Sound — 10
Well, it sounds fantastic, the e songs from the concert do sound almost studio perfect but it still manages to keep the mind blowing aura of a live performance. Avenged Sevenfold started as a metalcore screamo band with STST and Waking the Fallen then moved to a less screaming more singing attitude with City of Evil and the seelf titled album. This concert brings together the best songs from the entire lifetime of A7X mixing old classics such as Second Heartbeat and Unholy Confessions(two of the best on the DVD) with the new hits Almost Easy and Critical Acclaim etc. Zacky and Syns dual guitars create a memorable sound from the squeals and bends of Syn to the heavy, deep rhythm from Zacky. A minor lapse in Syns concentration in the solo from Second Heartbeat is the only fault with the sound and is easily shrugged off. The tracks are: Critical Acclaim, Second Heartbeat, Afterlife, Seize the Day, Beast and the Harlot, Scream, Walk, Bat Country, Almost Easy, Gunslinger, Unholy confessions and A Little Piece of Heaven.
Content — 8
Its a live concert DVD of their headline show in their hometown of Long Beach, California. The DVD has some extra features such as tour videos from many cities across USA and Canada, some comical, some weird. It also has videos of the film clips shown on the song Scream in case you couldn't make out all of it in the concert and the clip of the band being urged for the encore. The song list is very good with a good mix of heavy songs such as Critical Acclaim and Second Heartbeat and soothing ballads such as Seize the Da and Gunslinger. However, as many of the heavier songs are played at the beginning of the show, it unbalances the sound and makes the second half of the show sound weaker and it loses its edge a bit, ideally they should have spread the heavier songs evenly throughout the show but it is still a great gig.
Production Quality — 8
I think it is shot in high definition but if it isnt then it has very good standard definition. It was shot by various cameras from all possible angles throughout the arena to immerse you in the show. Some of the video is slowed down deliberatly at certain parts of songs whilst playing the audio at normal speed.
Overall Impression — 9
To me Avenged Sevenfold sound like Avenged Sevenfold, they have their own styles which change every album, there influences and favourite bands are Metallica, Iron maiden etc and this is where some of the guitar inspiration comes from with fast bends and sweep picking. The most impressive thig about the DVD must be the sound quality, when you listen to many live concerts the sound is never satisfactory, either the bass is too loud or clunky and the drums are drouwned out too much by the singing but on this DVD it is at equilibrium, the result, the perfect hometown show. One or two pet peeves with this DVD is the lack of extra material, the tour videos get tiresome after one or two views so maybe some more videos like the ones in All Excess maybe for more viewability. If this was stolen i would definatly buy it again.