Avenged Sevenfold
Nightmare


3.0
good

Review

by DreamScapeVirus USER (3 Reviews)
October 1st, 2010 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: While A7X is not for everyone i recommend people who liked the last album and modern hard rock in general to at least give the album a listen through.

Several years ago i found myself visiting cousins in the San Fransisco area, one day we all perused a local cd store. One album caught my attention, an album called Sounding the Seventh Trumpet by then unknown band Avenged Sevenfold, the year was 2001. Needless to say the raw and raunchy power of that album kept me eagerly waiting for the next release, if there was ever even going to be one i didn't know at that point. Fast forward to the releases of Waking the Fallen, City of Evil, and A7X self titled, needless to say over the last decade i had become quite a big fan of this band...and the past 7 months, the loss of Jimmy Sullivan, and the arrival of Mike Portnoy i wasn't sure what to think and what would come out of this tragedy.

Without being to fan boyish i will admit i do love the album "Nightmare"...however, all of the people who felt empty and angry about the bands last effort "Self Titled" will feel the same disdain. Aside from tracks like "god Hates us" and "Danger Line" memories of albums such as "Waking the Fallen" are completely buried. This is not a problem for me and it may attract a different audience that the band had not seen in its past metalcore roots. To me the main difference from this album to the past album is the bands dedication to a more structured and buoyant vocal melody scheme. M. Shadows is the Album imo...the lyrics while heartfelt feel very overdone at points, there "brothers" passing however tragic it may be brings on to dark a concept for an entire album to based off of. The band stated this album would be a "concept", however the conceptual aspects of the album come on far to strong to taken for more then just grievance and mourning. However to back up from the negative, in my opinion this is M. Shadows strongest album vocally and really shows a much softer side to his vocal range compared to say the Axel Rose esque vocals layered all over "City of Evil"...the duo of Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance continue to do what it is ive heard many albums over, many of the guitar solos are more emotional and less contrived then past records but there are still many solos or harmonies i felt are just thrown in for the sake of it...the guitar work on Save Me, Victim, and Danger Line are fantastic whereas the guitar solos on songs such as Welcome to the Family and Nightmare just have a feel of overindulgence and an "ok we need a solo here" kind of feel. Johnny Christ the bands bassist has progressively been pushed in the mix deeper and there is definitely nothing wrong i can say about him *cough* he plays bass...Lastly Mike Portnoy gives a stellar performance and really lives up to his reputation. He proves that no matter what kind of music he is playing he can quickly adapt and do what needs to be done for the given song. Sadly though most of his signature "licks" are saved for the last minute of the song "Save Me" and at points i feel he may have downplayed his own role in some moments.

While A7X is not for everyone i recommend people who liked the last album and modern hard rock in general to at least give the album a listen through. However if you hated the last effort and want to hear Waking the fallen, just grab your ipod and listen to some second heartbeat or clairvoyant disease, that overall flavor and style of music appears to be long gone from this bands songwriting at this point. Very Good Album but not great.


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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...

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

  • TheMabee (3.5)
    ...

    Kaje Watkins (4.5)
    This band's latest effort is one of their best, despite losing their drummer, the late Jim...

    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...


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SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
October 1st 2010


16027 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

ITS YAAAWR FAAHHHKING NIIGHTMAAAAYRE

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tiesthatbind
October 1st 2010


7374 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Holy wall of text! Break up that second paragraph, dude.

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Asiatic667
October 1st 2010


4648 Comments


I would probably like this, since I'm not picky

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
October 1st 2010


16027 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

capitalize your i's too

but i have to say a very nice first review, hits a lot of the things i look for in a first. worth a pos

Crymsonblaze
October 1st 2010


7482 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Mmhm has a couple capitalization issues, too many ellipses and an "imo" that needs to go, but other than that, good first!

Irving
Staff Reviewer
October 1st 2010


7294 Comments


Agree with Crymsonblaze and SowingSeason - just needs a bit of editing and tidying up; good stuff otherwise IMHO.

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TheFantasticDangler
October 2nd 2010


1158 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

necessary?

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Locrian
October 2nd 2010


1003 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Oh, good. I was looking for a Nightmare review but couldn't find one.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
October 2nd 2010


7294 Comments


C'mon people, it's the guy's first review.

LepreCon
October 2nd 2010


4099 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

IT'S YOUR FUCKING NIGHTMAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRE

*Whal yur natmare cums to laaaaaf*

DreamScapeVirus
October 2nd 2010


11 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks for all of the constructive criticism guys/gals. Many of the issues that have been mentioned upon reading it over (after posting unfortunately) I smacked myself for as well. The "imo" and the "i's" in particular. I'll make sure my next review is much, MUCH, neater. Thanks again for all of the criticism, and thank you to everyone who took it as a whole and somewhat enjoyed it.

DreamScapeVirus
October 2nd 2010


11 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

@andcas I 100% agree that "Nightmare" is not like A7X's last effort. However if you were someone who was a "fan" of "Self-Titled" you will not have any issues with "Nightmare" whatsoever. For starters M. Shadows overall vocal performance can be more closely associated between this current album and the last (while M. Shadows still over embellishes his voice once in a while, this album and the last don't even hold a candle to the drowning nasally vocals of "City of Evil"), as well as the bands emphasis on strong choruses and bridges.


Locrian
October 2nd 2010


1003 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yep, and there's a bit of whispering. Should have just screamed those lines in my opinion.

coneren
October 2nd 2010


11111 Comments


I had a nightmare last night....shit was crazy

MoosechriS
October 3rd 2010


5012 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is better than the self titled but the review is right in the fact that unfortunatley they're never gonna go back and make an album like Waking the Fallen again.



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