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A masterful concept album about the self-destruction of society. Much more than just power-driven thrash songs, “Higher” and “The Stage” are multi-part epics fueled by thematic ambitions and annihilative intensity. The band's portrait of corrupt power brokers and decayed minds peaks with “Exist,” a panoramic finale unlike anything since Metallica’s “One.”

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Quiet mastering? LOL

If you are complaining this album is too quiet, then TURN UP THE VOLUME! This is the way music should actually be mastered, not turned into a complete wall of sound from heavy compression (Which is just about every other release today). Dynamics, learn them people.

Ok, as for the music, it's another great job by the guys. And a well deserved treat despite the legal ongoings with Warner Bros. Now, if we could get a vinyl release...

About the album mastering

Anyone who's complaining that the album volume levels are too low are retarded. Its called dynamic range. They also released a hi res 96/24 mix with amazing DR values. Lesson time. Dynamic range equals more head room and more room for the sound to breathe. Metallicas Death Magnetic suffers from major dynamic range compression and that's why the album sounds terrible. Avenged is doing the opposite and making sure that there's no distortion/clipping . The average DR value of this album is 12 on drdatabase.com which is amazing especially for a metal band in 2016. Thank god avenged is following the push for more dynamic music. Dynamic range compression is killing sound! I hope the rest of their albums get this much care in the mastering. If its too low for your deaf ears raise the volume on your phone you stupid idiots who don't know anything about sound quality. Great album btw.

The Surprise Of The Year

Trust me, I had a heart attack when this album popped out of freakin nowhere. And God was this ever-so satisfying! Avenged Sevenfold is back with their most daring album yet with a splash no one saw coming.

After "The Stage" was released, a part of me felt disappointed. With all due respect, it's a phenomenal 8-minute track we haven't seen since "A Little Piece Of Heaven" with Synyster Gates taking front and center, but I began thinking that the reckless sound of AV had become lost and now we would be left with a continuation of "Hail To The King". Nope! The chaotic energy missing from the band's last album is welcomed back with open arms. If the next few tracks don't persuade that to you, then I don't know how to help you. In terms of musicianship, this is THE definitive record to demonstrate the band's chemistry. No instrument feels left out and everyone gets their moment while never feeling repetitive or overdone. And for Avenged Sevenfold to make a concept album this time is insane, especially considering how it's themes line up with the 2016 election. The atmosphere feels grandiose with dashes of majesty and swirls of bitter reality. As far as it's conclusion goes, it is what "Octavarium" is to Dream Theater for being the greatest crown jewel of the record.

I have never been more excited for an album release quite like this! Here's to the Deathbat rising once again to remind us that it's legacy is not yet over, nor will it go out anytime soon.

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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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Metal, Music, Rock
  • Released: Oct 28, 2016

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