Avenged Sevenfold

Avenged Sevenfold

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Coming off a Best New Artist Award at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards, the members of Avenged Sevenfold returned to the studio, ambitious to create an exciting follow-up to City of Evil, and their self-titled release often focuses hard on pushing the songs into non-metal territory. Their signature blistering See more details below

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Coming off a Best New Artist Award at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards, the members of Avenged Sevenfold returned to the studio, ambitious to create an exciting follow-up to City of Evil, and their self-titled release often focuses hard on pushing the songs into non-metal territory. Their signature blistering Yngwie Malmsteen guitar arpeggios and lightning fast double-kick drums are still evident, while AS show their unbridled enthusiasm to be as inventive as possible as they run through a staggering amount of production enhancements: four songs have string arrangements; violinists, pianists, and vocalists make guest appearances here and there; "A Little Piece of Heaven" is a strange Mr. Bungle-type number with sax, clarinet, trombone, and trumpet; and "Unbound (The Wild Ride)" throws in the most un-metal addition of all -- a children's choir. Some of these enhancements help take the songs to the next level, while others give the sensation of inappropriately mashed-up styles. Vocalist M. Shadows, who required surgery on his vocal cords after Waking the Fallen, shows that his training with Ron Anderson (vocal coach for Layne Staley, Axl Rose, and Chris Cornell) has been for the greater good. Rather than screaming or doing the metal growl, he sings in a few gritty voices, showing an obvious Mike Patton influence, and actually sounds pitch-perfect. His skills and the entire band's technical ferocity are flawless as ever, and although they get lost in a cluttered vision, their willingness to experiment is admirable. [A clean version of the CD was also released.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/30/2007
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0093624991434
catalogNumber:
322876

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Avenged Sevenfold   Primary Artist
Bruce Fowler   Trombone
Beth Andersen   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Rev. Dave Boruff   Tenor Saxophone
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Monique Donnelly   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Brandon Fields   Alto Saxophone
Debbie Hall   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Scottie Haskell   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Rusty Higgins   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Luana Jackman   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Greg Leisz   Banjo,Pedal Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Bill Liston   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Jamie Muhoberac   Organ,Piano
Joel Peskin   Baritone Saxophone
Arnold McCuller   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Susie Stevens Logan   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Cameron Stone   Cello
Bob Joyce   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Wayne Bergeron   Trumpet
Caroline Campbell   Violin
Synyster Gates   Guitar
Zacky Vengeance   Guitar,Group Member
Andrew Duckles   Viola
Neel Hammond   Violin
Gabriel Mann   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Juliette Commagere   Vocals
M. Shadows   Vocals,Group Member
Johnny Christ   Bass Guitar
Annmarie Rizzo   Background Vocals
Rob Giles   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Zander Ayeroff   Background Vocals
Alex Iles   Trombone
Dan Foreno   Trumpet
Shanna Crooks   Vocals
Miles Mosley   Upright Bass
Ed Zajack   Vocals
Greg Kusten   Piano
Rock Logan   Vocals
Rev.   Drums

Technical Credits

Bruce Fowler   String Arrangements
Steve Bartek   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Choir Arrangement
David Schiffman   Engineer
Marc Mann   String Arrangements
Avenged Sevenfold   Composer,Audio Production
Rafael Alcantara   Art Direction
Fred Archambault   Engineer
Casey Howard   Illustrations
Walter Rice   Guitar Techician
Jay-E   Programming

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