Avenged Sevenfold - Nightmare

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Metal
Warner Bros. Records
Avenged Sevenfold
Nightmare
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Avenged Sevenfold have done an unthinkable task with latest LP Nightmare, they've improved on regressing. At a time when they should be proving they’re more than just one hit wonders (Waking the Fallen), and desperately in need of shaking off the bite wounds left by their self titled outing; A7X rely on the sentimentality of their recent unfortunate circumstance to dictate the direction for their latest affair. Two problems arise with this methodology. First, the band tries improving on their self titled. Unfortunately it was an album riddled with mundane execution both vocally and instrumentally; this places them on a gimp leg to run with. Second, A7X have run out of ideas. This was hinted at in 2007, but is made ever clearer with Nightmare, an album that rehashes idea after idea drowning in its own stagnant wake.

You’re given two things with Nightmare, ballads and power ballads; the former is a facet that’s hindered A7X their entire career. “Tonight the World Dies” is the first time when the band fully realizes how to include a sense of despair within a track that oozes anguish. With a steel string intro the band set up a solemn experience that is matched by M. Shadows strong vocal performance. Here the band strikes all the right punches by not over noodle-ing the track with Iron Maiden love, and straying far from their putrid attempts at thrash – ala Metallica. This isn’t to say A7X aren’t competent musicians. Both Synyster Gates and Johnny Christ rule their respective instrument, “Natural Born Killer” forcefully proves so, but they’re control over when to show flash and when to excel each song is still muffled.

This has been a reoccurring problem for A7X since their inception and adds to a major problem with Nightmare. It’s just too damn long. Both “Victim” and the title track are unnecessarily long especially for what little actually happens. In fact the latter revolves a verse/chorus/verse/chorus/chorus/typical solo lead bridge/chorus format, essentially leaving nothing palatable. The album is a serious chore even for die hard bat maniacs. Whether it’s “God Hates Us” or “Danger Line” no one in the band seems to understand when to end a song, so they play until their fingers get tired and if that’s seven minutes later so be it.

 As much as the band wants to think they’re swinging back to their roots, return of harsh vocals and all, they’re still trying to prove they can master what was produced on their self titled. It’s just too bad as that album was horrible to start with so at best they’d reach an average platform. Instead of taking a golden opportunity for strong inspiration the band rely on stale ideas left in the wake of The Rev, and goals that are parallel to what made their self titled so disappointing.

1. Nightmare
2. Welcome To the Family
3. Danger Line
4. Buried Alive
5. Natural Born Killer
6. So Far Away
7. God Hates Us
8. Victim
9. Tonight the World Dies
10. Fiction
11. Save Me

Avenged Sevenfold is a band from Huntington Beach, California, United States. They started out as a metalcore band, but have since moved towards hard rock.

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