AVENGED SEVENFOLD

(UNITED STATES)

NIGHTMARE

(2010)
LABEL:

WARNER

GENRE:

HEAVY METAL

TAGS:
Neo, Opera-Rock, Rasping vocals
"Moving away from its metalcore origins for an almost mainstream melodic heavy metal, "Avenged Sevenfold" offers with "Nightmare" what will clearly be one of the artistic successes of the year 2010."
ZOSO (27.09.2010)  
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The time is long gone when Avenged Sevenfold was just a young American metalcore band, with a vaguely neo look. With their self-titled album, the band showed a willingness to turn to a much heavier and more melodic sound with the success we know. While the band seemed untouchable, The Rev, drummer and composer of the band, was found dead. What could have been a brake to the band will give them even more motivation, and, after a few months of floating, Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater) is recruited to record the drum parts. Even if this decision will provoke more than one eyebrow raising, it is clear when listening to the record that Portnoy has perfectly found his place in the new sound of the band.

In "Nightmare", Avenged Sevenfold continues to move away from the metalcore of their beginnings towards a modern heavy metal, close to mainstream. If the album starts with a punchy "Nightmare", the following tracks, and especially the last part of the record, show a more delicate side, less direct. The guitars have calmed down a bit, and their sound is warmer - almost bluesy - during interventions that are still melodic and strong. The vocal lines are absolutely excellent, Mr. Shadow proving that he has many other assets than his ability to scream into a microphone. Almost all the vocal passages sound like they have been worked on to be as melodic as possible. Mike's drums bring an additional energy, with a lot of plans of which he has the secret (and which, in fact, will seem old-fashioned for the regulars of the man, but bring a real freshness in the framework of the group).

In order to definitely win the adhesion, "Nightmare" presents a new jewel: the final "Save Me" and its ten minutes of variations, between obvious refrains, fast verses, and furious breaks. The song is regularly punctuated with guitar interventions and ends in a flood of emotion. 

Avenged Sevenfold's success is twofold: not only does it offer with "Nightmare" what will clearly be one of the artistic successes of the year, but it also manages to give without complex and without parodying itself a follow-up to the white album. This last point alone is enough to make the band stand out from the crowd and become one of the great metal bands.
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. Nightmare - 06:14
02. Welcome To The Family - 04:06
03. Danger Line - 05:28
04. Buried Alive - 06:44
05. Natural Born Killer - 05:15
06. So Far Away - 05:27
07. God Hates Us - 05:19
08. Victim - 07:30
09. Tonight, The World Dies - 04:41
10. Fiction - 05:13
11. Save Me - 10:56

LINEUP:
Johnny Christ: Basse
M. Shadows: Chant
Mike Portnoy: Batterie
Synyster Gates: Guitares
The Rev: Chant
Zacky Vengeance: Guitares
   
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