Sound — 10
This is Avenged Sevenfold's first album and is hardcore to the max. You'll be ready to bang your head after hearing the opening track, To End The Rapture, with a bad ass solo but is the only one on the album. This is an album that has the sound of bands like Atreyu and As I Lay Dying and not to mention M. Shadows screams his head out on this album. Breaking Their Hold is the fastest and most in your face song on the album and is only a minute and a half long. Of course the guitar work doesn't compare to City Of Evil but synester and Zacky get the job done. The Rev also does some nice drumwork and plays way too fast which sounds awesome.
Lyrics — 6
Most of the lyrics on this album are about death and other dark things but most of the time you can't understand a word M. Shadows screams out. One song lyrically stands out which is Shattered by Broken Dreams which talks about getting your girl to stop drinking and get her life back together. There's also a ballad on this album Warmness On The Soul and is as emo as it can get the song is mostly Shadows singing and played by piano until a small solo comes in towards the end. The song after it, An Epic Wasted Of Time, is about having a bad break up and relizing in the end she was a waste of f--ing time! They also pull the old school punk sound off on Streets which I hear is a cover song.
Overall Impression — 10
This album is an awesome one that'll have you headbanging for hours. The best tracks on it are To End The Rapture, Turn The Other Way, Darkness Surrounding, Lips Of Deceit, An Epic Waste Of Time, Breaking Their Hold, and Shattered By Broken Dreams with acoustics in the begining and turning into another hadcore song. If you can try to look for the demo version of this album, which is when they were with Goodlife records before being picked up by Hopeless. M. Shaddow's voice sounds like a dog barking but the demo version of Lips Of Deceit still rocks. If I had it stolen I'd buy it again.