Avenged Sevenfold
Avenged Sevenfold


4.0
excellent

Review

by BenjoJames USER (21 Reviews)
September 7th, 2015 | 36 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This eponymous record captures the Huntington Beach quintet at their creative peak.

There are several reasons why bands choose to have their albums self titled. Either they are following the tradition of classic bands such as Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Led Zeppelin and Slipknot and they are releasing their d├ębut album. Or they are at a point in their career where they are stumped for ideas, a la Blink 182 or Killswitch. Maybe the band is The Bronx, in which every album is eponymous. Or, for Avenged Sevenfold, like their heroes Metallica before them, they have released an album that will forever define them, catching them at their creative peak two years before the unfortunate and untimely death of sticksman Jimmy 'The Rev' Sullivan. The LP, which is produced by Avenged Sevenfold themselves (A7X to their rabid fan-base) features a far more groove based sound than its predecessors, although there is no lack of the solos and melodies that has made Synyster Gates one of metal's leading axe-wielders. As with predecessor 'City of Evil', stylistically this album remains within the realm of hard rock/metal, however occasionally strays from this, delivering elements Southern roots music on 'Gunslinger' and 'Dear God', and even playing in the style of a Broadway musical on 'A Little Piece of Heaven', with the aid of a choir, orchestra and backing singers that also feature throughout the rest of the album. This is Avenged Sevenfold's fourth album, and featuring so many great songs it will stand the test of time.

Whilst the lyrics are not too elaborate, they are certainly of a good enough standard and cover a vast array topics such as war and politics ('Critical Acclaim', 'Gunslinger', 'Lost') forgiveness ('Almost Easy') life and death ('Afterlife', 'Unbound (The Wild Ride), 'Brompton Cocktail') sadistic fantasies ('Scream', 'A Little Piece of Heaven') and missing loved ones ('Dear God', again 'Gunslinger'). Much like 'Fiction' on following album 'Nightmare', the lyrics featured on 'Afterlife' are particularly haunting and make for uncomfortable listening in light of Sullivan's death, as the lyrical depiction of a young man's premature death holds much in common with the eventuality of its lyricist, something which is exacerbated when Sullivan himself sings the line 'I need another chance to live' during the song's bridge. Vocally, M. Shadows signature baritone rasp sounds as powerful as it has ever been, as he snarls and screams his way through the album, delivering the goods from aggressive opener 'Critical Acclaim' to the more intimate closer 'Dear God'. 'Avenged Sevenfold' also introduces Jimmy Sullivan as second lead vocalist as well as drummer; his passionate slurred yelps are heard prominently on 'Critical Acclaim', 'Afterlife', 'Lost' (which makes experimental and effective use of AutoTune) and 'A Little Piece of Heaven', a song which some regard as Sullivan's masterpiece, second only to his swansong, the aforementioned 'Fiction'.

This album would make a great introduction to Avenged Sevenfold; it is arguably their best and features some of their strongest songs. It stands as a testimony to the drumming, vocal, and song-writing skills of the late, great Jimmy 'The Rev' Sullivan, and captures the whole band at their creative peak. Album highlights include 'Critical Acclaim', 'Afterlife', 'Lost' and the epic 'A Little Piece of Heaven'. A must for any metal fan.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
tempest--
September 7th 2015


20634 Comments


m/

BenjoJames
September 7th 2015


202 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yes

Snake.
September 7th 2015


23045 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

nope

trackbytrackreviews
September 7th 2015


3456 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The review's well written tho

BenjoJames
September 7th 2015


202 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thank you

MistaCrave
September 7th 2015


2512 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Great review, even though I pretty much completely disagree haha.

Hawks
September 7th 2015


74778 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Scream, Almost Easy, and especially Afterlife are the only tracks I feel the need to revisit from this album. Easily my least favorite of theirs.

Digging: ...and Oceans - Cosmic World Mother

TheMagicalBlender
September 7th 2015


2345 Comments


Decent review, although I wouldn't call Slipknot a "classic" band (except for their first album).

Tunaboy45
September 7th 2015


17626 Comments


I had a mate who thought this was the dog's bollocks

BenjoJames
September 7th 2015


202 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I seem to be the only person who think this is a good record! haha well thanks for the positive feedback regarding the review

Gyromania
September 7th 2015


32468 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i like this too, just not as much as you. afterlife is one of their best songs

Gyromania
September 7th 2015


32468 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

their two albums after this one are way, way worse - especially the most recent one

Sabrutin
September 7th 2015


7683 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i like this too, just not as much as you. [2]



trackbytrackreviews
September 7th 2015


3456 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Afterlife is my fav A7X solo for sure

Sinternet
September 7th 2015


24172 Comments


Really, really can't stand this band. Nice well-written review though.

Digging: Marina - Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land

Lord(e)Po)))ts
September 7th 2015


66936 Comments


glad u are enjoying the review while u are in your backyard

stargazing

Sinternet
September 7th 2015


24172 Comments


Urghhhhh

Sinternet
September 7th 2015


24172 Comments


I wish, that's some swanky shed right there.

BenjoJames
September 7th 2015


202 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks for the pos'

BenjoJames
September 8th 2015


202 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fair craic



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