Upon the death of Avenged Sevenfold's drummer, The Rev, many fans of A7X wondered how they would continue. Well my friends, they did 'push on' and I do have to say, Nightmare has become one of my top 10 albums. The Lyrics are written fantastically, the melodies and harmonies are amazing. Very, very catchy songs. And with Mike Portnoy (the ex-drummer for Dream Theater), at the helm of the drum kit, this is a dynamite album. The first track opens with the title song, which is melodic and yet at times, haunting - which fits perfectly for a song named "Nightmare". Nightmare is reminiscent of their first, self-titled album with it all being orchestrated beyond the normal metal band setup. In fact, towards the end of the album, the songs slow down somewhat, and become a lot more musically in-depth, almost to the point of becoming classical music - with guitars and drums thrown in (this point can be argued that all of their songs are musically in-depth, but work with me here).
This album is almost like a concept album, in a way before concept albums even existed. Back in the days that artists created the track listing for a reason. Mainly to tell a story, or get the feeling that a story was being told.
The Pyro's advice: GO BUY THIS ALBUM 4.7/5 stars