Gold Certification For Avenged Sevenfold's 'Nightmare'

"Nightmare", the latest album from Southern California's Avenged Sevenfold, has been officially certified gold by the RIAA.

Gold Certification For Avenged Sevenfold's 'Nightmare'
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As the first album without Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan, Avenged Sevenfold's "Nightmare" could have been a half baked affair. The sales statistics, however, say otherwise. Blabbermouth.net is reporting that "Nightmare" has been officially certified gold by theRIAA(Recording Industry Association Of America) for shipments in excess of 500,000 copies inthe United States. The album is their fourth gold selling record, following 2003's "Waking The Fallen", 2005's "City Of Evil" and 2007's self-titled offering. Also awarded a plaque alongside the band was former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, replacing Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan, who passed away in 2009. Portnoy, who left Dream Theater in September of last year, played drums on several tracks on the album and performed live on the second leg of the band's 2010 tour. Upon the receipt of his plaque, Portnoy had the following to say: "Thanks so much to the Avenged Sevenfold fans for making me feel so welcome and loved during my time with the band." While the drummer had extended an offer to stay with Avenged Sevenfold full time, the band instead chose Arin Ilejay, formerly of Christian rock groupConfide, to fulfil their upcoming tour dates. According to bassist Johnny Christ, in an interview with U-G in 2010, "Nightmare" was originally supposed to be a concept album, before the tone changed at the news of Sullivan's passing: "We definitely had made the decision that it was going to be a concept record. We wanted to have a dark concept record, sort of like "The Wall" or "Operation: Mindcrime"... Then lyrically it took a different turn when Jimmy passed. The lyrics then became mostly - not 100 percent but mostly to do with his death and his life." Avenged Sevenfold are currently out on the road with Three Days Grace, Bullet For My Valentine, and Sevendust as part of the Welcome To The Family tour.

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    OctoberWind
    guitargodwannab wrote: "He played drums on all the tracks...." actually not true, it was more like several tracks off the album. they said that alot of Revs tracks where used. just up 2 u to figure out wich is Rev and wich is Portnoy.....pretty sure ik wich is which on the album
    Well aren't you cool. Jimmy had written all the drum parts and recorded demos before he died, which was before the band went into the studio. Mike Portnoy recorded all of the drums for the album. So it's pretty easy to tell which is which, they're all Mike's.
    HoverFan#1
    blucas wrote: great album, well deserved, a7x keeps gettin better and better with every cd they put out
    I 100% agree.
    rechris06
    And i think it is awesome that Nightmare went gold. It was a very deserved award to be honest. Just keep on rockin sevenfold, we will be behind you foREVer.
    rechris06
    b4shR wrote: Look at what they have done with portnoy, they must pay.
    They both decided to go their separate ways. Plus you should see the picture of Portnoy with the nightmare plaque. He looks ecstatic in that picture.
    rechris06
    amurrica wrote: Honestly, Waking The Fallen and City of Evil will always be two of my favorite albums ever, but this one, though it's definitely better than the self titled, just isn't at the same level of those other two. I really don't think their musicianship has not improved at all in these new records. It's all just dumbed down compared to what it was. I would say it's gotten more "mainstream" but I don't really want to be that guy. And Syn definitely played lead on WTF. Zacky can't do crap. Love the music most of the time, but Zacky truly is a joke. He didn't even record all his parts on the self titled because Syn could do it better. Johnny Christ used to fail pretty hard too, but he's DEFINITELY gotten a LOT better. Can't say that for Zacky. All he contributed was his voice in A Little Piece Of Heaven. But that all doesn't really matter anyways. This band is together because they are besties...I dont think any of them have to be good at anything. And to all of you who think it's odd that they now have a drummer from a christian rock band..... I don't think they've ever hid, especially Mr. Shadows, their religiousness so I really don't think that's much of a surprise?
    You should re-read what you wrote dude. Zacky isn't a joke. He plays harmonies with Syn, which essentialy means he plays solo parts on a lower scale than Syn while he plays the higher parts. And sure they may have become mainstream, but there is nothing wrong with that. And if you listen to Johnny Christ, he is really good on bass. And to clear up your whole christian debate, they haven't came out as a christian band. Sure they have biblical references in their songs (beast and the harlot, dear god, gun slinger,chapter four etc.) but that doesn't mean they are christian. I mean they have a song on the nightmare album called "God Hates Us". I am not saying they are against god though.
    iwish4zombies
    MegadethFan18 wrote: skootla wrote: No...the rev had already recorded some drums before he passed... He had written all the parts. The only song he plays on was the Demo of Nightmare (which was only on the book of nightmares special edition) using an electric kit. On I side note, great news for Avenged I really enjoyed the album.
    Fucked up..didnt know they were the type to capitalize on his death.
    John37fold
    yea buddy! and they didnt capitalize on his death, they woulda done the same WITH the rev
    LibbyT1794
    amurrica wrote: rechris06 wrote: amurrica wrote: Honestly, Waking The Fallen and City of Evil will always be two of my favorite albums ever, but this one, though it's definitely better than the self titled, just isn't at the same level of those other two. I really don't think their musicianship has not improved at all in these new records. It's all just dumbed down compared to what it was. I would say it's gotten more "mainstream" but I don't really want to be that guy. And Syn definitely played lead on WTF. Zacky can't do crap. Love the music most of the time, but Zacky truly is a joke. He didn't even record all his parts on the self titled because Syn could do it better. Johnny Christ used to fail pretty hard too, but he's DEFINITELY gotten a LOT better. Can't say that for Zacky. All he contributed was his voice in A Little Piece Of Heaven. But that all doesn't really matter anyways. This band is together because they are besties...I dont think any of them have to be good at anything. And to all of you who think it's odd that they now have a drummer from a christian rock band..... I don't think they've ever hid, especially Mr. Shadows, their religiousness so I really don't think that's much of a surprise? You should re-read what you wrote dude. Zacky isn't a joke. He plays harmonies with Syn, which essentialy means he plays solo parts on a lower scale than Syn while he plays the higher parts. And sure they may have become mainstream, but there is nothing wrong with that. And if you listen to Johnny Christ, he is really good on bass. And to clear up your whole christian debate, they haven't came out as a christian band. Sure they have biblical references in their songs (beast and the harlot, dear god, gun slinger,chapter four etc.) but that doesn't mean they are christian. I mean they have a song on the nightmare album called "God Hates Us". I am not saying they are against god though. Mmm no I definitely stand with what I said. In theory you're right. Zacky is supposed to "play a second lead part" and harmonize with Syn during solos. But then you realize...wait...Syn plays for him frequently on the recordings and.. Oh yeah he messes up more then any member of any band I have ever seen (180+) live. AND you realize that the majority of songs with a harmonized lead part on the albums Aren't even played that way live! Zacky ends up just playing the background chords more often then not. Watch a few making of videos and tell me how much you see Zacky play. And see them a few times live. It's a good show but on a personal level, Zacky can't do it. As I said before, Johnny Christ has gotten A LOT better to a point where, yes, I agree he's a good bassist. I do not base calling them Christians off their music. I have seen videos of them, MAINLY Shadows I admit, mentioning god or religion enough to where it's a REALLY easy conclusion that they are religious. And hey, a "God bless" after every show uuuusually doesn't point to atheism.. And don't put toooo much thought into lyrics like those of Beast and The Harlot. It's lyrics are word for word a story out of religion. Not just the content...The words. Thank God those stories don't have a copyright. But that's just an aside...Beast and The Harlot is definitely one of my favorite A7X songs. A7X is a great band. But the talent on that team lies in M shadows throat, Syn's guitar and the late Rev's drumming. Johnny gets credit just cause he works with the band but I must say Zacky doesn't add anything. But please, someone try and change my opinion of Zacky. I am open to not feeling like someone in a band I enjoy is a piece of crap
    Zacky contributes to some of the song writting, like off the top of my head he wrote the main riff in "Scream" that's something.
    amurrica
    rechris06 wrote: amurrica wrote: Honestly, Waking The Fallen and City of Evil will always be two of my favorite albums ever, but this one, though it's definitely better than the self titled, just isn't at the same level of those other two. I really don't think their musicianship has not improved at all in these new records. It's all just dumbed down compared to what it was. I would say it's gotten more "mainstream" but I don't really want to be that guy. And Syn definitely played lead on WTF. Zacky can't do crap. Love the music most of the time, but Zacky truly is a joke. He didn't even record all his parts on the self titled because Syn could do it better. Johnny Christ used to fail pretty hard too, but he's DEFINITELY gotten a LOT better. Can't say that for Zacky. All he contributed was his voice in A Little Piece Of Heaven. But that all doesn't really matter anyways. This band is together because they are besties...I dont think any of them have to be good at anything. And to all of you who think it's odd that they now have a drummer from a christian rock band..... I don't think they've ever hid, especially Mr. Shadows, their religiousness so I really don't think that's much of a surprise? You should re-read what you wrote dude. Zacky isn't a joke. He plays harmonies with Syn, which essentialy means he plays solo parts on a lower scale than Syn while he plays the higher parts. And sure they may have become mainstream, but there is nothing wrong with that. And if you listen to Johnny Christ, he is really good on bass. And to clear up your whole christian debate, they haven't came out as a christian band. Sure they have biblical references in their songs (beast and the harlot, dear god, gun slinger,chapter four etc.) but that doesn't mean they are christian. I mean they have a song on the nightmare album called "God Hates Us". I am not saying they are against god though.
    Mmm no I definitely stand with what I said. In theory you're right. Zacky is supposed to "play a second lead part" and harmonize with Syn during solos. But then you realize...wait...Syn plays for him frequently on the recordings and.. Oh yeah he messes up more then any member of any band I have ever seen (180+) live. AND you realize that the majority of songs with a harmonized lead part on the albums Aren't even played that way live! Zacky ends up just playing the background chords more often then not. Watch a few making of videos and tell me how much you see Zacky play. And see them a few times live. It's a good show but on a personal level, Zacky can't do it. As I said before, Johnny Christ has gotten A LOT better to a point where, yes, I agree he's a good bassist. I do not base calling them Christians off their music. I have seen videos of them, MAINLY Shadows I admit, mentioning god or religion enough to where it's a REALLY easy conclusion that they are religious. And hey, a "God bless" after every show uuuusually doesn't point to atheism.. And don't put toooo much thought into lyrics like those of Beast and The Harlot. It's lyrics are word for word a story out of religion. Not just the content...The words. Thank God those stories don't have a copyright. But that's just an aside...Beast and The Harlot is definitely one of my favorite A7X songs. A7X is a great band. But the talent on that team lies in M shadows throat, Syn's guitar and the late Rev's drumming. Johnny gets credit just cause he works with the band but I must say Zacky doesn't add anything. But please, someone try and change my opinion of Zacky. I am open to not feeling like someone in a band I enjoy is a piece of crap
    royalewcheese35
    The guitars and drums are ok, but I'm not really impressed with the vocals since city of evil album; it seems like he uses the same basic melodies and just mixes them up. It's sad to say this, because I usually hate bands that get outside help with writing, but it seems like it would actually benefit this band, at least with vocals. And no, I hated his screamo days and don't want him to regress back to that.
    Darthkp
    iljh wrote: Like all their albums, I grow to love it. Never right away hahaha. I'm really glad A7X is getting some well deserved recognition.
    I'm the same way. At first, I didn't like Sevenfold at all, but I kept listening and now they dont have a single bad song in my opinion.
    j-falafel
    Loki_37 wrote: CronoMagus wrote: the band instead chose Arin Ilejay, formerly of Christian rock group Confide This is kinda funny haha. A drummer from a Christian Rock Group joining Avenged Sevenfold. Kind of Ironic in a way, a little opposite. I'm sorry, I don't really see how this is ironic? I mean, A7x even has a song called, "Dear God" and often has biblical and theological references. I'm honestly in shock they haven't been labeled a Christian band themselves. Give it time, I guess.
    They most likely haven't been labelled a christian band because of the coarse language they so like to use. They certainly have evolved. Shadows' voice is so much better nowadays than it was on, say, Sounding The Seventh Trumpet, even though that's an incredible album. The only thing that disappointed me about Nightmare is God Hates Us, the screaming on it. It was kind of terrible after Waking The Fallen had incredible screams on it. But, still good track, and he sure as hell can pull it off live.
    fcknmtl
    ifc69 wrote: Xomar : I don't get all the hype. I would say that I'm not a fan of A7X, but their earlier stuff was 10x better. I think you mean 7X better. Thanks, I'll be here all week. ; p
    Ha!
    metalhed0294
    chandler fyfe wrote: Loki_37 wrote: I'm sorry, I don't really see how this is ironic? I mean, A7x even has a song called, "Dear God" and often has biblical and theological references. I'm honestly in shock they haven't been labeled a Christian band themselves. Give it time, I guess. Well that's because they aren't a christian band. I'm pretty sure everyone in the band is Atheist. Except for Ilejay now, even though he isn't officially in the band yet. But Shadows and Zacky have both stated that they were Atheist and I believe Syn said it at one point. And I haven't heard anything on Johnny. They just like the stories in the bible and they make for some good songs.
    Holy crap, they're athiest? Damn, I never wouldv'e guessed that, considering the words Avenged Sevenfold are in Genesis.
    DimebagZappa
    XxRustInPeacexX wrote: A7X sucks.
    No. They dont. They just wanted popularity so they lightened up a fair bit. With the success of KSE, I cant say I blame them. Not to mention God Hates Us is one of the heaviest tracks since sounding the seventh trumpet. Which really was a breath of fresh air on an incredibly light yet dark and almost down trodden album. Buried Alive was a great track too IMO. Have some respect. Everyone sucks in someones opinion. Like Mustaines singing....yeash.
    guitarist41
    I only really liked 'God Hates Us'. The rest of the songs were too much in the vein of the 'Diamonds In The Rough' b-sides album.
    lilsolja212
    MegadethFan18 wrote: skootla wrote: No...the rev had already recorded some drums before he passed... He had written all the parts. The only song he plays on was the Demo of Nightmare (which was only on the book of nightmares special edition) using an electric kit. On I side note, great news for Avenged I really enjoyed the album.
    Actually no, The Rev did do the demo for "Nightmare" but is also on drums for and also sang on "Fiction".
    amurrica
    chandler fyfe wrote: Loki_37 wrote: I'm sorry, I don't really see how this is ironic? I mean, A7x even has a song called, "Dear God" and often has biblical and theological references. I'm honestly in shock they haven't been labeled a Christian band themselves. Give it time, I guess. Well that's because they aren't a christian band. I'm pretty sure everyone in the band is Atheist. Except for Ilejay now, even though he isn't officially in the band yet. But Shadows and Zacky have both stated that they were Atheist and I believe Syn said it at one point. And I haven't heard anything on Johnny. They just like the stories in the bible and they make for some good songs.
    They are most definitely absolutely NOT atheist. I wish. They are very much confirmed Christians.
    BangYourHead32
    Well deserved. Personally, City of Evil is my favorite album and I think their best because it has such a unique sound. No other album of theirs is like it. A few songs CoE remind me alot of Iron Maiden. But on to this album. I loved it. My 2nd favorite. I didn't know so many people had a problem with it, A7X fans included, but I think most of this albums success had to do with all the promotion because of Jimmy's passing. But still, I feel they put a lot of work into Nightmare, so I think they deserve it. I learn to love all of Avenged Sevenfold's albums, even if it's not my type(I like Waking the Fallen and StST, even though I'm not into Metalcore/Screamo).But yeah. Blah blah blah. Hate hate hate. I don't mind when people hate on A7X. I'm used to it.
    blucas
    great album, well deserved, a7x keeps gettin better and better with every cd they put out
    sykguitaryst
    i love A7X, but this CD was even more shit than the last one. even Lost is better than everything on this CD. but congratulations anyway! hopefully the next one doesnt suck, but im bettin it will as The Rev is gone and the guitarists have been shittin the bed lately.
    HoverFan#1
    Wow theyre late. It was certified gold on February 9, what wouldve been The Rev's 30th birthday.
    guitarsolo_17
    You know what hate post is missing... Last night's episode of "Spirit Carries On" said they might announce DT's new drummer tonight.. but Mike Portnoy gets the headline of the day!!... now I listen to those DT guys because of the guitar and keys... but they've ticked me off so much that this makes me happy
    [x]Huffy[x]
    Gods Hates Us was the best track on Nightmare in my opinion, if only because it reminded me of the WtF-era a7x.
    hereticfive
    ESPRyuu16 wrote: OK I know your just being a bitter troll on this one so i just want to state Trivium and Lamb Of God are far from satanic, and as far as writing goes for A7x their old albums are FAR better than Nightmare.
    all the trivium fans i know claim that trivium is satanic.
    juanmar16
    Honestly... Scream does sound cool... but it's almost just a base chord followed by a scale. I hadn't heard that before so I don't know if it's true, but if he did, it still doesn't really speak to his talent, especially in comparison to the rest of the band?
    this is an unfair example since Zacky only wrote the climb in that song. Synyster added the two chords before the scale. I'd say the scale Zacky wrote is far more badass than the two chords Syn added before it They're both great guitarists. Yes, Syn is probably better at soloing, but as one unit, there aren't many that could surpass them. Plus, it's badass that one is right the other is left-handed. Great for live show. x)
    rockstaralex24
    Loki_37 wrote: Black Ox wrote: I like Sevenfold a lot, but I still just don't like this album that much at all. +1, short and to the point CronoMagus wrote: the band instead chose Arin Ilejay, formerly of Christian rock group Confide This is kinda funny haha. A drummer from a Christian Rock Group joining Avenged Sevenfold. Kind of Ironic in a way, a little opposite. I'm sorry, I don't really see how this is ironic? I mean, A7x even has a song called, "Dear God" and often has biblical and theological references. I'm honestly in shock they haven't been labeled a Christian band themselves. Give it time, I guess. ZachyV wrote: Xomar wrote: I don't get all the hype. I would say that I'm not a fan of A7X, but their earlier stuff was 10x better. I listened to nightmare a few times all the way through and it did absolutely nothing for me. Vocals are monotone and guitars are nothing special You cannot argue that they have progressed and become more talented the last few years. Syn wasn't even lead guitar on WTF. Technique is becoming very good In terms of technical skill, yes they're getting better. That's what happens when you play all over the world for 10 years. I mean, STST was a very average album IMO - probably just because I hate the vocals on it - but after that, WTF was an awesome metal album, COE was again, awesome, Self-titled was semi-experimental and hard rockish...Nightmare just wasn't anywhere near as good. Just as soon as I start to get into a piece of a song, it progresses and I'm just like, "Why..?" Not meaning to attack, just my opinion. Technical skill doesn't always equal good music. I'll take decent creativity and songwriting over that any day.
    +1
    Grudgeshredder
    The only thing from The Rev on that album (minus demos) is lead vocals on Fiction and Save Me as shown on the book. No drum parts. Portnoy re-recorded any studio drum tracks in the studio.
    phantom_lord586
    Menegas56 wrote: Dude trivium and log satanic? go to wikipedia and type satanic there, thanks. And no they are not satanic. And to the people comparing.. band x band = pointless on topic: Nightmare was a GREAT tribute to jimmy, but I hope they come back to COE style, im not much into ballad songs lol
    i think they were being sarcastic
    phantom_lord586
    guitargodwannab wrote: "He played drums on all the tracks...." actually not true, it was more like several tracks off the album. they said that alot of Revs tracks where used. just up 2 u to figure out wich is Rev and wich is Portnoy.....pretty sure ik wich is which on the album
    but the rev recorded his demo tracks on an electric kit so the couldn't use any of his on the actual recordings. But you do hear his playing in the middle of fiction where an electric kit playing
    Vypor
    I respect A7X becuase when it comes down to it, the insturmentation is really sweet. I can't get past listening to any of thier songs though because I can't stand the way the singer sings. Its just terrible, I dont get it. They would be freakin awesome with a power metal vocalist.
    ESPRyuu16
    hereticfive wrote: ESPRyuu16 wrote: OK I know your just being a bitter troll on this one so i just want to state Trivium and Lamb Of God are far from satanic, and as far as writing goes for A7x their old albums are FAR better than Nightmare. all the trivium fans i know claim that trivium is satanic.
    hmm interesting i do not listen to them alot but still the comment made was really unbelievably stupid, but it was a troll comment of course.
    PuRs3l
    dopelope wrote: Mosho wrote: congradulations avenged! ^ Sorry, just had to point this out.
    Haha
    Loki_37
    j-falafel wrote: Loki_37 wrote: CronoMagus wrote: the band instead chose Arin Ilejay, formerly of Christian rock group Confide This is kinda funny haha. A drummer from a Christian Rock Group joining Avenged Sevenfold. Kind of Ironic in a way, a little opposite. I'm sorry, I don't really see how this is ironic? I mean, A7x even has a song called, "Dear God" and often has biblical and theological references. I'm honestly in shock they haven't been labeled a Christian band themselves. Give it time, I guess. They most likely haven't been labelled a christian band because of the coarse language they so like to use. They certainly have evolved. Shadows' voice is so much better nowadays than it was on, say, Sounding The Seventh Trumpet, even though that's an incredible album. The only thing that disappointed me about Nightmare is God Hates Us, the screaming on it. It was kind of terrible after Waking The Fallen had incredible screams on it. But, still good track, and he sure as hell can pull it off live.
    Thanks. I never really thought of that. Honestly though, other than Nightmare, I never really heard much of the cursing. So there's a cure for anyone who doesn't want to be labeled Christian, just swear a lot in your songs. For anyone calling them atheist...I don't know, I've never heard that. But even so, religion is stupid when it comes to music. Everyone says "**** relgion!" and if you don't, you must be a christian conforming with society, right?
    amurrica
    Honestly... Scream does sound cool... but it's almost just a base chord followed by a scale. I hadn't heard that before so I don't know if it's true, but if he did, it still doesn't really speak to his talent, especially in comparison to the rest of the band? this is an unfair example since Zacky only wrote the climb in that song. Synyster added the two chords before the scale. I'd say the scale Zacky wrote is far more badass than the two chords Syn added before it They're both great guitarists. Yes, Syn is probably better at soloing, but as one unit, there aren't many that could surpass them. Plus, it's badass that one is right the other is left-handed. Great for live show. x) Haha yeah it does look cool to have a righty and a lefty on stage together, but he just isn't an awesome guitar player. I mean... Can't really say "writing" a solo means much seeing as I'm pretty sure scales have already been "written?"
    joeyplaysguitar
    MegadethFan18 wrote: skootla wrote: No...the rev had already recorded some drums before he passed... He had written all the parts. The only song he plays on was the Demo of Nightmare (which was only on the book of nightmares special edition) using an electric kit. On I side note, great news for Avenged I really enjoyed the album.
    the rev did most of the demos even shadows said so in an interview but they changed stuff around after his death
    !Mike!
    amurrica wrote: LibbyT1794 wrote: Zacky contributes to some of the song writting, like off the top of my head he wrote the main riff in "Scream" that's something. Honestly... Scream does sound cool... but it's almost just a base chord followed by a scale. I hadn't heard that before so I don't know if it's true, but if he did, it still doesn't really speak to his talent, especially in comparison to the rest of the band?
    he also made the god hates us solo according to an interview they had, its really hard to tell if it was just an inside joke or they just laughed about it because he mentioned it in a joking way but yeah
    !Mike!
    Punkhuskie6 wrote: All I can say is...why is this news? 500,000 copies? Green Day's last album sold 3,000,000 plus and there wasnt a blurb. And dont you dare say they are better than Green Day...cause its not even close.
    thats your opinion bud, green day have been around for over 20 years so its obvious theyll have more fans, seriously though avenged is worlds better then greenday. yeah, i said it
    Shawn1379
    Punkhuskie6 wrote: All I can say is...why is this news? 500,000 copies? Green Day's last album sold 3,000,000 plus and there wasnt a blurb. And dont you dare say they are better than Green Day ...cause its not even close.
    A7X are better than Green Day.