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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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I am not saying that these are bad qualities, but the guitar parts really do seem to be toned down some to a more generic structure that supports the base, much like a nu metal band. But I will say that if it is going to be considered a nu metal album, then it is a very good one that does not fall into many of the trappings that plagued that genre of music. There is a lot more synth elements to this album, and really is more a wall of sound that aren't really metal sounds. A7X have always said that they are not trying to fall into any genre and that they are their own sound, which I respect, and I do respect this album and what it is trying to achieve, but it is probably the album that stays in the stereo the least of all their albums.
The self titles was interesting. We can all agree A7X has some of the most talented musicians out there right now, and all of them have (and, sadly, had) phenominal writing abilities. with this, its clear they wanted to prove that they could write an album with a ton of variety and pull it off with their heads up, which they did. They put some pretty weird stuff in here, but for the most part this album ties itself perfectly. The Rev still sounds as good as always with his unique style of playing, Gates' solos are always written and executed brilliantly, and Zacky and Johny keep the structure of the song together with power. and as always, Shadows proves his vocals have no limits. Its DEFFINITLY not their best, but its deffinitly worth the money for anyone who has it.
It almost seems like they've matured as a band, and what they offer in this album is completely satisfying both to new fans and old fans (I'm in between, having just started with "City of Evil" and some popular tracks from older albums). The diversity of play style is most welcomed, and that makes listening to the album somewhat a "wild ride" (you see what I did there? ;) ) - exciting and fresh.
It's not like the album is terrible or anything, it just has a few anomalies and their style changed.
Critical Acclaim, Scream, Afterlife, Brompton Cocktail, and A Little Piece of Heaven are still great songs. Even if their a little different that City of Evil and such.
Gunslinger, Lost and Dear God? Weird. I don't even know where the heck they completely lost their rock intuition here. The background singers in Unbound and then the female singer is just wrong for them.
But all in all, they're sill awesome. I'll get over the glitches.
#1 - 9 (nice harder song, maybe a 9,5 without all of the talking)
#2 - 8.5 (another kind of upbeat, harder track)
#3 - 8
#4 - 9 (nice upbeat one)
#5 - 7.5
#6 - 7.5
#7 - 8
#8 - 7.5
#9 - 8 (long song, f/ ?? on the background vocals)
#10 - 8
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