All Excess [DVD] review by Avenged Sevenfold

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  • Released: Jul 17, 2007
  • Sound: 9
  • Content: 8
  • Production Quality: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 9 (103 votes)
Avenged Sevenfold: All Excess [DVD]

Sound — 9
The sound was very good in the DVD. There were always clear and good production valued concert footage, however usually throughout the DVD when there was concert footage they would generally play the actual track over the video, much like the music video for "Unholy Confessions". Most generally people would call Avenged Sevenfold "metalcore" or as more conservative metal heads would sneer "nu-metal". Either way Avenged Sevenfold is a nice callback to the earlier days of metal when it was about rocking. Period.

Content — 8
The content of the DVD, being what the DVD actually is, which is more of a behind the scenes of Avenged Sevenfold, then actually AX7 concert, is very good. The main chunk of the DVD is a camera crew following around Ax7 while they tour and discuss their past present and the future of their releases. The time frame is sometime, perhaps a year after City of Evil was released and gave Ax7 the mainstream light that they wholly deserve. They show how they each got their names, go back to places where they went to high school. Old romping places and bars. Shows a little of behind the scenes in Green rooms and all the trouble the boys get into. As for extras there is not infact a WHOLE lot of extras but there is a few tidbits to chew on for hardcore fans. There are Music Videos of their current and former releases as well as commentaries the boys from the band give during the music videos, and one in which the director gives a commentary as well. There is also a "Making the Video" for "Seize the Day" which follows a store robbery, jail time and a pregnant woman getting hit in a car by a truck, all very cool stuff. A slolid 8 for content!

Production Quality — 9
The production quality for the DVD was top notch, no point at any time during the DVD did I ever think that I was watching anything short of a high budget MTV style behind the music show. It was just about 2 hours long which is the only thing that gave it away. One thing they do is imitate a bit of Hunter S. Thompson influence, which comes heavily from their hit son "Bat Country" a tribute to the book and movie "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" as well as Hunter Thompson and the art styles his personal artist Ralph Steadman incorporates in all of the artwork. This would include the splattered ink, disfigured people, druggie looking effects. As far as the production goes, this one would have to get a 9, as the menu was impressive and constantly active.

Overall Impression — 9
As far as I've seen from some artists and the DVD's that they have put out, this one has defiantly have to be one of the more top notch DVD's one could tell it wasn't just put out to appease fans between Cd's however conveniently enough it serves that purpose. But it chronicles Ax7's struggle from being a no-name band from Huntington Beach to super stars with legions of loyal fans, music videos, rock n' roll songs and the lifestyle. Throughout the DVD many members of the band appear to be, or are under the influence of alcohol. Best part of the DVD for me was Synaster Gates crawling across a table full of guiness beers full to the brim, knocking them over just to give the man sitting across a shot. Brilliant! A must buy for a serious fan!

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