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Avenged Sevenfold - Avenged Sevenfold

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Avenged Sevenfold - Avenged Sevenfold

Avenged Sevenfold - Avenged Sevenfold

Warner Brothers Records
Avenged Sevenfold has evolved from a metalcore band into the mainstream. Their last album, City Of Evil opened the band up to a whole new group of fans and they even had a video on MTV's TRL. That sort of mainstream commercial success will immediately draw accusations of selling out, and Avenged Sevenfold is an extremely polarizing band.

Their latest album is Avenged Sevenfold, and it sees them moving even further away from metal and more into the hard rock genre. There are still metal moments, and the guitar work of Synyster Gates is excellent, but Avenged Sevenfold delves into several other genres as well. The album ends with a couple of unique tracks. "A Little Piece Of Heaven" is an 8 minute opus with everything from brass to gothic choruses to female vocals to pop hooks. The closer is "Dear God," a twangy country flavored song.

This is probably M. Shadows best vocal performance. There are a few harsher vocals sprinkled in, but melodic singing dominates this album. He shows a decent range and a diverse approach in tone and emotion. Avenged Sevenfold has a couple of really good songs, several that are somewhere in the middle and one or two clunkers. It's an ambitious effort and the band isn't afraid to try to expand their musical horizons, but they don't quite reach the level to which they've aspired.

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 3 out of 5
Their most varied and flawed work to date., Member TwainY

Avenged Sevenfold made waves by remaking themselves in 05 with the more classic metal inspired City of Evil, which met average to favorable review. Here they flip everything on its end again, but with absolutely no thoughts of self-control. They heap piles of production and layering onto their songs, drowning them in a production nightmare. To add to this, the guitar wizardry, while still very good, has been reduced to the genre of mere hard rock. This could be blamed on The Rev, who wrote many of these songs. Fortunately, there are enough vocal and guitar hooks to reel people in, on tracks like Almost Easy, Afterlife, and to a lesser extent, Lost, which features an abuse of auto-tune no less. They have the ambition, and nowhere to vent it.

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