Avenged Sevenfold
Nightmare


4.5
superb

Review

by Chob8 USER (1 Reviews)
October 14th, 2010 | 34 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The first album since the tragic passing of Jimmy ‘The Rev’ Sullivan expresses emotion, beauty, and an empowering form of musicianship.

On December 28th, The Rev was found dead in his house, from an accidental drug overdose. The Rev was not only the drummer of Avenged Sevenfold, he was their best friend. 8 months down the line, and the highly anticipated album ‘Nightmare’ has been released, and it is a beautiful tribute to a fallen member.

The album starts with the first single ‘Nightmare’. This song immediately sets the tone for the whole album, with soaring guitars and pounding drums. M Shadows vocals sound as powerful as ever, and the chorus will have you humming along. ‘Welcome To The Family’ follows with an arena filling guitar riff. With a soaring chorus, which is purely melodic, I could see this being the next single off the album. The third track is called ‘Dangerline’, and was written before ‘The Rev’ died. This seems surprising, as the lyrics toward the end sound a fitting tribute to their best friend.

It should be mentioned, that Mike Portnoy filled in on drums for the band. And he does a tremendous job of bringing the drum parts to life. The sound is similar to The Revs, and the drums are expertly done. He did an excellent job of ‘mimicking’ how The Rev played.

‘Buried Alive’ Starts sounding like a ‘ballad’, however towards the end, a heavy riff comes in to finish the song. The last half of the song is brutal, and is one of my favourite parts of the album. ‘Natural Born Killer’ and ‘God Hates Us’ are refreshingly heavy, and stop the ‘ballads’ from slowing the album down. Fans will be particularly pleased with the reintroduction of the screaming vocals in ‘God Hates Us’.

The second half of the album includes the slower, more emotional songs. ‘So Far Away’ is a song written by Synyster Gates, and includes a very touching outro. The song finishes with an epic touch, and M Shadows voice expresses the sadness in him with the loss of his best friend. ‘Fiction’ is an incredibly moving song, from start to finish. The song was written by The Rev three days before his passing, and the song is extremely haunting. The last words ‘I hope you’ll find your own way, when I’m not with you tonight’ are extremely poignant, and The Revs vocals are even used in the song, to add to the atmosphere.

The album finishes with the longest track on the album ‘Save Me’. At 11 minutes long, this track features all the twist and turns which is expected with and Avenged Sevenfold song. The track features many blistering guitar solo’s, along with a fine performance from Mike Portnoy on drums. The ending leaves the listener wanting more, and is a fitting album ending.

Through all the pain and suffering Avenged Sevenfold have gone through, they have created an album which is not only their best to date, it is an album that will stand the test of time. This album is a beautiful tribute to their fallen brother.


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Comments:Add a Comment 
pmmets07
October 14th 2010


5883 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

pretty good review. Lacks a bit of depth but it was well written. "The Revs" should be "The Rev's" in
paragraph 3

TheFantasticDangler
October 14th 2010


1159 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

cum on now

Digging: Finch (US) - Say Hello to Sunshine

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
October 14th 2010


16143 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

uugghh

Digging: Alt-J - This Is All Yours

Locrian
October 14th 2010


1003 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I swear, we're going to set a new record for most reviewed album here.

BallsToTheWall
October 14th 2010


44482 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

RIP REV

Digging: Tove Lo - Queen of the Clouds

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
October 14th 2010


28582 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

RIP DIME also

Digging: Chris Brown - X

pillowswantyoursoul
October 14th 2010


923 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

The summary is extremely lolworthy.

Awesomesauce
October 14th 2010


1084 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Enough already. I'm pistol-whipping the next loser fanboy who reviews this album.

climactic
October 15th 2010


19121 Comments


4.5


Digging: Bolzer - Soma

derekkp
October 15th 2010


141 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

yeah I really like this album, but there are sooooo many reviews. This wasn't a bad review though. It kept my attention. Good job

Douglas
October 15th 2010


9110 Comments


[img]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99cV3iAXDNE[/img]

Digging: The Preatures - Blue Planet Eyes

LepreCon
October 15th 2010


4110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

RIP The Rev, this album is actually all right but has nothing on City of Evil

Slimjim367
October 15th 2010


512 Comments


a7xsucks
your review. does not.

BlueW
October 15th 2010


2095 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

All A7X is subpar

OllieS
October 15th 2010


2031 Comments


Didn't need another one

awhiteguy
October 15th 2010


1476 Comments


R.I.P. _______

Bfhurricane
October 15th 2010


6197 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Haters. Album is at least a 3, strong listen all throughout. Good review too, though I disagree on the statement that this is their best. They set that standard with Waking The Fallen.

awhiteguy
October 15th 2010


1476 Comments


^I hate people who do that

Bfhurricane
October 15th 2010


6197 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Who give more than a cynical 3-word response? Don't blame me.

awhiteguy
October 15th 2010


1476 Comments


No, I was talking about calling people "haters" just because they don't like an album. It's a fanboy's usual excuse to make themselves feel better about liking an album that's really not that good.



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