

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bloc
July 27th 2010


34848 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This only has 6 reviews Apollo, have you seen the set for the new Attack Attack! album? And that shit is much worse than this.

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Apollo
July 27th 2010


10302 Comments


I'm not trying to limit him dude, js almost every new users first review is an album which has already been reviewed by a bunch of other users.
For his 2nd review I was saying he should try writing something which doesn't already have one or maybe only has 1 or 2 reviews. Shake things up a bit.

With all that being said, its not a badly written review.

Yazz_Flute
July 27th 2010


18783 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

This reeks of fanboy bias and vague hyperbolic/subjective claims.

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kajeybby
July 27th 2010


7 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

As I said Yazz, it's my first review.
Advice is welcome.
Anything I should change or add?

Prolapse
July 27th 2010


4370 Comments


you should make the review better overall

loveisamixtape
July 27th 2010


6000 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

better than my first, haha.

but i agree with bodom, but no worries.. i did the same thing.

Urinetrouble
July 27th 2010


5760 Comments


don't make a fanboy of your self. that is what you should do for your next reviews. fanboyism makes it worse

Ikarus14
July 27th 2010


537 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sorry, dude. But even though I am an Avenged Sevenfold fan myself this review is seeping with fanboy-style bias which isn't going to impress anybody.
You might want to think more objectively and explain the album in more general terms. Better still, have somebody to proof read it for you.
Nightmare is still a major improvement over the last one, though.

Yazz_Flute
July 27th 2010


18783 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

mixtape man copy and paste what I posted in your shoutbox here, this guy has the same problem you had pretty much. I'd do it myself but it only shows the 5 most recent posts.

Motiv3
July 27th 2010


8932 Comments


damnit still trying to get used to ur new username bodom.

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Yazz_Flute
July 27th 2010


18783 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Yeah me too.

Asiatic667
July 27th 2010


4648 Comments


You can tell, if the band is religious, that they have hate towards God for taking away The Rev, one of the best percussionists out there


Maybe they should blame the rev for mixing prescription drugs. Js

ChucklesSupreme
July 27th 2010


45 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

You can tell, if the band is religious, that they have hate towards God for taking away The Rev, one of the best percussionists out there


Maybe they should blame the rev for mixing prescription drugs. Js


LOL



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