Avenged Sevenfold: Nightmare

Corporate metal falls flat on its face.

Iann Robinsonby Iann Robinson

Avenged Sevenfold: Nightmare





Not having near enough hair gel or tight t-shirts to be a fan of Avenged Sevenfold, I have done my best to avoid their music as often as possible. Everything this band has put out across the board has been at best boring and, at worst, disingenuous. The same can be said for Avenged Sevenfold’s by-the-numbers new album Nightmare. The music on this record is regurgitated from new Metallica & White Zombie with a layer of glam-rock cheese layered over it.

Want proof? Just listen. Every riff for every song you’ve heard before somewhere, and even the structure is formulaic to the point of being ridiculous. From the intros to the riffs, breakdowns and solos, it all feels too rehearsed. Vocally, the throaty sing voice giving way to the emotional scream feels so devoid of any true emotion it pushes into robotic.

It’s hard to believe an actual band wrote this album at all - it feels more like a computer reached out and recorded all the cultural touchstones from the Vans Warped Tour then spit out what it felt would be a radio friendly unit mover. Even Avenged Sevenfold’s look is coordinated “bad boy” rocker bullshit. The music within this scene is an afterthought, something the band has done to continue getting laid. 

Music is the testament of a man or woman’s soul and nothing else; anything not played from the heart is a waste of space. Nightmare is one of the best examples of that I’ve ever had the displeasure of listening to. Take the song “Danger Line” which involves this bad Poison style piano breakdown where the singer (calling himself M. Shadows….spoooooky) is supposed to be bearing himself to us. Instead I was stifling a giggle because of how phony it felt.  Think that’s bad then skip on down to “Victim” the sensitive ballad or “Tonight The World Dies” the country tinged second ballad, I promise you’ll find it all hard to stomach.

It’s not that Nightmares is just bad, I hear a lot of bad music, it’s more how completely uninteresting it is. Buying into Avenged Sevenfold’s music is buying into a scene, a look and whole package instead of just loving the music. This is the same type of corporate rock that gave us Extreme, Disturbed or Velvet Revolver;  its just dressed up to look more “edgy”. Avenged Sevenfold are more like an SNL skit about a rock band than an actual one.

I know Nightmare recorded after the death of their drummer and while that is a tragedy it doesn’t make the album any good. Say what you will but that’s the truth. It isn’t like the band stripped away the nicknames and costumes and pretensions to dig deep and make a personal statement. They made the exact same album they have always made, maybe with better production but the idea is still the same.

I have no patience for this type of corporate metal when there are so many bands out there deserving of a chance that aren’t so obvious and structured. I harbor no grudge or ill will towards Avenged Sevenfold I just can’t stand their music and find it completely lacking in any artistic merit. 

CraveOnline Rating: 1 Out Of 10