Avenged Sevenfold
Avenged Sevenfold


1.5
very poor

Review

by John weathered old reviewer Hanson STAFF
October 24th, 2007 | 150 replies | 32,471 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Man, this album seriously sucks. What happened to Avenged Sevenfold?

When I listen to the new record from Avenged Sevenfold, all I’m really thinking is “What the *** is this *** doing coming through my headphones”. Avenged Sevenfold’s (A7X) last album, City of Evil was a departure from their previous faux-metalcore antics, and was probably for the better. It was one of the few albums you could “bro” out to without feeling too silly. I guess M. Shadows and the rest of the boys in A7X felt that was good enough to repeat. However, they forgot one key part in remaking that album for their self titled fourth release: actually making decent music.

If I’ve ever heard a lazier album, it probably was so bad I pushed it out of my memory, because I cannot recall a record that feels so half assed, so phoned in, so done for the money. While you can’t fault A7X for making their music way more catchy on the previous album, you can fault them for doing the same exact things for the second time in a row, when it wasn’t even all that great the first time through. They recycle the same exact riffs, lead guitar lines, and glam rock solos in the guitar department, the same drum-trigger reliance that while cool sounding at first gets incredibly annoying, and bass work that invokes the spirit of Metallica’s great bass record …And Justice for All.

What truly spoils this album even more than the fact that even the guitarists (one of the few redeeming factors previously) are stuck in a totally uncreative rut is that M. Shadows has gone from having swagger to being the living vocal embodiment of a douchebag. Seriously; there are singers who just from their attitudes and singing style you want to have a beer with, and Shadows used to vaguely seem like that. Now, Shadows makes you pissed off that he can sound so smug and high and mighty, plus he hasn’t progressed a lick besides the self assurance. Take a look at “Scream” his ode to rough-as-*** sex. He goes through the song by the numbers, getting throaty when you expect him to and ‘screaming’ as he proclaims “You know I make you wanna scream, scream, screaaaaaam”.

What makes the album even worse is lyrically, it has all the depth of Justin Timberlake’s newest album, except pretending to be actually serious. Yeah, A7X have had songs about vampires before, and yeah they used to talk about the end of the world ala Revelations, so they couldn’t get much cheesier. When one of your best moments is “I’ve reached towards the sky/I’ve said my goodbyes” and your lyrical worst is a declaration that you’re an amazing lover, well you really don’t have a giant range quality wise. You pretty much suck through and through.

If its possible, and one song usually cannot make the album terrible (and I don’t mean the fact the other 9 songs on the album besides this one are THE EXACT SAME THING), but “A Little Piece of Heaven” is absolutely horrific and has a circus-like theme to boot, replete with strings and keys and horns. It actually sounds like a hard rock circus, and no matter how sick your sense of humor is, its not funny. At all. The way Shadows says “Bye bye” in the chorus is also possibly the single worst moment a singer has ever had ever ever ever. The attempts at being sweet and pensive here, as elsewhere on the album, are totally un-sincere sounding because Shadows can never escape sounding arrogant as hell.

Avenged Sevenfold is City of Evil minus the cool parts, more of Shadows, a circus, and an occasional female singer that’s supposed to make it all sound innovative. There is no “Sidewinder” or “The Wicked End” here; it’s the same song (Critical Acclaim) repeated over and over with slight variations in the formula, with one or two songs breaking from that towards the end. It isn’t enough to save the record from being one of the worst albums of the year, though, and I cannot explain without ranting for 3 pages every reason why this album sucks. Shadows has now pretty much taken over A7X, and what went from a good guitar driven hard rock/metal band has now turned into a caricature of itself and other terrible glam bands from the 80s. If only this had died 20 years ago as well…

HOLD THE PHONES, I HAVE BEEN ALERTED BY A CRACK TEAM OF A7X SPECIALISTS THAT THE REV WRITES ALMOST AS MUCH AS SHADOWS DOES. I AM SORRY FOR GETTING THIS INFORMATION WRONG. LET ME REPHRASE: BOTH SHADOWS AND THE REV ARE TERRIBLE SONGWRITERS. THANK YOU.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
October 24th 2007



16083 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Man am I glad a7x fanboys cant neg me.
Btw sorry in advance for having a right opinion people =( I know being delusional is in =).

roofi
October 24th 2007



959 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

No need to apologize; this band sucks.

Willie
Moderator
October 24th 2007



15909 Comments


and bass work that invokes the spirit of Metallica’s great bass record …And Justice for All.
That made me laugh... good review. I don't like the band, never have, so I don't have any opinion on the album.

BallsToTheWall
October 24th 2007



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Im just confused about this being reviewed. It's Out? or streamed? Decent review, im expecting to atleast find something redeemable here other than Critical Acclaim.

Cesar
October 24th 2007



2732 Comments


The stream can be found in the bottom of the other review.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
October 24th 2007



16083 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Critical Acclaim sucks though. Everything just pretty much sounds exactly the same for at least half of its duration.

LifeInABox
October 24th 2007



3708 Comments


Because he's Staff?

cbmartinez
October 24th 2007



2525 Comments


Sounding The Seventh Trumpet was the best album, City Of Evil I guess was tolerable but way too cheesy at points and man, are they pricks in interviews and stuff. Anyway, I might pick this up, but my hopes are not that high. But is it really that different than COE?

Fort23
October 24th 2007



2475 Comments


yea so if this album is as bad as my you say it is, my friend is going to be pissed. good review, made me lol a few times.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
October 24th 2007



16083 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Its the same shit as CoE minus the decent guitarwork and interesting songs.
Imagine Seize the Day and Burn it Down 8 times and thats 8 of the songs on here. Really terrible.

cbmartinez
October 24th 2007



2525 Comments


hahaha, Seize The Day is soooooooo bad, Burn It Down wasn't too bad

LifeInABox
October 24th 2007



3708 Comments


M.I.A > CoE

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
October 24th 2007



4927 Comments


they made this album in hopes to have two guitar hero III songs.

Cesar
October 24th 2007



2732 Comments


lol

CushMG15
October 24th 2007



1802 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I feel like Lost is the only song worth listening to all the way through on this one, and even on that song, the wanking at the end could've been cut down by a couple measures.

Critical Acclaim was ok too, I thought, but really only because of the Rev's singing part.

Good Review as usual yada yada yada

Otisbum
October 24th 2007



1912 Comments


Eww.

Great review by the way, I'm sure I'd agree with your rating if I had actually listened to this.

At least my prediction was correct: by having an inverted WTF cover, they have done the opposite of WTF, terrible garbage.

Mikesn
Emeritus
October 24th 2007



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

You basically said what I wanted to say so good job.

Lost and Afterlife are the only songs worth listening to.

thesystemisdown
October 24th 2007



412 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Great review, I agree wholeheartedly. A Little Piece of Heaven might be the worst song ever. I mean the circus music was a little catchy and might have been done better by a better band but... good god, everything else was so terrible. I think it should count as a crime against humanity to support the creation of that song.

Yazz_Flute
October 24th 2007



18770 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

A Litte Piece of Heaven seems to be a love it or hate it song...honestly it may be my favorite on the album (or at least in the top three, along with Afterlife and Lost)

I mean....it's cheesy and weird but I love it.

Digging: Eskaton - 4 Visions

deathtotheinfidels
October 24th 2007



180 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

A little Piece of Heaven owns. As does Afterlife, Brompton Cocktail, and Unbound. This album is good.



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