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Nightmare by Avenged Sevenfold MAG

September 28, 2011
By Kevin Clark BRONZE, Hull, Massachusetts
Kevin Clark BRONZE, Hull, Massachusetts
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After the death of their drummer and friend, Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan, nobody expected Avenged Sevenfold to continue making music. However, this summer the band released “Nightmare,” their fifth studio album.

Fans will notice that M. Shadows' vocals aren't nearly as nasal or whiny as in previous albums, but rather show a more aggressive and emotional tone. Also, the album tries to restore the band's former sound by using heavier guitar riffs and even a bit of screaming, which Shadows hasn't done since their second album, “Waking the Fallen.” As always, the band likes to experiment with new sounds; you can hear trumpets, marching bands, whispering, and even whistling, which I think many fans will enjoy.

“Nightmare” opens with the title track and an eerie xylophone that creates an uncomfortable feeling, and almost instantly kicks into pounding drums and fast, dark guitar riffs. The next few tracks are both heavy and catchy. “Welcome to the Family” will stick in your head for days, while “Danger Line” is dedicated to the American troops.

The first ballad,“So Far Away,” is written by guitarist Synyster Gates for his late friend, The Rev. The song features Zacky Vengeance on an acoustic guitar, clean vocals, and a climactic ending with strings and a guitar solo.

Nothing thus far prepared me for the next track. Titled “God Hates Us,” the song is easily one of the heaviest and most aggressive the band has written. It begins with a bit of a fake out, with a clean intro but then from nowhere kicks in with thunderous double bass, heavy guitars, and a lot of screaming from M. Shadows. The song will definitely appeal to a new audience as well as old fans.

At this point, the album's focus changes from heavy and aggressive to emotional and slow. The next two songs, “Victim” and “Tonight the World Dies,” definitely slow the pace with some of the best ballads the band has created. “Tonight the World Dies,” will be a song most will overlook because it's slow. The chorus and bridge have deep vocals and are climactic without the build-up you expect.

The next, “Fiction,” is easily the hardest to listen to, and for most fans will likely bring them to tears. This song was written by The Rev only three days before his passing and was originally titled “Death.” If that isn't enough irony, the song is basically Sullivan saying his good-byes, with the last line, “I know you'll find your own way, when I'm not with you tonight.” The song actually features Sullivan and Shadows on vocals, as well as a very dark and creepy piano.

The last song, “Save Me,” is the longest at almost 11 minutes. It includes just about every element the band has ever used, including dueling guitar solos, clean guitars, heavy riffs, catchy choruses, dark piano parts, and powerful lyrics. The album culminates with dynamic drum fills and the line “Tonight we all die young.”

Overall, I believe fans will enjoy “Nightmare” and might even find it better than some of Avenged Sevenfold's previous work. “Nightmare” is worth the listen. New and old fans will enjoy listening front to back and will give Avenged Sevenfold the support they need to continue making music after the death of their friend.

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KCayla GOLD said...
on Dec. 13 2011 at 10:36 am
KCayla GOLD, Stillwater, New York
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Favorite Quote:
"I brought a cupcake, and I brought Apollo" - My Best friend, implying that I was like Apollo :D

I absolutley love this album but I think that so far away is overplayed a lot. I mean its a great song but overplayed ya know?

on Oct. 23 2011 at 6:22 pm
metalheads BRONZE, Thornton, Colorado
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Avenged Sevenfold: Nightmare


The article of “Avenged Sevenfold” written by Kevin C. Hull is very well written. The death of Jimmy Sullivan or as most people know him, “The Rev”, was very tragic. I found that he was the heart of the band. Your right that nobody ever thought they would come up with a new album. Being a dedicated fan, I thought they would stop making music overall.

            Although the death of “The Rev” sent a shockwave through the band and its fans, I was very impressed by there new album “Nightmare”. They have a new change in sound, but not enough to disappoint the old fans. The new sound brought many new fans as well. As you say that it’s a change from their old sound which was very nasal and whiney, I find this a nice change. I still enjoy there old sound, but find my self listening to this new album a lot more. I think the cause of the new aggressive, emotional sound is the death of “The Rev’.

            Overall it was a good article about A7X.  


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onograd said...
on Oct. 3 2011 at 12:50 pm
this is a great album