Avenged Sevenfold
Nightmare


3.5
great

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (194 Reviews)
February 20th, 2011 | 59 replies | 5,507 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: After the passing of their drummer does a band still release quality or consistant music?

Avenged Sevenfold portray the mood of their current line-up and after the passing of 'The Rev' does Dream Theater extraordinaire Portnoy do the album justice?

The album 'Nightmare' tells a tale of loss from a band missing the greater part of their creative talent. The album obviously tells a tale of sorrow amongst other issues with the main theme being the loss of the drummer.

The opening title track 'Nightmare' sets the mood of the rest of the album perfectly, from the dark, melodic ringing notes added with a small orchestral section presents the listener with a very dark themed song. The lyrical context of this song is a great example of the mood of the album with ideas spreading from evil, heaven and hell, even with cautionary themes. Portnoys inclusion, whilst playing music 'The Rev' originally wrote, adds a positive light on the rest of the album on the rest of the album. Portnoy's skill can find himself playing in most drumming roles in the metal/rock genre.

The guitar work of Avenged Sevenfold has been steadily improving with each record and 'Nightmare' is no different. As typical of Avenged Sevenfold listeners can expect high levels of lead guitar work and it is not un-common to find extensive guitar solos and fills through most if not all of their songs. Both guitarists display exceptional song writing and guitar skills, if not at times the best creative taste, the production of the bass guitar remains relatively un-heard through the recording process without a quality set of speakers, and when it is noticed it hugs the rest of the rhythm section. The weakest part of Avenged Sevenfold as a whole is the vocal work of M.Shadows as they come over more often than not as testosterone fueled and overly aggressive marring an otherwise good effort for the album and while there is some talent behind his vocals it does not improve his overall feel on the album.

Standout tracks on the album include 'Natural Born Killer'. A fast-paced, heavier track using quality level of riffage, melody lines, and the vocal lines change from the normal aggressive patterns into a some-what melodic lines. The guitar solo is well thought of and tasteful to the rest of the music behind it. A quality track with a diverse song structure.

Another level of diversity is shown when the album leads into a shorter track, a country styled ballad which not unfamiliar to Avenged Sevenfold adds a nice change for listeners.
For listeners looking for something a little heavier than the rest of the album the track 'God Hates Us' with faster, heavier riffs and screamed vocals, however its not all heavy this track starts and ends with melodic tones and creates a more tasteful track.

Overall Avenged Sevenfold have released a quality record after the loss of their drummer, the album may not be the best listen for everybody, but it contains quality solos,and the added flair of Portnoy's drum-beats. From start to finish listeners are provided with an interesting listen and fans will not be dissapointed by the effort.

Highlights Include:
Nightmare
Welcome To The Family
God Hates Us



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Smalley
February 20th 2011



108 Comments


Awful band.

Ovrot
February 20th 2011



10263 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

they're no beck

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 20th 2011



6736 Comments


@ovrot, hey man whats with the 'no beck' comments

Ovrot
February 20th 2011



10263 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

you'll understand when you're older son

pedroia55
February 20th 2011



1458 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Avenged can't really be compared to Beck.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 20th 2011



6736 Comments


that makes me feel great, lol, what do you think about this one?

Dryden
February 20th 2011



12820 Comments


no



psykonaut
February 20th 2011



3913 Comments


summary made me lol

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 20th 2011



6736 Comments


i knew this would get mixed results.

theacademy
February 20th 2011



27705 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

NIGHTMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARE

theacademy
February 20th 2011



27705 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

NOW YOUR NIGHTMARE COMES TO LIFE

Ovrot
February 20th 2011



10263 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

But wait
Its your fucking nightmare.
so your nightmare is coming to life.

Yazz_Flute
February 20th 2011



18740 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

HEY KIDS

Digging: Anekdoten - Vemod

Superbus
February 20th 2011



187 Comments


jesus so many reviews, why do the bands that Sputnik apparently hate get so many reviews and attention?

Yazz_Flute
February 20th 2011



18740 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

This actually doesn't have any reviews under 2.5, that surprises me.

Kris.
February 20th 2011



11463 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

it needs a few

iFghtffyrdmns
February 20th 2011



7047 Comments


oh lord

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
February 21st 2011



7762 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Your spelling mistake in the summary told me not to bother reading the review

Crymsonblaze
February 21st 2011



7324 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Best thing they've done.

sifFlammable
February 21st 2011



2741 Comments


ok can we get some reviews on good music now



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