Yes given the circumstances it is more special to me than any of their others. I just got my cd today and have listened to it once through. Very hard to listen to but I am so excited because this cd is AMAZING! Better than I expected. Fav song is probably Fiction just because Jimmy's voice is on it but it made me cry to listen to. Hard to say if it is better than previous albums. I love Waking the Fallen and the self titled. It's as good if not better than them. This cd kicks ass but at the same time I cried during so many of the songs just because of the references to Jimmy. True fans will love this and those that weren't fans before have to be deaf not to love this cd.
I have to confess that I just started listening to this band because of Dream Theater. I didn't know what I was missing. I read that Mike Portnoy was Jimmy's favorite drummer and that he would be playing with the Avenged Sevenfold during the current tour, so I looked up the band, listened to the song "Nightmare" and was blown away. I then heard "Buried Alive" off the new album and liked it as well. I just ordered this CD along with the DVD/CD from 2008.
Is it epic? I think so. I consider it a return to the epic sound from City Of Evil and the dark tone from Waking The Fallen. The band has always had a signature sound on all of their albums no matter what. I haven't heard all of the tracks yet because I'm waiting til release, but I can say I think it'll be very special given that Jimmy's favorite drummer took his place on the record, and Mike is a phenomenal drummer. Plus, even though he is gone, Jimmy is all over this record from his writing to his vocals that were used. This may very well be the band's best yet.
I've listened to the entire album several times now (10+), and I can say, without a doubt, that this is A7X's best overall album. In fact, it sits atop my list of best albums I've ever heard. An amazing piece of work, brilliant in all aspects.
Buried Alive Is so damn Epic along with the whole Cd. I have been Listening to nightmare and Buried avile for two weeks now. And Now The whole cd, I just can say this is thier best yet and best cd of 2010
I really don't know why people think this band is so great, they are not, i mean whats so special about this Jimmy guy? He committed suicide, basically a lethal does of alcohol mixed with prescription drugs, if that not, then i dunno what is. The album is ok in places, and Portnoy is a great drummer, but i think the guy who died was much better for this material. Mike sounds bored on all but a few tracks, the production(especially guitars) is paper thin, and it just sounds very uninspired. If it was about the death of the drummer, then they needed to put more umph behind it. But i'm just not a fan, most are people between 13 and 25 years old, i'm 35 so i'm more old school. Also the fans of this band seem very rude and cuss you out if you have anything negative to say about them, which i'm sick of. Its a band, these are people, not gods. And why are people so offended by people saying things about the death of The Rev? Its silly, you didn't know him on a personal level.
Jimmy was an amazingly talented drummer. What's special about anyone who dies? Are you telling me you've never been upset over anyone who's died who you didn't know personally? People get upset because he was an integral part of their life, even if they weren't an integral part of his.
What are you expecting to accomplish with these "reviews"? It seems like you're just a sad middle aged man in search of a soapbox...go ahead and rant all you want, I'm not going to stop you. Try to stay focused though on what you're ranting about.
I wouldn't say it's "epic". To me it's much like their last cd with half of it being metal, the other half pity rock, and I just don't like the combination personally. They need to be one or the other. The metal songs are cool, Buried Alive is the best of the not so metal tracks. That said, with the death of their drummer I was hoping for a more inspired disc. 2.5 stars out of 5 for me.