City of Evil

City of Evil

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by Avenged Sevenfold
     
 

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Avenged Sevenfold's first two albums had a clear influence from heavy metal, but the California combo also freely incorporated emo, screamo, and post-hardcore elements. The mixing and matching meant 2003's Waking the Fallen had as many sighing harmonies as it did harmonized guitar freakouts. And yet City of Evil, theSee more details below

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Avenged Sevenfold's first two albums had a clear influence from heavy metal, but the California combo also freely incorporated emo, screamo, and post-hardcore elements. The mixing and matching meant 2003's Waking the Fallen had as many sighing harmonies as it did harmonized guitar freakouts. And yet City of Evil, the band's third record and Warner debut, is absolutely rife with the imagery and pacing of classic metal. Look at that artwork. It features a skeletal swordsman flying a steed with steaming nostrils over the urban inferno of the title; tattoos, demons, and a skull with flapping wings adorn the lyric book. The New Wave of British Heavy Metal influence is immediate and prevalent, from the maniacally rippling percussion throughout to the triumphantly whining lead guitars in the chorus of "Blinded in Chains," or the soaring melody in "Burn It Down" that meets its match in Metallica-styled verses. The downshifts into guttural roars are largely gone, replaced by better-integrated atmospheric stretches or the tighter songcraft of a track like "Bat Country," which intersects punk and pop influences in a manner similar to My Chemical Romance. At over seven minutes, "Wicked End" is a late-album standout. Vocalist M. Shadows rips through couplets like "We've grown in numbers, six hundred sixty-six/War breaks, a sign of the end, eternally expelled/Look to the sky for knowledge, the stars align tonight," guitarists Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance trade off blistering solos, and there's a full choral interlude in the center, complete with an angelic host and sighing cellos. Which is all totally metal, and refreshingly unmarred by attempts to fit too many jumbled genres in. City of Evil's ballads are a little trite, and even its double-bass raging doesn't necessarily break new ground. But Avenged Sevenfold gets all the pieces right, and sound like they're having more fun here than in the scattershot approach of the first couple records.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/28/2005
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0093624937920
catalogNumber:
49379
Rank:
46428

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Performance Credits

Avenged Sevenfold   Primary Artist
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Alan Grunfeld   Violin
Victor Lawrence   Cello
David Low   Cello
Mark Robertson   Violin
Sally Stevens   Choir, Chorus
Liane Mautner   Violin
Sean Sullivan   Choir, Chorus
David Mergen   Cello
Samuel Formicola   Violin
Dave Walther   Viola
Synyster Gates   Guitar,Piano,Background Vocals,Group Member
Zacky Vengeance   Guitar,Background Vocals,Group Member
Zachary Biggs   Choir, Chorus
Nathan Cruz   Choir, Chorus
Stephen Cruz   Choir, Chorus
Brian Haner   Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar,Soloist
Alan Hong   Choir, Chorus
Josiah Yiu   Choir, Chorus
Alma Fernandez   Viola
M. Shadows   Vocals,Group Member
Johnny Christ   Bass Guitar
Sam Fischer   Violin
Matthew Funes   Viola
Reb   Drums

Technical Credits

Scott Gilman   Producer,Orchestration
Mike Fasano   Drum Technician
John O'Mahoney   Digital Editing
Avenged Sevenfold   Composer,Audio Production
Fred Archambault   Producer
Casey Howard   Cover Art
Synyster Gates   Orchestration,Vocal Producer
Nick Cosmi   Artwork
M. Shadows   Orchestration,Vocal Producer

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