The Confession’s Requiem: Still the Best Avenged Sevenfold Album Avenged Sevenfold Didn’t Make
Do you remember The Confession? I don’t blame you if you don’t — they made only made one EP and one LP before breaking up in 2008. So yeah they didn’t exactly set the world on fire.
But whatever! Art is a long con! No one gave a shit about Melville or Van Gough when they died! What matters is how history remembers the art, not its success at the time of release, right?
To that end, if you are an Avenged Sevenfold fan and you’ve never checked out The Confession’s one full-length, 2007’s Requiem, well, you ought to do so. It’s very much in line with City of Evil and Avenged Sevenfold, which is to say, it’s full of super-catchy, not very heavy pop metal heavily influenced by mainstream hard rock bands of the late 80s and early 90s — e.g., Guns N’ Roses, Black Album-era Metallica, post-Permanent Vacation Aerosmith, Van Hagar, Bon Jovi, probably some Fear of the Dark-era Maiden, etc. If you’re looking for something totally br00tal and crushing, this ain’t it. If you’re looking for something high-energy which will almost certainly get stuck in your head for an irritating length of time, Requiem is the album for you.
And as bonus, it contains some of the most inadvertently humorous, nonsensical, morally repulsive lyrics in recent memory. For example, for “Dance with the Devil,” one of the record’s strongest tracks:
Sluts twist through the smoke and the mist
So get your hand off your dick and I can show you how
I’m not even sure what that means (Show me how to what? Twist through the smoke and the mist like a slut?), but it make me laugh every time I hear it, especially since a second later, they add this lil’ piece of poetry:
Hold tight to your daughters tonight
‘Cause you know I’ll fuck ’em right
You know I damn well might
What kind of neurotic came up with that nonsense? “Fathers, hide your daughters, because I’m gonna fuck ’em! Well, I might fuck ’em. You’d better hide them to be on the safe side.”
And, hey, it makes sense that Requiem sounds so Avenged Sevenfold-y: it was produced by A7X vocalist M. Shadows.
Listen to Requiem below, then clamor for a The Confession reunion in our comments section.