Avenged Sevenfold
City of Evil


4.5
superb

Review

by Willem Hattingh USER (6 Reviews)
March 8th, 2011 | 23 replies | 4,432 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A7X's Warner Bros. label debut appears to attract a huge audience to their talent...

1 of 9 thought this review was well written

This album departs from the weak metalcore style used in the last two albums and gives Avenged Sevenfold a stronger, more unique sound that will give them more mainstream attention which, I infer, would have been what they wanted; The fact that they still have many haters is irrelevant. Synyster can still shred and the Rev can still play drums accurately and impressively. M Shadows has stopped performing harsh vocals and then depended on a vocal couch who had previously trained vocalists from rock groups, such as Soundgarden and Guns & Roses; But you will hear him scream on "Blinded In Chains", but it doesn't sound like anything you'd hear on "Sounding The Seventh Trumpet". Now, there is no way to describe A7X apart from labelling them as just "Metal" or "Hard Rock". Guitar leads are very common on the songs on the album which sound very melodeath-influenced (Reminds me a bit of 90's Carcass), and They have also got into the habit of putting some orchestration into songs, like in moments of "Strength of the World" and "The Wicked End".

From what I can see, this album has songs with good choices of lyrical themes, which other A7X records arguably don't have (with the exception of "Nightmare"), like "Betrayed" or "MIA". "Betrayed" is written under tribute to Dimebag Darrel; guitarist of successful groove metal band, Pantera. In case you don't know, he was shot on stage when performing with Damageplan live, in the year before this album was released. Another thing that I have easily noticed is Avenged Sevenfold's influence on legendary progressive metallers, known as "Dream Theater" (Their former drummer, Mike Portnoy has named this album one of his favourite albums of 2005*. He would then later, in 2010, perform with A7X to record "Nightmare".) When you listen to "Blinded In Chains", you can hear that Honor Thy Father riff in the first 2 verses of the song. In conclusion of the review, I don't find anything in this album too bad, but this album was a very successful one (followed by their self-titled in 2007).

Best songs:
Strength Of The World
Blinded By Chains
The Wicked End
Sidewinder
Betrayed

*http://www.mikeportnoy.com/aboutmike/albums.aspx



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promiseswept
March 8th 2011



846 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

oh my god what is this!??? I don't even whaaa

promiseswept
March 8th 2011



846 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

if i could neg twice i would

Acanthus
March 8th 2011



9537 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

if i could neg twice i would

You can't?

I have this album but never got around to rating it, normally it just ends up sounding like a whole bunch of nothing after "Bat Country" comes around (entire reason a younger me bought the album).

Digging: The Cure - The Head on the Door

promiseswept
March 8th 2011



846 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

;) haha

Rev
March 8th 2011



9382 Comments


I used to worship this album

MopHeadOvMetal
March 8th 2011



193 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Too bad. Critical response only !!

Rev
March 8th 2011



9382 Comments


Review sucks

BallsToTheWall
March 8th 2011



44164 Comments


vocal couch



Pos.

theacademy
March 8th 2011



28252 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yes now review their s/t

Ire
March 8th 2011



41749 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

syn

Counterfeit
March 8th 2011



17819 Comments


sup

Relinquished
March 8th 2011



24468 Comments


wtf

Ire
March 8th 2011



41749 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

my dog was listening to earth when i took that pic


my dog only likes earth m/

somberlain
March 8th 2011



2121 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

if i could neg twice i would

make an alt
the guitar solo in 'Bat Country' is what makes this a 1.5 instead of a 1 for me


Josh D.
March 8th 2011



13967 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Nothing could make me up this.

somberlain
March 8th 2011



2121 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

It would def be a 1 without that solo, other than that, this is horrible

Josh D.
March 8th 2011



13967 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Well yeah, it's A7X.

somberlain
March 8th 2011



2121 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Well yeah, it's A7X.

you should check out their earlier work Josh






ok not really

Defeater
March 8th 2011



5782 Comments


i'd rather check out tubgirl

Rev
March 8th 2011



9382 Comments


lawl



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