If you're a fan of Avenged Sevenfold, You will know that this day, December 28th, 2010, is the anniversary of Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan's death.
So in honor of The Rev, this is a review of the album (and single of the same name) released in honor of, and dedicated to, the beloved Drummer: Nightmare.
Despite what many believe, the track is not directly about the Rev's passing. Nightmare, the album, was originally meant to be a concept album, much like Queensryche's Operation: Mindcrime. Only two songs from the concept remain on the album: Nightmare and Danger Line. They still exist on this album because Jimmy loved them.
The rest of the album is about The Rev's life and the pain of his passing, and features a very dark sound, even for A7X's standards. (And Tracks such as "Fiction", which features a voice recording of The Rev, have a heightened eerie sound.)
The Album was written in a time when emotions were raw and the memories were fresh in their minds. The pain of losing a best friend can be heard in every note played and every word sung. It makes the album painful to listen to for the fans as well.
The video for the single is riddled with themes of psychological horror, from M. Shadows being carted through the demented hospital, to Synyster Gates, strapped in a straitjacket, banging his bloody head against the wall to Zacky V. dancing with a skeleton and Johnny crawling along the ceiling.
The horror and madness that lurk in one's own mind is always the most frightening.
That all being said, even if you've listened to the album and seen the video, You haven't seen anything until you've seen it live: (Hint: around the minute mark)