The new Avenged Sevenfold track Nightmare is as ever pushing the boundaries (released a while back now, but video hits today!). It start with a creepy kids wind up box type sound and frankly had my shaking in my boots (both a little creeped out and totally excited for what was to follow). This song totally mixes all the elements Avenged put together so well. It’s got beautiful piano arpeggio, a bit of an orchestra, gorgeous guitar slides and rocking riffs. The driving bass of Johnny Christ and a mix of double kicks along with the bell of the ride and my personal favourite, the piccolo toms. Sealing the musical madness together is vocalist M Shadows unique voice, complete with evil laugh.
The drum parts for the track (and the rest of the album) were written by the band’s late drummer, The Rev. As ever it seems these parts will not fail to amaze and challenge drummers and musicians alike. The parts on ‘Nightmare’ feature both signature The Rev beats and styles, the frantic double bass with the ringing bell chime layered over. The drum fills that take part of the lightest and most latin of drums on the range of his kit. These were however played for the album by Dream Theater’s Mike Portnoy and the man does not disappoint.
As ever the guitar pushes the boundaries of guitar playing too. Dualing guitar from rhythm Zacky Vengeance and lead Synyster Gates bulk the song out immensely and the solo is everything a solo should be. Long enough to add that creepy element back into the mix, but not too long that it takes away from the whole musical spectacle.
This is a promising track of what’s to come on Avenged Sevenfold’s 5th studio album also titled ‘Nightmare’ due for release 27th July 2010. You can pre-order it here:
And here’s the creepy as fuck video:
©Warner Brothers Records.
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