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2nd best album of theirs

Cick Yes if you like their new sound

I hope they aren't making promises they can't keep.

I've been on board with Avenged Sevenfold ever since Waking the Fallen first came out. Sounding the Seventh Trumpet was good, but Waking the Fallen was all around stronger. When City of Evil was released I thought I might have been "too mature" but sure enough I picked it up and thought it was probably their best album yet. So now they have the self titled album, Avenged Sevenfold. The structure behind it is basically the verse-chorus style of mainstream music, though they do elaborate on that often. I think it's great they're messing around with quirkier arrangements, adding in new instruments and giving it some unexpected variety. Which culminates to the song that's ultimately the stand out of the album "A Little Piece of Heaven". Theatrical to say the least, I don't want to undersell it by drawing parallels, but you could compare it to a focused Mr. Bungle arrangement. (off the album Mr. Bungle in particular) The musicality is still there too. It's something that truely defines this band and that stays well intact. Shadows always has a good ear for melody, no matter the approach of the song. Country, popish on occasion, of course the old fashioned Sevenfold comes out of him in "Critical Acclaim" and more so in "Almost Easy". Particularly the melody in the bridge is akin to something melodic straight from Waking the Fallen. I was never as big of a fan of his melodic ideas on songs like "Seize the Day" on City of Evil and I feel the chorus on "Afterlife" suffers for the same reason, otherwise that song is fantastic. Guitar solo and harmonies are in there as well. They don't always develop very well but "Afterlife" is a shining example of when it does work. (It serves a similar purpose as the solo in "Second Heartbeat" did). The Rev still has some impressive stuffgoing on. Most noteworthy is "Almost Easy" though the double pedal is always doing something fast that sounds cool. Transitions though can be rough at times, but I'll leave that issue at that. It's an entertaining batch of songs. It's easily the most diverse cd they've ever done. It's just that the mainstream style doesn't neccessarily work for their style. Especially with longer verses, having the verses-chorus in songs with the same melodies makes song over stay their welcome. The music isn't always devloped like it could have been. But this is music aimed more towards the mainstream. And the novelty of the new songs is a great and welcomed change. A solid record for sure. I've listened since Waking the Fallen and I'm on board for at least another as they've changed quite a bit with each record, while still retaining the 'A7X soul' in some way.

two thumbs up

O.K. There are many reviews floating around about how this isn't like the old Avenged and how if you like Waking the Fallen then don't buy this album. Well, here are my two cents. Avenged Sevenfold has been my favorite Rock/Metal band for quite some time now and please do not take this review as a biased opinion. I am highly educated from music and I state my opinion with critical thinking applied. In my honest opinion this has to be one of the best fourth albums released by any band and without question one of A7X's best albums thus far. I loved Waking the fallen and I loved City and Trumpets as well. However, the thing that keeps me coming back to Avenged is not a particular cd or song, it is the fact that they are not affraid. Not affraid to think outside the box. Not affraid to make people angry, and not affraid to do what pleases THEM. They have continuosly stated that they do not really have a style. Yes it is rock, but they do not stick to any particular subgenre. They experiment, take advise from other bands, and change. I am tired of hearing people talk about how Waking the Fallen is the TRUE A7X and there can be no substitute. If you are a true fan and listen to what the band members say during every interview, "We play what feels right to us. We just appreciate that our fans enjoy it," then you will agree with me that the "popish", country, deep, heavy, new age, ranting, "mainstream" music on this new album is a welcome change for a developing and morphous band. I suggest looking at their pre-release teasers aswell because they clearly state several times that this album will be "unexpected," and no, I did not foresee the big shock either. All in all, I recomend this album to anyone, whether an A7X fan or not, there is a little bit of everything on here and I hope you all enjoy the album as well as this review. The album is tops on my list and I hope you all feel the same way.

Biography

Formed: 1999 in Huntington Beach, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the more successful and accessible metalcore outfits to come out of the early 2000s, Avenged Sevenfold endured changes both stylistic and internal during their rise from teenage troublemakers to mainstream success story. The members of Avenged Sevenfold (or A7X) were still attending high school in Huntington Beach, California, when they formed their band in 1999. Nevertheless, it didn't take long for M. Shadows (vocals), Zacky Vengeance (guitar), Synyster Gates (guitar), the Reverend (drums),...
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  • $7.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal, Hard Rock, Alternative
  • Released: Oct 26, 2007
  • Parental Advisory

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