City of Evil [Clean Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
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: 6/28/2005
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624937920
  • Catalog Number: 49379
  • Sales rank: 28,759

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Beast and the Garlot (5:40)
  2. 2 Burn It Down (4:58)
  3. 3 Blinded in Chains (6:34)
  4. 4 Bat Country (5:12)
  5. 5 Trashed and Scattered (5:53)
  6. 6 Seize the Day (5:33)
  7. 7 Sidewinder (7:01)
  8. 8 The Wicked End (7:10)
  9. 9 Strength of the World (9:14)
  10. 10 Betrayed (6:47)
  11. 11 M.I.A. (8:46)
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Album Credits

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the best album i own

    City of evil is an album with everything you want in a rock album it has a sound like no other and the best guitar solos on earth. it will blow you away . you have to get this album!

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