Despite the fact that I am not a big Avenged Sevenfold fan, I do have to say
Nightmare is an impressive album. It is dedicated to their late
drummer, Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan, who passed away in December 2009.
The Rev, just three days before his death, wrote the song "Fiction". Its eerie, as the song is basically a goodbye. Though he [supposedly] died of natural causes, it is as if he knew the end was near. Certain lyrics, such as, "Gave you all I had to give. Found a place to rest my head. While I may be hard to find, hear there's peace on the other side." With a lyric like that, had it not come out that he died from a heart condition, people would just assume he had committed suicide. You can hear the pain in Matt Shadows voice as he sings the words. Rightfully so, he loves a dear friend of his.
My favorite track, however, is probably, "Welcome To The Family". There's no particular reason, I just enjoy the song. You can tell that songs like, "Victim", "So Far Away" and others are for Jimmy. They really loved him, and this album shows it. Its quite inspiring that they are going on as a band, and in his honor. If you look inside the CD's case, there is a drawing of someone hugging Jimmy. That was the last picture of him, ever.
As I mentioned, I am not a big fan of Avenged Sevenfold, but even I have to admit this album did greatly impress me. They took their grief and pain and turned it into something great.
By far, I say give this album a listen. It does cover the topic of insanity, which not everyone is comfortable with, along with death. Insanity is obvious on the lead single, "Nightmare".Especially if you see the video, which takes place in a mental hopsital. Those topics may be tough for some people to hear, but if those do not bother you, you're probably
going to enjoy this album.
to the story behind it, I give this album five stars. The story alone, should
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