Sound — 10
The sound of this album was amazeing and I loved it. I'll admit that it wasn't what I thought it would be but it was pretty close. Personally I think that A7X could have put the songs in a different order. M. Shadows is amazeing the pure sound in his voice is hypnotizeing and at the same time he manages to keep your atteantion. Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance are both very near perfect. Synyster could tone it down and let Zacky solo more. Johnny, though most bassist are over looked, is never forgoten he can be heard very well in a lot of songs. And last but not least The Reverend Tholomew Plague, or for short The Rev., although I think that he used too much symbols is some songs, is still amazeing and very talented. He can be heard singing with Matt in some of the songs that he helped write.
Lyrics — 7
Although the lyric are near perfection they do have their flaws. There are times in some songs like Critical Acclaim, Unbound (The Wild Ride), Scream, and Bromption Cocktail where it seams that M. Shadows is more talking than he is singing, even though he some how makes it sound good. The backup in a few songs could improve however. The songs over all I think could be a bit longer.
Overall Impression — 10
I am more of a Screamo lover my self but A7X is just too amazeing and I will follow them until they stop touring. Personally I liked the Sounding The Seventh Trumpet purely because it is screamo. Over all I think that this album is the best. If they would have been going for the same sound as City Of Evil then yes I wouldn't like this album at all. It sounds nothing like Sounding The Seventh Trumpet, Wakeing The Fallen, or City Of Evil but that makes it all the better. it's like nothing I've ever heard. M. Shadows said "The last thein we're going to do is write and City Of Evil: Part 2 or a Wakeing The Fallen: Part 2, It's not a thrash record or old school it's a sound like no one's ever heard- like when Korn came out. They were the first ones to start the whole scene and they sounded different than everybody. We want to do that for our own generation." 01. Critical Acclaim - I love the way that A7X mixed the organ and then Syn and Zacky come in and then shortaly here comes Matt. I get the message of the song and I really love it. The whole thing about "So how does it feel to know that someones kid in the heart of America has blood on their hands fighting to defend your rights." I love it! It's a pure masterpiece. 02. Almost Easy - awesome solo in the beging and I like how Rev. uses the symbols but he could've used them a bit less. I really like the song however I don't really git the thing when it says "(Mother) Come back to me it's amlost easy" the rest of the song makes it sound like he's talking to his girlfriend or something. I think that the song is too short 03. Scream - I like the scream in the beging but the guitar dosen't sound high enough to be Syn, it sounds more like Zacky. "We've all had our time when we've lost control. We've all had our time to grow" I Love the way Matt puts it there. Not the best song on the CD but I still like it. 04. Afterlife - I like the orcstera beging and Syn and Zacky comeing in and I especally love the bass parts ing the song(mainally becauce I'm a bassist) and that Johnny is astounding. I like the vocals in this song the way he sounds, just everything. Even thought it is kinda slow in some parts it is one of the better songs in the album. 05. Gunslinger - at first I didn't really get this song but after a while you figuer out what Matt means. The only thing wrong with this song is that it's too slow in the beging. I, personally, don't think that this is a consert worthy song. To raelly get this song you have to think about the troops and what they go though. 06. Undound (The Wild Ride) - the solo in the beging is good but I don't really like the style he chose with the singing. The over all singing is very good and I really like this song. It's one of the best on the CD and it has a lot of truth in it. The only flaw is the little girl singing in the end the way she says the verse twice I think oncl is enough. The chior is ok in the background for the first time but I think Matt could have screamed it the second time. 07. Brompton Cocktail - this was another song I really didn't get at first but I kinda like it. It wouldn't be one of the ones I would listen to one repeat. To me the song is too slow there needs to be more solo time and pick up the pace on the song. Other than that the song over all is very good. 08. Lost - the beging is a little strange it just dosen't sound like A7X to me, it sounds more like a killing scene in a movie. Other than that the song is ok. I liek the vocal style Matt picked out for this one. The whole song shows off their idvidual talents. The song is very true if you think about it. 09. A Little Piece Of Heaven - I really like this song I just fail to see the place it has in this album. It's a very amazeing song purely on if anyother band had tryed to pulloff the song they would have failed miserably. 10. Dear God - another song I fail to see the place it has in the album but I do raelly like the lyrics. To me this song is very inspirational. It has an amazeing sound to it. Again this is another song that I think that if anyother band had tryed to pulloff they would have failed as well. The biggest flaw is that the ending is too drawn out and and slow. A Little Piece Of Heaven and Dear God are at a tie for the most imrpessive pureally because only Avenged Sevenfold can pull them off. I love every thing about this album. The only thing that I hate is that it's too short and it leaves you wanting more. I would defentally buy this album again no doubt. It isn't the best out of all the albums but I really like it.