Avenged Sevenfold
City of Evil


5.0
classic

Review

by Drunken Viking USER (20 Reviews)
May 14th, 2006 | 55 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


I know there are already reviews of this album expressing that people think this is a classic, but I've been wanting to review for a while, and now is as good a time as any. Please don't shit in the thread about that, or about them appearing on MTV. Thanks in advance.
Now for the review.

City Of Evil kicks off with Beast and the Harlot. The second single off this album, it starts off with a guitar lead backed with some piano and other effects. Shadows voice is triple tracked throughout the entire verse. The chorus is the opposite of verse, instead of a dark and gloomy almost haunting atmosphere it's uplifting. The solo in this song is great, Zacky and Synyster harmonize a few parts of it to. The intro becomes the outro of this song too. After some pick scrapping Beast and the Harlot segues directly into Burn It Down. Starting off with pick scrapes, it leads into a cool harmonized part reminiscent of Waking the Fallen's Eternal Rest. Shadows vocals are double tracked throughout the whole chorus, and it's all harmonized adding extra power to it. There are a few breakdowns in Burn It Down, and the solo is very noteworthy and fast.

With the fading outro Blinded in Chains hits through the speakers. The opening riff kinda reminds me of the intro to Children of Bodom's In Your Face. Another harmony part hits right after the intro. This song reminds me most of Chapter Four with all the harmonies sounding very alike. The verses both consist of Shadows talking quickly in a low voice and singing over them. This is also a song where Johnny Christ really shines through, his bass is pretty audible for the most part, there is even a slight solo right before the outro to Blinded in Chains. Bat Country was the first single off of City Of Evil, it's lyrically about Hunter S. Thompson and the movie Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. The guitar solo in this song is great, but it's my least favorite of A7X's. Their are a few clean breaks after the choruses that slow down the song, and add to the whole Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas acid trip theme. Trashed and Scattered is the fifth track off of City Of Evil. This song begins with a blistering guitar part, and again the bass is very prominent in the pre-chorus. This song is lyrically about all the press and magazines trying to talk crap about them in attempts to bring them down, which is appropriate considering all the flack they've been getting since the release of City Of Evil. Trashed and Scattered has a great lead part during the chorus, just like in And All Things Will End, which shows they haven't completely abandoned their older style.

Seize the Day much like Eternal Rest from Waking the Fallen this song signals a transition from the first half of City Of Evil to the second half. Simply put Seize the Day is a power ballad, it starts off with some acoustic guitar and Shadows, the electric guitar (played by Synyster) takes a back seat to the rhythm of the song. Still, the solo is mind blowing. I many other people I have talked to think it's the best on the album. Sadly however, most people overlook this track citing Shadows voice, someone even said he sounds like a dying animal. I see no problems however. Sidewinder starts out with silence for a few moments, then the harmonized guitars come in with a simple lead pattern. the majority of this song contains some harmonized guitars, not as the forerunner of the song, but the background. Adding effect to it. The cool duel guitar battle half way through is amazing, and is of course harmonized showing that Synyster isn't the only good guitar player. The highlight of this song is definitely the outro though, the dueling acoustic guitar solo, you can't get much better then that.

The Wicked End is simply put, about the end of the world. Some of the lyrics include,

Voice your prophecy, shed some light
Fell sorrow for mankids's chance to survive
Swallowed lies and swam in your own tears
A stab in the dark and it wounded our will
We won't be here tomorrow, hold on to me for one last time


This song starts off with an intricate bass and drum part, then quickly leads into some dueling guitars. Again like Sidewinder this song is filled with harmonized guitars, that add to the atmosphere. A huge orchestral interlude ensues the middle few minutes of the song, complete with a full choir, and other various orchestral instruments it is the highlight of the song. The solo is also amazing however, a minute or so of Synyster pulling out all the tricks, from pinch harmonics to tapping this solo has it all. Overall this solo has a very aggressive feel, mainly due to the fast pace and drum's blast beats. Strength of The World starts off completely different, with an acoustic guitar part playing arpeggios. Like The Wicked End , Strength of The World also has some orchestral instruments playing. The second the electric guitar kicks in the mood changes very much. It's still laid back but it's heavier and powerful. With some cool leads throughout it this song is my favorite from the album. It's incredibly epic. The soft melodic parts after each chorus with Shads singing

I've seen my family fade away, you've taken my whole life
There's nothing left to say


fit into place remarkably well. The one complaint most have about this song is the chorus, Shadows voice is really annoying, when he goes yeaheaheaheaheah, it really hits a nerve. But other than that no complaints.

Betrayed starts out with a cool part, that reminds me very much of Pantera. This song is actually written in Dimebag's memory. Like Strength of the World this song has some quiet moments, followed by hard hitting guitar and pummeling drums. The guitar leads in this song are excellent, some of my favorite from Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance. Shadows voice is lacking slightly though, his attempt at doing ohhs like choirs fail miserably. This song is my least favorite off the album, on saved by the lyrics and guitar leads. M.I.A.. the final song off of City Of Evil. It starts out slow, with the harmonizing of clean guitars. In this song Shadows sings about, his friends experiences during the Iraq War. Very reminiscent of Iron Maiden M.I.A. is full of guitar leads, great vocals, amazing drums, but unlike Maiden inaudible bass. The verse reminds me of Hallowed Be Thy Name, with it's stop start pattern. The guitars seem to try to match the vocals almost, when Shadows sings the guitar adds some background leads that make it seem almost like their is more than one person singing. Most of the second half of M.I.A. (excluding the clean outro) is guitar leads from both Synyster and Zacky. A choir enters near the end. The distorted guitars fade out and in come the clean ones again. Shadows vocals generate a lot of undeserved shit at the end, they are a combination of his normal raspy talking voice and his singing, and it's supposed to be emotional. Some acoustic guitar, and City Of Evil comes to a fading close.

Pros
- Great guitar work
- Unique in every way, from the lyrics to the instrumentation, all original
- Catchy, it hooks you upon first listen
- Most of the songs convey their meaning without being offensive.
- Not Waking the Fallen Part 2, City Of Evil shows the maturity level of A7X, that aren't just a one dimensional metal band.

Cons
- Not Waking the Fallen Part 2, they really changed their sound drastically, upsetting many of their old school fans.
- Long, this albums shortest song is just below the five minute mark, so if you're looking for some short catchy songs you'll be disappointed.
- The guitars are harmonized like crazy, this can be cool, but when overused it can come off as dull to some people.

Avenged Sevenfold is
M. Shadows - Vocals
The Rev - Drums
Synyster Gates - Guitar
Zacky Vengeance - Guitar
Johnny Christ - Bass



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TurnTheOtherWay
May 14th 2006


459 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Great review. I don't quite get the comparison of Burn it Down to Eternal Rest, though. You know you're going to get a lot of shit about the number of reviews for this thing, right?
And you knocked my A7X review off the top spot with a A7X review. Ironic...

Drunken Viking
May 14th 2006


1023 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Right after Shadows screams "Dark side of vengeance, burn for the rest of time", the harmony right after there reminded me of it, if you're having trouble finding that part it's about 30 seconds before the melodic part in the middle.


If people would read either the first paragraph of the review, or the announcement in the Sputnik forums they wouldn't say anything about the number.

TurnTheOtherWay
May 14th 2006


459 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Oh, I see what you mean now. I just automatically think of the solo and heavy riffing when someone mentions Eternal Rest.

Drunken Viking
May 14th 2006


1023 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Yeah, whenever I think of it I think harmonization, that song probably has the most harmonies of any song on Waking the Fallen.

Bfhurricane
May 14th 2006


6197 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great review, I agree with a lot on here. The way you continually compared songs on this cd with Waking the Fallen got a little boring in the first half of your review, it was smart to later compare these songs to bands like Iron Maiden, because thats what will make this review catch the attention of people who havent heard any A7X. good work

Drunken Viking
May 14th 2006


1023 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I like the lyrics, "Trashed and Scattered again (I'm feeling so low), you'll waste your breathe by fucking with me (my blood is so cold) is better than most stuff I've heard lately.

I'm Charming
May 14th 2006


332 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^^^^. Shut up.

I'm not going to take a Mudvayne fanboy seriously.

You make no sense.


With that said,

Amazing review & album. You're up there in ShadowsFallen status. That's elite company sir.

MIA is my fav song.


TurnTheOtherWay
May 14th 2006


459 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Charming, don't start something with him. Last time that happened it ended with a 3-4 page flame war on one of the WtF reviews. He was just commenting on the album without flaming anyone.

Drunken Viking
May 14th 2006


1023 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

You can't honestly think he wasn't trying to start an argument there.

TurnTheOtherWay
May 14th 2006


459 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Even if he was looking to start an arguement doesn't mean we should give him one. It's best just to ignore trolls IMO.

engulfed in flames
May 15th 2006


11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review, alright band. Definetly no Iron Maiden and not one of my favorite bands vocally. There are parts where it just sounds like whining to me.

The music is put togethor much better on this album IMO. I especially love the drums at the beginning of Burn it Down and Blinded in Chains.

Favorite Track: Streangth of the World

vuergara
May 15th 2006


35 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I personally love A7X..
I really did not like them until theiir third release (City of Evil).
IMO the vocals fit their musical and instrumental style better..
It turns out that an accident involving the popping of several vocal chords was actually a blessing in disguise..

A7X_Theater_88
May 15th 2006


9 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

lol yeah true, I actually like their songs better without screaming.
best tracks IMO are beast and the harlot, and strength of the world.
I wish they would repeat the chorus in M.I.A more than twice though, its so catchy.
Good Review

Bfhurricane
May 15th 2006


6197 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is nothing like Iron Maiden (my favorite band ever) but there's obvious influence in a lot of these songs and you cannot deny that. But because there's influence doesnt necessarily mean its good, its all up to the individual listener

WARPATH_88
May 15th 2006


514 Comments


Had some classic metal infuence, but it wasnt a 5/5 in my opinion. A7x is not that great but they have some cool riffs and drums.

engulfed in flames
May 15th 2006


11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, I knew that Shadows had blown some vocal chords. His voice kinda grew on me, I enjoy it now. But it took some time.


Steerpike
May 15th 2006


1861 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

He burst a blood vessel in his throat, but that wasn't why he stopped screaming. They were already planning to make this change before that happened.This Message Edited On 05.15.06

SCREAM!
May 15th 2006


10376 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah that was hilarious

Digging: Svartidau?i - Flesh Cathedral

deathscreamingsheep
May 15th 2006


86 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Although slightly unneccessary as there's a bunch of reviews on this album anyway, you've done an impressive review on this album.

I am a big fan of Sevenfold anyway, but that doesn't change the quality of this review.

engulfed in flames
May 15th 2006


11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"He burst a blood vessel in his throat, but that wasn't why he stopped screaming. They were already planning to make this change before that happened."

Didn't know that... Do you think vocals would have been different still from what they sound like on this album if he didn't burst a vessle?



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