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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.
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  • Record Label: Warner Bros.
  • Genre(s): Emo, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Post-Hardcore, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal
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  1. Kerrang!
    80
    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: 24 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. Jun 21, 2012
    10
    Very good album. Totally awesome tribute to The Rev as well. These guys do still sound good, but it won't sound the same without The Rev inVery good album. Totally awesome tribute to The Rev as well. These guys do still sound good, but it won't sound the same without The Rev in there. This album had great music, as do all of the other A7X albums. Hope they can keep up the awesome work. A7X rocks! Expand
  2. Dec 9, 2015
    10
    Best album by this amazing band! The record contains great instrumental work, amazing agressive vocals and great dark atmosphere with bothBest album by this amazing band! The record contains great instrumental work, amazing agressive vocals and great dark atmosphere with both really hard and emotional content. The album is more heavy than self-titled, but still contains the classic sevenfold sound of guitar, which is more "heavy metal" than the guitar in Hail To The King. Expand
  3. 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
  4. Jan 8, 2012
    9
    I am obviously a late comer to this album but I find that this is one of the better Metal albums in quite some time. Avenged Sevenfold hasI am obviously a late comer to this album but I find that this is one of the better Metal albums in quite some time. Avenged Sevenfold has always intrigued me with their melodic guitar riffs that follow the vocals quite often. Avenged is one of those bands that is different enough from the pack that you have to appreciate how difficult that is in today's age of simplistic rock / sex themed riffs that are boring and add nothing to our experience. Worth every dollar spent for this album. Expand
  5. Aug 19, 2010
    8
    After the hit-and-miss affair we've seen with the self-titled album Nightmare might indeed be the strongest Avenged Sevenfold album along withAfter the hit-and-miss affair we've seen with the self-titled album Nightmare might indeed be the strongest Avenged Sevenfold album along with City of Evil and Waking the Fallen.
    It's great to see that the fast pace is back along with the dark scales from Waking the Fallen which is something that the fans have been crying for since City of Evil.
    The title track is a suitable opener and displays the Metallica influence fans were speculating since May. So does Buried Alive ('One' from '...And Justice for All' anyone?). Welcome to the Family is a very rhythmatic tune but it's Natural Born Killer that displays the City of Evil style shredding that was mostly absent from the previous album (and missed). Danger Line was alright, even if it was recycled from Blinded in Chains but it's God Hates Us that really sticks out. Being half-singing and half-growling, it proves that Matt still has a screaming voice to be reckoned with and hopefully (a little rant if I may) it will finally dispel the false and highly exaggerated rumour that he exploded a blood vessel in the back of his throat and somehow managed not to drown in his own blood. It was just vocal chord surgery and nothing more, people.
    As for the ballads? They're a lot better than anything they did previously (Gunslinger and Dear God were pretty trite in fairness). So Far Away is simply composed but effective and it's nice to see Papa Gates returning for a guest appearance. On Victim they included the background choir again but it works a lot better this time and doesn't complicate things. The church bells are especially spooky and suiting for this album. I was kind of expecting an epic thrasher from Tonight the World Dies but it's still a decent song. However, it's Fiction that the fans have really been looking forward to. The Reverend's demo vocals were included along side with M. Shadows' in a very ghost like manner and we all know why that is (!) Although The Reverend's goblin-like voice still might not be to everyone else's tastes (remember A Little Piece of Heaven?) the song really shows what a skilled composer he was. It's so musically straight forward but beautifully done with emotional lyrics and vocals adding to Fictions haunting nature, which really continues to haunt even after the album is finished. The album closes with Save Me which is also the longest Avenged Sevenfold song. A grand closure that's like M.I.A. in some ways with it's moody bass line drumming, although it does feel a little dragged on towards the end.
    The only complaints I have about the album are probably the same as I had before. Even though Synyster Gates' guitar solos are always well worked out and complex they still feel a little too technical. As for M. Shadows' vocals: in terms of scales he is as competent as ever but still comes across as slightly obnoxious in places. The over use of pro-tools is still just as bothersome as with the self-titled album.
    That aside, Nightmare successfully brings together City of Evil and Waking the Fallen elements and refines them into a well rounded off yet dark and moody sound so it was definitely well worth waiting for. Mike Portnoy is also a very fitting replacement for The Reverend after his unexpected death.

    A final note is about the majority of fanboys who think that Avenged Sevenfold are the greatest thing to happen to metal since Blaze Bayley left Iron Maiden while also placing this band on a pedestal and considering every other band a distant third:
    Yes, you are entitled to your opinion but I think most of you are basically deluded. Avenged Sevenfold are not the greatest band ever. Avenged Sevenfold are not the greatest band on the planet. Avenged Sevenfold aren't even the best live band ever. Avenged Sevenfold are simply an excellent band.
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  6. Nov 18, 2011
    8
    The album is overall a strong effort. Similar musically - although not lyrically - to City of Evil, whilst Nightmare does not quite have theThe album is overall a strong effort. Similar musically - although not lyrically - to City of Evil, whilst Nightmare does not quite have the power of that release, it is certainly worth a listen. The lead single and title track is one of the strongest songs on the album, the other being Welcome to the Family, which is sufficiently different from the former to provide some initial variety. Although the tracks lose some of their power as the album progresses, they still have the punchy A7X feel that fans will know and love. Their second-best release, after City of Evil, anyone who is a fan of the genre should definitely pick this up. 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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