City of Evil review by Avenged Sevenfold

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  • Released: Sep 21, 2007
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.5 (1,117 votes)
Avenged Sevenfold: City of Evil
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Sound — 10
First off, Avenged Sevenfold don't have a particular sound that can be pinned on them, each album is strikingly different, the best way to describe the sound of City of Evil is a journey. Throughout the album are single and duel guitar leads which blend and slide with and around each other to give a sense of depth to the sound. The shortest song is Burn it Down, ...it's 5.01mins. If you want short sharp songs put the album back on the shelf and walk away. Shadows takes a new turn on his singing voice, moving from scream to gritty melodic singing. As mentioned earlier, Syn and Zacky blitz their way through a mixture of leads, riffs and solos, Johnny has a sweet bass solo on Blinded in Chains. The Rev (RIP) mixes the beat and dictates the tempo of the songs which in its self can change multiple times a song. Overall, its a lot of sound, it may take you more than one listening to fully appreciate the skill and audibility of every part of every song. My top 3 sounding songs -1 Beast and the Harlot, 2- Bat Country, 3- Sidewinder

Lyrics — 9
Lyrics, well, Beast and the Harlot has an obvious story of The whores of Babylon and other biblical figures, Betrayed, a beautiful tribute to Dimebag Darrell almost directs it towards the murderer as to why would you do it he was your idol etc, Bat Country is summed up as a wild drive in Vegas and is one of the bands most recognised songs. Again, like the sound, it twists and turn, Shadows can put a deep catchy sound on one part and drift into a melodic chorus or outro of a song. Overall not bad, it fits the music well though. Three best. -1 Betrayed, 2- MIA, Trashed and Scattered

Overall Impression — 9
How does the album compare to other artists, my first impression is of Iron Maiden except that as I said, Avenged Sevenfold have their own sound and even though its completley different to anything they've done before it, it works, it showed (past tense, this was written in January 2010) that they were unafraid to change and it paid off with mainstream success and a wider fanbase. What I love about this album is the depth, the guitar leads and just something you could put on the CD player or ipod and just drive for an hour and a half in the sun just chilling out to the music. I'm not a great fan of the lack of riffs though, bar Beast and the Harlot, the riffs are very well hidden and like Eternal Rest (from Waking the Fallen) a couple of songs with a groovy catchy and utterly insane riff would have made this the perfect album. Three Overall best songs 01. Beast and the Harlot 02. Bat Country 03. Sidewinder

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    jam_las
    m shadows never had to have vocal surgery, he can still scream. the vocal chord surgery was just a rumor. In WTF he did alot of singing. And in a interview after City of Evil he said that he just changed the style of singing. If you listen to him live he still screams at the beginning of songs
    havee
    jam_las wrote: m shadows never had to have vocal surgery, he can still scream. the vocal chord surgery was just a rumor. In WTF he did alot of singing. And in a interview after City of Evil he said that he just changed the style of singing. If you listen to him live he still screams at the beginning of songs
    He had a vocal surgery.
    SGofawesome
    It can only be emo if it's extremely mainstream and sucky Examples: Green Day Fall Out Boy All-American Rejects and many others...