Avenged Sevenfold – City of Evil

Avenged Sevenfold
City of Evil

From its inception, I have hated everything about Avenged Sevenfold, from the band’s music to its image. City of Evil takes things in a new direction however, and I sort of like it… probably more than I should.

First off, this is not a hardcore album. In fact, sans a few breakdowns, the hardcore influence so prevelent in the past is all but gone. The new direction is a melodic, almost poppy version of what some call “happy metal.” Happy metal is basically a melodic, up-tempo take on metal a la a more energetic Iron Maiden. These guys have a rock thing going too, which can draw compairisons to Guns ‘N Roses.

You should also know that there is no screaming on this album whatsoever. M Shadows’s vocals on this thing sound quite a bit like Mike Patton’s work with Faith No More, but a little less nasally. That may turn some people off, but the guitar work on City of Evil isn’t bad at all, and the solos are actually somewhat impressive. There are tons of memorable choruses, but ocassionally they wander too far into poppy territory, especially on “Beast and the Harlot.”

I really want to hate this album, but there is just something about it that I just can’t ignore. There are parts, however, that make me cringe, so this album falls somewhere between surprisingly good and amazingly annoying. Regardless, there are enough good moments to listen to the album a few times.