Avenged Sevenfold
Nightmare


3.5
great

Review

by Alexd93 USER (12 Reviews)
July 30th, 2010 | 27 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: May not be the best album of their career but nightmare serves well in remembering The Rev and delivering an album that has something for every fan of the band

When James “The Rev” Sullivan passed away in December, Avenged Sevenfolds future seemed somewhat in question; the band had maintained a constant lineup through 3 albums since 2003. On the past few albums the band had lightened there sound and experimented more with other genres, and even then Sullivan always seemed to be a true heavy metal drummer at heart with his hard pounding sticks and ferocious double bass. At the time of his passing the band had reportedly been working on a follow up to their inconsistent and over bloated self-titled album and well 7 months later it has arrived in the form of Nightmare. 11 tracks and 67 minutes of the band and fill in drummer, Mike Portnoy of Dream theatre fame, dedicating there art to their beloved friend and drummer, and in the end the album not only feels very heartfelt but also just seems to make sense. Throughout the album the band draws tricks from their past albums and it adds up to an album that pretty well sums up there career thus far, weather that is good or bad is argumentative, the album does seem inconsistent at times, but somehow it seems focused at the same time because it feels dedicated towards The Rev. Overall the album offers almost everything one could want in an avenged sevenfold album.

Avenged Sevenfolds last album, there self-titled, was a muddled affair that was weighed down by the band being too adventurous incorporating outrageous elements and genres that made the album seem downright silly and the music often felt uninspired. While the bands curiosity and experimentation has mellowed out, they still at times let loose and add other genres of music ,(See Title track, Danger line, & victim), which sounds awkward most of the time and rarely builds on song structure or add much depth to the music. So sad to say that these silly outburst do ruin some of the potentially good songs on Nightmare, prime example being the song victim which could’ve been a decent rock epic had it not been for the extremely out of place female vocals towards the end.

Waking The Fallen & City of evil found the group stretching their songs to progressive lengths and showing of their mad skills as musicians and that element can very much be found here,(Buried alive & Save me), the latter of which is the bands first attempt at exceeding the 10 minute mark and they do well by pulling it off and not making it seem overdone. The Guitars are strong throughout and the bass is even audible at times. As for Mike Portnoy he does a solid job throughout the album on drums but doesn’t have many moments of mind blowing playing but is still good, although by the end it just seems that hes a fill in for this album and the following tour rather than a full time replacement. So Avenged Sevenfolds good musicianship stays in tack like always even through the weaker moments on the album.

Another aspect of the band that has always been noticeable is there ability at making wimpy, beautiful ballads that have often deal with failed relationships, well on Nightmare they produce numerous ballads,( So Far Away, Tonight the world dies, & Fiction). Tonight the world dies ends up being a failed experiment while So Far Away proves to be a text book avenged sevenfold ballad and fiction is probably the most heartfelt song in the bands catalog with its beautiful piano and heartfelt lyrics, supposedly written by the rev just days before his untimely death.

Now Nightmare may have its positives but not without its negatives, like mentioned earlier the album can be a bit inconsistent at times and does lack focus in some places. Also the band still has the tendency of ruining songs with outrageous experimentation, something that plagued there last album, but here it’s more tolerable because the they actually sound inspired where as there last album lacked inspiration and focus. So Overall Nightmare is a flawed album that is a bit too ambitious and by most standards way to long, even though it’s short by the bands standards, it actually turns out being a heartfelt and necessary album for them that has something to offer every fan of the band. As it stands the album doesn’t hold up as well as Waking the fallen or city of evil or even sounding the seventh trumpet but it is a solid release that, at this point, represents everything the band has to offer, which makes the album worth having.



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    Overall a really good modern rock album with a few heavy metal tracks....

    Starblind (2)
    Enough is enough....

    Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (3.5)
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    johnny21874 (5)
    Dynamic, aggressive, strong. Words cannot express the acclaim this album deserves. A great...

  • C. William Emerson (2.5)
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    Chob8 (4.5)
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    bluehaze54 (3.5)
    A step in the right direction...

    DreamScapeVirus (3)
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  • TheMabee (3.5)
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    Kaje Watkins (4.5)
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    Mike Stagno EMERITUS (3)
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    Avius (4)
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Comments:Add a Comment 
Apollo
July 30th 2010


10307 Comments


oh.my.fucking.god.

BigHans
July 30th 2010


26454 Comments


I really can't understand the fascination with this band. Review is decent for a first though.

Alexd93
July 30th 2010


365 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Are you gonna tell me that my next review should be on an album with less than 5 reviews?

PanasonicYouth
July 30th 2010


7411 Comments


your atrocities against the english language have been noted

Alexd93
July 30th 2010


365 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thank You big hans

LaCosaNostra13
July 30th 2010


860 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Ugh

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
July 30th 2010


16021 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

From a content perspective, the review is very good for a first. You talk about the music, back it up well in most cases, and a rating of 3.5 is fair (we've had many new users write up 4.5 or 5 reviews for this which is just silly). However, there are tons of grammar issues (theres and theirs) and possession issues (Avenged Sevenfold's) and capitalization (why do you capitalize the bvand name sometimes and not other time?) Just work on that stuff and you'll be well on your way! I pos'd for the overall point you were able to make and the fact that this is probably as good or better than my first review




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TheFantasticDangler
July 30th 2010


1158 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

no more

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fr33convict
July 30th 2010


11689 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The content is decent, it could use lots of grammar editing though. And whatever happened to not negging a user's first review into oblivion? It's really not a horrible review.

Apollo
July 30th 2010


10307 Comments


album sucks, band sucks

but review isn't bad.

fr33convict
July 30th 2010


11689 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Make sure you proofread your reviews multiple times. If something doesn't sound right to you it's not going to sound right to anyone who reads it. I would suggest also trying to make your reviews sound more professional. Try reading staff reviews to get ideas.

Alexd93
July 30th 2010


365 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ok thanx. so grammar was an issue, anyhting else i should work on?

LaCosaNostra13
July 30th 2010


860 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Maybe not reviewing? I dunno, I'm spitballing here.

fr33convict
July 30th 2010


11689 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Just make sure it doesn't skip around too much. If it doesn't flow well, people probably won't read the whole review and just neg you.

BallsToTheWall
July 30th 2010


44407 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Good album.

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Alexd93
July 30th 2010


365 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Couldve been better but it was good

greg84
Staff Reviewer
July 30th 2010


7391 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Jeez. No. One review for this album per day is just an overkill. Next time, review a record that hasn't been covered yet. This review isn't bad.

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Locrian
July 30th 2010


1003 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The fact that this doesn't need another review aside, this has quite a few grammar mistakes. Fix those up and you've got my pos.

tiesthatbind
July 30th 2010


7374 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'll pick out one sentence to show you the grammar issues.

11 tracks and 67 minutes of the band and fill in drummer, Mike Portnoy of Dream theatre fame, dedicating there art to their beloved friend and drummer, and in the end the album not only feels very heartfelt but also just seems to make sense.

It should read something more like this: "For 11 tracks and 67 minutes, the band, along with fill-in drummer Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater fame, dedicate their art to their beloved friend and drummer. In the end, the album not only feels very heartfelt but also just makes sense."

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Alexd93
July 30th 2010


365 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah i wont deny my grammar sucks...any other criticisms?



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