I only recently discovered the amazing fresh metal band Avenged Sevenfold after finding out that the singer, M Shadows, appeared as a guest on Slash's new solo album (another masterpiece you should check out if you're into heavy rock). Generally, Avenged Sevenfold (who got their name from the bible quote 'and he who kills Cain shall face vengence seven times over') have a great musical style which fuses several sub-genres of heavy rock and metal together.
Most of their songs contains Iron Maiden style melodic lead guitar solo's, Metallica-like thrashy rhythm section riffs, strong and powerfully performed vocals and highly entertaining lyrics themed on darkness and rock 'n' roll. I would have to say that nearly all of their tracks are rock masterpieces in their own right.
Stand-out tracks for me on the album would have to be Burn It Down, Blinded In Chains, Trashed And Scattered and Sidewinder. If you're a rock or metal fan and you haven't checked this band out yet, you really don't know what you're missing out on. Everybody needs to have this in their collection along with a few others from Avenged Sevenfold. Their earlier albums are a lot heavier and thrashy and contain a lot of roaring and growling though, which I'm not into.
This was an excellent album by Avenged Sevenfold and one of their best that they ever released i believe.
There was an amzing variation of different styles of music within this album. One of the best songs on this album was Sezie the Day. This song featured a brilliant solo and melody. The lyrics to this song are really touching!
The whole album featured some heavy music and also some softer music and overall it went well together. Possibly one of the best combinations that they have ever placed together.
This album was mainly quite heavy so anyone who does not enjoy growling and insane guitar solos i would advise to stay well away. Although this album is probably the best way to start getting into A7X's music as it allows you to clearly hear what they are capable of doing.
The sound quality in this album was brilliant with the distortion just right on the guitars to give the best overall effect and you can still clearly hear the solos unlike some other bands.
The lyrics featured in this album were simply amazing and must have taken quite some time to think up. M. Shadows really shows a variation of what he can do in this album by singing soft and heavy songs. This really shows the bands potential and makes the album interesting and original from both their own music and other bands.
Overall i would tell anyone who asked me about it to purchase this album because it really does have everything that you could possibly want in an album.
City of evil is the third album by Avenged Sevenfold, it was released back in 2005 i personaly think that this album is my favourite as the sound has changed from a more heavy metal screaming band to a more hard rock sound.
You can buy most of avenged sevenfold's music albums for around a £10 which i think is a real good price to pay.
Here is the track list.
Beast and the harot - 5:40
Burn it down - 4:58
Blinded in chains - 6:34
Bat country - 5:13
Trashed and scattered - 5:53
Seize the day - 5:32
Sidewinder - 7:01
The wicked end - 7:10
Strength of the world - 9:14
Betrayed - 6:47
M.I.A - 8:46
Seize the day
I love this track as the lyrics are very epic, its even better with the video as you can realy get whot the songs about!
This is another one of my favourites as its a very unique song, with a amazing guitar solo, great tune to listen to if your about to head out or something!
Love this tune for just chilling out when im cleaning out the car or just surfing the web. Starts of realy slow n peaceful but then starts up with another brilliant guitar solo.
Anyone who likes abit of metal music i would recomend Avenged Sevenfold to them as there an amzing band and for the money its great value!
City Of Evil
This albulm is the closest any band will ever get to writing the perfect albulm. Each song on this albulm is different, and at 5 minutes a song you are getting you money's worth. When a band write 11 good songs each over five minutes you can tell they care. And with this albulm thats what you get, time, care and mindpumping tunes that will just leave you thinking wow! True this isnt as hard core as recent works by the Orange County boys but the musicainship and instrament work is taken to a new level. The group has excelled and has pulled together a piece of art that i believe will one day be considered there version of Metallica's black albulm. A true masterpiece with blistering vocals, fast dualing guitars and bace and drums that make seasoned musicians look like novices.
Try to keep up!
Avenged Sevenfold: City of Evil
M Shadows: Vocalist
Synyster Gates: Lead guitar/ Vocals
Johnny Christ: Bass
Zacky Vengeance: Rhythm guitar/ Vocals
The Rev: Drums and some vocals
released 2005 by warner records
After listening to this bands self titled i decided to look into them more and see what the rest of their stuff was like and i really am impressed, yes they changed their style after Waking the Fallen...not much screaming anymore but i still find them amazing.
They have a few acoustics and some spanish guitar in a few tracks and i think thats good, there is nothing like a good band venturing out in the world and making a change!
So i got hold of this from my sister and put it on not sure what to expect seeing as she had warned me they have changed, but i was very very impressed. My favourite track on this album i would say is Stengh of the world where you get a taste of the violins and spanish guitar through it, the violins dont come in full till near the end though
They range their time limit between 5 and 7 minutes except for the last two tracks which are roughley 10 minutes long.
Beast and the harlot 4/5
Burn it down 5/5
Blinded in chains 3/5
Bat country 5/5
Trashed and scattered 5/5
Sieze the day 5/5
The wicked end 5/5
Strength of the world 5/5
Personally i think this is a good album and it is a good pre album for avenged sevenfold(self titled) to follow from.
im giving this album a five star XD
City Of Evil is the third studio album by Orange County metalcore band Avenged Sevenfold. Compared to some of their earlier work, this is a big step forward, as most of the songs are more melodic and include a lot more singing than screaming.
In my own personal opinion, most of the songs on this album are flawless, with the occasional one or two seeming a bit out of place on the album. below is a short summary of each of the songs.
1. Beast and the harlot : Arguably the song that gave Avenged Sevenfold their fame, as the music video appeared on many music channels, including Kerrang! and Scuzz. Massively heavy riffs and fast, intricate solo work make the one of my favourites on the album. M.Shadows' vocal range is impeccable. 9.5/10
2. Burn it down : Follows on nicely from the ending of track one, and is one of the more fast paced songs on the album. Very catchy, very entertaining and a very good song 9/10
3. Blinded in chains : I believe this to be the most underrated song on the album. The Rev's (drummer) work rate for this song is fantastic, the dual guitar outfit of Gates and Vengeance really come together to provide a heavy riffed composition 9/10
4. Bat country : Not much to say about this one, not that its bad, but its one of the lesser songs of the album. Clean guitaring and lots of screams from Shadows. 8/10
5. Trashed and scattered : My favourite song on the album. Very fast, very aggressive and overall a great piece of music. 10/10
6. Seize the day : The softest song on the album, but dont let it fool you. Very meaningful lyrics sung to perfection as always. At the end theres is a lovely arpeggio solo from Gates. Wonderful 9/10
7. Sidewinder : Not the best song in the world by all means, but still typical awesome A7X. Nice spanish solo near the end 8/10
8. The wicked end : Pretty much the same as above 8/10
9. Strength of the world: The longest song on the album, and compositionally, one of the best. Again lovely instrumental work 9/10
10. Betrayed : Didnt really see the point of this song, bit off musically but still bareable. Written about the death of Dimebag Darrell (Pantera). 7.5/10
11. M.I.A : A perfect end to an album, a long progressive song that really brings out the best in all 5 band members. A song about war, really makes you think about what people give for their country 9.5/10
City of Evil is the third elbum from heavy metallers, Avenged Sevenfold. This album, much to the annoyance of many hardcore fans, saw a significant change in musical direction. The "metalcore" screaming and riffery of (the excellent) "Waking the Fallen" is now gone. This has been replaced by a much more melodic approach with solos galore and some truly stunning work from Synyster Gates (lead guitarist).
I think what this album did was dispell the myth that great technique ruins a song. Behind Zachy Vengances heavy riffs synyster does lots of subtle work in most of the songs. I think that this just adds an extra intenisty to the album as a whole. It also gives it a the factor of listen again as you keep hearing little bits that you didn't hear on the first listen.
Beast and the Harlot, explodes out of the speakers and the energy level doesn't dip for a moment. This song start with a minor key solo refrain then moves into some high speed riffs and biblical themed lyrics. There is also an absolutely mind blowing solo in this song. I think that synyster gates is the best guitarist around at the moment. Trashed and scattred is a seven minute epic. Sidewinder manages to encorporate a spanish flamenco instrumental at the end with a guest appearance from syns father. The only complaint here could be that all the songs sound a little similar. I don't think this as all songs have very different, complicated structures and different sounds.
All in all this is a stunning and inventive album. A must Buy.
'City of Evil' is the 2005 album release from the exceptional rock band that is Avenged Sevenfold. This album saw a significant change in direction for the band, Avenged Sevenfold had previously been very much a metalcore band this but with this album showcase a much more rock heavy sound. I would classify 'City of Evil' as a hard rock/heavy metal album, with this release the music of Avenged Sevenfold is extremely reminiscent of the sound of 'Appetite for Destruction' era Guns N' Roses and it must be said that I for one absolutely love it. This was the bands third album and my opinion is that it is in fact the best that Avenged Sevenfold has released to date.
I was never much of a fan of the metalcore sound of Avenged Sevenfold, with the hard rock approach of 'City of Evil' however the music sounds absolutely excellent and always the tracks are truly exciting. The album blasts off with 'Beast and the Harlot' and not once in the albums 74 minute run time does the music ever disappoint. The music of Avenged Sevenfold is always here packed full of energy, a greatly exciting sound is created here and I personally do not have a bad word to say about this 'City of Evil' album. What I love about opening track 'Beast and the Harlot' is the power with which the band puts across its fine sound. The guitar riffs come firing full throttle and every element of the music here is brutal. The drum beats are excellent, the vocal attack is sublime, and the same can be said about every track on the album in fact. Such passion is contained within the music, never is there a dull moment here and always the tracks are packed full of passion.
'Bat Country' is without doubt one of my favourites from this album. I love everything about this track and never does the music here cease to impress me. I could honestly listen to this track all day, every element of the music is perfect and with this track Avenged Sevenfold has truly got the heavy metal formula spot on. I feel it is the excellence with which the sound of the guitars is put across on this album that makes the music so brilliant. Always on this 'City of Evil' album the guitar riffs are hugely impressive, extremely commanding, and the power with which the guitar sounds are pulled off really is a joy to behold. The music makes you want to pick up a guitar and soar through the riffs for yourself, the music truly is inspirational and the talent of the bands lead guitarist Synster Gates is absolutely phenomenal.
With this album Avenged Sevenfold really show as a band that they are not afraid of trying out new things and breaking new territory as a band. Even a ballad has been included on this album in the form of 'Seize the Day'. It's a saddening tale, an extremely personal track and one that I feel compliments this album excellently. It's inclusion on this 'City of Evil' album was an inspired touch, Avenged Sevenfold truly has impressed me hugely with this one and the change of pace for this track really breaks the album up nicely.
From start to finish this album is truly sensational, 'M.I.A.' is the crowning glory of this album and brings the music to a perfect close. 'M.I.A.' was actually written after lead singer M. Shadows spoke with friends of his that were fighting in Iraq, it's a terrific end for the album and as ever the music is powerfully put across by the band. The music contains a great amount of soul, a high level of heart and has been passionately put together by all five members of Avenged Sevenfold to absolute perfection. The track starts off slow but quickly gains momentum and the guitars soon bring a terrific musical energy to the proceedings. 'M.I.A.' caps off an exquisitely fine album from what I would consider to be one of the finest bands in rock right now; Avenged Sevenfold.
'City of Evil' is a superb album of musical excellence from Avenged Sevenfold, it truly is brilliant from start to finish and never is there a dull moment here. Such passion is contained within this release, the tracks are all sung with such soul, and musically this 'City of Evil' album is just absolutely exquisite. Avenged Sevenfold is a truly talented band, a fine force of rock and a band that thoroughly deserves the success that has come forth in recent years. 'City of Evil' is one of my favourite albums of the last few years, never does the band cease to amaze me with this release and always I feel that a high level of talent and expertise is here showcased. For fans of rock and metal alike I would wholeheartedly recommend 'City of Evil' as an essential album to add to your personal music collection, this Avenged Sevenfold masterpiece will surely not leave you disappointed.
Avenged Sevenfold: City of Evil:
This is the third length full album it was released on June 7th 2005 by Warner brothers. This is the album where the lead singer M Shadows started to depart from his scream vocals.
Lead singer: M Shadows
Lead guitarist/vocals: Synyster gates
Rhythm guitarist: Zacky Vengeance
Bassist: Johnny Christ
Drummer: The reverend (The Rev)
Beast and the harlot
This song has an amazing Rhythm and beat as well as vocals. The chorus tops it off nicely. This is a very catchy song and very good to listen to.
Burn it down
This song starts off with a very, very catchy beat and guitar riff it definitely catches your attention which is good. Vocals and lyrics are just as good and fit perfectly to the song it is a bit like a rap in a way but put into a rock perspective.
Blinded in chains
Again starting off with a catchy beat and guitar riff it gets you nodding your head along to it I can certainly say that. The vocals don't come in until about 50 seconds into the song but just listening to that instrumental part blows me away but it does get even better when shadows starts singing I think he has an amazing voice.
This song has an immense video to it, it is brilliant and the song is even better it has a very good rhythm to it and it is consistent. Lyrics are excellent and easy to learn (well they were for me).
Trashed and Scattered:
This song is awesome it starts off with a cool little guitar riff which I would say is a perfect start to the song. The vocals are amazing this song does have quite a bit of swearing but it fits in.
Seize the day
This is a slow song compared to the other tracks on this album but it has a brilliant beat rhythm and tempo. It is probably one of the best tracks on this album.
As this is quite a long song you would think It would get boring but it actually doesn't it's have a consistent beat tempo and rhythm normally I can't listen to songs that are long but I manage to listen to this one.
The wicked end
Another long song but this song has an amazing and I mean amazing bass line at the start that makes you want to listen to it all the way through because when the lyrics starts it just gets even better.
Strength of the world
This song does start off a little slow and boring but I thought eh what the hell ill give it a chance it might pick up a little. And it did although I don't always get to the end of the song I still think the parts that I do listen to are amazing.
Starting of with an awesome guitar tune and beat it will definitely catch your attention because you immediately start nodding your head to it.
I think ending the album with this track was a brilliant Idea because it starts off slow and then it picks up the pace but not too much it's absolutely amazing. The lyrics are brilliant as well as the actual vocals and the rhythm they put behind it is flawless.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Beast And The Harlot
2 Burn It Down
3 Blinded In Chains
4 Bat Country
5 Trashed And Scattered
6 Seize The Day
8 Wicked End
9 Strength Of The World