Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Boston Herald: "Rock is far from dead as long as Avenged Sevenfold are around"

Boston Herald has published a review of the show of Avenged Sevenfold at TD Garden in Boston:

To walk into the hallowed Boston Garden and witness Ghost onstage was among the most surreal experiences of my life.
The Swedish psychedelic hard rock outfit are one of those bands that has a very distinct aura. And it's creepy. Their music is church organs, monster riffs, surf twang and group harmony vocals, all laced with occult and Satanic overtones.
This is the kind of band you see at Church or the Middle East. Not the Garden.
But there they were, emitting a massive wall of sound that was one of the loudest performances I've seen at the Garden. Simply huge and almost hypnotic.
And it was all just a warm up for Deftones and chart-topping West Coast rockers Avenged Sevenfold.
Deftones are vets and always comfortably fit into their surroundings, whether it's a giant stadium, an arena, a theater or a nightclub. Last night, they followed Ghost's eerie rock blast with a tight set of their own brand of post-hardcore and alt-metal.
Vocalist Chino Moreno can wail with the best of them and bounded with an energy that belied his 20-plus years of hard touring. The real beauty of Deftones lies, simply, in their angsty melodies, whether old or new.
“Rocket Skates” and “Tempest” from their latest album, Koi No Yokan, blared throughout the cavernous Garden with a gorgeous fidelity matched by classic older songs like “My Own Summer (Shove It)” and “Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away).” Their biggest hit, “Change (In the House of Flies)” - (they love parentheses) – was mesmerizing.
The triple bill's headliner, Avenged Sevenfold, made the most of its newfound arena status. Playing in front of a massive, cathedral-like stage set that included a gargantuan skeleton (they love skulls and bones) and video screens that flashed images of fire and brimstone, the So Cal rockers showed why they are one of the most exciting young bands in rock.
EDM and hip-hop may be red hot right now, but rock is far from dead as long as A7X are around. They've heard the Guns 'N Roses-lite comments and they just don't care, as evidenced by their romp through a dozen songs that ranged from hard-charging metal (“Shepherd of Fire”) to ratchet-tight thrash (“Bat Country”) to theatrical ballad (“Fiction”) to arena rock (“Welcome to the Family,” “Hail to the King”).
And complex, orchestral hard rock opuses like “Requiem” and “Afterlife” are evidence that there are still fans – thousands, apparently – who want more than a simple three minute pop blast.


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