Sound — 10
Avenged Sevenfold have released their third full-length album which is also their mainstream breakthrough record. Avenged Sevenfold have really out done themselves with this record and I just hope that they will be able to duplicate the success with the next one.
Lyrics — 8
I'm think that the band did some very good writing, but some lyrics are taken from other writings such as the Book of Revelations. I still think that the words are put together in perfect form though. M. Shadows has strayed away from his screaming roots, but I don't find that as any kind of loss. I personally dislike screaming and prefer singing. He does some great work with putting together melodies and incorporating distortion into his vocals.
Overall Impression — 10
I highly recommend picking this album up, because the guitars are amazing, the drums are outstanding and the vocals are crazy good. I think there are a lot of great songs on this album that should have gotten more credit, but the singles include Beast And The Harlot, Bat Country and Seize The Day. I think that songs such as Strength of the World should have gotten more credit, because it sounds unique and as if it has been worked very hard on. So, I really recommend picking this peice of art up for your personal compact disc collection.