Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Interesting article about Avenged Sevenfold

Confront Magazine wrote a very interesting article about Avenged Sevenfold, you can read some excerpts below:


There are some musical artists who just seem to draw critics everywhere they turn; no matter what they do, someone has something negative to say about it. Avenged Sevenfold are probably one of the most well-known bands in their genre and they have been fiercely successful. In 2006, they won Best New Artist at the MTV Music Awards and have been nominated and won multiple Golden God and Kerrang! Awards. They have recorded songs for video games; heck, they were featured as an easter egg in the game Call of Duty: Black Ops. They have one certified Platinum album and they have four other albums that are certified Gold, but it seems that in the rock genre mainstream success is a double-edged sword. There are always going to people who will argue that getting airtime on the radio or on popular television stations isn’t anything to brag about when you’re a metal band. Once you start getting popular the word ‘sellout’ gets tossed around a lot. So when ‘Bat Country’, the lead single from Avenged Sevenfold’s third studio album City of Evil made it to #1 on MTV’s Total Request Live and hit #2 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Charts, people started to complain. City of Evil was also a turning point for Avenged as it was the first album not to feature any screaming vocals, thus pushing them away from the metalcore genre. Being as it was also the band’s first album with a major label, you can imagine that they got a lot of flack.

Avenged Sevenfold followed up City of Evil with the release of their self-titled album in 2007. The self-titled album debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200 and was met with mixed reviews as it is probably the ‘softest’ of Avenged’s albums. In 2009 Avenged Sevenfold’s drummer Jimmy ‘The Rev’ Sullivan passed away and it forever changed the group. Jimmy was more than just their drummer- he was their best friend. Honestly I don’t think a lot of the fans or the critics expected them to carry on after his passing, but everyone was surprised in February of 2010 when they announced they were back in the studio. They have released two albums since Jimmy’s passing. Their latest album, Hail to the King, received a lot of criticism: it’s too soft. It sounds too much like so and so. It sounds too different from their other albums. I guarantee you if every one of their albums sounded the same as Waking the Fallen or City of Evil someone would complain about that too.

Click here to read the full article.