#1 on the list of all-time most annoying things, would have to be hair going in my mouth when I’m playing. second on the list would be clothes that slide off the hanger when I’m shopping. unrelated, equally as annoying.
Album: City of Evil
Released: June 7, 2005
Label: Warner Bros.
Avenged Sevenfold was formed in 1999 in Huntington Beach, California. The band’s current lineup consists of lead vocalist M. Shadows, rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist Zacky Vengeance, lead guitarist and backing vocalist Synyster Gates, bassist and backing vocalist Johnny Christ, and drummer Brooks Wackerman. M Shadows came up with the name as a reference to the story of Cain and Abel from The Bible, although they are not a religious band. Upon its formation, each member of the band also took on a pseudonym which were already nicknames of theirs from high school.
City of Evil is the band’s third studio album. It contains a more traditional heavy metal and hard rock sound than Avenged Sevenfold’s previous two albums, which showcased a predominantly metalcore sound. The album is also notable for the absence of screaming vocals. M. Shadows worked for months before the album’s release with vocal coach Ron Anderson, whose clients have included Axl Rose and Chris Cornell, to achieve a sound that had “grit while still having the tone”. In order to increase stamina and strength on the pedals, The Rev would sit for hours practicing until he could get up to 210 beats per minute.
City Of Evil was essentially the band’s jumping point into becoming a household name. While the previous two albums focused a lot more on the heaver emo/screamo genre popular in the early 2000s, City Of Evil took a heavier radio rock approach, and considering where the band is it, it worked pretty well. In an interview with Talk Is Jericho, guitarist Synyster Gates says he loves the record’s sense of adventure, but “the choruses kind of blow.”
Filmed in Los Angeles
Edited by Lior
Released on Jun 15, 2012