Wow this album is a surprising change for AVENGED SEVENFOLD since 2003’s “Waking the Fallen”. The entire band has gotten a music makeover and it’s exactly just what they needed! Instead of heading down the Hardcore/Screamo road again, the guys have decided to go a little more mainstream and less heavy in sense of the *Core style. The main change you will notice on “City Of Evil” from AVENGED SEVENFOLD’s previous two albums “Sounding The Seventh Trumpet” and “Waking The Fallen” is the vocal style of front man “M. Shadows”. The screaming my friends, is gone! This was the result of an incident in 2004 when his doctor told him that if he didn’t stop screaming, then he wouldn’t have a voice by the age of 30.
This is an excellent Metal album. The music is fast and heavy and the guitar solos are incredible to say the least. Right from the start “Beast And The Harlot” to the ending epic “M.I.A”, this album rocks on and on without stopping much, except for the song “Strength Of The World” which incorporates piano, violin and acoustic guitars. It starts off slow and moody but picks up fast and ends up being a great song altogether. The guitaring in “Blinded In Chains” is completely insane and just for that, the guitarists “Zachy Vengeance” and “Synyster Gates” should win an award for that.
AVENGED SEVENFOLD are completely mainstream Metal and they couldn’t be happier about it. Chances are, just about every radio station plays their hit single “Bat Country” so you may have heard these guys and not even known it… And chances are; you probably thoroughly enjoyed it. A lot of fans of AVENGED SEVENGOLD hate this album because of the drastic step forward they have taken. My thoughts are this: don’t dwell on the past! Let these guys show you what they have to show every time they create something new, because it will always be good. AVENGED SEVENFOLD have taken a huge step forward in their career and are now more popular than ever. If you can’t afford the CD for the 15 bucks it’s worth, then just turn on the radio to at least experience a bit of it. It’s perfect.
Get this fucking album! (Online March 27, 2006)