It is always a difficult phase when a great band looses a great member. James 'Rev' Sullivan died at the end of 2009, just before Nightmare was released. The album has been the only one released since his passing, but the band has not forgotten their late great drummer, and the album is a fitting tribute.
the 11 track album keeps to the usual dark, Gothic style Avenged is known for, and drummer Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater was able to work well alongside the band to produce the album. The steady opening soon gives way to a heavier song list, with fast paced drums and solos throughout.
It is a shame, really, that 4AM, an additional song with some vocals from 'The Rev', didn't make it onto the album. Although released later on as an EP, it would have been a great addition to the album when it went on sale.
Whilst The Rev's loss will always be remembered, we also hope that the band can hold together, to produce more epic music for it's many supporters and fans.