Album of the Day

THE ALBUM OF THE DAY IS… AVENGED SEVENFOLD, CITY OF EVIL

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6137rya09gl_aa240_.jpgI can see a legitimate argument for disliking Avenged Sevenfold – but them being “metalcore shits” just ain’t one of them. In fact, there’s not a trace of metalcore on this album. Lots of metal, sure (GN’R, Metallica, and Judas Priest are all obvious influences here) – but no core. Evolving beyond their previous releases into something a little less trendy (if not necessarily more genuine), there’s a reason this disc launched A7X to stardom – because so few bands make this particular breed of metal anymore, and the ones that try usually fall flat on their faces (Brides of Destruction, anyone? Anyone…?). Plus, there’s something commendable about the fact that M. Shadows rarely uses traditional rhyme schemes for his lyrics (the admittedly catchy radio biscuit “Bat Country” being an obvious exception).

In short: this album rocks. Shape up.

-AR

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