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  • Summary: The Southern California group's self titled is their fourth album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. Their anthem-filled fourth album's brazen swagger may prove irresistible. [Nov 2007, p.137]
  2. Such tracks as 'Critical Acclaim,' 'Almost Easy' and 'Lost' keep the crank factor high--but as part of a bolder, broader and more engaging soundscape.
  3. The catchy Stone Temple Pilots vibe of 'Scream' is enough to put the band back on the charts, but that could happen with more than half of this album…And it probably will.
  4. The tunes--or at least whatever M. Shadows feels like bellowing--sound like the kind of lame, nu-metal angst-mongering that dominated the radio in the late Nineties.
  5. 50
    With tighter, mercifully shorter songs, like the Slayer-meets-slash trasher 'Almost Easy,' they're now defiling America's youth with more substance than style. [Nov 2007, p.114]
  6. Avenged Sevenfold is so all over the map musically and lyrically, it's difficult to decipher whether it's pure genius or the most convoluted mess of music you'll hear all year. [Dec 2007, p.178]
  7. Avenged Sevenfold suffers two-fold from a dearth of genuinely good musical ideas- the infectious vocal melodies which underpin ‘Bat Country’ and ‘Sidewinder’ or the dynamic interlocking guitar lines of the latter and ‘Beast of the Harlot’- and a total absence of the critical faculties which should have allowed a small orchestral ensemble go hungry rather than become party to the madness of ‘A Little Piece of Heaven.’

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 68 out of 84
  2. Negative: 13 out of 84
  1. Yudi
    Apr 11, 2008
    10
    This album is a completely different style for Avenged Sevenfold, but in a good way. Still hard enough to rock to, but also full of This album is a completely different style for Avenged Sevenfold, but in a good way. Still hard enough to rock to, but also full of comprehensible lyrics, this quintet from Huntington Beach really surprises me with the passion that they put behind some of the songs. Along my favorites are Afterlife, which I just love as more of like a soft rock ballad, A Little Piece of Heaven (amazing song as well as music video), and Almost Easy (the guitar solo is one of my favorites). Expand
  2. JimW.
    Apr 20, 2008
    10
    I read a preview of the album from A7X's own M. Shadows and he mentioned that he feels the self-titled album will have the same effect I read a preview of the album from A7X's own M. Shadows and he mentioned that he feels the self-titled album will have the same effect on his band as Metallica's self-titled had for them. And after giving the album a good listen for the 6 months it's been out, I second that statement 110%. I cannot get enough of this album. I listen to it everyday, and it is my favorite Avenged Sevenfold album. Expand
  3. Apr 27, 2013
    10
    Dear God, Almost Easy, A Little Piece of Heaven, Critical Acclaim, Scream. My favorite Avenged Sevenfold songs are all there! The other albumsDear God, Almost Easy, A Little Piece of Heaven, Critical Acclaim, Scream. My favorite Avenged Sevenfold songs are all there! The other albums are very good, but none beats this one. Expand
  4. AJN
    Nov 4, 2007
    8
    I don't understand why all of you people giving this cd 0's have to be such big haters. I would expect you kind of people to give I don't understand why all of you people giving this cd 0's have to be such big haters. I would expect you kind of people to give this cd a 0 because you don't understand that bands like A7X try to revolutionize their sound. They are growing in their music just as metallica did from the 80's to the 90's. Also im sure most of you aren't musically enclinded enough to look past vocals or actually appreciate great musical talent that there is from band member to band member. A7X are an amazing group of musicians.....just because they didn't stay the same from City of Evil or even Waking the Fallen doesn't mean they lost musical talent. So stop hating and just understand that they are growing in their music. If you don't like it deal with it. If you like their old stuff better just listen to that. No one is making you listen to new music. Its your choice if you choose not to broaden your musical spectrum. Expand
  5. Mar 26, 2015
    8
    Don't listen to the haters, this is a great metal album and a great band! This album has great vocals along with great guitar and drum work.Don't listen to the haters, this is a great metal album and a great band! This album has great vocals along with great guitar and drum work. Also, this band is amazing live they put on a show full of energy! Expand
  6. JoelC
    Oct 31, 2007
    7
    I have only listened to this CD once so this review is not reflective of how I am going to end up feeling about this album as Avenged I have only listened to this CD once so this review is not reflective of how I am going to end up feeling about this album as Avenged Sevenfold needs to sink after repeated listens to truly appreciate their intricate music, but so far I feel a little let down. Not that it's bad by any means but Waking the Fallen and City of Evil set my standards so high that unfortunately (upon first listen anyway) the album doesn't seem to carve out a niche for itself like the last albums, in fact it almost feels generic, which to me is everything Avenged usually is not. More listens will change my opinion I'm sure, but as of one spin I am beginning to think Avenged plateaued last album and have stopped innovating as much as they used to. Expand
  7. VinnieV
    Oct 31, 2007
    0
    Avenged Sevenfold may be one of the worst bands that I have heard in the past decade. Don't buy this or anything else from them.

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