10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Original album, will scare old fans unable to accept change.,
This review is from: Avenged Sevenfold (Clean Version) (Audio CD)
I've been listening to this album for a while now, and I'll admit at first I didn't really like it and felt a little disappointed, after a few more listens I started to like it.. and now I love the thing!
Its very different to the previous albums, being self produced, I feel its the exact sound A7X are looking for in this point of time, although I love the album, I feel that the rest of the world aren't going to be as accepting.. Each song offers something different and original, especially "A Little Peace of Heaven", which is my favourite track (Also my friends love it, and they hate Avenged Sevenfold!). It sounds very much like Pinkly Smooth, and is pretty epic and very catchy. It just feels A7X have said "**** the critics, we'll make OUR CD", which is brave move especially with the commercial success of City of Evil, it could have been easy to release an album full of radio rock.
The album opens with 'Critical Acclaim', a song which has been around on the internet for a while now, which is a great opener, which includes the drummer (The Rev) on the chorus vocals to great effect, then the album breaks into 'Almost Easy', a metallica-esque stomper and 1st single off the record, with its warped guitar and pounding drums. The next song is 'Scream' (Another personal favourite), with a great chorus and heavy feel. After that brings 'Afterlife', which sounds very much like A7X from City Of Evil, with a really damn fast solo! Next up is 'Gunslinger' - A ballad of sorts, starting out with an acoustic intro, and then bringing in the heavy guitars, another favourite, definitely gives "Seize The Day" from City of Evil a run for its money, complete with a pretty cheesey guitar solo! Following on is 'Unbound', Which is a very original song - and pretty long, doesn't seem to follow and pattern but has some great vocal work - includes what sounds like some monks, and ends with a child singing! (Told you it was pretty original!) Next up is 'Brompton Cocktail' (Another fav), featuring great orchestral movements under the verses and a memorable chorus. Then its 'Lost', OK, I don't know what they were thinking with the synth vocals here.. This is personally my least favourite song on the album.. which unfortunately got stuck in my head for days. Then its 'A Little Piece of Heaven', which I mentioned above. Closing the album is 'Dear God', a slow acoustic track and a nice closer.
I feel many fans will be disappointed with this album, which is their choice as music is based on personal opinion, all I ask of them is to give it a deeper listen, Avenged Sevenfold have tried to do something different to the music you get spoonfed everyday. If you enjoy listening to a band that release album after album of the same thing, thats fine, but the majority of us like change, and this is change my friends.
Let the moaning begin.