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"Avenged Sevenfold" Album ReviewAlpha101 I've never been a huge fan of this band, but I've always loved this album. It's always been special to me, in more ways than one
"Critical Acclaim" has a splendid opening. At first, I thought I was listening to "Mr. Crowley." The opening guitar solo is nothing short of epic, and this song automatic let me know that I was in for a wild ride! This is one of the best on the album.
"Almost Easy" had pounding drums, a good opening solo, and a heavy riff to start it off. So far, so good. Then comes the vocals. Pretty impressive, but nothing I haven't heard before. The repeated lines of "I'm not insane" were a nice touch. The chorus was great, but that's when the appeal ends. It's a great song, but quickly gets repetitive.
"Scream" was a filler track. There's nothing special about it. It was fun the first few times I listened to it, but I don't feel compelled to listen to it again.
"Afterlife" is the band's second best song, in my opinion. It has a beautiful opening, great guitar solo in the beginning, nice riff, and one of the best choruses in history. This was one of the first songs that I heard by the group, and it's always been one of my favorites, and for good reason.
"Gunslinger" had a country feel to it, and, while it surprised me, it really worked. It took a while for it to grow on me, but I've grown to love it. They lyrics were brilliantly written, and it's very relaxing to listen to, until things pick up, which was the one thing I disliked about the song. The part where things came up to speed wasn't bad, but I think that the song should have stayed the same throughout it's entirety. Still, it's one of the best that I've heard thus far.
"Unbound" was another filler track. I loved the use of piano in this song, and the vocals were pretty impressive, but, other than that, I didn't enjoy it.
"Brompton Cocktail" had an eery opening, very well written lyrics, and possibly the best vocal performance on the album. It's lacking compared to others on the album, but it's still grand.
"Lost" had a beautiful solo to begin the song with! The riff was spectacular as well. But the rest of the song was simply boring to listen to. It could have been so much better, but, sadly, it wasn't.
"A Little Piece Of Heaven" is easily the best song on the album, and the band's best as well. It had a good opening, the lyrics are some of the most well written in history, I loved the background instruments, and the chorus is absolutely beautiful, especially when the Rev sang the backup vocals. Though it is disturbing at some points, it really adds to the atmosphere of the song. It is one of the best song ever written, in my opinion.
"Dear God" did a hell of a job closing this great album. It's soft and beautiful, and has always been one of my favorite songs in modern rock history.
This album was spectacular, save for one or two songs. If someone wanted to get into the band, this would be that album that I recommend to them, or any lover of music in general. While it did have a few problems, they were minor, compared to how good the album was.
8.8/10 - Great Album