I only recently descovered Avenged Sevenfold, with their current album City Of Evil, which is an amazing album and this. I must admit at first i did prefer the former, but this album has grown on me so much that I definately feel it is Avenged Sevenfolds best.
One of the things i like most about the album is the way it has been put together, as it is not just a random order, it is clear that it is something that has been given a lot of thought. First of all we have the intro setting the mood for the album, which then launches into the quiker more aggresive traks to begin with, getting slower and more melodic throughout the album, with the exeption of I Won't See You Tonight Part 2 which still effortlessly fits in after the first part.
One of the other great points about this band is their variation, ranging from harsh screaming tracks with powerful riffs, to piano ballads and everything in between! The tracks are easily distinguishible, and it does not appear as one big musical mess as some albums of similar genres do. Across this wide range, my personal favourates on the album would have to be I Won't See You tonight Part 1 for its beautiful singing, guitar work and everything about it, Unholy Confessions for its ridiculusly catchy riff and Clairvoyant Desiese for the superb solo and chorus.
Be warned however, that if you have heard City Of Evil, this is a very differnt, harsher sounding, heavier Avenged Sevenfold do not expect for it to be too similar. Enough of me rambling on about it though, i urge you to go and hear it for yourself! Go buy...Now!