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  • Vinyl
  • Label: Hopeless Records
  • ASIN: B004SQ0GGK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (523 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,617,703 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The members of Avenged Sevenfold were well into work on the album of their lives. Then, in an instant, their lives changed. The Rev had died. They hadn’t just lost their drummer. They’d lost a family member – a guy who was best friends with vocalist M. Shadows since second grade in the Orange County town of Huntington Beach, and with guitarist Synyster Gates since fifth ... Read more in Amazon's Avenged Sevenfold Store

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It's a good album, with a few really great songs.
Mrboyjumpy
Awesome album, I'd highly recommend it to any fan of True Metal.
G.Q.
It's the only reason I gave the album 3 stars instead of 2.
J - Dizzle

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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Tommy on July 7, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Once you succeed in a certain area/genre, the next logical step is taking things to the next level. How many times have we seen a band do the same thing over and over (because they make a CD in which the formula they use sells CD's and sets them aside from the rest of the crowd) but ends up burning out from overuse of their own formula? The type of band i've mentioned is common in our day and age and the ones that survive are the ones that are able to evolve and create their own unique formula which encourages evolution. A7X is one of those bands. Shame on the person that says they've sold out while proclaiming they've been a true fan since the beginning (their beginning is "unholy confessions")--while i'm not trying to take away their merit and their best intentions, nor am I denying the fact that you're a true fan, you honestly don't have the right, nor the competance, to say that they've sold out, that they've let their true fans down. I'm one of those fans that will buy loads of this CD to give out to people on the streets since I know that the intelligence and competance shown by A7X will be enough to reel them in and bring forth a new breed of fans--the thinking kind; the kind that appreciates and knows music, etc. You will be of no loss to the group if you keep a negative attitude to a band you all swear to love. Having the band members talk about this album and mention that this album has them feeling the happiest with the end result compared to the other albums shows that this CD is intended to set them aside from a certain genre/style and have succeeded in creating an album which will go down in history has being "one of the best in 'genre'", without a doubt! Now, thank you for sticking with me this long so i'll write a review for each song.Read more ›
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43 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Michael Crane on May 22, 2006
Format: Audio CD
"City of Evil" was my first introduction to Avenged Sevenfold. The CD looked interesting enough so I picked it up without hearing a single song. My first impression was that I liked it. I didn't love it, but there was something about this band that was intriguing me. I decided to pick up the earlier releases and was shocked to find such a different sound on them. At first, I liked those a lot more than this album, but the more and more I listened to "City of Evil," the more and more I fell in love with it.

Having a completely different singing style sound, having more melodic riffs to accompany stronger song craft while still keeping that heavy edge that they're known for, Avenged Sevenfold gets rid of their emo look and feel and strive to come up with something better, something stronger. I believe they accomplished that. The songs on this album are like short stories. Instead of the "life is horrible" or "kill me now" vibe that you would've expected from them on their earlier releases, they have written stronger songs with different meanings. "Strength of the World" is constructed like something you'd expect from an old Western--a man coming home to find his family murdered, and swearing revenge on the killers responsible. "M.I.A." appears to be very much influenced by the ongoing war we're dealing with, as it tells the story of a soldier coping with his feelings after everything is all said and done.

And other songs... well, they're just amazing to listen to. "Bat Country" is a tribute to the late Hunter S. Thompson, and "Betrayed" is dedicated to the murdered Dimebag Darrell. All of the songs have haunting lyrics and lines that stay in your head long after the song is done.
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96 of 114 people found the following review helpful By Sky TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 8, 2005
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This is the disk that could push Nu Metal into the drainage vortex and bring guitar rock back to the forefront of hard rock with a "Vengeance". In fact, City of Evil may have the best Heavy Metal song on it that I've heard in years with Bat Country.

If you've been an A7X fan or you are at least familiar with their past work like their last disk Waking the Fallen, prepare yourselves for a somewhat new sound. Out is song after song of the angry shouting so typical in speed/death metal, and in is City of Evil with a disk of singing by M. Shadows that is a metalhead's dream....Clear with great vocal harmonies.

The music is hard. Spectacular drumming by TheRev that seems to be preformed effortlessly but precisely. Head banging guitar solos and driving bass, put together with vocal melodies that move away from the death/speed metal sound of A7X's past efforts to a sound that I can listen to with my wife in the car...well...almost.

The songs are epic (all well over 5 minutes each), complex but very tight. A fair analogy might be early Bruce Dickenson Iron Maiden meets Guns n Roses meets A7X's own style of unique speed metal.

The jewel of this disk is track 4...the radio played Bat Country. But there are several standout tracks here. I think that there were only 3 tracks that I said that I probably wouldn't rip to my library. Pantera fans will want to give track 10 (Betrayed) a listen; I think that it's kind of the story of the last days of the late, great Dimebag Darrell (see my review of Damageplan's New Found Power). Tracks 7,8 & 9 also shine.

City of Evil brings a refreshing, somewhat newish sound to Metal fans, and it is most definitely worth having in your collection if you're into the genre. Give it a try.

Edit 12/27/2009 - RIP James "The Rev" Sullivan. Rock the Heavens with Dimebag and Davey Williams!
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