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Deathbat News’ Review Of Avenged Sevenfold’s “Nightmare.”
July 16, 2010, 11:42 pm
Filed under: Avenged Sevenfold, Deathbat News, News, Reviews

I had the honor of visiting with Zacky Vengeance, Warner Brothers Records and The Collective today where I was treated to Avenged Sevenfold’s brand new album “Nightmare” that hits stores on July 27th. Before I go into anything I would like to thank Zacky for welcoming me into his home, sitting me down in his studio where we listened to and talked about some of the new song and treating me like an old friend as we hung out. And, to the fine people at Warner Brothers Records and Larry Jacobson that made me feel like part of the family and the team. The day ended with a special appearance by M Shadows who also treated me as if we have known each other for years. This trip was made possible in large part to Warner Brothers, Rachel Krumm, Kazy Brown, The Collective & Avenged Sevenfold who capped off a special trip out to California that I, for one, will never forget. A few of you guys had mentioned you wanted me to review the album and I was so excited to be given the opportunity to do this for you all. From one fan to another you’ll get my point of view and opinion of the album. Please keep in mind, it’s certainly not the best as I’ve never reviewed an album before but I hope you all get at least a little something out of it.

Avenged Sevenfold couldn’t have picked a better opener then “Nightmare” and while this song was originally part of the planned concept album the band had been working on it sets the mood perfectly for everything you can expect. The xylophone that starts off sends you into an almost dream-like state that one would only wish they were experiencing and could wake up from. You’re lead into heart-pounding drums that awake you from your nightmare, but are you really awake? The drums don’t stop and I don’t think the chants that this song gets from the crowd, you and your friends or even you alone will either. You’re opened and given a taste of what you can expect from the album but honestly, you have no clue nor will you be ready for it.

“Buried Alive” took me about two listens to to warm up to as it starts with a “Hotel California” meets 80’s metal ballad guitar solo and the orchestra that plays behind it simply fits. When the official track-listening for the album was revealed this was not what I was expecting to hear nor do I think anyone was. The way the song soars into the second half is slightly reminiscent of the build-up in “Seize The Day” though much more intense. You’ll get a feel for how the guitars play out as they twist through and remind you of “Demons” but on speed. Fans are treated to a little old-school Avenged Sevenfold as Shadows brings back his signature scream though you only get a taste and you haven’t heard anything yet. It’s like dipping your hand into the cookie jar and only pulling out half the cookie. I love the blowing wind in the background of the second half of the song and the clean break-down you can hear in the last 8 seconds. Keep in mind, this is surely not the last break-down you’ll hear.

When M Shadows said the record would have some pop influence many fans were taken aback. “Welcome To The Family” showcases the pop influence in “Nightmare” with an infectious chorus that you won’t be able to get out of your head. This album has some of the fastest guitar work Zacky Vengeance & Synyster Gates have offered to us over the years with break-downs that are sure to get walls thumping. You’ll be introduced to a little something new when Shadows whispers lyrics while the melodies flow. No album released on the 27th will win the fight against Avenged Sevenfold’s “Nightmare.”

“Danger Line” is a song that walks a fine line between concept and real life. It’ll take you into the life of a soldier and his experiences through war and life before leading into a little real life pain from the band. Dueling guitars at the beginning are incredible ear candy as Shadows begins his stake in the song and delivers experimental vocals and great harmonies. The band introduce you to a marching band towards the ending of the song until a beautiful solo breaks out on top of it and you’re left with the last chorus pulling at your heart strings. Yes, there is whistling, but don’t knock it because you’ll find yourself whistling right along even when youre not listening to the song.

If you were impressed with the opening of Eternal Rest and how in your face this solo is then I’d have a seat before turning “Natural Born Killer” on. There’s no doubt that you’ll listen to this song a few times just to ask yourself, “did they really go there?” And yes, they did. As fast as the song may be you’ll hear a slower chorus though it fits into the mood. You’ll hear drums that sound as though “The Rev” himself were playing away. It’s a lot to take in all at once as there’s pieces of everything flying at you from right to left. Killer riffs, killer drums, killer bass.

I would love to sit here and say that you’ve heard the best ballad to ever come out of Avenged Sevenfold but I would be lying. “So Far Away” takes the top spot and two more songs, “Victim” & “Tonight The World Dies” are right behind it. As you listen to the first chorus of the album you’ll feel the goosebumps rising on your skin, they’ll probably stay their for the remainder of the album. Johnny Christ pulls some amazing bass riffs and Synysters lyrics with Shadows delivering them are perfectly put together. Everyone can relate to this song in some way and you’ll get a deep glimpse into what the band have been through. An acoustic guitar solo breaks into Syn doing his thing the drums behind it demanding your attention and almost haunting you. The emotion in this album was left out on the table for everyone to see.

I was not ready for what would come through the speakers as “So Far Away” ended and “God Hates Us” began. You have never, and I do mean never, heard Shadows scream like you will in this song. When the band said that this song was heavier then ‘Waking The Fallen’ they were not lying at all. You’ll start moving as soon as the guitars come in and won’t want to stop. Johnny Christ’s bass is up front and in your face while the break downs from Synyster and Zacky will cause your ears to get close to erupting even though they’re enjoying it what they’re listening to. The solo’s bend and the ending comes out of no where leaving you wanting more and in awe of what you just experienced. This song is simply insane. It’ll make you feel like you could walk out and take on the world before leaving completely unscathed.

“Victim” will start off much smoother, with church bells to be exact. The opening is beautiful and the band open up completely to their fans. The harmonies in the chorus are moving and there’s no holding back on the pain seeping through. It’s a very groove-oriented track and the last lines and instruments will leave you with a broken heart.

Avenged Sevenfold continue to spill their hearts out in “Tonight The World Dies” with harmonies and guitars that are perfectly prominent throughout. The bass and drums carry the explosive haunting choruses. “Find me on my better days to leave me once again.” You’re met with a few new harmonies through the song, something you wont be used to be you’ll welcome with open arms.

“Fiction” was easily the toughest track to get through. I knew what was coming, I thought I knew what was coming and what to expect, but I didn’t at all. The second the song opens your goosebumps will stand out and your eyes will water as soon as M Shadows & The Rev’s harmonies kick in. The entire thing is completely haunting, which seems to be a theme throughout the second half of the album. The chorus is The Rev alone and you’ll be overcome with emotion feeling like someone kicked you in the chest. It ends with M Shadows & The Rev going back and forth on a verse. This song is unlike anything you’ve ever heard before, it’s a masterpiece.

If you’ve ever wanted to know what just about every Avenged Sevenfold song plus new material and experiment material sound like together then “Save Me” will treat you well. They pull out things they’ve never done before both vocally and musically. Bending guitars will lead you up and down without a stop in sight. Whispering will come in once again and lead you into a perfectly put together song. Nothing is left out. The chorus is met with backing harmonies and the whispering. There’s something for everyone in this song. There’s a solo in which the drums are more forward and while slightly new the execution is perfect. I love the break downs and the bass towards the end is beautiful. Groove-oriented and eclectic chorus will have you all ears. The last repeating verse will numb you. It’s the perfect closer to a haunted album.

Avenged Sevenfold’s “Nightmare” is filled with smooth and experimental vocals where M Shadows doesn’t miss a beat, explosive choruses, twisted and bending guitar work and solos which I believe is Zacky & Synyster’s finest. Johnny Christ doesn’t disappoint, nor has he ever. And, Mike Portnoy did an outstanding job helping the band. This is the best of The Rev’s drum work to date. While the beginning and end are very different it’s also very much the same and the groove of it will help out. The breakdowns are hard, prominent and familiar. This album is proof that Avenged Sevenfold are not afraid to try something new, toy and experiment with genres and they can pull it off while making it their own and better then you could ever imagine. “Nightmare” will leave you feeling numb, your heart pounding and a slight smirk on your face knowing that Avenged Sevenfold have just written the album of the year, the best album they’ve put out so far and the fact that you, the fans, helped them move through in recording it in honor of their brother Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan. This album WILL change the world.

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Lucky man…I can’t wait…

Comment by Anonymous

DBN is a woman…lol

Comment by Marlz

Yes!! everyone get that straight as a whistle… she is a WOMAN, not a girl. lmao

Comment by Noel

not a guy, my bad hehe

Comment by Noel

I almost cried just reading about “Fiction”…

Comment by Polay

me too…

Comment by Ryan

i know :'(

Comment by Chris

easily almost cried..

Comment by a7xrockr4ever

LUCKY!!!!:)

Comment by BC

Reading this I feel a certain anxious feeling slightly leaving, and instead curiousity fills in the void…I can’t wait to hear, you lucky guy!

Comment by Luis

DBN is run by a girl. lol

Comment by alissa

Like Marlz said, she’s not a guy lol. Thanks for the review DBN… cant believe there are only 10 DAYS LEFT!!!!!!!!

Comment by Kyle

9 DAYS!!!!!!!!

Comment by Courtney

5 if you want to count the German release

Comment by lollololol

Oh my goddd
your so lucky!

Comment by Courtney

8 DAYS!!!! :P almost 1 week :O

Comment by Kyle

7 DAYS!!!!!!!!!

Comment by Kyle

you’re beyond lucky. i envy you..

Comment by dvengenz

Oh my lord…I am looking forward to hearing the album myself.

To be honest I’m a little scared I won’t like God Hates Us…wasn’t ever a super fan of Shads screaming…but at the same time…I believe if I don’t particularly fall in love with that one song…it’s not a total loss. Ten other songs I am definitely looking forward to listening to.

Amazing review, you should get paid for it. For real.

And you are very lucky to get to meet Zacky etc. :D. I am glad you had a great experience.

Comment by Marlz

Not a fan of pre-City of Evil? You=Fail

Comment by A7X_D3THBAT_GT

I love some of the songs off WTF. Don’t think that I don’t In fact my top 2 A7X songs are off WTF. Unoly Confessions and Clairvoyant Disease. So do not judge me for what I say I like, thanks. I’m more not a fan of the screaming on STST. Especially the songs where it’s all screaming and no vocal variety. That’s what I meant. That’s why I’m a little scared to hear the song God Hates Us.

I’m sure my fears will NOT be realised and I will probably love it, and also my listening tastes change. 5 years ago if you’d said I’d have even listened to an A7X song at all I would’ve laughed in your face. [I mean you in the collective general sense btw, not you personally]

Comment by Marlz

lol how?

we’re all allowed to have a seperate opinion.

tbh, stst is pretty shit, expect to end the rapture and warmness on the soul.

but then a7x just build on their experience and knowledge get better with every album.

Comment by matt

imagine how nightmare will sound compared to stst

theyve come a long way..

Comment by Ryan

stst is shit??? its such an awesome, inventive raw album…you’re crazy dude

Comment by Pete

It’s too cluttered, even the band admit that. Yes, it was okay for where they were at at the time. But they’re much better now.

Comment by Marlz

I fucking love STST, the WHOLE album. How can you not? Geez…

Comment by EmilyVengeance

lol no its not..

WTF is where they get good , and then its just amazing from there on.

Comment by matt

lol yes it is…

Many agree with me, STST is great, listen to it more than once, and it will, well should, sink in and you will, well should, love it.

I find it hard to believe you think it’s shit, seriously.

Comment by EmilyVengeance

It’s not shit imo. Just not as polished as their other stuff.

People are allowed to have their preferences. As long as it doesn’t make other people think they’re less of a fan because of it.

Comment by Marlz

lol its rubbish, expect the 2 i refer to eariler.

but you have to make mistakes and write stuff, to open your eyes and become better musicians, im sure a7x see that now.

Comment by matt

Just because some people want to actually hear the lyrics and harmonies doesn’t make them fail. I’d rather hear beautiful singing as opposed to growling that I can’t understand. Music is art, some people like Picasso, while others love Van Gogh.

Comment by Jon

very well put =)

Comment by Ryan

Although the clean vocals were better on the S/T than any other album, I really think the instruments on the previous albums (CoE, WTF, and STST) were miles ahead of the S/T.

Comment by Sam

The instruments were DIFFERENT. And like I commented towards another comment, Matt said in an interview it was hard for them to keep producing songs like that because technically it’s too much in one song. Sometimes, simple is much better and can even be stronger.

Comment by Marlz

all i’m saying.

Comment by haley

It bugs me when people compare like and love. I don;t even know why I’m saying this to you. Goodbye

Comment by Steve

What, how?

Comment by Courtney

great review.your lucky!!!

Comment by nightmare

Reading the review of Fiction brought tears to my fucking eyes…..I can’t wait to hear it but I’m going to cry so hard…

Comment by Thomas

close to the same here man. i really feel like im gonna cry during the song

Comment by brendan

same dude :(

Comment by Chris

Wow.. I’m very anticipated..

Comment by Dean

Ur soo lucky. It seems like they are the nicest people. Can’t wait to hear this album

Comment by xx THE R3V xx

My eyes watered up when reading your review of Fiction.

Comment by Scratch

Same…….fuck…..I can’t even believe what the song will be like….

Comment by Thomas

I feel like I have an idea, but like DBN said, I’ll probably be shocked once I hear it. It’s going to be a rough album to listen to.

Comment by Scratch

Great Review. I’ll probably cry for the first time in a while considering the review for fiction made me sad

Comment by Jake Fee

Oh thats what you did in vengeance manor.
Cant wait the countdown begins!!!

Comment by susanne

I’m so excited you were called in to review the album. A full-fledged fan’s perspective and you certainly deserved it with all the work you put in to keeping us abreast of all things Avenged. So happy for you and dude, now I’m even more excited for the disc. :D

Comment by Jenn

Reading this…had me in tears.

Comment by Ndeye

Im even more excited now. When i read the fiction part “M Shadows & The Rev’s harmonies with one another kick in” my eyes watered. I can already imagine it. Damn this is too good! Avenged Sevenfold is one of a kind, nothing compares. ABSOLUTLEY AMAZING. I can’t wait AHHH :D

Comment by unknown

As soon as I was done reading this review I literally started tearing up. I’m really afraid of what’s to come with this album and how I’m going to react with jimmy’s song. I miss you jimmy now more than ever!

Comment by Courtney

On behalf of the fans, THANK YOU for writing this giant review.

What was your favourite song on the album? Or a top 3 that you liked the most.
Are there any past Avenged songs that you would compare God Hates Us to? Maybe from STST or WTF?

I’m stoked.

Comment by [NE]Fobby[GEN]

Welcome To The Family, God Hates Us & Fiction. NOTHING compares to God Hates Us, nothing.

Comment by deathbatnews

DBN i just have to say that ur a lucky SOB and i hate u…not really:)
i bet that was the best time of ur life

Comment by BC

hahaha more like a DOB. The site’s run by a girl

Comment by Phil A7X

yea true i thought about saying that but it seems kinda weird

Comment by BC

I must be retarded for asking but what does that mean?

Comment by Courtney

It means.. Son of a B..rother! :)

Comment by ChrisA7X

Daughter of a Bitch…lol

Comment by Marlz

lol it just doesnt sound right but its true:)

Comment by BC

Those are the same exact songs I am excited for too but so far away was also on my list though.

Comment by Courtney

Seriously want to go punch your Grandma in the face, right? I believed them when they mentioned that. ;)

Comment by D6661

Can I get an honest opinion here? I wasn’t a huge fan of a lot of the screaming on WTF and STST should I be worried I won’t like God Hates Us?

Cheers :D.

Comment by Marlz

You’ll love it. Everyone will.

Comment by deathbatnews

Thank you :D. Hearing that from you, I believe I will. :D.

Comment by Marlz

My great grandmother is 97. Will she love it? :P

Comment by Tommy

Fuck yeah she will.

Comment by deathbatnews

LMAO! I’m gonna let all the old people in my family hear it and if they don’t like it, I’m blaming you! :P

Comment by EmilyVengeance

Epic win

Comment by Phil A7X

fuck yah!

Comment by unholyconfessions

Impressive. Can’t wait to get my copy. :]

foREVer <3

Comment by Holly

Oh man. As if I didn’t need to be any more excited for this album…I’m now officially dying to hear God Hates Us. The screaming on Buried Alive made my week, and that was just a little tidbit…

Comment by Drew

Where was the screaming on buried alive?…twoards the end Is where I heard it

Comment by Schmidt

Yeah, its towards the end. The lines “Hands off me,” “Hands of fate,” “Inferno awaits,” etc. are all screamed. And it made me clap my hands in joy when I heard it. :D

Comment by Drew

I honestly can’t wait for it to come out. I just know it’s going to be more than mind blowing.

Comment by ruth

you just gave me chills just describing it…thanks dbn, i really can’t wait…im probably going to cry

Comment by Derek Williams

Same here! :D

Comment by Rianna

reading Fiction and the very last paragraph send chills down my spine .. like literally , my body just shook vigorously …

Comment by Dan

I won’t lie, when I read about ‘Fiction’ I had tears rolling. I think in my opinion, this is the best album. Very excited to hear the album. <3 (:

Comment by Sunny

i started to cry a bit while reading the review of Fiction. hahah. oops. didn’t mean for that to happen. and thanks for the review DBN. now i’m REALLY looking forward to the album. i can’t wait any longer! i wish my Book of Nightmares would come soon…

Comment by alissa

after reading the review of “fiction” i felt a couple tearz roll down my face… i am dying of anticipation for the album

Comment by Vinnce M

Also: do you think the album has some of the Rev’s best drum work?

Comment by [NE]Fobby[GEN]

I think it IS his best drum work.

Comment by deathbatnews

That’s good to hear. I think his best drum work was in the first album, and that it was kinda lacking in S/T and the couple songs we’ve heard so far off of Nightmare, but there’s still 10 more songs to hear.

Comment by [NE]Fobby[GEN]

stst doesn’t have the best drum work lol. i guess its opinion, but wtf has the simplest stuff and in my opinion S/T and COE are the most complex.

Comment by Ryan

Most of S/T was very simplistic dude.

Comment by lollololol

It wasn’t really simple, but was the simplest out of the four. Their first 3 albums, especially CoE, were fantastic in terms of drums.

Comment by EmilyVengeance

Matt said that the drum work in STST was insane because Jimmy would just go for it and the rest of the band had to struggle to keep up with him… [not Matt’s exact words…a paraphrase of something he said in an interview].

So, recording wise, that’s not actually very good.

Comment by Marlz

This review made me cry a little.
Thank you DBN for the review.
You are very lucky and I’m sure you know that!
Did you take any pictures of zach and matt at all?

Comment by Yessica

I’m excited to hear “God Hates Us” the most since I love the old stuff, but I’m scared as hell to listen to “Fiction”.

Comment by Alex

Is god hates us screaming through the WHOLE
Song? Half? How much? Lol

Comment by Dave Rader

You’ll see ;)

Comment by deathbatnews

Reading that made me emotional and so much more anxious to hear the album for myself.

Comment by ashleigh

Tears stung my eyes as I read the review of Fiction.
I can’t wait to here the album<3

Comment by Carriebelle.

Dude, same here. Like, holy fuck. Great review.

Comment by Dante Phoenix

Holy Christ…I can’t take the waiting. I NEED to hear this album

Comment by Alec R.

Awww lucky!! ;] no invite? ;D lol

Also, did you get teary when you heard Fiction? like was Zacky and them with you when you listened to it? o:

Comment by Jeremy

Your review is probably the best I’ve read. Just reading trough it gave off how fucking amazing this album is.
I cannot wait till the 27th now; My eyes are all watery.

Comment by Alex

with tears in my eyes right now, more than ever… I WISH WITH ALL MY HEART THE REV WAS HERE AND HIM ROCKIN TO HIS OWN DRUMMING MASTERPEICE….. it really, really hurts

Comment by Noel

Same here man, could not agree more.

Comment by EmilyVengeance

Wow your a true fan. Also the most passionate. I can really tell that you absolutely enjoyed listening to it and so will all the other a7x fans. I think I might cry when and if i don’t hear this album soon

Comment by xx THE R3V xx

Ms. DBN is there some things you can share with us about ur experience with ZV and shads and val, in particular? or maybe pics, unless u want to keep ur identity secret? hope you can share!!!!!

Comment by Noel

thank you so much fr putting this up! i cried through most of it and i cant wait t hear it. as soon as i get the album I’m locking myself in my room with it and a box of Kleenex and listening to easily the best record on the face of the earth.

Comment by Miranda

Wow, that description/review of the album left me wanting to hear this album more than I already did.
From the sounds of it, it sounds like it’s going to be amazing.
Can’t wait until the 27th anymore.

foREVer*
& good job on the review :)

Comment by Pieri

DBN DAMMMMMM YOOOOUUUUUUU U MADE ME PISSSS MY PANTS WITH EXCETMENT ARGGG THANK YOU SOOO MUCH FOR A WONDERFUL WELL THOUGHT OUT EXPERTLY TYPED ALBUM REVIEW YOU HAVE AND WILL ALWAYS SURPASS MY EXPECTATIONS AS WILL THIS ALBUM I WOULD LIKE TO SAY ONE MORE THING AND I HOPE YALL WILL AGREE WITH ME. : DEATHBATNEWS IS PROBUBLY ONE OF THE BEST SITES EVER TO GET A7X NEWS THIS WOMMAN 1 WOMAN SHOULD BE APPLUDED FOR HER WORK (*CLAPS*)YOU DESERVE MUCH MORE THANK YOU SO MUCH DBN YOU HAVE REALLY MADE MY DAY. NOW IM OFF TO CHANGE MY PANTS:P THANKS DBN

Comment by Joshua Berman

I have to say.. Reading this is making me anticipate the new album even more. Especially reading the review for ‘Fiction’.. I think that’ll be the best song on the album just knowing that was written and performed partially by The Rev. When this album comes out, every A7X fan will be greatful and Jimmy will be smiling on us.

Comment by Lulu

thank you for this review, it totally gave me goosebumps. i can’t wait for this album, it’s going to hit every emotion, full blown tko.

Comment by Death Winged

You’re so lucky!!! Happy for you though! ^__^
Gosh I cannot wait until July 27th!

Comment by Natasha

I just shit my pants while reading this. I am paralyzed and I need diapers for the next 10 days because my body cannot function and I cannot maintain sanity until my ears are filled with the sound of the heavens that will be delivered through this album.

Comment by Michael

That is exactly the same way I feel

Comment by Daymo

FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCCCCCCCKKKKK….and I thought I was anticipating this before! I have this aching feeling in me I literally cant take it anymore. This sounds damn amazing and thank you for the review even if it did further pain me to read it.

Comment by TonyT

Wow! I finished reading this review as the clock struck midnight, ten days until I have this album in my hands. I am very envious of you right now, but I hope you had a great time with Zacky and the rest of the crew. I didn’t know what to expect when I started reading this review, all the anxiousness is now gone and the void filled with excitement. DBN you wrote a great review without spoiling anything. I think I speak for all of the fans of Deathbat News, and Avenged Sevenfold when I say thank you for running this site. So that us fans have a place to come and have good conversation, and get news on everything Avenged Sevenfold before we get it anywhere else. I’m being completely honest when I say I probably wouldn’t even get one percent of the news on Avenged, that I do if Deathbat News wasn’t here. So thank you for everything you’ve done.

Comment by Colton

grrr u took my comment haha nah its kool dude man i love this site its my home page hehe

Comment by Joshua Berman

You are so lucky, but thank you for writing this review. It brought tears to my eyes reading your review of Fiction. I do have a question though, how did you get to hear it? Like, did you contact Warner Bros. and ask or did the band contact you? It’s so awesome, and again, thank you for writing this. July 27th will, indeed, be a very bittersweet day.

Comment by Henderson

This is very well written. Not not hard to see that you’re a huge fan and you have a lot of respect for what they do, so I find I can relate to your review better than any other that I’ve read.
Just when I thought my anticipation was going bonkers…
Can’t wait.

Comment by VixenVengeance

You give me goosebumps in anticipation!

Comment by Kayla

After reading this review I’m super excited to hear God Hates Us

Comment by Hef

Amazing.
Dammit, you made me tear up…

Comment by Ava

Beautiful review, I loved it.
It makes me just all the more anxious for the album. I’m sure it is every bit of what you said it was, I have no doubt about it.
Thank you for posting this, I enjoyed reading it, and I’m sure the rest of the A7X fanbase can say the same, =].
Take care!

-A7X foREVer-

Comment by Kendra

I’ll be prepared w/ my box of tissues the day I listen to the album.

Comment by Kendra

ill be prepared with a case of beer and a fresh pack of smokes. i should listen to this album in a padded room cause i know im gonna flip out in excitment

Comment by Anonymous

Same here. I plan on watching their All Excess DVD, then popping in the CD and listening without disturbance.

Comment by Scratch

What about the bonus track “Lost it All”? That will probably be a surprise for all of us..

Comment by Alex

If your talking about the iTunes exclusive track, It’s a “non album” bonus just for itunes..meaning it wont have anything to do with the album

Comment by Casey

No it just means it’s not on the album… it doesn’t mean it won’t have anything to do with the album.

Comment by Marlz

Thank you SO incredibley much for this wonderfully detailed description of every song. I can only imagine how emotional it had to be for you. And I appreciate you going through the bittersweet emotions all over again for us.

Comment by D6661

Hey DBN – y’know that solo/jam that Syn and the Rev and ZV and Johnny played in 2009 – is that implemented onto a song on the new record?

Comment by a7xfreakdrummer

It doesn’t sound like it. Who knows, maybe it’s “Lost it All”.

Comment by Colton

That’s what i’m also dying to know?

Comment by JF

she’s not gonna answer that lol, thatd give too much away

Comment by Ryan

Honestly, I wasn’t specifically listening for it so Im not sure.

Comment by deathbatnews

i know exactly what these guys are talking about and i think it does have something to do with lost it all cause all the videos of it are being pulled from youtube

Comment by zachrabit

Wow… I woke up after having an amazing dream about what I think is fiction… I was in my car going to walmart, not sure what for, but i was listening to the self-titled album. As i parked and got out of my car, i heard what sounded like the rev singing something. As the cong ended, the final lines in the chorus were sang by both Jimmy and Shads. Needless to say, I woke up crying…

Comment by Alikz

Omg man I get dreams about the new album too. One I had was when I listened to Victim, It was so smooth and mellow, and really dream-like. Bit of Pink Floyd influenced stuff but orchestral

Comment by FretMuppet

omg im not alone!!!!!!!!! i dream about it all the time too!!!!

Comment by Kaylee

So the question is…how much cowbell was there?

Comment by Francis

MORE COWBELL!!

Comment by BC

See even cows will like listening to the album ;). I hear playing music to cows makes their milk taste better…lol.

Comment by Marlz

hmm they need to do a study to see what type of music is better for the…bet its some A7X:)

Comment by BC

LOL

Comment by Scratch

That is a tested fact, my friend.

Comment by Sam

This review somewhat makes me already feel like I’ve had the wind knocked out of me but in a good way. Although we will listen to the album and mourn, we will be grateful for the beautiful music Jimmy left behind for the entire A7X Family

Comment by Anonymous

i think … i just jizzed

this has made me even more eager to get this album. the feeling i had when reading about ‘Fiction’, a standout to others, was overwhelming. this album will change my life and i can’t wait another 10 days

Comment by Jordan

It’s really great to read a review from a fan… and a very good review too… it made me want the album even more (and I didn’t think I could want it any more…)
I cannot wait to hear Fiction, So Far Away, God Hates Us, Danger Line, and Save me… Those are the 5 songs I really cannot wait to hear and your review makes them sound amazing… also, I like the name Tonight The World Dies… another song I’m really looking forward to hearing… and of course there’s the 3 other songs I want as well… Nightmare and Buried Alive are great (I’ve had Buried Alive on repeat since they release it.)

OK, I talked a little too much about myself there… GREAT review. You were very lucky to meet them and hear the album, I guess that’s always going to be something you’ll NEVER forget…
Good job on running the site too, you deserved it.

Comment by PM7X

Thank you DBN! I know I was one of the ones asking for a personal review from you. This did nothing but make the anticipation ridiculous! Glad you got to meet all of us die-hard A7X fans’s heroes.

Comment by Terrance Phifer

thank you so much for this, i guess i’ll have to go to hibernation for the next ten days, i can’t wait another second. oh, one more thing i’d like to know, is the intro that the band played in 09 after Syn’s solos on the album?

Comment by Private Donut

I’ve been waiting so long for that answer. I hope so.

Comment by Colton

Wow I feel very happy for you dbn. That must have been fun. Great review!!! Only 10 days. this is testing my patience. God hates us is going to be sick!! and fiction with Only the rev singing the chorus is going to be great too! still very very sad :(

Comment by Neil

I wonder what time on the 27th we’ll get the album on iTunes because I ordered it on that too and it would be amazing if we got it at 12:00 am.

Comment by Courtney

im hoping we will so i could stay up all night and listen to it

Comment by BC

Either way I’m staying up after midnight just to be on the safe side.

Comment by Courtney

well the nightmare single was released where i was at like 10:00 the 17th, so maybe we can hear it before.

Comment by Anonymous

i stay up past midnight every night anyways but this may be longer:)

Comment by BC

Depending on where you are in the country, you might get it earlier. I’ve gotten releases at 10 PM Central Time pretty constantly off iTunes.

Comment by marblez

Well I live in California so I don’t know when I’ll get it.

Comment by Courtney

Wow. I guess I’m checking iTunes at 10:00.

Comment by Tanner

I know me too. I probably won’t gay any sleep at all next Tuesday:)

Comment by Courtney

Haha I meant *get any sleep

Comment by Courtney

The Nightmare single was supposed to be released on the 18th [May] and I got it at around 11pm on the 17th.

Comment by John

Lucky you! Nine day and the Nightmare is mine! HAHAHAHA.

Comment by Céliaa.

This review got me so pumped.

Comment by A7XEric

nightmare music video is on their website

Comment by jimmy

Thanks so much for giving us your take on what promises to be Avenged Sevenfold’s finest moment to date!!

Comment by Casey

Dude your probably down right the coolest/luckiest person to be able to hang with zacky and m shadows I wish I was you no doubt I played m shadows on xbox but nothing beats hanging out and listening to the new album that’s just pure awesomeness. foREVer peace

Comment by Andrew

Oh just give me the album already!!! I can’t wait much longer!

Comment by Chloe

OMG, i cant wait to hear shadows back to screaming in “god hates us” i cant wait for the entire album..im so excited ..dammit!

Comment by val0

Thank youuu for it all!!!!! Great review. Just like a lot of others, tears on reading the review for “fiction”. Can’t wait for this album, every day were just one day closer!
FoREVer!

Comment by Humberto

Hey DBN! Great review, bit is the instrumental they had been playing at the live shows in any of the songs on this album? Thanks!

Comment by james

Honestly I wasn’t specifically listening for it so Im not sure.

Comment by deathbatnews

Did you hear “Lost It All”? Just a preview or anything?

Comment by RaZoR

lol alright, well your review was great!

Comment by james

Glad you enjoyed the review.

Comment by deathbatnews

I will be seeing these live, and I will Jizz! :L
I never doubted how awesome this album will be. and the review proves it really, Avenged sevenfold for life. And I honestly mean this. They are truly amazing. And anyone who can lose a brother, and continue to make his dream of the album come true and make it one of their best, really do have to be one of the greatest bands to have walked the face of the earth! foREVer!!

Comment by Kris

I hate you! I hate you so much! In a good way. If someone deserved something like this, you do

Comment by JIK

DBN,

If I could have chosen anyone to meet Zacky, Matt and Val, and listen to the album and give it a review, it would definitely by YOU!

If anyone deserves it, you do, I cannot stress how happy I am for you!

Comment by EmilyVengeance

Dbn a lot of people have said that god hates us is a direct kind of ‘attack’ at god. Is it true?

Comment by Omar

Lol, no it’s more a direct attack on how God Hates Us. :P Otherwise the song would be called We Hate God. lol.

Comment by Marlz

I lol’d.

Comment by Anonymous

I don’t think its an attack on God at all, more-so just a really pissed off insane song.

Comment by deathbatnews

pissed off insane sounds good ;).

Comment by Marlz

Who Cares If Its An Attck At God Anyway. I Wouldnt Blame Them If It Was. Think About It.. He Just Took Thier Brother/Best Friend. Dont You Think You Would Have Some Sort Of Aggression Towards God? They Were Wanting To Put Out How Their Feelings About The Situation Of Rev Passing. And Anger Is Probably One Of Those Feelings.

Comment by Derek

Yeh anger is definitely an emotion they would feel…and I won’t go into what I believe about God…because I don’t want to incite arguments.

Comment by Marlz

Just to clarify, I have no problem with them getting angry at God…;).

Comment by Marlz

Hey DBN owner, Im sorry I called you ‘dude’ :D I thought you are a man.

I wish I could also meet A7X someday..

Comment by ChrisA7X

You are so lucky that you have gotten to hear the new record, DBN! You are completely deserving though… I’M NOT WORTHY! Well, I am, but I must wait. I am too drunk to be on this website right now… Looks like I get to see the new video for the first time… wasted. This’ll be an experience!

Comment by Dante Phoenix

A7X 4 FUCKIN’ LIFE ,,,,, amazing review AMAZING , i feel like i dont have anymore patience , hahahhaa 10 days ———………. A7X 4 LIFE & AFTERLIFE
BEST BAND EVEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRR

Comment by Anonymous

OMFG!!!!!!!!
DBN lady, that must be your dream come true, I’m so happy for you!!!!!!
That must have been so awesome, and I’m glad you listened to YOUR fans, just like a7x listen to theirs, and kindly did a review :)
You’ve made my day :D

Comment by EmilyVengeance

Truly incredible review. I was afraid to read it at first because I thought you might spoil it a little bit too much for me, but you did it perfect. Thank you. :) I also teared up when reading your review of fiction. Just wow.

I really cannot wait for this album. I don’t think I’ve ever wanted anything more in my entire life than this album. This album WILL change the world!

Comment by TheGrimHreeper

Thank you for sharing details about the upcoming release! I like that you end with what Jimmy told Matt, this album will change the world. now I just need someone to hold my hand while I listen to Fiction :(

Comment by Mzlaura04

DBN is the best site ! No doubt =D

Comment by fadelgates

omg you are one LUCKY girl!!!
i CANNOT wait to hear it i almost cried reading the review…
A7X foREVer
<3

Comment by emilyA7X

¿YOU MET VAL?
It’s great that you met Zacky and Matt…
¡¿But you met Val?!!
lol, I kinda have a crush on her since the Seize The Day video.

Thank you for the review.
You didn’t ruin the surprise, you used the exact words. We all really appreciate it :)

Comment by Danniel

Haha, that’s what I thought. It’s an utter privalege to meet Matt and Zacky, but it’s also an honour to meet Val too, I love her, she’s sooo awesome.

Comment by EmilyVengeance

it just sucks that people will be listening to the leaks instead of waiting for the actual day. kinda defeats the purpose of a release date. but not me! im waiting. no matter what. who is with me?

Comment by Neil

I was like you. I pre-ordered my copy on Itunes. But after reading the review I’m getting the leak. I just can’t hold out anymore. Either way Avenged is getting my money. They always do…

Comment by Chase

Me! I am buying it on iTunes AND from the store. Gotta have my album art lol.

Comment by Scratch

I’m doing the same thing too!!!

Comment by ^britt^

I’m definitely waiting. But if I hadn’t pre-ordered the Book of Nightmares I’d probably give in and get the leak.

Comment by Anonymous

nice….m surely gonna luv god hates us,WTF is my fave album to date

Comment by me

omg..i cannot wait to hear the album..its going be for avenged sevenfold..like THE album i can just tell.
why cant the 27th be like tomorrow:(

Comment by jax

how bout like today?:)

Comment by BC

So so happy for you and proud of you girl! xx

Comment by Marie

Im speechless….
Ive just read the review and had to wipe tears from my eyes….i can see that not only will this be the single best album of this year, but also that you, DBN, are an amazing writer and have managed to capture in words what many could not, not only about the album but also the emotions and feelings every A7X fan will go through hearing tis album.
And for that, we thank you collectively. You deserved to meet Zacky V and M. Shadows, its a wonderful way of thanking a truly amazing person.

Here’s hoping to see them in concert when they come to the UK!
Thanks again DBN.

Comment by Naomi

Great review, I’m even more excited now! And I am SO JEALOUS.

Comment by Georgia

Hey DBN, what’s your least favorite song? And please be honest, i’m bracing for the worst :P

And also, thank you very much for taking the time to write this very detailed and elaborate review.
You must have enjoyed yourself hanging out with Zacky, Matt and Val!
I envy your life

Comment by Phil A7X

Dont think negative

Comment by Anonymous

I honestly and truly love absolutely every song on the album.

Comment by deathbatnews

You have no idea how relieved i am right now. Thanks a lot DBN!

Comment by Phil A7X

Wow, thankyou for this! i really can not wait for the album and to see them live!! =D but man this is gonna be the hardest album to listen to and the hardest gig i will have ever been to

Comment by Shell

question for dbn,what other songs beside god hates us and buried alive have screaming?if any, im just curious because i love all a7x albums from stst to self titled album and im sure ill love nightmare too

Comment by sergio

There’s his normal hard hitting vocals throughout the entire thing, but God Hates Us is the only song that he really screams on.

Comment by deathbatnews

is it actually similiar to the waking the fallen screaming? or just like the critical acclaim stuff.

Comment by Anonymous

It’s not similar to any of that.

Comment by deathbatnews

Oh oh ohhh
you just gave me goosebumps
That means were going to hear a whole new screaming from Matt!!

Comment by Courtney

Can you at least understand the lyrics? That’s important.

Comment by Anonymous

Ohh kul,thankz 4 da answer I can’t wait till 27!!! 10 more days!

Comment by Sergio

Thank you DBN for such a fantastic review.

You’ve done such an amazing job running this site, that if anyone deserved to review the album; it’s you. Without wanting anything, you have forged yet another link between the fans and the band, keeping us up-to-date with all things Avenged. For that I love you.

Glad you had a great time! And now I can’t wait to hear this album. Bring on the Nightmare!

Comment by Kace

I really hope they keep making records after this cause if they stop it’s would be like having your pacemaker taken out! It’s sumthing you need to live and that’s what a7x is a pacemaker for so many people a release from life from work school and people while I am in no way tired of any song they’ve made it’s just so cool to see what comes out of such amazing artists!
A7X foREVer!!!!!!!!

Comment by Lee

I don’t remember in which interview, but I remember one of the band members saying something among the lines of “We can’t picture ourselves making music with any other people” and that they’d probably just kill the name “Avenged Sevenfold” for Jimmy’s sake. and start a new with a different name but still consisting of Shadows, Gates, Zacky and Johnny

Comment by Phil A7X

they said they were torn between that and continuing. cause jimmy would want them to go on but they didn’t want to without their brother.

in my opinion i think they’ll take a little of both and stop a7x but continue under a new name.

that way they’ll be honoring what jimmy would’ve wanted but keep a7x within the 5 of them.

i used to want a7x to continue, but now i’m not sure. it wouldn’t really be quite the same, considering jimmy was the main contributor to much of their music.

i for sure want more from them, but out of all of the members, jimmy was the one i’d felt closest to.

it’s like pinkly smooth, their music is incredible, but adding to their discography without all the founding members would ruin their unique sound.

but then again, this album should be remembered by all as jimmy’s last work not as a7x’s last album. i don’t want the end of avenged sevenfold to cloud that.

either way, it’s not up to any of us. i would be MORE than satisfied with either decision. worst case scenario is they quit, or can’t make it without jimmy…

this whole 6 months has been crazy…..

thank god this album is coming out to quench my thirst lol.

Comment by Ryan

So did Syn put that solo with everyone in a song or not?

Comment by Anonymous

I’m thinking that it’ll probably be on So Far Away, if any. Hoping for it though! :)

Comment by Spiffy

You are lucky… fuck, you are probably one of the luckiest people to be able to listen to this album. I think, actually, I KNOW it will blow every album away!

Comment by Alyssa

oh my god you’re so lucky but totally deserve it for running such a kick ass site.Great review i’m even more excited now.

Comment by Julie

So this was your vacation huh? Wow I wish I was you lol and I could not be more excited for this album I have never wanted to hear an album more

Comment by Deen

I prefer the Rock Sound review lol

Thank you for doing this! this is the best review so far! i love it

Comment by Sevenfoldable

Thank you so much for the review. I’m so stoked for their album to come out! 10 more days in counting. Hope you had fun on your vaycay. Lucky SOB :)

Comment by London

You sneaky woman.. you had us all believing you were actaully going on vacation! LOL Sounds like you had the most fantabulous time & I am so happy for you! Thank you for the review. Yours was different. Maybe because we ‘know’ you.. I don’t know. But for the first time, a review actually gave me goosebump & a small thought of ‘oh boy, do I really want to hear this??’ I am super excited for the album & I am stoked to be seeing them on the 27th. I have no doubts that A7X will be hitting the charts fast & changing the world!!

Comment by Andrea

Lucky thing. I honestly envy you… :)

Although, this review just makes me even more impatient! I just can’t wait to hear these songs now!

Comment by Aanchel

Btw, did you not get to hear ‘Lost It All’?

Comment by Aanchel

I didn’t, no.

Comment by deathbatnews

Did they say anything at all about lost it all? Im very curious to wat they had too say about it. .

Comment by Neal

So I thought you were gonna review like…the video or something. This is just fucking epic. You really deserved it,and I bet it was an amazing experience. I almost cried reading the fiction review,but I’m just stunned you actually got to see them. I always knew DBN was badass,but you just crossed that line! Love this site forever <3 Can't Wait for the new album.

Comment by Derek

I am extremely looking forward to “Nightmare”,I’ve benn waiting for it for the last year!…..I am a HUGE fan of Avenged Sevenfold!I Love ALL their Fucking Albums and I mean ALL!….Everyone has their own opinion,and mine of Sounding The Seventh Trumpet is that it is a very good album.I say fair play to them as they made it when they were still in Highschool,thats a fucking a achievement to.As a Album it is good,the songs are all good,and have metal,hardcore and punky type influences which is awesome.But I believe the recording was Rushed and the studio wasn’t great.I Believe if the production of the album was better people would like it more.

Waking The Fallen is one of the best albums ever,it is just simply amazing and if “Nightmare” tops it that would be incredible.As Waking The Fallen is one of my favourite albums ever.

In my opinion A7X never sold out,they wanted to change their sound becuase they wanted to not because they were told to.So City of Evil is also a Amazing Album.

The self Titled album was brilliant there waas something on it that everyone could enjoy!JUST SIMPLY INCREDIBLE.

I love the Diamonds in The Rough besides cd aswell!

Can’t Wait for this fucking album!!!!!!!

Comment by JKA7X

I just started crying when I read your blurb about “Fiction”.

Comment by Ashley

The closing paragraph actually brought a tear to my eye. Can’t wait to hear it.

It’s really awesome that you got to do this, you really deserve it for all that you’ve done.

and it’s an amazing review [=.

Comment by GrungePrincess

Damn, I didn’t think it was possible but I am even more anxious for the album then I already was. 10 more days, longest 10 days of my life. Can’t wait to just sit home and listen from beginning to end.

Comment by Ghostflames83

Our nightmare will begin in 10 days ! weee

Comment by Sam

This is the only review I’ve read of the album so far, knowing that only a fan truly understands the way Avenged works. DBN, you’re my hero, no joke. Great review, and I didn’t think it was possible, but I’m not 324083408324 times more excited for this.
Thank you!

Comment by Ashley

*now….I didn’t mean to put not. haha

Comment by Ashley

I can’t wait for this album, and I can’t wait to hear Fiction. It’s going to take a lot for me to not skip to it from the get go.
You’re very lucky to have that experience; I’m jealous. :P

Comment by Lauren

AMAZING review…I can’t wait to hear it! So jealous of your trip, though!

Comment by Lauren

i really can’t wait to hear it now!!! you’re so lucky!!!

Comment by Zacorra

Can’t wait to hear The Rev’s voice on “fiction”.
RIP foREVer

Comment by walnuts

You are sooo lucky!! Great review. It gave me goosebumps reading about each song and makes me more anxious to hear it all. I love Nightmare & Buried Alive and after reading your review, I don’t think I will be disappointed by a single song on the album. A7x FoREVer! Thank you! ^v^

Comment by lala268

yeah shes lucky to be able to listen to this album early but the big thing is she got to listen to it with zacky matt and val thats even better :)

Comment by Anonymous

Just reading “The chorus is The Rev alone and you’ll be overcome with emotion feeling like someone kicked you in the chest.” and my eyes watered. I think we all better get the tissues ready, this is going to one emotional album.

Comment by Sami

DBN, this has got to be one of the nicest things I’ve read on my birthday :P And to fellow a7x fans I CAN’T FKING WAIT FOR THE ALBUM’S RELEASE!

Comment by Amanda

So DBN, what was your favorite line of lyrics in the album? Or a couple Lines?

Comment by Dave Rader

Now that I can’t give away!

Comment by deathbatnews

i would have just said something from Nightmare or Buried Alive:)

Comment by BC

But my favorite lyrics arent in Nightmare or Buried Alive!

Comment by deathbatnews

i know but then everyone would think that they got something new when they really didnt:)

Comment by BC

Holy Sweet Baby Jesus I cannot wait any longer for this album.

Comment by Sam

What a great review…thanks for giving me something to make the wait feel a lot better can’t wait…but one question doesn’t brian haner sr. play guitar on so far away? Either way thanks for the amazing review…July 27th!

Comment by Farris

Yes he does.

Comment by deathbatnews

Wiill openly admit that I teared up while reading this review I can’t wait!, only 10 days away annd ill see avenged sevenfold in concert and listen to album!

Comment by malicious grimm

hey deathbatnews, what what was your favorite a7x almum before nightmare?

Comment by jy

Waking The Fallen & City Of Evil are both tied.

Comment by deathbatnews

Ahaha me too, I may have to tilt towards Waking The Fallen though, what a fantasic album. Although, after hearing Buried Alive and your review DBN Lady, I think Nightmare may replace Waking The Fallen, ahhh but who knows. All I know is I simply cannot wait.

Comment by EmilyVengeance

I enjoyed City of Evil slightly more because Im a very melodic person. After hearing this album though, it’s taken my top spot without a doubt.

Comment by deathbatnews

CoE is as melodic as an album can get, especially with The Wicked End, Sidewinder etc and that is why I love it. I’m such a metal lover, and that is why I love WtF and STST.
Now I want to hear Nightmare even more if it has taken your top spot! xD

Comment by EmilyVengeance

So is the album 66 minutes long? and btw, are you ever going to tell us your name, DBN woman, or should we all just keep calling you that? The album truly sounds amazing.
foREVer

Comment by Luke

You can keep calling me DBN woman ;)

Comment by deathbatnews

lol, alright DBN woman!

Comment by Luke

I almost cried when I found out DeathBatNews was run by a sissy little girl! She probably doesn’t even know how to spell The Rev. :-*

Comment by Anonymous

Aw, sorry to disappoint!

Comment by deathbatnews

its ok DBN woman, thats only one person who dislikes you :D

Comment by Neil

This is clearly ur first time on this site. So just to give u a heads up, this site is AMAZING even if it is run by a girl. And a bet she could kick ur ass… “sissy” haha

Comment by Schmidt

dude stfu i dont care whether dbn is run by a girl or a boy its a great news service for the best band ever and you should be grateful.

Comment by Anonymous

i think it was sarcasm but still agree lol

Comment by Ryan

It’s nice to see people defending the DBN lady either way :D It shows our appreciation :)

Comment by EmilyVengeance

“sissy little girl”?

Wow, you fail.

Comment by Scratch

I agree hahaha. fail.

Comment by james

DAMN!
It sounds like its going to be super crazy and then REALLY sad

Comment by luke

DBN I’d like to tell you that out of the reviews and previews of the album that everyone has heard – your was truly the best. You’re one luck girl, DBN girl ;) Can’t wait for the 27th

Comment by a7xfreakdrummer

lucky
i can’t wait until 27 July lol
vivement le 27 Juilletttt

Comment by safae

It may have been said before, but DBN when you were talking about Natural Born Killer, I think you mean the beginning solo of Eternal Rest not Radiant Eclipse.

Comment by Travis M

Yes, I totally meant Eternal Rest, Hah. In my defense, I had an incredibly busy and exciting day and didn’t get around to writing the review until around 12am PST so my brain was fried! Forgive me?

Comment by deathbatnews

Of course I forgive you! You do an excellent job with this site, all mistakes are easily understood considering how hectic A7X’s world is.

Great review as well, made me even more stoked for this album! Thanks DBN!

Comment by Travis M

Even if you meant “Eternal Rest”, I’d have to say that “Radiant Eclipse” has one of my favourite intros. So I can see how you could make that mistake.

Comment by Colton

This review was freaking INCREDIBLE!! I couldn’t read it fast enough! lol. I am super excited for this album to come out. Hopefully my “Book of Nightmares” accidentally comes early. haha. This was a very intense review and I hope you feel like the luckiest person in the world right now, because you are!

Comment by Jamie

LOVE IT….. I have a feeling its something Imma have to get use to without the Rev being there…. but I know that the record will be GREAT… and I can only HOPE that the band will decide to continue to make AWESOME records…. until their 80….. LOL :)

Comment by Jessica

lol, when they’re 80 and I’m 75, I will still have major love for Syn Gates :P

Comment by Scratch

wow im happy for you (:
and thank you for sharing ;)

Comment by apchino627

i think……yup,i pissed myself! pretty excited here. btw, will you marry me mrs. dbn? you are one lucky motha

Comment by Anonymous

You lucky woman :P
I so wanna hear the song :D
Cant wait.
And yes, thats my first time buying an album and not downloading it…i would feel guilty.

Comment by Drunoctis

Wow DBN you are lucky. Congrats. So was Fiction really good or are you just saying that because of what it’s about.

Comment by Chase

It blew me away. Chilling and beautiful.

Comment by deathbatnews

awesome. I’m so excited. So one last question. Were the guitar solos best on this album?

Comment by Chase

I think everything is the best work on this album.

Comment by deathbatnews

Ok last question this time I swear. In your opinion what song was the best drumming wise? The song with the best double bass and crazy fills?

Comment by Chase

Honestly, there was SO much to take in from each song both technically and emotionally that it’s hard to even remember it all. Some of the songs I got to listen to twice, some of them only once, so it wouldnt be fair of me to pick based off of slight memory.

Comment by deathbatnews

Oh ok that’s understandable.

Comment by Chase

is fiction like a little piece of heaven in a way?? or is it unique?

Comment by austin

Well look at you, you lucky duck. ;)

Glad to hear that the album will be amazing. Although, I knew it would be. :) You’re a very lucky woman. <3

Comment by Cassie

Ah Eternal Rest! It makes sense now! Lol :)

Comment by Moshiz

Beautiful.

Comment by Elli

I cannot wait for the album

Comment by rev4ever

Is it just me or does it seem like the Rev is really playing the songs? I know its Mike but I feel the Rev’s soul behind it, not coz he made it but it just feels like him

Comment by FretMuppet

It’s not just you. I feel the same way. When I listen to Nightmare and Buried Alive, I think “Wow, great drumming Jimmy” then I realize it’s not him. Definitely his soul and spirit behind Mike’s drumming.

Comment by Scratch

Well don’t forget all the drum parts were written and demo’d by Jimmy. Plus Jimmy could’ve visited Mike from heaven and possessed him with Jimmy Demons when recording the drum parts :)

Comment by Anonymous

This is an amazing review. I love how every review I’ve seen has said it’s amazing except for that one c**t haha

Comment by Matt

10 FUCKING DAYS HELL YEAH! foREVer!

Comment by Rya7Xn

Great review, DBN. You had me a little misty-eyed, and I’m a dude. I look forward to inevitable emotional experience I’ll have when I finally get to hear this album for myself. Keep up the great work!

Comment by Johnnie

this review is amazing guys! thank you!! 27th really cant come fast enough

Comment by Chris

I was eating some cake when i read the reviews. i enjoyed every single one! but i almost cried when i read the reviews about fiction.
foREVer

Comment by ESPimp

oh my god… it sounds so fucking amazing… i reaally want to hear it :0. i. cant. wait. i. cant. wait. i. cant. wait. i. cant. wait.
seems like ive been waiting foREVer to hear this album…

Comment by Hannah B

One final question, DBN.
What’s M Shadows screaming voice like in God Hates Us? Is it like back in WTF? I always imagined it to be a lot deeper

Comment by Phil A7X

The best way I could describe it is growl like screaming from the depths of Hell.

Comment by deathbatnews

was the live solo thing that syn done with the rest of the band on the album?

Comment by Lewis

Didnt specifically listen for it so I cant answer that.

Comment by deathbatnews

and you really deserved to have met the guys and to hear nightmare early this review has got me so excited for the album!!!!

Comment by Lewis

so like could u compare it to another song from WTF or STST?…Please?

Comment by C-Vengz

^^^^^^^^
I mean compare the song god hates us to a song from thos 2 albums…like screaming wise?

Comment by C-Vengz

She’s just said it’s nothing like any of them…she says in the review we’ve never heard Shads scream like he does in it…

Comment by Marlz

His screaming in God Hates Us is absolutely nothing like what you heard in STST or WtF.

When DBN woman said it was like screaming from the depths of hell, she meant it.

“God Save Us!,
God Save Us All!,
God Hates Us!,
“God Hates Us All!”

Let that serve as a sneek peek. ;)

Comment by Kumorii

DBN – I know you’ve done so much already, reviewing the album and I am very grateful as we all are…but could you describe like the song structure of “Fiction” and how much the Rev sings in it?

Comment by a7xfreakdrummer

I’d rather wait for you guys to hear it.

Comment by deathbatnews

haha ok I knew you would say that because it might give too much away but thanks anyway can’t wait to hear that one…its the song thats near and dear to my heart

Comment by a7xfreakdrummer

Damn, that was an awesome review…I cannot wait until the 27th!! oh, by the way you are one lucky lady!

Comment by stephie

You are SOOO lucky! I would die too meet Zacky!
I can’t wait! Now that I read the review, I’m going to be in hell for the next 10 days!

Comment by XxErin♥A7XxX

Glad you got a sneak peak before the rest of us. You deserved it for all the kick ass updates you give us. I hope it was every bit exciting as I can imagine. I can’t wait for the album now. Reading your review makes me want to hear it even more. Glad they treated you good or they’d have some pissed off fans. Thanks DBN!

Comment by Nikki

DBN, I know its not about awards or anything, BUT, do you think this album has the potential to win album of the year at the Grammys?

Comment by Sam

Album of the Year is slightly iffy only because I dont think the Grammys are very partial on Rock/Metal acts however, I think it has the potential to win any of the group Rock/Metal categories.

Comment by deathbatnews

The Grammys do have a Rock Category, and a hard Rock/Metal category. I think A7X would take the Hard Rock/Metal category if they were to be nominated. As a matter of fact, I believe Shadows said himself that they would love to win a Grammy (I think he said this back in 2008 in a Kerrang article). But it takes a lot to win a Grammy. You have to have a certain amount of albums sold, and it must recieve high reviews, both of which I think Nightmare will easlity accomplish. After watching the Grammys for 16 years, seeing A7X win a Grammy would make my day!

Comment by Alyssa

I know, which is why I said I think it has the potential to win any Rock/Metal categories if it were to be submitted and then nominated.

Comment by deathbatnews

It could be Best Rock Album, Best Hard Rock Performance (Nightmare), Best Rock Song (Nightmare or any other else) and well, Best Metal Performance for something, maybe? o.o
But I don’t think it takes THAT much to win since the Black Eyed Peas won 3 Grammys for that shitty album with ”good beats” and awful lyrics.
They have it all to win I guess.

Comment by Danniel

If they really cared about the Grammys, I think they could’ve won at least one already, with City of Evil or the self-titled.
Maybe they are the kind of band that thinks that the Grammys suck.

Comment by Danniel

Nothing sucks about winning a Grammy, Hah. City of Evil would have been my top nomination. Never said they care about winning a Grammy though, I just think it would be a possibility they could bring one home with this album.

Comment by deathbatnews

No, I know that the Grammys don’t suck. If I was a musician of course I would love to win one. What I meant is that the Grammys are widely criticized by people and artists themselves (I couldn’t tell one right now, though) and maybe A7X didn’t care that much about winning Grammys, since they have never recieved a single nomination, which makes me think that they haven’t sent their music to the Grammys so they could be nominated.
That’s what I meant :)

Comment by Danniel

Hey hon, I just wanted to say that I’m so glad they gave you this opportunity. Out of everyone, you deserve it the most. You give us news, you give them news. You’re really a wonder and one of my favorite people ever.

With that said, I was just curious… how ballin’ is Zack’s house?

Comment by Victoria

Did you get to listen to “Lost It All” DBN? And if so could you add the review for that song to the others?

Comment by E

No I did not.

Comment by deathbatnews

Of course this is going to be there best album… it’s going to be the best album ever made no doubt. metallica has some amazing songs… maybe 10 that are really really good. But avenged sevenfold have 5 albums and every song is so detailed and breathtaking. they have numorous masterpieces!! A7x we can all say that you are the best ever…. 4REVER

Comment by Thej-russ

DBN- do u know if the band will put out 30 second previews of each song before the release?

Comment by Toki

That I do not know.

Comment by deathbatnews

Holy shit im excited

Comment by zachary

really exited and really jealous LOL… so i walked into bookmans today to purchase my ticket for uproar festival in arizona and noticed on the cd racks that somebody had traded in their A7X CD’s… i almost bought them a second time, but decided against it cus i was there for the tickets…

Comment by Morgan

Thanks DBN

Comment by 'Redman

I just now realized that WTF is for waking the fallen. I thought they ment what the fuck!

Comment by Anonymous

I am so jealous of you right now Ms DBN! Thanks for the review, looking forward to the album now more than ever, especially God Hates Us!!

Does anyone know how successful cryogenic freezing is? I might just be willing to give it a shot :)

Comment by James

how exactly is this album going to change the world? is it going to stop the war in iraq? is it going to clean up the gulf oil spill? what are you getting at?

Comment by jacob

well its music, so it would probably change it from a music perspective. it’s unlike anything you’ve heard from them before.

Comment by deathbatnews

I think Brian Haner Sr’s new Spongebob Oilspill song is what’s going to clean the oil

Comment by Josh K

It’s already been stopped.

Comment by deathbatnews

That’s true. Anyway, sorry to get off subject from the album. I heard that Fiction has no guitar in it. Does it have absolutely no guitar or just some like A Little Piece of Heaven?

Comment by Josh K

Guess you’ll have to see when it comes out ;)

Comment by deathbatnews

….. -_-

Comment by Mike Gee

But it sucks, because I think Spongebob died already with all of that oil in the ocean. The oil probably rotted his Pineapple.
Yes, I have a strange imagination. :)

Comment by Alyssa

(read to the tune of the spongebob theme song)
Who died of an oil spilled caused by BP?

SPONGE BOB SQUARE PANTS!

Comment by Mullet

You sound angry, lol

Comment by Danniel

The rev, before he died, told M shadows that this music was “going to change the world”. I’m guessing she was playing off of that, thought it was pretty cool and touching myself.

Comment by David Castleman

musically
there are a good number of bands who have changed the world… the beatles for example. plus the oil spill is fixed get over it already

Comment by zach

Does anyone know if the bonus track u get with the itunes deluxe version comes with the book of nightmares?

Comment by Jon

How was meeting shadows in real life?

Comment by Swen Duerigen

dont mean to pile on the questions, but which songs do you think had the best solos? just as a guitarist im curious

Comment by Logan

I really only got to listen to some of it once, I dont know off-hand enough to pick.

Comment by deathbatnews

Seriously more than anything else so far this review has majorly spiked my interest in this album. Hearing about everything in it a few months ago made me want the album. Listening to “Nightmare” for the first time made me impatient for the album to come out. But reading this review legitimately made me want to find one of the trucks with the CD in it, steal a copy, and hand the driver like 13 bucks haha.

I really appreciate everything you’ve done in keeping us posted on all the news with these guys. You definitely deserved to go listen to the album for a review and I’m really fuckin jealous that you got to meet Matt and Zacky. You’re living proof that hard work pays off haha. Congratulations and thank you.

Comment by Mullet

The best part about this comment is that your name is Mullet. Win.

Can’t wait for the album!

Comment by Luke

Congrats on having the chance to meet the band! You deserved it! :) They seem like the nicest people in the world too ^_^

I thought that I was waiting for the album before I read your review… Now I’m highly ANTICIPATING it. I’m actually curious now to listen to God Hates Us. I’ll know for a fact to that I’ll be crying when I hear Fiction, too… :(

Comment by Gabby

I cant believe its here already! just 10 days? fuck my ass!

Comment by Agustin

Great review!!! I can’t fucking wait to hear God Hate Us, I love agressive songs, so I guess I’ll love it. And I’m very anxious to discover that “new screaming”.
I’ve got a few answers for you DBN woman (I really like the fact that DBN’s master is a woman, because I didn’t know and it was surprising ^^).
Are “Victim” and “Tonight the World Dies” ballads like “Seize The Day” or “Dear God”, or much like “Buried Alive” (it’s awesome!), with a ballad-squeue half and a stronger half?
Another question, is that scaring “intro” (sometimes called “Unwind the chainsaw”) A7X used to play last year included in a song?

Thank You very much!

Comment by Seba

I really want to know whats up with unwind the chainsaw too bro.. I really want it to be in the album and DBN Woman has the answer! please tell mee

Comment by Sevenfoldable

Unwind the Chainsaw never existed. It was made up. At least i’m pretty sure that’s what Ms. DBN said.

Comment by Garrick

Whatever this is called:

I want to know if it’s included in any song of this album. Ithink is dark enough :)
Please DBN woman, tell us!!!

Comment by Seba

A lot of people have asked about that, I wasnt listening specifically for it so I cant really say.

Comment by deathbatnews

Ok, thank you.
So… We have to wait :P

Comment by Seba

I dont think it was included, I cant remember hearing it, but like I said Im not really sure.

Comment by deathbatnews

DBN, sort of a random question, but do Syn and Zacky have any “noticable” vocals on the album (besides backing vocals)?

Comment by Alyssa

I’ve always had a feeling DBN was run by a woman and i’m glad I was right.

Comment by V. Havoc

Is it possible to make this a little teaser on the front page and then have to click to read the full review? Because the full box is on the front page and it takes forever to scroll down to the latest news.

Comment by mesa

Despite the fact that it was, indeed, nice to read some details about the album, this review was truly wretched. This comment probably won’t even get posted, but I’m going to send it in anyway, and hell, if it doesn’t get put up, an entirely different and more satisfying truth is told. The word grammar obviously does not exist in your vocabulary, but I think you full well understand repetition, as you used the exact same descriptions multiple times to address several different songs… Maybe if you had just proof read it once? Just once? Then it wouldn’t have come across as so humiliatingly unintelligible… No offense of course.

Comment by Anonymous

I’ve never reviewed an album before. Half of the review was typed up in a car and the other half was typed up at 12am PST. It’s not perfect by any means and yes some descriptions were used more then once because there’s only so many ways you can explain a break-down or harmonies. It was proof read, I guess grammar doesn’t exist in their vocabulary either. Im sure some things could have been worded a little differently, but I more-so wanted to get the review up as soon as possible for everyone to read while it was still fresh in my mind. Have you ever reviewed an album after only hearing it once? Twice? Hearing half of it on one place, a few other songs in another place, and then ending with the last set of songs in another? I guess the 300+ people who read it and obviously understood it are all unintelligible as well. Along with the fine people at WBR and their manager who loved it. But hey, I respect what you’ve got to say. Im sorry that this review wasnt up to your standards, let me know when you find a review that is for this album and I would love to put it up with full credit to you, if you’ve got a name.

Comment by deathbatnews

I’m sorry if I came across as harsh, I was just critiquing… I myself review albums, so whenever I read something I’m proofing it for a post. I appreciate the effort, as the review was extensive. It served its purpose beautifully, and that was to give people a look into the album. It seems as though your reputation is a bit misleading, and I appreciate your response. You are one hell of a lucky girl. As for my lack of a name, I’ve only posted here three times, including this one, and forget that I need to type it each time.

Comment by Lostone55

Hey, I don’t mind at all. Like I said before, I’ve never reviewed an album before and the only two times I had the chance to really type it up I had to do it quickly as I was working around my own busy schedule to get it done and up. I was leaning more towards the “review” having more of an emotional overtone then a technical one and to do it without giving too much of each song away. I listened to bits of the album in three different places so some things may have gotten lost in translation. I am a lucky girl, and I appreciate absolutely everything that I got the chance to do because I was so stoked to do it for you guys. Hopefully you’ll stick around so you can use your name more often!

Comment by deathbatnews

I like how you insult this girl for her grammatical errors, and yet have a few in your posts as well. Dipshit.

Comment by Chase

true that, praise jebus

Comment by jordan

Hail jebus. :)

Comment by Garrick

Amen.

Comment by james

i reckon the bonus track has been flying under the radar too much..ive got a feeling that the boys are hiding something epic from us …(not saying that the album itself isnt, because that is the definition of epic!)…if you can recall to when zv said that the album was about 81 minutes long, and it only turned out to be 66-67 minutes, then you might side with me to believing that “Lost it All” is a 15 minute epic :P …just a hunch

Comment by Kyle

On Amazon Japan the runtime with “Lost it All” is 71 minutes. So this means that “Lost it All” is only about 5 minutes long.

Comment by Colton

Yeah and they did say in the Metal Hammer interview that producer Mike Elizondo actually wanted to make Save Me longer! So who knows!

Comment by eclecticmuso

Well the song length as confirmed by wikipedia’s article on Nightmare states Lost it All to be 10:12 mins long so you weren’t to far off the money! Which makes it the longest A7X album yet so it clocks in at an epic 76:49 minutes! A7X foREVer!

Comment by eclecticmuso

Wikipedia isn’t confirmation because anyone can edit that. However, I have been told that an Amazon site had put up the length of it so it’s more then likely correct.

Comment by deathbatnews

dbn, one quick question: do any of the tracks flow into each other, kind of like how seize the days goes into sidewinder? or like a lot of stuff on american idiot?

Comment by jordan

Comparing Avenged Sevenfold to Green Day, blasphemy!! :P

Comment by James

Hey! A7X are better than Green Day of course, but Green Day are awesome live! I’ve yet to see A7X live, perhaps they’ll trump Green Day.

Ahhh they will, they will.

Comment by EmilyVengeance

Eh, I feel Green Day can write better albums than Avenged Sevenfold. A lot of Avenged Sevenfold albums strike me as just the band’s favorites rather than the best material. A number of the Diamond in the Rough songs should have been on the self-titled (even without removing any songs from the tracklist).

Comment by Carlos S

I totally agree. Demons, Girl I Know, The Fight, Tension and Dancing Dead are fantastic songs! I love Demons. It would be good if they squeezed some of these on the s/t album.
Writing wise with a7x and Green Day, I think may be equal. A7x write beautiful songs, especially on WtF. Green Day write lyrically very lifelike sings, if you get me.

A7X wins every time, of course. I love ya, guys! ;)

Comment by EmilyVengeance

Green Day are a different style altogether. You can’t compare them with A7X.

Comment by Marlz

this is like comparing a corn cob to chocolate.

Comment by matt

I was only saying they were my 2nd favourite band and they’re great live, and Carlos compared their writing styles, not their music. You can compare Britney Spears and Megadeth writing styles and it wouldn’t be wrong, as long as you don’t compare the music.

Comment by EmilyVengeance

He didn’t compare the two bands, lol
He just asked if the tracks on Nightmare flow into each other

Comment by Danniel

I wasn’t responding to jordan, I was responding to Carlos S

Comment by Marlz

And I was responding to James

Comment by Danniel

Ah, good point, and I could continue it by saying “or like LostProphets Start Something” :)

Kinda off topic here, but I wish LostProphets would produce more music like on Start Something, love that album!

Comment by James

lol i had a feeling people would start getting into that, personal i love the two bands, and i think that you really cant compare them, theyre completely different in almost every way

Comment by Anonymous

Don’t wanna compare the two but i’ve seen both live and I will say Green Days live show was better. But I watch something like “Live in the LBC” and A7X is more awesome live. Avenged leaves you wanting more live and I wish they played longer like for the dvd. Green Day plays it all live no matter how long it takes. I seen A7X again in August and im sure ill be blown away once again :)

Comment by Terrance Phifer

I expected this review to be over complimentary and kind of sucking up to the band, but instead it was an honest and interesting take on someone who was experiencing the songs exactly the same way we all will in a week.

Comment by pwall

Agreed. Well done DBN.

Comment by Anonymous

wow….Great article bro…..I’m stoked to the fullest for july 27th to come!!! Ur right man….Let this album change the world!!! A7X 4 LIFE!!!

Comment by Matteo

Hey DBN I have a question. Well will Avenged use their crazy instruments on Nightmare like the organ,Violen, bongo drums like on Brompton Cocktail. I know song Nightmare as an opening with a crazy instrument but will the whole album be like that something of the Self Titled. Just askin :)

Comment by DK deathbat

I saw an interview, or heard it (I forget) with M. Shadows… and talk was about what they would do with the Rev’s vocals live, his recordings, or someone else singing them… anyway it turned to talk about the song “Fiction” and he said the song was more or less just him and Rev singing and a lot of eery strings, and really not alot of guitar or traditional Bass, Drums, like you see in a rock song… so he wasn’t sure how they would pull that off live… I actually think it would be cool if they did like a 2 song encore, and the first one is just Shads coming out and singing this along with the recorded instruments and Rev’s vocals… kinda like Dave Matthews does in alot of his concert encores… not that they will get a shot at an encore at Uproar… but maybe in Europe where they are headlining.

Comment by Brian

DBN thankyou lots for putting this up I can’t wait for this to come out!!! I can’t remember if it was hammers interview on the radio or not tht said danger line is gonna be a huge hit?? Idk I’m forgetful but just wanted to say thankyou for everything!

Comment by big willie

I think you were hearing MetalHammers podcast review… it is like a 7 minute review where they say Danger Line will be a career highlight, Welcome to the family sounds like Metallica being played by old school AFI, the first half got the pace of CoE, the lyrics are heart breaking and almost make you uncomfortable listening, like Daddy by Korn? is that the review?

Comment by Brian

I can’t wait to hear the album!

Comment by andrine

DBN, you’re so lucky to meet the guys for yourself and then even listen to their new Album :).

Your review is great. I’m anticipating the new Record even more now. But i’m maybe most thrilled to hear God Hates Us, because your description, that it’ll be rougher than Waking The Fallen ? oh man ! Waking The Fallen song and Album with Sounding The Seventh Trumpeth, are my two most favorite Albums, because i loved and i stil love Mat Screams there, so really looking forward for the God Hates Us :O.

And by the way, which are your most favorite Albums ? :P

Comment by Syny

Im excited about the album but Christ it was hard to get through that review…written poorly and you tried to make it as epic as the album itself

Comment by MikeSevenfold

now,I really could’nt be mad if avenged sevenfold stop after 2010 after reading that review because it sounds like the album has everything they have ever done. metalcore-god hates us. pop-welcome to the family. everything-save me. and there is fiction and the other songs

Comment by Anonymous

I expect a FLURRY of comments on this site when the album comes out.
at least 500.

Comment by Phil A7X

the record i read was like 800+ on another post in the past. so im pretty sure over 1000 :D

that would be a pain in the ass to read what everybody thinks about the album haha

Comment by Neil

There were 800+ when I posted the news about the hidden puzzle piece on here. Im at least hoping that DBN gets more then that when I post the discussion entry on the 27th :)

Comment by deathbatnews

hahahahahah. wow. I’m really off. Ok, then maybe about 1300.

Comment by Phil A7X

i agree im saying well over 1000 and i already told dbn that:)

Comment by BC

I would suggest trying to set up page numbers for that day. lol If you are able to. To make it easier to sift through comments and such. Otherwise, can’t wait to see everyone’s reaction to the album that day. :D

Comment by Paige

Unfortunately I can’t make comment pages however the comments will cut off after a thread that becomes 10 deep so if you’re talking with someone you’ll have to start a brand new comment thread. I dont know if that makes sense, Hah.

Comment by deathbatnews

I recommend having a different post for each song, so people can discuss each song separately on those posts. Otherwise it would be just too crazy to read everything, seeing as DBN has grown immensely.

Remember the days when there were about six comments on most posts? :)

Comment by Cassie

That’s actually a good idea, though it would take up the entire first page of the website since there are 12 songs (if you count the bonus song) so we’ll see! And yes I do, it’s pretty crazy!

Comment by deathbatnews

Ah, true. It would take up a bunch of space. All is well, though. I always read through all the comments anyways, so it doesn’t matter where they are. :)

Comment by Cassie

It sounds to me like this album deserves to take up the entire first page of the website haha

Comment by Mullet

Oh it surely does. Im going to work something out.

Comment by deathbatnews

Never forget Narnia!

Comment by Luke

lol

Comment by mcra7xbfmv

How could we ever forget the Narnia days!? Live on, Narnia! Live on! XD

Comment by Cassie

DBN, if you had to choose, which song would you say was your favorite? I know you said you loved them all, but was there 1 song that you liked more than the others?

Comment by Bob

A+ for this review. Cant wait..

Comment by ChrisA7X

You said you never reviewed an album before … well you could have fooled me lol, you said we’d get goosebumps by hearing the album … I’m pretty sure its safe to say like 90% of the people that read this got them solely from just reading your review … AMAZING work and CAN NOT wait to hear it!!

Comment by Matt

I’m glad to hear it put positively. Buried Alive kind of… Well, honestly it broke my heart because I didn’t like it at all. But I still love Avenged Sevenfold as if they were my family.
Fiction sounds like it’s the worst song… but the best at the same time. Can’t wait till I get to hear it myself.

Comment by Anonymous

hey DBN – you should post a picture of yourself and maybe a little bit about yourself so we can see what the awesome person that runs this site is like :P

amazing review btw thanks :)

Comment by wikaman1

I don’t want her to do that. I like not knowing who DBN is. It keeps it more interesting. I like secrets much better..

Comment by Nikki

like gossip girl lol

Comment by matt

DBN,

The guys at the metal hammer podcast said “Danger Line” was a career highlight. Would you agree with this? Cause I’m really looking forward to hearing that song.

Comment by Tanner

I think it’s one of their better songs, but then again I think this album is the best work they’ve all done. Emotionally it’s a hard-hitting song.

Comment by deathbatnews

Sorry to pile on the questions, but gill and beez also mentioned a piano breakdown in that song. Was that good?

Comment by Tanner

Heyyyy my name is Tanner too! But yeah I posted that on YouTube but it got taken down not to long ago. :( stupid copyrights. Yeah I wonder how close their views are to my views. Ehhhh we will have to wait.

Comment by Taaaaannnnnnnneeeeeerrrrrrr

Hey DBN, i was just wondering, are there are any drum-solo type things on this album like in beast and the harlot or blinded in chains?

Comment by Justin

can you hear a pinkly smooth, little piece of heaven type vibe any where in this album ?

Comment by (;

I can’t give everything away to you guys! Hah.

Comment by deathbatnews

Well I heard Fiction was originally written for Pinkly Smooth but Jimmy never finished it. So I think that will have the Pinkly Smooth vibe.

Comment by Chase

Where did you hear that? everything I heard from interviews was that 3 days before Jimmy passed he brought Fiction (then called “Death”) to Shadows and said that is it, he is done… Shadows said at the time he didn’t think anything of it, but then 3 days later Rev dies, and the lyrics he laid down on the song are almost like a good bye.

Comment by Brian

No, Fiction was not written for Pinkly Smooth

Comment by RuiA7X

yea it was written for pinkly syn metioned it in an radio interview a while back but never finished when avenged took off and went back to it 3 days before he died

Comment by Lewis

No it wasn’t. Zacky said it was written by the rev for a7x. Brian was exactly on point. This wasn’t written for pinkly smooth.

Comment by Tanner

No it was written for Pinkly Smooth look at the 99.7 Blitz interview with Shads and Syn and listen carefully when they talk about Fiction. Syn clearly mention PS and how they had crazy piano ideas for Fiction but never got to it.

Comment by a7xfreakdrummer

No, no I mean he started it back when Pinkly was still going on and He started it but couldn’t finish it. He finished it during the writing process so and Syn did say that in an interview. So it was for Avenged but got it’s start in Pinkly Smooth.

Comment by Chase

Lots of grammar errors lol. I meant he finished it during the writing process for Nightmare.

Comment by Chase

Yes because it wasn’t right for Pinkly, but Avenged didn’t exist when Jimmy started writing it.

Comment by Marlz

Okay, but the whole thing I was trying to get at was it will probably have a Pinkly Smooth kind of vibe.

Comment by Chase

I just had to reply to this post. She is beautiful (you would be so lucky to know her) she works full time then devotes every other minute to this site and never expects anything in return. I have read all of these comments and want to Thank everyone else for their support. DBN’S MOTHER

Comment by DBN's Mother

Aw mom!

Comment by deathbatnews

Touching, truly touching stuff.
Thanks for sharing Mama DBN

Comment by Phil A7X

This is the most adorably awesome thing I’ve ever seen. DBN’s mum (if it is you :P) you have an awesome daughter. So awesome, the mighty A7X themselves recognise her and her almighty dedication to the best band and coolest group of people in the world :)

My web browsing would be shit without DBN :( THANK YOU!!! xD

Comment by EmilyVengeance

That is definitely her, Hah. She’s so cute.

Comment by deathbatnews

We appreciate everything our DBN gives us. DBN’s Mother has an amazing daughter.

Comment by Ghostflame83

This is just too cute. :)

Comment by Cassie

lol i didnt know ur mom read this:) thanks DBN’s mother!!!!

Comment by BC

Hey dbn is matts screaming voice on God Hates Us kinda sound like phil anselmo from pantera for sum reason ive just imagined it sounding like that on the song ever since they said tha song had screaming

Comment by vince

I don’t want to compare it to anyone really, but it sounds like growling from the pits of hell. It’s insane.

Comment by deathbatnews

Okay that scares me..lol I’m not a fan of ‘growling from the pits of hell…” Guess I’ll just have to wait to hear it.

Even if I don’t like it…I’ll still have ten [11 if you include the non-album track on the itunes one] to look forward to.

Comment by Marlz

I am a little nervous to listen to God Hates Us. I love Waking The Fallen, but something heavier than that? I am not a huge fan of extreme screamo, or screaming, but I think I will end up loving the song anyways!

Comment by Alyssa

lol the thing I love about Avenged Sevenfold is it bring all types of fans of music together. Personally, I love really heavy music like Whitechapel and stuff, but at the same time I love A7X. But they also have fans that are into lighter rock and metal. Its just cool that one band can attract so many different types of fans

Comment by Sam

I think screamo screaming is annoying…because it’s kinda highpitched…I don’t think Shads would be screaming high pitched though…growling is deeper…so we’ll see…lol

Comment by Marlz

More Sounding the Seventh Trumpet or Waking the Fallen, would you compare it too… i hope the latter.

Comment by Brian

Thanks Dbn girl for taking time to answer my question and giving a review We really appreciate wat u do for the fans and the time u put into this website cant fuckin wait to hear the album

Comment by vince

And I appreciate all of you.

Comment by deathbatnews

I keep reading and rereading this post and all the comments just to see if the review magically channels the songs into my brain. I want to hear this album so badly!!

Comment by Justin

I wonder how many songs were recorded this time. We already know of one bonus track. Last time they recorded 8 extra songs that didnt make it onto the album.

Comment by Agustin

ONE MORE QUESTION DBN. haha Does the screaming on God Hates Us sound different than the screaming on Buried Alive?

Comment by Sam

Oh yes.

Comment by deathbatnews

:)

Comment by Sam

cant wait for it

Comment by gary

hey dbn, we’re still meeting in alabama at that show!

i’ma propose to you.
;D

Comment by synystersam

Hey DBN lady, I’m a little worried about the pop stuff in Welcome to the family, will the hardcore fans love it?

Comment by Marco

“Afterlife” is a pop influenced song, did you like it?

Comment by deathbatnews

Of course, i like all the songs of them (except some of STST). So it’s a song like the S/T ones right?

Comment by Marco

? your a hardcore fan and you dont like some of STST?

Comment by zach

I’m not a “hardcore” fan i’m just little worried about the hardcore fans in general hah. I do love everysong since. I was just worried about them being to pop.

Comment by Marco

*since WTF

Comment by Marco

Im a “Hardcore Fan” and i think most of sounding the seventh trumpet is trash (fav song To End The Rapture Hvy Mtl Version, which wasn’t even on it till Syn joined the band afterwards). It wasnt even A7x as we know it now, it was just Shadows Vengaence and The Rev. Hell even the band says the get a chuckle out of listening to their really old stuff. So not liking some of STST in no way makes you less of a fan.

Comment by PeteA7X

Lost was very ‘poppy’ in the words of JC…lol

Comment by Marlz

Ah! i’ve been waiting for a really good review for “Nightmare”, and who knew that DBN would be the reviewer?! Thank you SO much on behalf of the fans for giving us such an intense, and brilliant review of “Nightmare”. You just made the anticipation alot more worth what it already was.

Comment by Arron Johnson

Of course, i like all the songs of them (except some of STST). So it’s a song like the S/T ones right?

Comment by Marco

Okay I have a quick question, Aside from what we get on Buried Alive and God Hates us, is there any other screaming on the record? Even if it is small amounts.

And I saw you said that God Hates Us’ screaming sounds like something from the pits of hell… Youre killing me with anticipation hahah.

Comment by lollololol

u made it soudn amazing bro, countin down the days as we speak!………..a7x…..i cant even describe in words how great they are, and keepin on with studio work and touring with the rev passing on……..remarkable.

Comment by andrew colmus-barajas

DBN is a girl bro.

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Awesome review. Amplified my anticipation for this album by 100 times :) thank you.

Comment by Mike

dbn, you’re an intelligent person. i was wondering what you think it means in buried alive when matt says “meanwhile the mice endure the wheel” ? (:

Comment by (;

You know when Zacky and I were talking he actually spoke about that specific line. He basically said it’s just a metaphor for the band going through everything at the time.

Comment by deathbatnews

thank you. lucky. :p

Comment by (;

That makes total sense.

@ (; On a broader sense of the term it’s a metaphor for life.

Comment by Marlz

Good review, you take that rocksound girls job easy lol. But really you described it the best way you knew how, the person saying it was bad is stupid. You didn’t get the cd, you just got to listen and to even tell us and review the album at all is great, and you said you had to stop and write at different times, to remember the songs and tidbits of the album is appreciated. Thank you DBN, best A7X, fansite by far.

Comment by Gemini

HAHAHA check out the tracklisting for Nightmare on Amazon Japan

Track Listings
1 . Nightmare
2 . Welcome To The Family
3. Danger Line
4. buried Alive
5 . Natural Born Killer
6. So Far Away
07 . God Hates Us
8. Victim
09 . soybean World Tonight
10 . Fiction
11. Seivu Me
12. * Bonus Track For Japan Lost It All

“soybean World Tonight” HAHAHA :) just a tad bored… and yeah, Colton, it says that Lost it all should be around 5 minutes. So Yeah

Comment by Kyle

I’ve seen people complaining that some of the song on the album are too short, but with only 2 songs under 5 minutes, thats pretty good. I’m really excited for “Lost it All”.

Comment by Colton

I’m a guy and I was literally fighting tears as I read the review for Fiction. Perhaps I should pick up some tissue when I pick up my album…

Also, great review. If this album is anything like you make it sound, this will be my favorite album… like, ever! This 8 day wait is killing me.

Comment by OmegaRS

hey DBN girl i noticed the you dont answer all the questions about the album and i completely understand that.
i would really appreciate if you will answer my question and if you cant answer that question just don’t reveal a lot of information in your answer.
i would like to know if there was a certain part in the album that really got your attention?you don’t have to tell me what you hear in that part but it will be great if you will reply thanks :)

Comment by Ron

As much as I would love to tell you my favorite parts I got to hear the songs at different times in different places. In order for me to really pick out a stand-out part I’d have to sit down with it for a while and listen to it a few times.

Comment by deathbatnews

I have a question dbn..

will you marry me?

bahah

Comment by synystersam

I don’t like your review of the songs Nightmare or Buried Alive. So I don’t know if I should trust your opinions on the all the other songs. But this album is going their best, and maybe the best album in the world. Well see.

Comment by xx THE R3V xx

Why? You said you don’t like the review, but isn’t kind of stupid to say that and not give any reasons as to why you don’t like it?

Comment by Alyssa

you didnt know the rev so stop saying you are going to cry its okay to be sad but you didnt know him for 18 fucking years like the band grow some balls be sad dont cry you only knew his music

Comment by fuckyouall

Dude, it shows how amazing the rev really was…if some of his fans feel like they want to cry..then so be it, it just shows how the rev affected people who didnt even know him. a part of a7x died when the rev did, so i dont blame people wanting to cry. u need to grow some balls, it takes a real man to admit his emotions.

Comment by John F

Woah, where are you coming from? Are you talking about DBN or just everybody on here in general? If people want to cry, let them. There is no need to preach to those that are going to bawl their eyes out when they listen to the album. I might shed a couple of tears, is there anything really wrong with that?

Comment by Alyssa

Nice name.

Comment by Tanner

yeah dude fuck you even though we never met him people feel they knew him through his music and the clips and stuff they saw of him im not going to cry durin the album but i will feel sad like avery a7x fan will

Comment by A7Xforlife

Just because we have emotions
We are sad about The Rev because we love a7x and, personally, I see them like family, if I met them I would treat them like family and I love them like family. I MISS Jimmy because he was a big part of my life. A7X still are and I will always love them because they love us back, and appreciate us.
So fuck you.

Comment by EmilyVengeance

It’s probably best you edited that DBN, I don’t really want to offend anyone. Well, maybe that guy, he really got on my nerves and offended me :( But I shouldn’t let a butthead like him get me angry.

Comment by EmilyVengeance

I wanted to say that other than a dying child that’s a fan, no one deserves this more than you. What you do for free is amazing and it’s the first place I go to check on my A7X news!

Keep up the great job and I’m extremely happy for the recognition that you received for what you do. Also, the boys in the band need to be recognized for everything they do to “bond” with their fans… I’ve never met them but it’s a major reason they’re my favorite. 80s bands, when I was growing up, didn’t do this kind of stuff and it really makes a difference.

Now only if they would respond to me wanting to bring them some of my home-brew…

fat

Comment by fatboy

cant wait to hear the album im completely stoked awesome review

Comment by Logan

I’m psyched xD cant wait till the 27th

Comment by colt45

The way you described “Fiction” made me tear up. I can’t wait to hear this.

Comment by Mike

So where are the pictures other than the building??

Comment by Justin

My personal pictures arent being posted.

Comment by deathbatnews

Well that’s just silly! Why not???

Comment by Justin

Because they’re my personal pictures, hah.

Comment by deathbatnews

That’s a horrible excuse, i want to see them.

Comment by Justin

Well it’s not going to happen, sorry! :)

Comment by deathbatnews

Well a sorry isn’t as good as pics of your trip!

Comment by Justin

Hey Justin, you can leave DBN woman the fuck alone. As far as her review goes, i can say that everything in the previews, she described on here accurately. So, you dont need personal pictures of her trip.

Comment by Alikz

ima b crying through the whole album :[

Comment by rossy

Why are people certain the release in Germany is the 23rd? I have seen no official confirmation on that. It just makes no sense to me why Germany would be getting the record first. Can you comment on this DBN?

Comment by Dane H.

well its actually being released tommorow in italy and japan which is awesome its confirmed on amazon

Comment by stevevalles

I didn’t see that. You have link?

Comment by Chase

hey dbn, i have a legit question.

i read somewhere that Mick Thompson does some guest guitarwork/screaming

is this true or only a rumor?

Comment by synystersam

I doubt it. ’cause they used Synyster’s father to do any guest guitaring. and Shadows is able to do his own screaming. So i don’t see how having Mick Tompson is helpful

Comment by Phil A7X

Nah it was made up

Comment by FretMuppet

reading that made very very excited and it also made me nearly cry as well. i cant wait for the 26th/27th.

Comment by Tiff

just a tip for any future reviews, and i dont mean this in a mean way cause im very grateful you posted this, but next time try to be a little more objective. everyone experiences a song differently so dont tell us what we’re gonna feel, just stick to the facts of the song. thank you for posting this though!

Comment by Logan

I meant in general when I was speaking about how people would feel. Obviously it was only myself who heard it and it’s written based of how I felt hearing it all. I totally understand how my wording was wrong though and I apologize for that! Thank you!

Comment by deathbatnews

I know its not true but just a few minutes ago wikipedia wrote that the Nightmare relase date was changed to the 9th september xD its now deleted but i got a little scared when i wrote it!

Comment by Daniel

Hey guys,I have a question. Is ”Fiction” supposed to be The Rev’s masterpiece? I know about the whole 3-days-later-and-he-died thing,but I would like to know if it this song is also the one he said was his masterpiece. Thanks.

Comment by Yaeven

It seriously is a masterpiece, very deep lyrics, and beautiful piano player

Comment by Phil A7X

It seriously is a masterpiece, very deep lyrics, and beautiful piano playing

Comment by Phil A7X

I believe I have to agree with you on every aspect. I love this album.

Comment by brady

Thank you.

Comment by deathbatnews

I’m scared of listening to ‘Fiction.’ I don’t wanna cry. Which I think I will. But at the same time, I CAN’T WAIT TO HEAR IT.

Comment by Alan

It’s alright, better than I expected. I’d given up on them at one point.

Comment by Chuck

Save me is the best song, I mean really it’s astonishing.

Comment by Owen.C

Holy crap Save me is amazing. My favorites so far are Danger Line, Save Me, and Welcome To The Family.

Comment by Sam

I just listened to the whole thing all the way through, and I am listening to it all the way through for the second time as I type this. In my opinion it is not the best Avenged Sevenfold album, but it is still amazing (obviously, Avenged Sevenfold aren’t shit, so won’t release shit). What the reviewer said about Fiction is 100% true, I cried at 3 different points.

Comment by Alex Simpson

How can you talk about Victim and not mention the amazing solos? Synyster really did an amazing job with this song. That Steve Vai/ Gustavo Guerra sounding descending lick in the solo is pretty damn sick. Another great Avenged album, it’s up to par with WTF and COE but still a very different album. So much better than the self titled. Really missin Jimmy after listening to this.

Comment by Jake

I don`t know if anybody remembers, but when Rocksound did their review, they said there was cowbell. Where is the cowbell? Is the reviewer just stupid and confused it with the drum ride’s bell?

Comment by Phil A7X

I heard Fiction. I managed to hold back my tears. This album is DEFINITELY my favorite. By the way, DBN, do you know anything about ‘Lost It All’?

Comment by Alan

Just that it comes with the iTunes Deluxe Edition of “Nightmare.” You should be able to get it separately after the 27th.

Comment by deathbatnews

I wish I could say that I cied while listening to Fiction, but I honestly didn’t. Don’ get me wrog, it is a very haunting and moving song,but guess I am emotionless. I listened to it t 2 AM so I fell asleep halfway through Save Me. But I woke up to Danger Line, which I think is my favorite. I also like Victim and God Hates Us

Comment by Tyson

I’ve heard God Hates Us. .
His screams aren’t like his old screams, they’re A LOT better!

Comment by Kumorii

i have the album and i love it

Comment by Anonymous

i have the album and i love it

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fiction is the best song on the new album<3 love it.
I'm so glad I got my fiction tattoo a couple of months ago :]

Comment by rossy

Fantastic review of a simply amazing album :)

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