11 Songs, 1 Hour 6 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Avenged Sevenfold’s fifth studio album is their first without drummer James “The Reverend” Sullivan, who died in 2009. Dream Theatre’s Mike Portnoy makes for a stellar replacement both musically and sentimentally as Sullivan was largely inspired by the talented Sullivan. Though some fans believe Nightmare to be conceptual, it plays more like a tribute album as the lyrics often touch on the subject of the band’s fallen brother — they also recorded a few of Sullivan’s songs for this project. The title-track opens with M. Shadows belting out fevered vocals like a young James Hetfield by way of the late Layne Staley from Alice In Chains. Synyster Gates’ dexterous guitar leads import the fretboard-shredding harmonic style that was forged in the fires of early-‘80s British metal, especially during the soaring melodies in the chorus of “Welcome to the Family” and all over the powerful “Danger Line.” The wistful “Buried Alive” proves that ballads can still sound tough. The bookending 11-minute epic “Save Me” goes out like a 21-gun salute to Sullivan.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Avenged Sevenfold’s fifth studio album is their first without drummer James “The Reverend” Sullivan, who died in 2009. Dream Theatre’s Mike Portnoy makes for a stellar replacement both musically and sentimentally as Sullivan was largely inspired by the talented Sullivan. Though some fans believe Nightmare to be conceptual, it plays more like a tribute album as the lyrics often touch on the subject of the band’s fallen brother — they also recorded a few of Sullivan’s songs for this project. The title-track opens with M. Shadows belting out fevered vocals like a young James Hetfield by way of the late Layne Staley from Alice In Chains. Synyster Gates’ dexterous guitar leads import the fretboard-shredding harmonic style that was forged in the fires of early-‘80s British metal, especially during the soaring melodies in the chorus of “Welcome to the Family” and all over the powerful “Danger Line.” The wistful “Buried Alive” proves that ballads can still sound tough. The bookending 11-minute epic “Save Me” goes out like a 21-gun salute to Sullivan.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
1.1K Ratings

1.1K Ratings

VaultWastelander ,

4 more to go

So I'm sitting here, just having downloaded the album. I've had downloaded nightmare a month ago and have listened to it god only knows how many times, eagerly awaiting the release of this album. I've actually been sitting here awaiting the moment itunes updated with this album, happily here. I'm currently on song seven "God Hate Us". All I have heard is strength, drive, and beauty. I am totally captivated by the eloquence of these songs. I have four more songs to go and I'm sure none of them will dissapoint. I'm getting chills just listening to them. Buy it...Don't think. Just buy. You'll thank me.

Brutalkitty ,

Awesome!!!!

This is dedicated to The Rev who died last year. RIP Jimmy, we'll miss you.

Mattmcd1 ,

Really awesome album..

It's a really great album from A7X. Portnoy sounds perfect taking over for Jimmy and every song on here is addicting to listen to. Worth the money easily.

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