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We made this record for the 18- to 25- year-old kid who just wants to blast some heavy shit out his window something you can groove to and rock out to that means something. There s no glitz or glamor just a heavy-hitting record that encompasses all of Avenged Sevenfold. It s a record that new fans
and old fans will love. M. Shadows
The debut major-label album from
Avenged Sevenfold (aka A7X), 2005's
City Of Evil, earned gold (817,640 copies sold to date), shot to Top 30 Pop and won the band Best New Artist at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards. For the selftitled follow-up, the band gets even harder and heavier. Avenged Sevenfold, the group's first album to be self-produced, is head-banging heaven.

Avenged Sevenfold's fourth full-length is little more than a workaday hard rock record replete with songs tailored for the innards of hockey rinks and basketball arenas. The nu-metal bellowing and angst-filled posturing quickly wear thin, rendering tracks such as "Scream" and "Afterlife," and the opening "Critical Acclaim," nearly interminable. Sure, "Gunslinger," "A Little Piece of Heaven," and "Dear God" offer some variation and each holds a few interesting ideas but there's nothing here that hasn't already been tried by My Chemical Romance, Nightwish, Buckcherry, or Bon Jovi. A credible but ultimately failed effort. --Jedd Beaudoin

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 30, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B000V6BE6C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (242 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #499 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Silva Payne on April 27, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Up until 2 days ago, all I knew of Avenged Sevenfold were the 2 songs regularly played on Kerrang! TV here in the UK. I liked those enough that when I was wandering through the local HMV store, I noticed that the self-titled CD was on sale and decided to treat myself. And what a treat it has turned out to be. First of all, if you like your metal loud and screaming, non-stop and unintelligible, then this CD may not be for you. Granted there are a couple of tracks that roll around like a thunderstorm caught between two hills, but this CD has much more to offer. Lyrics that at first listen sound innocuous enough but on deeper reading become very dark and vicious, juxtapose wonderfully with soaring guitar work and M Shadows' gravel-in-honey voice. And right when you think they are a full-blown metal gatepost, you are sidelined with the gorgeous lament of being far from home and missing your girlfriend. Genius!

In an age when most bands actually want to be labeled as a certain genre, Avenged Sevenfold seem perfectly at ease with doing whatever comes to mind. They look metal. They can write with a goth sorrow. They can be as sarcastic as the best punk offerings. The orchestral arrangements add so much to already full songs, and the musicianship and production are polished and swaggering. M Shadows struck me at first glance as another Chester from Linkin Park; he still does but if anything his vocal range is greater and smoother, this guy can sing and growl as required. He is also by far the best eye candy of the quintet, though none of them are shrinking violets and are sure to have their fair share of groupies.

The CD opens with the bitter and twisted "Critical Acclaim", setting the goth tone with an intro on a church organ.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By John Ranic on November 17, 2007
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Since the release of City of Evil, Avenged Sevenfold has been crucified for knocking off the kings of 80's metal. With their latest self-titled effort, they haven't mimicked their idols; they just may have become them for their generation.

Avenged Sevenfold is bigger than its categorical brethren in every way. The ungodly solos, the intricate measure for measure harmonizing, the heart-attack drum licks and huge chorus' all make for a career defining performance.

Kicking off the album with their heaviest track to date is "Critical Acclaim." After an organ intro that sounds as if listeners are passing through cemetery's gates and some sleek guitar work that paints the path to come, the track explodes into metal mayhem with double bass and give and take guitar chugging not heard since a certain Vulgar Display of Power. Vocalist M. Shadows' lyrical rant is easily the most delicious liberal call-out heard in years.

"Critical Acclaim" also unleashes A7X's newest vocal talent - The Rev. His "Sebastian Bach on heroine" vocal styling is interesting to say the least and plays an important role throughout the album.

The classic thrash of "Almost Easy" continues the upbeat journey, complete with trip-licks courtesy of The Rev and a monster chorus. Following suit is "Scream," which possesses an extremely dark vibe, complimented with one of the most interesting ascensions and dissensions of scale heard to date.

"Afterlife" proves to be the first explicit differentiation, as it opens with mournful strings and paints a heavy picture of the young dying and trying to escape the afterlife in hopes of resurrecting what was lost. This fascinating display of self-examination and self-regret ends with the most impressive Synyster Gates solo yet.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Bill Allison on November 2, 2007
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Whoa. Where do I start with this one? Okay, I'm just going to say right now that Avenged Sevenfold have created a career-defining album. It may not be their heaviest album to date, but the band ditched the metalcore thing a long time ago. This upset and alienated many of the longtime fans and I'll admit that it kinda rubbed me the wrong way. At first. Then I realized that with "City of Evil", the band I had grown to love with "Sounding the Seventh Trumpet" and "Waking the Fallen" were going for something different altogether. But when you think about it, each record they've done has always been radically different than the one before it, so a big change on this album shouldn't come as such a suprise. Still, as different as this self-titled album is, I think it's their best, most focused (albeit, more polished) yet. It's the sound of a band busting out of a genre and truly discovering themselves. In short, this is their "Sing the Sorrow". This is their "Black Album". It's sure to upset many, but just as many will find something to love.

Despite all the hatred these guys have had to deal with, they know who their true fans are and this masterpiece should please most of them looking to hear something different than what they've come to expect. Still, as different as it may be, it's still distinctly A7X. This is apparent fromt the get-go with the first three tracks. You gotta love the intro to "Critical Acclaim" and although I'm normally not a fan of politically-themed music, it's refreshing to hear a different take other than just how much "the administration sucks". "Almost Easy" didn't do much for me the first time I heard it but it grew on me after a couple of listens and I can now see why it was chosen as their first single.
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Are they Satanic worshipers or what?
You do realize that the biblical reference of their name involves demonic possession right? The biblical text states that when a demon is excorsized, if it returns, it will return sevefold. Maybe you're blind because you're a fan, but satanists can reference the bible just as easily as a Christian.
Jun 10, 2010 by B. Atkinson |  See all 14 posts
Wich song do you like more-- Almost easy or critical acclaim???
wow, i prefer critical acclaim MUCH more.
almost easy is good, but critical acclaim is superb.
Oct 27, 2007 by a7x1337 |  See all 11 posts
Weak album but still fun to listen to
I have to disagree with this post, I found this album pretty heavy. It's amazing and right next to "City Of Evil" if not a little better. The last song "Dear God" is an almost country ballad that could be one of the nicest songs A7X has ever recorded. The two singles... Read More
Oct 29, 2007 by Johnathon Alden |  See all 4 posts
New CD Rocks!!!!!!!! (first Impressions)
I just previewed it too, not sure about brilliant. I guess I just don't know where the country track came from, I guess to completely take over the rock world. They are well on their way, and I personally think that if you have never heard one of their songs before then listing to Afterlife is... Read More
Oct 24, 2007 by jesse rand |  See all 3 posts
Different band, great music but...
I think it's because the drummer is holding back. They sound like Firehouse cock rock now. Or Tesla or something. If they didn't try to push it as heavy then we'd probably like it better. Unfortunately, all though entertaining, it is very far from heavy.
Oct 28, 2007 by John Williams |  See all 3 posts
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