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  • Summary: Following the unexpected death of drummer Jimmy Sullivan, the metal band's latest release is a reflection on death and despair that fits the menacing mood, which has shaped its sound over the years.
  • Record Label: Warner Bros.
  • Genre(s): Emo, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Post-Hardcore, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Nightmare marks the point which the Huntington Beach crew put away childish things and became men. [24 Jul 2010, p.50]
  2. Nightmare is the group's best work yet. It's a sweeping, quasi-thematic epic whose nearly 67 minutes mixes punky abandon with prog-rock ambition and muscle with musicality.
  3. If there's criticism, it's that Nightmare still falls back on cliches, building with aggressive force to then rely on a safe melodic chorus. However, there's enough of a change to see A7X lash out beyond their core sound, making Nightmare their greatest achievement to date.
  4. Nightmare is a completely different offering; even though it still has highly questionable moments, it's obvious that a genuine effort was put in, and that's enough reason to listen.
  5. Luckily, the sound of the band remains unchanged, and as one of the best drummers in the business, Portnoy picks up the reigns and rides the Deathbat's double kick in complete synchronicity with Gates, Christ, and Vengeance.
  6. With imagery haunted by death and lyrical allusions to alienation and angst, Avenged Sevenfold's fifth full-length is almost impossible to appreciate unless you fit the prime demographic: tormented teenage boys.
  7. Avenged Sevenfold continues to sound like five different bands on every album, none of them particularly good.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. Jan 2, 2013
    10
    In my opinion every track on the album is totally specific , divergent ... the disc is actually a mixture of sentimentality and heavy rhythmIn my opinion every track on the album is totally specific , divergent ... the disc is actually a mixture of sentimentality and heavy rhythm with strong voices . The hard sound of guitars merged perfectly with the vocals of M. Shadows and made each track had its identity . This time the length of certain songs do not bother , it was a good point to . Not to mention the arrangement of the tracks , their placement on the tracklist is perfect . Expand
  2. Jan 11, 2011
    10
    Avenged Sevenfold did an amazing job making this album a tribute to Jimmy. There is so much emotion through each and every song. They evenAvenged Sevenfold did an amazing job making this album a tribute to Jimmy. There is so much emotion through each and every song. They even went back to play some heavy material, something that hasn't quite been done since Waking the Fallen. These guys are not afraid to be their true selves when it comes to their music, and I think that is what makes this band so great. If you are looking for an album to go on an emotional roller coaster trip, this would be the one to listen to. Expand
  3. Dec 8, 2011
    9
    After the sudden death of Jimmy â
  4. Aug 26, 2010
    9
    Nightmare is Avenged Sevenfold's best work to date. It has everything for everyone. Hard rock driven songs, hard songs with pop influences,Nightmare is Avenged Sevenfold's best work to date. It has everything for everyone. Hard rock driven songs, hard songs with pop influences, all out metal, and the ballads. This is the perfect mix of music and a fitting tribute for the late great Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan (R.I.P foREVer.) Expand
  5. Sep 3, 2011
    8
    This was A Little Better Then the self titled album It seems like a Mix of City of Evil and The Self Titled album but with its own dark TwistThis was A Little Better Then the self titled album It seems like a Mix of City of Evil and The Self Titled album but with its own dark Twist that sound Great and This is an emotional album following the passing of The Rev and it definatly serves as a Nice Tribute to him so if you havent heard it already i suggest that you do Expand
  6. Dec 25, 2011
    8
    This is a great album with a lot of pace and power. The album also brings about a new depth that hadn't been expressed as much by A7X in theThis is a great album with a lot of pace and power. The album also brings about a new depth that hadn't been expressed as much by A7X in the past. If nothing else, all modern metal fans need to listen to "nightmare". Expand
  7. Mar 30, 2011
    0
    All the songs on the album sound almost exactly the same!
    The problem appeared slightly in their fourth album but now its impossible not to
    All the songs on the album sound almost exactly the same!
    The problem appeared slightly in their fourth album but now its impossible not to notice in nightmare. This is mostly due to the guitars backing down once shadows starts to sing every line the same (daaaaah daaaaah daaaaaah daaaaah daaaaaaaaaaaaaah) while dropping down a note each time. Its just getting really old. I believe the band does not know where to go from this point.
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