Avenged Sevenfold
Nightmare


3.5
great

Review

by bluehaze54 USER (2 Reviews)
October 7th, 2010 | 23 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A step in the right direction

For a band that changes their style with every album, Avenged Sevenfold's follow up to self titled could be considered part returning to their heavier roots while also experimenting with a mix of hard rock and a softer moodier feel to it. From an instrumental point of view, each band member shines in their own right. M. Shadows vocals are still as strong as self titled,if not stronger. Synyster Gates and Zachy Vengeance are definitely the driving force of this record, as they give the album a much more hard rock vibe while making the insane solos were used to from Avenged by now. The drums, recorded by Mike Portnoy in place of their late drummer the Rev give strength to the songs that almost feel like its the rev drumming them himself.

The Songs:
Track 1,Nightmare, starts with single piano notes playing, followed by a short orchestra, then it kicks in. The whole band plays quick cords that sum up the record perfectly"heavier,faster,stronger." M. Shadows comes in with his signature singing style and the track is a strong start to the album. The next 2 songs, "Welcome to the Family" and "Danger Line", are straight up rockers with the classic Avenged feel to them, and are both good listens. Track 4, "Buried Alive" starts with a slow guitar intro, which for the first few minutes has a slower feel until about 4 minutes in, and the song takes a total left turn. Synyster and Zachy come in with dueling guitars for a very heavy feel as Shadows performs one of the more stronger vocals of the album, ending the track strongly. After the country-tinged track "So Far Away" comes God Hates Us, the definite surprise of the album, M. Shadows screaming! His Vocals are very strong here and his screams are better than anything off Waking The Fallen, and is a definite must have for any old Avenged fan. The latter half of the album comes less heavy as the first, but more passionate. The tracks "Victim" and "Tonight the World Dies" both have a softer feel to them, while the choruses for both are strong and flow nicely with the surrounding feel of the album, the death of The Rev. Next is Fiction, the last track The Rev wrote, and the possible foretelling of his death. The track is heavily influenced by piano and Shadows sings with almost a feeling of pain at the loss of his friend, with the rev's almost haunting vocals placed in the versus, its the most meaningful track on the album and in its feel, the saddest. The last song, and the longest, is "Save Me", ends the album strongly and for those who will listen all the way through,it has some of the bands strongest moments, and each member shins in their own way

The only negative comment i can say about this album is some people may think the songs are too long, as it is their longest album to date. Otherwise, this is an album of grieving at the lost of their drummer, but pushing forward and releasing some of their strongest material to date, a step in the right direction.

Recommended Tracks: Nightmare, Danger Line ,God Hates Us, Fiction, Save me


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other reviews of this album
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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...

    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)
    ...

    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...


Comments:Add a Comment 
ShadowRemains
October 8th 2010


21317 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

too. many. reviews. for. this. album.

tiesthatbind
October 8th 2010


7380 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hey, it's a track-by-track!

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fr33convict
October 8th 2010


11697 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Eww fix that mess in the middle

Bfhurricane
October 8th 2010


6197 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Could have been a decent track-by-track if you made a short paragraph for each song. Also, run this through a spell check and resubmit, your grammar and spelling are pretty off in some parts.

Dryden
October 8th 2010


13120 Comments


looool

Awesomesauce
October 8th 2010


1084 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yeah, I don't understand the amount of reviews for such a consistantly average band.

TheFantasticDangler
October 8th 2010


1171 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

ITS YURR FURKIN NIGHTMUUUURRRR

srsly tho, dude, another review for this did not need to be done, let alone a tbt

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ZomarK
October 8th 2010


50 Comments


yeah I don't understand how you thought submitting it in its current state would go over well on this site lol

Asiatic667
October 8th 2010


4648 Comments


the only A7X I've ever heard is Sieze the day, which I liked.
So based on that, is this worth a casual listen?

tiesthatbind
October 8th 2010


7380 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah. The first song sucks though.

TheFantasticDangler
October 8th 2010


1171 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

naahhhh

ZomarK
October 8th 2010


50 Comments


if u liked seize the day, that means you dont mind his nasally vocals, which means you have overcome most peoples reasoning to hate this band. youll love it

Asiatic667
October 8th 2010


4648 Comments


Most music is either overloved or overhated. There are definite exceptions, though

ZomarK
October 8th 2010


50 Comments


avenged sevenfold is def overhated to the major degree. i find they really are one of the most talented acts out there, and people who disagree just cant see past the fact that just cuz it isnt there exact genre of music, doesnt mean its automatically terrible.

bluehaze54
October 8th 2010


50 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I only reviewed Nightmare because Avenged is probably my favorite band right now so its what i know, ill be doing other bands too

Locrian
October 8th 2010


1003 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Two 3.5 reviews for your favorite band?

NeroCorleone80
October 8th 2010


29882 Comments


This band actually used to be pretty good. dont know what the fuck happened

AlienWarrior75
October 8th 2010


134 Comments


I thought 'fiction' was garbage

Bfhurricane
October 8th 2010


6197 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think the album is pretty great. The only song I might skip is Tonight The World Dies...

BallsToTheWall
October 8th 2010


44786 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

ITS YOUR FUCKINNNNNNNN NIGHTMARE

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