Best Avenged Sevenfold Albums

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1 Avenged Sevenfold

This is one of the most experimental albums I've heard. It's quite amazing how they ended up pulling it together this great! RIP To the Rev! I hope you all enjoy this amazing album! Personal favorite, it speaks to me personally, and it's fun to play to (drums/guitar/vocals) Enjoy this album!

It's weird but I think this is A7X's best album. It's the most eclectic in style and is the first album and the last album (other than Diamonds) to feature The Rev on vocals. Although the instrumentation isn't difficult per say, the song writing is as heartfelt and powerful as is has ever been for this band. Their Self-Titled stands as a time capsule of an album, one that brings me the listener very clearly back to my Sophomore year of High School. And although this is an album that doesn't go into rotation as often for me, when I put it on, I am almost always in love with it. Oddly enough, it's Almost Easy to say that despite the fact that my favorite A7X albums are The Stage, City of Evil, and Sounding the Seventh Trumpet, this one kind of stands on its own as the secret best one of the bunch. And the funniest thing is that it's songs like Gunslinger and Dear God that shine through this album with the best character. Who would have thought that a country song would capture A7X so ...more

A Little Piece of Heaven! Afterlife! Critical Acclaim! Great Record. - fidelcanojr

Definitely the best - EliHbk

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2 Nightmare

Greatest album ever, period.
I can't see a7x ever topping this, the death of the REv drove them to make some of the most unforgettable masterpieces.
Musicianship is amazing, lyrics incredible and overall songwriting is perfect.

Save Me IS there best song after MIA maybe, God HAtes Us is heavy and epic, Buried alive is a flawless track, and fiction and victim are just beautiful.
Those are my favorites but honestly, all the songs kick so much ass.
Also the bonus track "lost it all" is awesome.

I have no idea why the self titled is number 1

Many lesser known songs are incredible here...
1. God Hate Us : The growl are very incredible... The bridge before the solo's and the groove it's incredible!
2. Natural Born Killer : The intros and solo intros
3. Danger Line : The end of songs lyric will touch your feel.. I think this song is sang by dead men...
4. Save Me : 10 minutes song and all of instruments are hard to play and cost much energy...
5. Fiction : For Un-true a7x fans, they won't know this song...

Nightmare is just an insanely awesome piece of work... The death of The Rev drove them to make an epic piece of music. Nightmare has a lot of fast pace song, and also some slow songs (for the Rev I think.) Take Nightmare for example, starts off slow but really takes it into gear once the song starts, Danger Line and Buried Alive also has that same vibe. Overall this has to be the best album yet, and the only one I think can compete with it is the band's namesake album, Avenged Sevenfold

This is a very close one between Nightmare and the self-titled album. I chose Nightmare because, on top of having my favorite songs in it, it is more solid as it is full of under-played and under-rated songs on top of the big hits.

Nightmare's big hits are: Nightmare, Welcome to the Family, Buried Alive, So Far Away

Whereas their self-titled has: Critical Acclaim, Almost Easy, Afterlife, A Little Piece of Heaven, Dear God

This seems pretty even, maybe even favoring their self-titled; however, Nightmare contains some underdogs such as:

Danger Line: insanely good vocals, catchy chorus, Synester shredding, very emotional ending
God Hates Us: great and light opening solo, very heavy song in general, great screaming from Shadows, catchy riffs
Victim: good vocals, very catchy chorus, Synester shredding again, slower feel to it
Save Me: Unique flow and feel to it, accompanied by powerful vocals and great guitar work.

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3 City of Evil

In my humble opinion:
1) City of Evil
2) Nightmare
3) Avenged Sevenfold
4) Waking the Fallen
5) Hail to the King
6) Diamonds in the Rough
7) Sounding the Seventh Trumpet

I really do enjoy all of their albums, and the margin of difference in the top 5 is razor thin. However, City does not have a single weak song, while every other one does. One Waking, Won't See You Tonight Part 2 drags down the album. Dear God hurts A7X's chances for the top bid, and on Nightmare there are simply too many slow songs in the second half. Had they substituted 4 AM or Lost It All for Tonight the World Dies, then that album may be number one for me. For Hail to the King, This Means War is the weak spot. On City of Evil, their weakest track (my opinion) is Trashed and Scattered; if that's your weakest track, then you have created an absolutely classic album. My top 3 tracks on City are Beast and the Harlot, The Wicked End, and MIA.

City of Evil.. Wow, honestly words cannot describe how purely great EVERY single song is on this amazing record released in 2005 that set the core standpoint for Avenged Sevenfold's future. Yes, they have evolved since then with a different, darker more personal type sound but this album alone will always remain the one that clearly has the most rocking straight forward hand banging hard rock sound that you could put on replay for hours. So addictive, City of Evil 100% deserves to be listed first. Its long, it keeps pace, its heavy.. It's true modern hard rock at it's best with the creativity all the five members put into the release. 5/5 stand down.

I cannot BELIEVE their self-titled album is in first. Now, while it was a good album, it was easily their worst. It was very short, and while it had some amazing songs in it, others didn't feel A7X at all (such as Dear God). The album was good.

Now it is nowhere near comparison to City of Evil. This album was outstanding. While the self-titled album had 6 or 7 good songs on it, COE had 11, meaningevery song in it. The albim is quite long at 72 minutes, with the shortest song being about 5 minutes long, and the average song length being close to 6 minutes. Every song on it is pure A7X.

Basically, I enjoyed the self-titled album. But it stands nowhere close to City of Evil. So... It really shouldn't be at the top, and I'm even more disappointed to find Waking the Fallen in 4th.

On a final note, I can safely say that the self-titled is in first because of the common obsession with Afterlife...

I just like it

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4 Waking the Fallen

I am really late to this, but Waking The Fallen is Avenged Sevenfold's sound defining album. This is what set them off to be the band we know and love today. STST was great and I adore the album, but what was more matured in lyricism and instrumental work. Not only that, but great songs like Second Heartbeat, Chapter Four, Unholy Confessions, Desecrate Through Reverence, and Radiant Eclipse were all created and this was metalcore at its finest. Matt had a diverse vocal style and had some of the -if not- the clearest screams I have ever listened to up to this day. The lyrics always have a deeper meaning in every song and I'm always finding them every time I listen back to their songs. Yes their Self Titled and Nightmare albums are when they matured but even in their what: Ressurected documentary, Zacky states that what is Avenged Sevenfold. You cannot dispute against Waking The Fallen. Intense Riffs. Rise of Fast Solos. Smooth and Heavy vocals. Need I go on?

Have it any way you want, as long as Waking the Fallen is on top.
It is their most matured release to date.
Also, the guitar work here is far more impressive than their later releases (excluding City of Evil, of course).
The only flaw here is probably the weird screaming, but it's forgivable.

What really makes this stand out, though, is the lyrical content. It's just... Inspiring, maybe? I can't describe it.
Anyway, put this on the top, people. Please.
And City of Evil at 2.
Nightmare at 3.
STST at 4.
The rest of their releases anyway you like it.
And finally, their self-titled at the last spot. God, I hated that album and the only decent song on it was "Critical Acclaim".

Easily the best album. The full band was together for the first time, M Shadows found the perfect balance of screaming and singing, while Zacky, Syn, and the Rev do their thing. Unholy Confessions, Second Heartbeat, and Chapter four are top 10 Avenged Sevenfold songs. Should be higher.

Simply the best there is. Radiant Eclipse and Second Heartbeat are just.. godlike.

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5 Hail to the King

The first 5 songs are just straight ass kicking head banging songs, the rev would be proud. The next 5 are still bad ass songs, crimson day reminds me of a better seize the day, heretic is an amazing song, coming home is their top 5 songs ever made and planets is just a masterpiece... May not have songs you fall in love with. But this album is their best quality of work throughout an album that they have ever made. Even st james is a 9/10

First off, I love all of their albums. But hail to the king... It has people now calling A7X the heirs of Metallica! It has the ever so addicting groove of classical barebone metal. Not to mention it adds to there ability of being able to change their sound and still sound great. HAIL TO THE KING

This album gets such a bad rap just because it is so different stylistically from anything else they've put out - but it shows the band's versatility. It was supposed to be a stripped back, groove-driven hard rock record, and they've definitely achieved that! This album is so powerful because it is simple. The songs are so catchy, and so emotive in places, it's just a damn solid record. Good work boys!

Kicks ASS!

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6 The Stage

Their best (and heaviest) album yet. By far their most creative work, and they've really opened up and shown how great of musicians they really are. A7X stepped outside of the box for this one, and really went in a different more progressive direction, but still maintained their signature Sevenfold sound. It took me a few listens to really understand the album, and each listen it grew on me more and more, until I appreciated what a masterpiece this album is. Well done Sevenfold, Well done.

Not better than the self-titled album or City of Evil, but this is really good. Brooks was awesome on the drums! It is a relief, I almost thought they were done. Paradigm, Higher, and The Stage are my favorites on the album. Sounds like they are evolving, but they are still A7X. As Matt ages, I think the screaming will eventually go away, which is okay with me because I enjoy the singing. Love that it came out right before Halloween!

I feel like lots of people just weren't ready for the direction that A7X went with this album. M. Shadows said in an interview (or maybe a YouTube comment reply) that he felt that this was his favorite album of theirs, and that fans needed to put time into it to truly experience it. This album is a strong 2nd place for me -- behind Nightmare. It leans way closer to the prog side of metal than any of their previous work, and I think that really threw people off. Those that hate on it, in my opinion, haven't given it enough of a chance.

Don't like Matt's new voice, but this album is still good. 4th best in my opinion, behind Waking the Fallen, Self Titled and City of Evil.

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7 Sounding the Seventh Trumpet

This album means so much to me, being the first album and because the song "Warmness on the Soul" will be one of the songs played at my wedding, this album is great! Rock on Avenged

This was the first A7X album I've ever owned. After hearing An Epic of Time Wasted and Darkness Surrounding, I was sold and bought the album. It is heavy and raw, and the drumming is just out of this world. It is worth your time and money. SO BUY IT!

Seriously underrated album. I love the screaming vocals, but not as much as the screaming in what. An Epic of Time Wasted is my favorite song from this album. This is my second favorite album behind what

This is Worst rock album I have ever heard every track is bad - christangrant

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8 Diamonds In the Rough

Great Album! Amazing Pantera and Iron Maiden Covers with Walk and Flash of the Blade. If you have not listened to this whole album in its entirety, I highly suggest you do! Possibly the best songs on this album are Demons and Crossroads. Very good rhythm kick as drums. Best solo on this album is most likely on the last track, Dancing Dead. A7X for Life!

I didn't like it, it had no good songs I made beside demons and girl I know - EliHbk

Really 7? Its one of the the best albums I ever heard!

Really? Diamonds in the rough AFTER Sounding the 7th trumpet? That album BOMBED! I love A7X, but seriously?

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9 Warmness on the Soul
10 All Excess

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11 Waking the Fallen: Resurrected

Wow it's hard to believe that they had unholy confessions live on this album. And that's not a good thing at all, I love the studio version of unholy confessions but the live version is really really bad and the same goes for most the live songs on this album.

It was as great as Waking the Fallen. It also included demos, live footage, alternate versions, two music videos, and a 30 minute documentary.

What is by far their best album. I love the screaming vocals. Eternal Rest live was also a great bonus track.

12 1999 Demo

1999 is the year that my nan got beat up by two walruses. That's why I like this demo.

Should be higher up

This is truly the start of their career!

I would hate this because these are probally demos of songs from Sounding the Seventh Trumpet - christangrant

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