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Avenged Sevenfold
City of Evil
Type: CD
Company: Warner Brothers
Release: 2005
Genre: Heavy/Extreme
Reviewer: Frank Hill
Published: 12/15/2005
Unique blend of vintage and modern
Although their post-punk look goes against most traditional metal tendencies, Avenged Sevenfold (A7X) has really made a well deserved impact on the music scene this year by combining incredibly skilled playing and a sound that quite frankly, few in the mainstream are similar to. Replacing the screaming vocals found on prior albums "Sounding The Seventh Trumpet" and "Waking The Fallen", M. Shadows' smoother vocal delivery may be the most notable quality about this amalgam to throw me off. His fairly nasal, L.A. Guns tone can come across as a bit limp and whiny and it had to grow on me over time. Fast-fretted, surgically sharp guitarists Synyster Gates and Zachy Vengence are reminiscent of the best twin rhythms of Maiden combined with the lead virtuoso licks and prissiness of a prog-power band like Rhapsody. City of Evil is a hard CD to place mentally with it's hybrid punk-metal sound and I'd have to say that you'll either declare it the best CD of the year or drop it in the trash as utter junk. It's a love it or hate it CD if there was one though there's no denying that their unique blend of vintage and modern is likely to be the leading sound for the next year or so.
About this Writer:
Frank Hill // Frank Hill has been at this site since its slimy, crying birth in '03. He was born on National Metal Day--11/11 and will turn his hearing aids up to 11 when he's 111. He secretly listens to a lot of old Country and Doo-Wop tunes and wants to start a cyberband with lead vocals by Robot Plant. He is still trying to figure out what Judas Priest meant by "paratamize you". If you read this, then he salutes you.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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2005
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