This year’s been a tough one for Avenged Sevenfold. It started off in mourning, following the overdose death of drummer Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan in late December. Avenged were 98-percent done writing their new record when they lost The Rev, but decided to finish the LP, as a final tribute to their fallen brother. They called on Dream Theater’s Mike Portnoy to handle the kit, and the result is an Avenged Sevenfold record that’s listenable.
Instead of talking about partying and pounding poon, Avenged has matured. They’ve had to. The Rev’s death has changed the band irrevocably, and this new record is a testament to that growth they’ve experienced. The record is epic, and Portnoy’s contributions are nothing short of intimidating.
Over the weekend, Avenged released the uncensored version of the video for “Nightmare,” the album’s opening track. It sounds like Metallica meets Guns N’ Roses, with Behemoth-like guitar riffing and some pensive lyricism. The band’s disc, Nightmare, drops July 27.
So, here’s the thing. I’m watching this video, well aware that The Rev is gone, and halfway through I’m like, “Wait, where’s the drummer?” Its strange to hear the drums, see the other musicians doing their thing, and not see the drumming in some way, shape, or form. Then again, its weird to see Avenged Sevenfold in an insane asylum, where little girls dressed in Sunday school attire play with hemoglobin-covered bouncy balls.
Then, the final image we’re left with in the video, as frontman M. Shadows shouts, “It’s your fucken’ nightmare!,” the shot reveals The Rev’s kit, just sitting there with a beam of light flashing from behind it. I guess that’s the band’s nightmare…life without The Rev. Moving stuff. Check out the video, and the song. Tell me what you think in the comments section below.
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