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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.

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An album that will change the world....

when listening to an album you feel the peak that an album can get to is being epic but no, not A7X they have made and UBER album the whole album flows from one to the next and at least the first time should be listented to front to back. It has the pace and in your face elements that bought them to fame but now the heart and soul with the revs passing. The stand out song of course is fiction not just because of its emotional meaning but because it is like nothing you will have heard before, although its sad at first i like to think its jimmys way of telling everyone dont worry he is just resting his head, he's cool and you all carry on being great without me,however it does not overshaddow the album. the rest of the songs are some of A7X's best songs to date buried alive and victim taking a true mantle. with the anger filled god hates us smashing your brain out it covers a spectreum of emotions and is a must buy not only for A7X fans but for anyone. there is a song for everyone and every mood. This album will make you thrash you head, laugh, cry and best of all remember Jimmy in the way he would have wanted to.

Nightmare - Another amazing album by a great band.

Despite the shocking news of the Rev's death, this hasn't stopped Avenged Sevenfold from releasing an amazing album, and i'm sure that the Rev would be proud of what the rest of the band produced, taking it all in their stride.
Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater) does a great job of filling in for Rev also - so kudos to him.
This album really is worth buying, and you won't be disappointed! No fillers whatsoever. Heres just a brief rundown of each track, personal preference of course!

Nightmare - Great opening track, powerful lyrics from Shadows, Metallica style guitar riffs and a storming drum line. 10/10
Welcome to the Family - A good song, with a catchy chorus with heavy riffs. 9/10
Danger Line - Quick, hot guitar line, melodic guitar solo along with strong vocals once again from M.Shadows 10/10
Buried Alive - A nice change of pace from the previous heavy trio - Clean intro, leading onto chugging rocky sections - another great solo from Syn Gates to top the song off 9/10
Natural Born Killer - Not bad, certainly not the best track on the album, but isn't the worst either. 8/10
So Far Away - One of my favs from the album, great acoustic work, powerful lead playing, along with pitch perfect vocals. A must have. 10/10
God Hates Us - Different, a pretty heavy track with screaming vocals, agressive guitar riffs and thrashing drums. 9/10
Victim - Solo at 5.09 is fantastic, just to make a great song even better! 9/10
Tonight the World Dies - I don't really like this track very much, Its not bad by any means, the others are just simply far better. 7/10
Fiction - Shadows portraying his piano playing ability in a very different song for A7X - listen to it, u'll see what I mean. 8/10
Save Me - 10.56 minutes..a pretty long track, but manages to keep you interested throughout! A Good way to end an excellent album. 9/10
Lost in All(Bonus Track) - For those who pre-ordered the album, and they have to be happy they did, this is a great track and one of the best I think!

Metal or A7X fans - don't hesitate, BUY!


A stunning album and a perfect tribute to the Rev. Nightmare isn't as heavy as their previous albums but it does have some outstanding songs on. I have done nothing but listen to the album none stop since i bought it and it has to be one of their best albums to date. Standout tracks are Welcome To The Family, Victim, Fiction, Natural Born Killers, Nightmare and God Hates Us. And Lost It All, the bonus track on the £10.99 version is just as good as the rest of the album.

Nightmare - superb opener for the album, nice and heavy - 9/10
Welcome To The Family - catchy, rocky and heavy, a personal favourite of mine - 10/10
Danger Line - best intro on the album, a brilliant heavy song to follow the first two tracks - 9/10
Buried Alive - the first softer tracks on the album, great solo's, great riffs and a nice beat - 9/10
Natural Born Killers - back to the heavy songs, brilliant lyrics and a brilliant chorus - 9/10
So Far Away - another softer toned track with moving lyrics, and two fantastic solo's - 9/10
God Hates Us - the heaviest song on the album, for fans of sounding the Seventh Trumpet - 10/10
Victim - a little different for A7X, but one of my favourite from the album - 10/10
Tonight The World Dies - another one of the softer toned tracks that you will like if you like Dear God or Seize The Day - 9/10
Fiction - the last song The Rev wrote before he died - 10/10
Save Me - a ten minute epic song but it never gets boring, nicely paced and outstanding from start to finish - 8/10

There isn't one bad song on this album, buy this album if you love great music. Avenged Sevenfold are one of the best bands of their generation and albums like this prove it.

R.I.P James 'The Rev' Sullivan, your music will not be forgotten.


Formed: 1999 in Huntington Beach, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the more successful and accessible metalcore outfits to come out of the early 2000s, Avenged Sevenfold endured changes both stylistic and internal during their rise from teenage troublemakers to mainstream success story. The members of Avenged Sevenfold (or A7X) were still attending high school in Huntington Beach, California when they formed their band in 1999. Nevertheless, it didn't take long for M. Shadows (vocals), Zacky Vengeance (guitar), Synyster Gates (guitar), the Reverend (drums),...
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