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Dated but still a solid rock album. A good followup to Waking The Fallen.
on May 27, 2016
I feel that this album has not aged as well as I thought that it would. This came out when I was about 16 and it was the most amazing album ever to me, at the time. It is still an enjoyable listen but I can hear some elements that don't align with my more mature musical ideals at this point. I still feel that the first four tracks and the last four tracks are the best on the album. The middle of the album seems to have the weaker tracks which tends to be a common thing for A7X albums. This album is important because at the time of it's conception and release, the radio was pushing Slipknot, Korn, and Seether. Avenged Sevenfold reminded us the rock could still, well, "rock." It didn't need to necessarily shock us or make a bold political statement; it could just rock out with quality musicianship and fun songs. "Bat Country" may be one of their easiest tracks to play on guitar, but is it not immensely catchy and fun to sing along to? The answer: Yes.