This Month In Metal: July 2010

Soilwork, Blind Guardian and Avenged Sevenfold are the featured albums in this month's edition.

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Soilwork - The Panic Broadcast

Released: July 2 Genre: Melodic metal Label: Nuclear Blast

Despite being from the same general area, I was late for the kill when it comes to Soilwork and never really paid any attention to them until they were well past their prime. Thus, it's fair to say, I've never really had any affection for them. What started out as a band that influenced thousands upon thousands of metalcore bands now sounds like one of those dime-a-dozen bands and that is a damn shame.

Soilwork is a band with more than capable musicians on every position, and the musicality of the band is easy to spot. However, they have long since decided to abandon the Gothenburg-sound and have tried to evolve. Unfortunately, this evolution has led them to be the platypus of the Swedish metal scene.

Much was written and said about Peter Wichers' return to Soilwork. While he is a very capable musician, our views on production values goes apart and I find the general guitar sound to be pretty weak, while the rest of the album is very well recorded, if a bit over-produced. Another issue is that the album is the pop-chorus-centric sensibility of the entire album. Every (pseudo) brutal section and riff is completely undone by a chorus that sounds like it was produced by Max Martin, and the whole release is so dripping with formula that MTV could claim ownership of it.

While there are good songs here and there, everything about the album feels like having a beer in the morning when you were out drinking hard the night before. You want to like it, you want to enjoy it but everything about it just makes things worse.

Rating: 5

Blind Guardian - At the Edge of Time

Released: July 30 Genre: Progressive power metal Label: Nuclear Blast

Being a Blind Guardian fan comes with a fair bit of pain, as they take their sweet time when it comes to record a new album. But as everyone know, a bard is never late and his song arrives exactly when he intends it to.

At the Edge of Time stands in a bit of contrast to their previous album A Twist In The Myth, as it is much more orchestral and has more in common with A Night At The Opera. I've always been more fond of their bombastic sound than their straight-up classic power metal, so obviously this slight shift in style pleases me.

When one listens to At the Edge of Time, it's easy to understand why it took so long to record. Huge orchestrations are coupled multi-layered vocals and harmonies, all held together by a crisp production (although not without issues like clipping and members of the orchestra not being able to shut up. Crank the volume in the opening seconds of Wheel of Time and you'll hear it). In my book, Hansi Krsch is one of the best metal vocalists ever and he does little to change my mind on At the Edge of Time. There're even songs where he displays his old, raspier vocal style from their early years. The issue with the album is also part of its strength, as it is book-ended by two of their best tracks ever, Sacred Worlds and Wheel of Time, both being around 9 minutes long. But everything in between feels somewhat bleak in comparison to those beasts. Sure, there're good tracks like Road of No Release and A Voice In The Dark, but then you have duds like Tanelorn and War of the Thrones.

While At the Edge of Time is another very good album by Blind Guardian, this time around I see the glass as half full. That being said, it's well worth a listen, if not only because Wheel of Time is one of the best songs you'll hear all year.

UG Review Rating: 7.5

Avenged Sevenfold - Nightmare

Released: July 27 Genre: Hard rock Label: Warner

I am well aware that I won't do anyone any favors with this review - be it metal purists or A7X fans, but...here goes.

First, major props should be given to the band for continuing after the tragic death of The Reverend. Bands have broken up for far less, and they got a pretty good guy to fill in behind the kit.

Avenged Sevenfold is one of the biggest, if not the biggest metal/hard rock band to come out of the US in the past decade or so. While I've given them their fair share of chances, I still can not understand how such an average band can garner so much press, publicity and sales. OK, I can, because there's such a thing as PR, label attention and all that, but I'm talking from a musical standpoint.

The album opens with the title track, Nightmare, whose stand-out is the most forced usage of the different variations of the word f-ck since Cradle of Filth infamously covered Hallowed be thy Name. The line It's your f-ckin Nightmare! embodies everything I dislike about M Shadows and his pseudo-tuff-guy vocal style.

The problem with Nightmare, like much of A7X's discography, is that it's so incredibly average and bland. For every good riff there's a hilariously poorly executed vocal line or Synyster Gates cranking out a solo with his ear-piercing tone (not meant in the good way). For every catchy section there's a guitar harmony that makes me wonder if I have caught ear-herpes and unfortunately there're songs (Danger Line) that are littered with these harmonies and melodies.

Go ahead, cry your eyeliner out and insult me in the comments section, but there's nothing that can sway me from the opinion that Avenged Sevenfold's Nightmare is the most ill-deserving metal/hard rock album to ever reach #1 on the Billboard chart.

UG Review Rating: 4

News and tidbits from the past month:

  • Sepultura have signed a deal with Nuclear Blast.

  • Dimmu Borgir will release their new album Abrahadabra in late Septembert/early October, depending on your location.

  • Atheist have set Jupiter as the title of their new album.

  • Voivod are currently writing new material.

  • Lord Belial have been resurrected after an 18-month hiatus.

  • James LaBrie will release his new solo album Static Impulse on September 28.

  • Opeth will release a new live album entitled In Live Concert At The Royal Albert Hall on September 21.

  • Obscura have begun recording a new album set for an early 2011 release.

  • Immortal will release their live album The Seventh Date of Blashyrkh on August 6th in Europe and September 14 in the US.

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      Reviewer Pete
      BrixDK In what way is he trying to offend you? I think we should abandon "reviews" and stop giving scores.. It's kinda like making music a sport. People should write recommendations and descriptions instead
      I'd prefer to not have to give scores, but the boss calls the shots. In fact, This Year In Metal is my favorite article to write, simply because I don't have to give scores and can just write.
      eetfuk58
      BAHAHAHAHAHA. Avenged Sevenfold review was the.best.review i have ever read in this column. My only complaint would be that it didnt even need to be flamed in this column, because its not metal at all. Where i come from in Finland, if you listen to this and call it "metal", we call you a degenerate.
      Dillingerfold
      oh for ****s sake, this argument isnt worth the time and frustration over this bullshit comment.
      Dillingerfold
      Dillingerfold wrote: As usual reading the ENTIRE comment section on an UG review makes for interesting reading (no I dont make a habit of this but boredom occured), for various obvious reasons.... Firstly I am a massive A7x fan from STSS to their recent release, I don't care for pointless opinionated arguing and thus I will not continue the trend many other fans on this comment thread have set by attempting to force my opinion on everyone else and bash the bands they like. If you are a true fan of any band, IN MY OPINION (key phrase there guys n girls) you should not feel any need to defend a band from "haters", if you gain something positive from the music a band produces that is all that matters because that means the band has done their job, and done it well. For me, music is not about good or bad ( which by the way are horribly vague terms and often get confused with OPINION
      seeing as my wholepost wasnt posted heres the rest.._____
      Dillingerfold
      As usual reading the ENTIRE comment section on an UG review makes for interesting reading (no I dont make a habit of this but boredom occured), for various obvious reasons.... Firstly I am a massive A7x fan from STSS to their recent release, I don't care for pointless opinionated arguing and thus I will not continue the trend many other fans on this comment thread have set by attempting to force my opinion on everyone else and bash the bands they like. If you are a true fan of any band, IN MY OPINION (key phrase there guys n girls) you should not feel any need to defend a band from "haters", if you gain something positive from the music a band produces that is all that matters because that means the band has done their job, and done it well. For me, music is not about good or bad ( which by the way are horribly vague terms and often get confused with OPINION
      Reviewer Pete
      SIRRON_KCUHC Oh and just to prove the illagitamacy of this review, it's 'The Rev', not 'The Reverend'. Never was called reverend, never will. YOu don't even know the name of the guy that died... Wow....BULLSHIT
      Yeah, I do. Jimmy.
      blackbird51
      Black Star wrote: I think if anything, metal fans should be bitching that A7X are currently being called "metal". A7X finally get lumped in the same category, and then their fans bitch about a bad review? How about releasing some quality music? Let's see A7X release an album of such quality as ANY of Blind Guardian's releases. I support Pete 100%, especially because he put the review there knowing there would be a shitstorm afterwards.
      They are metal if you actually listened to one or two of there songs you would clearly hear the Pantera and Metallica influences..
      TehPandaman
      The reviewer knew that there would be a huge shitstorm over the A7x review, so in a sense you can't blame A7x loves/haters for it, you can only blame him instead.
      Dillingerfold
      As usual reading the ENTIRE comment section on an UG review makes for interesting reading (no I dont make a habit of this but boredom occured), for various obvious reasons.... Firstly I am a massive A7x fan from STSS to their recent release, I don't care for pointless opinionated arguing and thus I will not continue the trend many other fans on this comment thread have set by attempting to force my opinion on everyone else and bash the bands they like. If you are a true fan of any band, IN MY OPINION (key phrase there guys n girls) you should not feel any need to defend a band from "haters", if you gain something positive from the music a band produces that is all that matters because that means the band has done their job, and done it well. For me, music is not about good or bad ( which by the way are horribly vague terms and often get confused with OPINION, oh look that word again), it is about what emotional connection the artist can make with the listener, if any. Back on topic for a moment, I do truly love most songs on this album because I feel it is a great depiction ( from So Far Away onwards) of the emotions following their loss, Save Me recently became one of my favourite A7x songs. I also must say that it isn't their best album for me, and I refuse to compare their new style with their old (STSS, WTF) because I view it as completely different, awesome nonetheless but separate from the newer stuff. And just to point out, the fact that the album debuted at number 1 does not reflect in any way the skill of the band. What it does go to show is that A7x have one of the most loyal fanbases, and the number one album should be seen as more of a tribute to Jimmy (RIP) from the fans to the band in appreciation of their work and respect for them carrying on. No doubt someone from either side of this shit storm will find something to piss and moan about in my comment, it's inevitable people have different views. It's called reality, more people should come to terms with it.
      Nergal22691
      Apparently guitarists don't know how to count to 10. In between 1 and 10, my dear children there are quite a few numbers and they are as follows: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. In this case 1 is the worst abortion in the history of music, 10 causes your ears to ejaculate, and 5 is average. Pete gave the Avenged Sevenfold a 4, that is one less than 5 for all of you numerically challenged people out there...which makes it just slightly below average, it isn't as if he gave it a 1 and called it the biggest pile of shit ever. It's fine if you like the band and disagree with his opinion but seriously, keep your ovaries on the inside and stop bitching about it. He has his opinion, you have yours. And to the fellow who says its not the Reverend let me give you a little spoonful of information, Rev. is short for Reverend. Maybe he was called the Rev by everybody (don't know, don't give a shit), but the fact that Pete said the Reverend in no makes makes the review invalid. Avenged Sevenfold fans tend to whine more than anybody I've ever met.
      theogonia777
      Black Star wrote: I support Pete 100%, especially because he put the review there knowing there would be a shitstorm afterwards.
      +1 What i don't get is why everyone complains when someone scores an album they like low, the reviewer obviously found something they didn't like about the album, and that is their opinion. people can't ever take negative criticism. Pete is entitled to his opinion just as much as all the people that say they love the album. if people don't like his reviews, they should just stop complaining and not read them. i've really never thought that A7X are that great of a band, but if people like them, then good for them, but all the A7X fans need to stop complaining when people don't like the band. i've noticed that that is the general reaction from metalcore and deathcore fans. if you tell them that A7X, BFMV, JFAC, the Acacia Strain, etc. is not so great, they freak out and complain, but if they were to say that a non core band, such as Death, Suffocation, Nile, Emperor, Immortal, Stratovarius, etc. sucked, the fans of those bands would not freak out about it nearly as much. i'm not saying that this is always the case, but from experience, all the non core metalheads i've known are much more open minded than all of the metalcore fans i've known. if Pete gives the new Dimmu Borgir, Atheist, or Obscura albums a 4 when they come out, no one's really gonna make a big deal out of it, and yet he rated A7X's album as a 4, and he get's over 9000 comments about how his review sucks.
      SIRRON_KCUHC
      d.berry23 wrote: Right, so every album that ever reached number 1 on the charts deserves an above-average rating. Why even bother reading reviews, then? Just look at the charts and you know how good the album is.
      no but surely a metal album reaching number one in a pop culture deserves more than a 4 on a now even more shitty guitar website[/quote] AMEN TO THAT #1)Don't pigeonhole A7X to the metal genre. They aren't a metal band. And to add to that fact, they even said they don't want to be pigeon holed to a single genre. "...so you can't just say we're a metal band, 'cause metalheads would say, 'Well, have you heard "A Little Piece of Heaven"? f#*! those guys.' Or punk rockers will be like, 'Dude, that sounds like Metallica or something.' And you can't make everyone happy,..." -Zacky V If they are popular and you don't like them, then thats fine with me, but if you activly hate them AND their fan base, I swear you are wasting your time. The review is bogus. It's just an ellongated opinion on the players and their ability, not of the actual album. I would gladly do an honest review for this band because I've heard all of their stuff and I know who this band is and who they want to be. Oh and just to prove the illagitamacy of this review, it's 'The Rev', not 'The Reverend'. Never was called reverend, never will. YOu don't even know the name of the guy that died... Wow....BULLSHIT
      Ali-b912
      Black Star wrote: I think if anything, metal fans should be bitching that A7X are currently being called "metal".
      Oh, and I am. I think that all that metalcore type stuff falls in more with pop. I mean, nobody talks about glam being serious metal, and to me that's where all this 'emo' oriented stuff falls into. Big hair and spandex were huge at that time, just like that black gothy-emo based look is now. It's trendy music, just as much as kesha or lady gaga, but for the angry angsty teens instead of the happy ones.
      Black Star
      I think if anything, metal fans should be bitching that A7X are currently being called "metal". A7X finally get lumped in the same category, and then their fans bitch about a bad review? How about releasing some quality music? Let's see A7X release an album of such quality as ANY of Blind Guardian's releases. I support Pete 100%, especially because he put the review there knowing there would be a shitstorm afterwards.
      guitarhero2677
      my girlfriend LOVES Nightmare and is trying to get me to listen to it, but it sucks. I'm sorry Rev, but this is not how you should be remembered
      njm0830
      I agree with the crowd who don't like A7X that they are not truly a "metal" band. I'd equate them to more of a hard rock group, which makes since because a couple of the interviews I've seen/read they've mentioned that a lot of their image is based off of people like Slash and stuff. I can also see where the blandness comes in. I personally am a fan of the band, but of the new album I only really like the first 5 songs or so, and even then some of it is pretty corny. I would give it more of a 6/7 because it's got some songs that I really like and genuinely enjoy, but the rest bore me.
      The\m/
      As always Blind Guardian waits an enternity and then releases another terrible album. =(
      Count Orlok
      spined_wurm wrote: first of all, id like to say that i listen to stuff from kesha to dream theater to blink-182 to as blood runs black, so i cant be accused of being a metal purist or whateverr so having said that, i completely agree with everything the reviewer has to say about avenged sevenfold. they are an average band that has been releasing band material lately (i enjoyed waking the fallen but after that, meh). i can understand if you like the band, but you have to accept that they arent either the most technically proficient, exciting, or original bands out there. i dont freak out and start insulting people everytime people say every deathcore song sounds the same, so neither should you be offended when similar things are said about a7x.
      Yeah, but deathcore for the most part does sound the same. Not every A7X song does. There might be a similar formula, but the songs are all different in sound. Also, the review this ***** left was nothing more than a bashing. A7X doesn't write to sound technically proficient. They write for the song and to make sure it stands out. This is why I hate the guitar community, because it's turning into "OMG IT'S NOT TECHNICAL ENOUGH!!!". Seriously, some people just need to eff off, maybe being able to write in a style you want that gives you a unique sound (which A7X does have, since they sound like no other band) and being able to draw in fans is more important than writing the most complex piece of music possible. Seriously, complex music gets boring real fast.
      eetfuk58
      Nergal22691 wrote: Apparently guitarists don't know how to count to 10. In between 1 and 10, my dear children there are quite a few numbers and they are as follows: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. In this case 1 is the worst abortion in the history of music, 10 causes your ears to ejaculate, and 5 is average. Pete gave the Avenged Sevenfold a 4, that is one less than 5 for all of you numerically challenged people out there...which makes it just slightly below average, it isn't as if he gave it a 1 and called it the biggest pile of shit ever. It's fine if you like the band and disagree with his opinion but seriously, keep your ovaries on the inside and stop bitching about it. He has his opinion, you have yours. And to the fellow who says its not the Reverend let me give you a little spoonful of information, Rev. is short for Reverend. Maybe he was called the Rev by everybody (don't know, don't give a shit), but the fact that Pete said the Reverend in no makes makes the review invalid. Avenged Sevenfold fans tend to whine more than anybody I've ever met.
      can i buy you a beer? no, hell, lets go to a real metal show and the drinks are on me 'till you pass out.
      Dillingerfold
      finally. sorry about the multiple attempts, I refuse to comment again on the site anyway.
      neonsquirrel86
      Seriously, no mention of the new 36 crazyfists album? Sure it's metalcore or whatever but I think it's the best album I've heard so far this year.
      Mr_Cbone93
      why do people think that a7x doesnt want to sound like they do and it just happened by accident, if they want to go mainstream they can ****ing go mainstream and none of you metalhead bitches can do a thing about it
      Exxol
      the new avenged album is terrible, the 4/10 well earned... you 'new' avenged fans are becoming as lame as pete wentz fans, we can always count on you to over-rate ANYTHING that avenged comes out with. if you cant handle real metal thats your business, this is "THIS MONTH IN METAL" and as far as METAL albums go, the new avenged sucks chode
      Black Star
      ^quoted wrong one, but my point still stands. But yes, both Pantera and Metallica are both vastly overrated.
      Black Star
      blackbird51 wrote: BwareDWare94 wrote: blackbird51 wrote: Black Star wrote: I think if anything, metal fans should be bitching that A7X are currently being called "metal". A7X finally get lumped in the same category, and then their fans bitch about a bad review? How about releasing some quality music? Let's see A7X release an album of such quality as ANY of Blind Guardian's releases. I support Pete 100%, especially because he put the review there knowing there would be a shitstorm afterwards. They are metal if you actually listened to one or two of there songs you would clearly hear the Pantera and Metallica influences.. So what? Most seasoned metal fans have barely any respect for either of those bands. Then they aren't metal fans and shall be burned at the stake immediately!
      They are also influenced by Gwen Stefani. Does that mean they are a ska band, as well?
      Reviewer Pete
      Beergarette wrote: Dear god. Look at all these butthurt fanboys. I don't think I've ever gone into a Ultimate Guitar review and see this.
      Well, it won't happen for another 2-3 years
      h3llh4mm3r
      The real point here is NOT if you like A7X or not. The real question is if they should appear in a column called THE MONTH IN METAL. Or is it THE MONTH IN POP-ROCK?
      STABxYOU
      korbhag wrote: Maybe A7X is meant to be mainstream metal? Never thought of that did you?
      Then they've missed the point.
      blackbird51
      barbquebutt wrote: I don't really get why people are giving Avenged Sevenfold such a hard time. Are they any less deserving of #1 than that self-betraying hack, Eminem? I will admit that I am a fan, but I believe I have maintained my objectivity. No, Nightmare was definitely not their best album, but it certainly wasn't their worst. Trying to deny the talent of each musician in the band is just a poor argument. Yes, Shadows/Sanders is a pretty-boy jock turned metalhead, but he has got better pipes than most of the losers that have popped up over the last 5 years or so trying to call themselves "singers". And yes, Gates/Haner does have a tendency ramble and sound like he's rehashing Slash's old bits, but can we really not accuse Slash of doing the same thing with Hendrix and Page? Everyone releases a bad album once in a while. Iron Maiden has done it, Anthrax has done it, Metallica is STILL doing it... Let us not bitch and moan about a band that is just trying to keep themselves honest, when there are other bands like Disturbed, Korn, and Slipknot that are still managing to destroy metal, mainstream or otherwise.
      Finally someone who speaks the truth.
      barbquebutt
      I don't really get why people are giving Avenged Sevenfold such a hard time. Are they any less deserving of #1 than that self-betraying hack, Eminem? I will admit that I am a fan, but I believe I have maintained my objectivity. No, Nightmare was definitely not their best album, but it certainly wasn't their worst. Trying to deny the talent of each musician in the band is just a poor argument. Yes, Shadows/Sanders is a pretty-boy jock turned metalhead, but he has got better pipes than most of the losers that have popped up over the last 5 years or so trying to call themselves "singers". And yes, Gates/Haner does have a tendency ramble and sound like he's rehashing Slash's old bits, but can we really not accuse Slash of doing the same thing with Hendrix and Page? Everyone releases a bad album once in a while. Iron Maiden has done it, Anthrax has done it, Metallica is STILL doing it... Let us not bitch and moan about a band that is just trying to keep themselves honest, when there are other bands like Disturbed, Korn, and Slipknot that are still managing to destroy metal, mainstream or otherwise.
      maximumrocker
      d.berry23 wrote: i think the review of nightmare is complete garbage. surely the fact it reached number 1 deserves more than a 4/10. rating a7x below the other shitty bands in this review just sums up your opinion shouldnt count. waht an actual wanker
      number 1 =/= amazing album god when people say this its just stupid...
      queenslander47
      Dillingerfold wrote: Dillingerfold wrote: As usual reading the ENTIRE comment section on an UG review makes for interesting reading (no I dont make a habit of this but boredom occured), for various obvious reasons.... Firstly I am a massive A7x fan from STSS to their recent release, I don't care for pointless opinionated arguing and thus I will not continue the trend many other fans on this comment thread have set by attempting to force my opinion on everyone else and bash the bands they like. If you are a true fan of any band, IN MY OPINION (key phrase there guys n girls) you should not feel any need to defend a band from "haters", if you gain something positive from the music a band produces that is all that matters because that means the band has done their job, and done it well. For me, music is not about good or bad ( which by the way are horribly vague terms and often get confused with OPINION seeing as my wholepost wasnt posted heres the rest.._____
      You sir, are a gentlemen and a scholar. Arguing over bands is so stupid, because music is such a subjective thing. If you like it, it shouldn't make any difference what anybody else thinks of it. Your opinion won't make a difference to them, so why let them get to you?
      Beergarette
      Dear god. Look at all these butthurt fanboys. I don't think I've ever gone into a Ultimate Guitar review and see this .
      SchecterSG
      This is an obvious example of how bias can work both ways. You wouldn't want a die hard Avenged Sevenfold fan writing the review, but in this guys case, A7x obviously jammed a stick up his ass or something, cause its easy to see he has a personal distaste for them. I can see why many people don't like the album, and sure thats fine, whining and bitching at them isn't going to make them change their opinions on the band or its fans. But thats the thing, its just a personal opinion. There's no clear cut, black or white answer for the band and their musics quality.
      SchecterSG
      This article is clearly an example of how bias can work both ways. Obviously you wouldn't want a die hard Avenged Sevenfold fan writing the review, but its easy to tell Avenged Sevenfold obviously jammed a stick up this guy's ass or something. I understand why alot of people don't like the album, but there's no clear cut answer. It's all about opinions.
      blackbird51
      BwareDWare94 wrote: blackbird51 wrote: Black Star wrote: I think if anything, metal fans should be bitching that A7X are currently being called "metal". A7X finally get lumped in the same category, and then their fans bitch about a bad review? How about releasing some quality music? Let's see A7X release an album of such quality as ANY of Blind Guardian's releases. I support Pete 100%, especially because he put the review there knowing there would be a shitstorm afterwards. They are metal if you actually listened to one or two of there songs you would clearly hear the Pantera and Metallica influences.. So what? Most seasoned metal fans have barely any respect for either of those bands.
      Then they aren't metal fans and shall be burned at the stake immediately!
      BwareDWare94
      blackbird51 wrote: Black Star wrote: I think if anything, metal fans should be bitching that A7X are currently being called "metal". A7X finally get lumped in the same category, and then their fans bitch about a bad review? How about releasing some quality music? Let's see A7X release an album of such quality as ANY of Blind Guardian's releases. I support Pete 100%, especially because he put the review there knowing there would be a shitstorm afterwards. They are metal if you actually listened to one or two of there songs you would clearly hear the Pantera and Metallica influences..
      So what? Most seasoned metal fans have barely any respect for either of those bands.
      Sheolabaddon
      I got mad at first, seeing that Avenged Sevenfold was in This Month In Metal because they're not metal, but they are are hard rock. Seeing the review of the album made me happy because I completely agree. I cannot stand Avenged Sevenfold and I can't understand why so many people like them, but whatever. If you like them that is good for you, I respect your opinion, but this is mine.
      trendkill-
      Count Orlok wrote: spined_wurm wrote: first of all, id like to say that i listen to stuff from kesha to dream theater to blink-182 to as blood runs black, so i cant be accused of being a metal purist or whateverr so having said that, i completely agree with everything the reviewer has to say about avenged sevenfold. they are an average band that has been releasing band material lately (i enjoyed waking the fallen but after that, meh). i can understand if you like the band, but you have to accept that they arent either the most technically proficient, exciting, or original bands out there. i dont freak out and start insulting people everytime people say every deathcore song sounds the same, so neither should you be offended when similar things are said about a7x. Yeah, but deathcore for the most part does sound the same. Not every A7X song does. There might be a similar formula, but the songs are all different in sound. Also, the review this ***** left was nothing more than a bashing. A7X doesn't write to sound technically proficient. They write for the song and to make sure it stands out. This is why I hate the guitar community, because it's turning into "OMG IT'S NOT TECHNICAL ENOUGH!!!". Seriously, some people just need to eff off, maybe being able to write in a style you want that gives you a unique sound (which A7X does have, since they sound like no other band) and being able to draw in fans is more important than writing the most complex piece of music possible. Seriously, complex music gets boring real fast.
      they succeed. there corny songs stand out for sure just not in the way they want. i can only laugh every time i hear the line "your ****en nightmare". its one of the worst lines they have written. and the music it self is getting worse with each ablum, i enjoyed some of city of evil just hate the singing.
      MT in Austin
      lmpguitarist wrote: a7x serves their purpose, that being for them to be a gateway metal band to get kids from mainstream music into metal.
      So A7X is the beer of metal? Never thought of it that way. I guess I agree. Except the are the Natural Light of metal. People like what they like. I can never get past the poor quality of the vocals to get into them much. Just my opinion. It IS nice to hear dudes playing solos on commercial radio. Got to give them props for that.
      Dillingerfold
      You sir, are a gentlemen and a scholar.
      Why thank you very much, serious appreciation there man, at 16 that is a confidence booster and now back to keeping my earlier vow until boredom strikes me again.
      Dillingerfold wrote: I refuse to comment again on the site anyway.
      korbhag
      SIRRON_KCUHC wrote: d.berry23 wrote: Right, so every album that ever reached number 1 on the charts deserves an above-average rating. Why even bother reading reviews, then? Just look at the charts and you know how good the album is. no but surely a metal album reaching number one in a pop culture deserves more than a 4 on a now even more shitty guitar website
      AMEN TO THAT #1)Don't pigeonhole A7X to the metal genre. They aren't a metal band. And to add to that fact, they even said they don't want to be pigeon holed to a single genre. "...so you can't just say we're a metal band, 'cause metalheads would say, 'Well, have you heard "A Little Piece of Heaven"? f#*! those guys.' Or punk rockers will be like, 'Dude, that sounds like Metallica or something.' And you can't make everyone happy,..." -Zacky V If they are popular and you don't like them, then thats fine with me, but if you activly hate them AND their fan base, I swear you are wasting your time. The review is bogus. It's just an ellongated opinion on the players and their ability, not of the actual album. I would gladly do an honest review for this band because I've heard all of their stuff and I know who this band is and who they want to be. Oh and just to prove the illagitamacy of this review, it's 'The Rev', not 'The Reverend'. Never was called reverend, never will. YOu don't even know the name of the guy that died... Wow....BULLSHIT[/quote] His complete stage name was "The Reverend Tholomew Plague" mr. Massive A7X fan... Ever heard about Google? Or band websites?
      Guitarlord44
      Pete, i agree with all your reviews. The A7x album was dissapointing. Good thing i bought A Star-Crossed Wasteland instead.
      Dynamight
      guitarsftw wrote: Now, A7X haters: Let's stop throwing the "fanboy" label whenever someone just tries to defend a band that he/she likes and you do not.
      Defending a band that you like is the definition of being a fanboyespecially because the only kind of "defense" they provide is to contradict others' opinions, which would be fine if music appreciation weren't subjective, but as it stands, it is. Regular fans wouldn't feel a need to defend the music they like, because they don't feel insecure about liking it.