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, the

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/07/2005
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0093624861324
catalogNumber:
48613
Rank:
3412

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Performance Credits

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

Technical Credits

Scott Gilman   Producer,Orchestration
Mike Fasano   Drum Technician
Mudrock   Audio Production
Avenged Sevenfold   Composer,Audio Production
Fred Archambault   Producer
Casey Howard   Cover Art
Synyster Gates   Orchestration,Vocal Producer
Nick Cosmi   Artwork
Stephen Ferrara Grand   Guitar Techician
Brian Haner   Contributor

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City of Evil 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
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This album is amazing. The guitars blaze non-stop in all their shredding glory from beginning to end. Drumming is done very well and Shadow's vocals are impressive. Although I do miss the growls and hair-raising screams, I love how A7X really brought back heavy metal with City Of Evil! Awesome! \m/
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's not Waking the Fallen. I think it's a great album considering M. Shadows' injured voice. There isn't any screaming which is both good and bad. They overdid the screaming on Waking the Fallen and Sounding the Seventh Trumpet but City of Evil could use some. A7X is THE best new band around so give it a good listen. Rock on.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album was awesome, although it'a a lot different from A7X's previous releases, mainly because there'e hardly any screaming in this album it still is probably my favorite of their albums...GO GET IT
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was shocked when I first A7X's new sound...but I immediatly knew that I was totally digging the new sound. It's just great. It is really different from their previous albums though, but it is fantastic nontheless. The screaming is kept on a minimum on this record, and I thought I would be disappointed in that (since I'm a die-hard hardcore fan), but I absolutely love it...so get off your computer and go get it...NOW!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I prefer the way Shadow sings in this album. Better than all that screaming in A7X's previous albums. I really like how they added more guitar solos and the drums rock. My favorite tracks are Burn It Down and The Wicked End.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is INCREDIBLE! I got it the day it came out and was kinda weirded out with the new sound, but after a few good listens I loved it. This album sounds like A7X inspired by Guns'n'Roses.If you like GnR and/or Avenged Sevenfold then you'll love this album. When you get it give Strength of the World and M.I.A a real good listen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't know if I was going to like all of the songs on this cd or not, but I bought it, listened to all the songs, and loved it! I cant find a single bad song on here! This album was definatly worth every single penny I spent on it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first found out about this band from "Bat Country". Now A7X is my favorite band. I love everything they have ever recorded... but this definetely takes the cake! If you like Metallica, Guns N' Roses, or just metal... GET THIS RIGHT NOW!!! I was just into punk until I got this. Don't hesitate to buy this. M.Shadow's vocals are amazing, Gates' awesome guitar solos are spectacuar, and The Rev is a great drummer. Buy it it's worth every penny!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is awesome. The first song I heard was "Beast and the Harlot", then "Bat Country". After that, I just HAD to have the CD! I've been hooked on them ever since. Oh, by the way, congrats to A7x on their VMA!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Duude!! I love Avenged Sevenfold and this CD. I love all of their CD's. THEY KNOW HOW TO ROCK AND KEEP IT PLAIN AND SIMPLE. You dont have to be smart to know what they are saying and what they are talking about. My favorite songs on this album are "Bat Country", "Burn It Down", and "Beast and the Harlot". I would certainly reccommend this to ANYONE who loves metal and looking for some new talent. One again, A7X... YOU ROCK!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i have to admit, i hated SOUNDING THE SEVENTH TRUMPET and had to be tied down to listen the CITY OF EVIL because i was afraid it would sound just the same. i never thought that i would ever be admiting that i liked A7X, but i now find myself a fan, so long as you keep me away from the other album
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is a classic. I can listen to it over and over without ever getting tired of it. AV7 stands out among metal bands for their innovative orchestral work. Where other bands might transition with vague screaming or screeching guitar, City of Evil substitutes haunting, melodic violins. Personal favorite song: The Wicked End/Strength of the World
Guest More than 1 year ago
awaking the fallen and sounding the seventh trumpet are great cd's there new stuff personally sucks the only song i got into was the beast and the harlot and (even though its not on there cd) the song they did with good charollete the river is good now there self titled album its ok i guess just not into it but hey.
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