Maximum Metal Rating Legend
Excellent - Masterpiece. A classic.
Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a lacking.
Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler.
Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio.
Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors.
Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
Terrible - Waste of your life and time.
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A good album, but something is just amiss
I've messed around with this album for months and just can't put a finger on what's wrong with it. It could be the record label issues for the band at the time or the sixteen session musicians that appear sporadically throughout. The band deems it aggro and I feel it is more progressive than any other AS record. The heaviest cut is "God Damn" which sounds like earlier records in terms of intensity. Horn and symphonic arrangements ground a majority of the record. I dunno, today it's a 3.5. Tomorrow it could be a 4 or a 2.
Recommended for fans of: Iron Maiden, Bullet for my Valentine, Guns 'N Roses
1 :REVIEW COUNT
3.5 :AVE RATING
ALL REVIEWS FOR: AVENGED SEVENFOLD
RATING City of Evil 2005 Warner Brothers Frank Hill 12/15/2005 4 The Stage 2016 Capitol Eric Compton 1/19/2017 3.5
ALL INTERVIEWS FOR: AVENGED SEVENFOLD
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