Avenged Sevenfold
City of Evil


3.5
great

Review

by Ian USER (108 Reviews)
June 25th, 2006 | 21 replies | 3,418 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Avenged Sevenfold is a former metalcore band that formed in 1999 and comes from Huntington Beach, California. The band recorded a demo titled “Warmness on the Soul" while in high school. When the members were still teenagers they released their debut full-length album, “Sounding The Seventh Trumpet". After that they released “Waking The Fallen". Both of these “metalcore" albums didn’t just show promise; they actually had some impressive songs.

However, all of this changed when they released their third full-length album “City of Evil" in 2005. Lead guitarist Synyster Gates said this in an interview concerning the fact that lead vocalist M. Shadows would not scream on this record, “People thought it was because he hurt his voice, but that was just a temporary thing", says Synyster Gates. “We sort of moved farther away from that scream(ing) style because we’d done it before, and so many other bands are doing that right now".

Avenged Sevenfold’s release of “City Of Evil" last year signified an even deeper change than just Shadows no longer screaming. The whole style of the music has changed. No longer is Avenged Sevenfold a talented metalcore act; the band is now a mainstream, classic metal influenced, metal band. In the months after purchasing the record it began to become distasteful. M. Shadows voice initially was whiny and brought everything down. That was months ago, now his voice and the rest of “City of Evil" has grown and grown in quality. Shadows’ voice fits the music well now; it’s catchy, but also aggressive.

He should be grateful that he took vocal lessons because if it took this long for his voice to grow on me it’s hard to imagine how it would have been had he not. “Trashed and Scattered" may very well be the magnum opus of the whole album. Shadows shows more range in that song than any other. The bass actually stands out as well despite the fact that it usually is in the background. The attitude of the song is one of rebellion and even though it’s a six-minute song it never gets old; it hardly even repeats sections actually. Another time the bass manages to standout is the beginning of “The Wicked End", a song that screams rock out. The guitars take a slow pace with their licks, but the song gets very tense. M. Shadows provides a nice melodic touch to the apprehensive music and it’s curious that this isn’t a single off the album.

Even after this time of realizing that “City of Evil" is a pleasing album there is still one song that is complete trash. “Seize the Day" is an attempt at writing a ballad, something that even after this rapid change in style does not suit Avenged Sevenfold. It’s the one song where Shadows’ singing is still unacceptable. He’s whiny the whole time and the overall feeling is way, way too syrupy. Even the guitar solos in it aren’t too great. They’re both slow, short, and only provide an even more so cliché feeling to the whole song.

The weirdest part of “City of Evil" is “Strength of the World", which at first seems to be a cliché western song that has a violin at the start. But then the whole band comes in with a heavy, watered down feeling. That’s because the song isn’t exactly joyous. Shadows starts off singing, “My story starts the day they said, ‘she can’t be found’. The news so dark, heart stopped, I stood silent without a sound. It’s over she’s finished. Mother lies with my father and sister too. Cold-blooded, they suffered, shot down by the outlaws after you. Sorrow swallows my screams." It seems that this could be the anthem of the record because “Strength of the world!" is shouted with Shadows coming in right after to sing a verse and this is repeated multiple times. The string attachment comes back to round off the nine-minute song and the fact it doesn’t wear down while playing is amazing.

Murdock does a fairly decent job producing the album. One can only imagine how much he worked on Shadows’ voice because he sadly isn’t that great live anymore, but his voice is still great here, save the syrup-fest “Seize the Day". The fact that the record is one-hour and twelve-minutes long is impressive. It’s always good to see a band these days have a record be even fifty-minutes in length. “City of Evil" in the end is a great record that is fun to listen to through and through. It took a while to realize this, but in the end it’s pleasing for it to have taken so long.



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Storm In A Teacup
June 25th 2006



12688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Note: This is a rewrite of a review I wrote for this album back in January where I rated the album a 2 out of 5 instead of the current 3.5.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
June 25th 2006



17912 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is definitely a major step up from their first two. theyre definitely a better band without the screaming and with more solos.

impressive review.

AA-12
June 25th 2006



35 Comments


Good album and review.

Dexter
June 25th 2006



7 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

The review written good =)
The album, is a little bit boring...This Message Edited On 06.25.06

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
June 25th 2006



16071 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review.
I like this album quite a bit. If they cut it down about 20 minutes it would be hella more enjoyable as a whole, but there are 5 or 6 excellent tracks on the album anyways.

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Hatshepsut
June 25th 2006



1997 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I don't like this album.
Great review as usual.

Siberian Khatru
June 25th 2006



55 Comments


I think these guys are a decent band with good clean production. I still can't bring myself to buy the album.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
June 25th 2006



17912 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^what he said.

Siberian Khatru
June 25th 2006



55 Comments


Wow. You guys read my mind.

Siberian Khatru
June 25th 2006



55 Comments


Hehe. Trashed and Scattered kicks. M. Shadows' singing finaly has some balls.

Muisee
June 25th 2006



679 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Good review, but this has to be one of my least favorite bands.

Also, they should not be in the metal section, pop-metal or something along those lines.This Message Edited On 06.25.06

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
June 25th 2006



16071 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

No they are rather metal. Just because they have appeal doesnt mean they're any les technical.

SCREAM!
June 25th 2006



9576 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

He's right. And theres no such thing as "pop-metal". They sound a bit like old metallica and metallica does NOT belong in pop-metal.

Hatshepsut
June 25th 2006



1997 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Also, they should not be in the metal section, pop-metal or something along those lines.

I swear I hear a new freaking genre every few days.

Storm In A Teacup
June 25th 2006



12688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Avenged Sevenfold is metal. There's no way of going around it.

Scoot
June 25th 2006



17481 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

They're shit though.

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Storm In A Teacup
June 25th 2006



12688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Want to expand on that?
BTW, thanks for the compliments, everyone.

ToWhatEnd
June 25th 2006



3172 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ah I was hoping you'd come around and realize this album was better than a 2

Afro Ninja
June 25th 2006



6 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great review man, though I feel "Sieze the Day" is a great song and I don't mind the vocals in it. The only vocalsi I don't liek are the last line or two at the end of "M.I.A."

Drunken Viking
July 4th 2006



1023 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I like this new review. Ane the whole thing about Shadows sucking live, think about it like this, all of the vocals for the most part are harmonized and layered to death, and you need to have vocal training to do them. And the guitar lines beneath them are usually complex, there is no way that Zacky and Synyster could do both at the same time. And because A7X like most bands want the vocals strong live Shadows tunes down his voice to harmonize with Zacky and Syn. It's better to have those vocals harmonized at a lower frequency, then one professional singer and two average singers trying to keep up. I'm not 100% positive this is the reason, but it's just a thought.



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