Frankie reviews Avenged Sevenfold’s self-titled album.
Artist: Avenged Sevenfold
Album Title: Avenged Sevenfold
Genre: Hard Rock
Label: Warner Bros.
Labelled as one of the hottest releases of 2007, A7X pulled out all the stops on their 4th studio album, completely shifting their songwriting dynamics from City of Evil, Waking the Fallen and Sounding the Seventh Trumpet to an all new demon altogether.
Having already shunned the hardcore/metalcore scene on 2005’s City of Evil, the movement towards full-fledged rock darlings had earned them the moniker of the “21st Century Guns n’Roses”, which is unquestionably a fair and accurate description of this release (consider it as Use Your Illusions III). By introducing a variety of musical instruments into their sound, the band took the enormous risk of blending orchestral, country, classic metal and rock to create a multi-dimensional and layered record. The risk did translate into a big commercial pay-off, yet left many diehards unimpressed due to the poppy nature of many of the tracks. To be forthright, there is some truth in this criticism, because Avenged Sevenfold does feel like the diet version of City of Evil.
One particular highlight of the album is ‘A Little Piece of Heaven’, which is reminiscent of scores composed by Danny Elfman and wouldn’t seem out of place in a Tim Burton film; it’s an unusual track and something you’d never expect to hear from A7X. However, the main strength of this release definitely lies in the guitar tandem duo of Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance, who seem to have inherited the shredding talent of Eddie Van Halen and the riffing ability of the late Dimebag Darrell. Even if this is supposedly “pop metal”, Gates and Vengeance fire up the frets like distortion-hungry beasts.
In fairness, Avenged Sevenfold’s 2007 self-titled album probably isn’t their greatest work, but it’s still worthy of a place in your music collection. Check it out.
Best Tracks: ‘Gunslinger’, ‘A Little Piece of Heaven’, ‘Scream’, and ‘Afterlife’