Nightmare - Avenged Sevenfold
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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: 20 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. Jan 11, 2011
    Avenged 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
  2. Jan 2, 2013
    In 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
  3. Aug 26, 2010
    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
  4. Dec 3, 2011
    It's a good album. The album have a return to metalcore with "God Hates Us" that remember that M. Shadows can still doing an amazing vocal work. So Far Away is a really touching song, with a great solo by Gates. Natural Born Killer is a fantastic thrasher song, like the City of Evil songs. Fiction is a beautiful song and the last song writted by The Rev. And Save Me, I think that song is one of the better songs by Avenged Sevenfold. The song have a great bass drum work by Mike Portnoy, a emotional bridge by M. Shadows and the awesome ending too. Expand
  5. Oct 21, 2010
    Although it didn't beat City of Evil or Waking the Fallen in my opinion, Avenged came very close. Although the death of the Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan is tragic, that couldn't stop them. I know the Rev is proud. I hope they all knoww that. Expand
  6. Dec 29, 2011
    Okay so this is my first music review and I will make an in-depth review which I haven't seen yet here, so basically I'll just review every song and then take an average of let us begin:

    1 - Nightmare: The song is fast paced has a good solo and follows a pretty standard composition, it is good but nothing that fans haven't already seen. 6/10
    2 - Welcome to the Family: So this track has a faster solo, faster timing but is basically as simple as the first, except that we had a change at remembering why Mike Portnoy is a great drummer, and one of the best currently. 7/10
    3 - Danger Line: Again the same basic pattern, however the pace is slight different, so I consider it a bit more developed, but nothing new as well. 7/10
    4 - Buried Alive: Now here things start to get better, first because there are three different paces, the vocal parts, the chorus and end, the solo is good as well so it's...7.5/10
    5 - Natural Born Killer: Again the same basic composition, at this point I was starting to think Avenged Sevenfold were going to stay simple and another average band so....6/10
    6 - So Far Away: Alright the girl melter, so in every album there is a very dramatic song pretty much like this one, however this song has the best feeling that any of their previous ones, specially the solo. 8/10
    7 - God Hates Us: This sounded like a step back considering the other songs and has a simple heavy structure, possible to listen but impossible to love. 5/10
    8 - Victim: Now this track in the beginning reminded me of Pink Floyd (with that feminine back-vocals), and the pace changed, and the song changed but it continued great and is in my opinion one of the best in the album. 8/10
    9 - Tonight the World Dies: This one "looks" a lot like the previous song so there really isn't much to say about it, M. Shadows' vocals are good but it really seemed like a copy from Victim with a few changed chords. 6/10
    10 - Fiction: It was great to see a song that didn't have overdrive guitars and that wasn't a ballad as well, the homage to Sullivan in this song was admirable and the composition not very complex but very emotive. 8/10
    11 - Save Me: This is the best song in the album, Why? Because it has different paces, well placed turns, a more complex composition than any previous from Avenged and it was an outstanding way to finish the album. 9/10
    *12 - Lost It All: Okay so this is basically just more of the same, nothing to say about it really. 6/10
    **13 - 4 AM: Seemed a good song because of the change of pace (yes I realize I've used a lot the word "pace", but it is the best way to describe a song) but is overall another average Avenged song. 7/10

    *This song was from a deluxe iTunes version.
    **This track was from the Welcome to the Family EP, I decided to add it because it was released practically along with the album.

    Final Score Calculation: (6+7+7+7.5+6+8+5+8+6+8+9+6+7)/13
    Final Score: 6.96 = 7
  7. Mar 30, 2011
    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. Expand

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