Avenged Sevenfold
Avenged Sevenfold


2.5
average

Review

by Gastón P. Ro'o USER (6 Reviews)
November 1st, 2007 | 36 replies | 4,372 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: They could have done a lot better, but it could have been worse

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

I read that M. Shadows (band vocalist) said that their new album was going to be to them what Metallica´s self titled album was to Metallica, and that made me have inmense expectations for this album, I used to think "Man, A7X´s new album is going to be awesome" still being aware of A7X´s mainstream position.

Thousands of people disapproved them when "City of Evil" came out because of the evidential change of style, with a more "mainstream" sound, almost completely dropping the harsh vocals and with their "look at me, I´m bad" Bat Country video airing on MTV (and eventually winning a VMA award), this caused the band to be labeled as a "sellout" and lost many hardcore fans. However, City of Evil is a solid album, full of epic songs and with a decent technical level, It as well gained lot of new fans, and I liked it a lot (not as much as Waking the Fallen, though).

Now after 2 years, their 4th album comes out and... well... First of all, the songs are much shorter than their previous releases, not only shorter, but weaker. Songs get each time more predictable and it makes me think that A7X is trying TOO hard to become a "heavy fall out boy." This album has 10 songs(making it their CD with the least amount of songs), all of them have a catchy sing-a-long chorus, and now some of them have cellos, or brass instruments replacing the guitars, that shows the band´s willing to experiment with softer sounds, which is cool, but I think they overdid it. There are some powerful heavy metal songs like "Scream" and "Brompton Cocktail", but "Gunslinger" reminded me of the boring Metallica´s Load album, with western-style acoustic stuff mixed with "heavy metal" and "Dear God" is A7X´s gayest song, also souded like a ballad on the "Reload" album. "A Little Piece of Heaven" is the album´s most outstanding song, it sounds like a Danny Elfman piece, and it´s something that A7X has never attempted to do before.

The good stuff:
The production of the album, however is a flawless job, everything in this album sounds clear, the dual guitars sound as kick ass as they should, and M. Shadows did a good job on the vocals

The bad stuff:
This is one of those albums you get tired of quickly, because the song structures are very predictable. Every single song in this album will disappoint u if u listened to their older material.

The really really crappy stuff:
The chorus for "Lost" (annoys) and "Dear God"

Avenged Sevenfold is undoubtedly their weakest release, it may gain lots of new audience, but for people who enjoyed listening to their older recordings it may sound too lame, not a bad album, but I´m sure we all expected something a lot better, I recommend it to Fall out boy and panic! at the disco fans who want to go heavy.



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Inflames
November 1st 2007



635 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

They reached their peak with waking the fallen....their just going to get progressively worse and worse.

punknmetal4lyf
November 1st 2007



50 Comments


A7X always gets a bad rep for CoE. For those open minded enough to look past the change in sound, they realized it was an absolutely genius album. And at a time when metalcore was become horrifically cliched and overdone, it was not a moment too soon. Filled with epic guitar lines, amazing progressive elements, and a new flair for darkly melodic pop hooks, it was one hell of a ride from start to finish. So what is the big difference between City of Evil and this S/T? Laziness. Pure and simple. Any half-witted chimpanzee can tell that they put an amazing amount of work in to City of Evil. Whether they sold out or not is inconsequential. They made sure that every element was in place, that every guitar line was epic and perfectly executed, that the drumlines were bombastic and precise, that the progressive symphonic elements were all in place but not overused. Their fascination with spaghetti western themes, dark biblical inspired apocolyptic themes, and their own self-destructive lifestyle created some music read lyrics. The S/T on the other hand, while revisiting many of the elements of CoE, sounds more like the B-sides to City of Evil than a whole album in itself. There are a few A tracks, but most of it sounds like they had a good song idea, but didn't really wanna exhert too much effort in bringing the idea to fruition. It's a good album. But nowhere in the league of Waking the Fallen or City of Evil. It is better than Sounding the Seventh Trumpet, though, only slightly less disjointed thank StST*, IMO.

*Streets and Warmness on the Soul fit in like a gnome in a room full of ice giants.

Bfhurricane
November 1st 2007



6197 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Interesting take on A7X (to punknmetal). Short but fairly accurate review, I actually like this album but Im really disappointed with the amount of effort put into this. Half of the riffs on this album could have been written in a day, but it's catchy as hell.

Now after 2 years, their 3rd album comes out

It's their fourth buddy, do your homework

Correction
November 1st 2007



188 Comments


I agree, punknmetal4lyf. I didn't like CoE, but at least I could tell that actual effort was put towards it. This album just sounds lazy and that this band is trying capitlize poorly on their success.
Alright review, needs to be a hell of a lot longer though.

Eakflanderyof
November 1st 2007



2143 Comments


Interesting take on A7X (to punknmetal). Short but fairly accurate review, I actually like this album but Im really disappointed with the amount of effort put into this. Half of the riffs on this album could have been written in a day, but it's catchy as hell.


Now, I'm not much of an Avenged Sevenfold fan, but most guitar riffs are written in five minutes or less. You don't spend weeks constructing a riff. It's the fine tuning and songwriting as whole that takes time.

Bfhurricane
November 1st 2007



6197 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

What I meant by that is that it sounds like Synyster sat down, played a few riffs off the top of his head, and said "Alright thats cool enough." This could have been polished up so much more

ColdDamnation
November 1st 2007



159 Comments


everything they do is musically correct and, "good."

it's just uninspired.

ColdDamnation
November 1st 2007



159 Comments


and talk about sounding like a duesch bag. even if he was singing about stuff I agree with, I'd still have an unignorable desire to punch that guy in the face.This Message Edited On 11.01.07

Correction
November 1st 2007



188 Comments


Yeah, City of Evil was very good. This isn't really an experiment, just a shitty album, but you're a mod, so I'll shut up now.

Correction
November 1st 2007



188 Comments


Yeah, I guess...

Yazz_Flute
November 1st 2007



18770 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I pretty much agree. But what the hell? The chorus to Lost is probably one of, ifnot the best part of the album, definately the best chorus also.

Digging: Eskaton - 4 Visions

Mikesn
Emeritus
November 1st 2007



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Lost is the best song on the album.


Still much worse than anything off CoE or WtF, but it's not too bad.

i am the robots
November 1st 2007



1027 Comments


This album is not good in any way shape or form. Please stop lying to yourselves.

A7X always gets a bad rep for CoE. For those open minded enough to look past the change in sound, they realized it was an absolutely genius album.

Actually, I think it's incredibly cheesy and wanky, and poorly written. It's nowhere near being genius.This Message Edited On 11.01.07

Correction
November 1st 2007



188 Comments


I still like CoE. Guilty pleasure to the fullest.



Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
November 1st 2007



16083 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I thought CoE was pretty good.

i am the robots
November 1st 2007



1027 Comments


It has its moments, but for the most part its just HRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

Correction
November 1st 2007



188 Comments


YOU'RE A HRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

Ire
November 1st 2007



41754 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

This album rox.... I still like this album, and plath is right, they were awful in their metalcore debut.

i am the robots
November 1st 2007



1027 Comments


Actually, Sounding The Seventh Trumpet is a pretty solid release. It's nothing original, but it's a good listen.

SynGates
November 1st 2007



2467 Comments


meh i only liked streets and darkness surrounding. pretty lame CD imo.



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