I know I’m late to this game, but I can’t say enough good things about Huntington California’s Avenged Sevenfold.
I’m still fixated on their latest release “Nightmare”, while slowly delving into their back catalog.
I love, love this album. It has shot the band into my top 10 along with Rush, Led Zeppelin and Iron Maiden. Heavy lyrics, often with vaguely spiritual allusions are the MO here. I’ve found most of the newer metal and/or metalcore bands lack a certain lyrical depth. Not these guys. I’d put them up there with Maiden or Dream Theater.
Heavy guitars with brilliant melodies and time signatures that expose a certain progressive element seems to be the default setting. Add big choruses and even a “power” ballad!! I find myself struggling to describe their sound, because I’m listening and I’m transfixed.
Oh, and love the little bell in the beginning of Natural Born Killers – it makes me laugh out loud every time.
Make no mistake, this is a metal album, by a metal band. It will not appeal to everyone. However, take a chance, you might be surprised.
Other tracks, not on Nightmare that have my attention are, Almost Easy, Afterlife and Bat County. Bat Country was inspired by Hunter S Thompson’s Book “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”
I’m hooked I tell ya! These guys are fellow travelers for sure.