Loudwire took a look back at Avenged Sevenfold putting metalcore behind them with the release of “City of Evil” 10 years ago.
“We knew we wanted to write a record that was more accessible than the ones we had done before,” Shadows told me shortly after the record came out. “We changed because we wanted to play the kind of music we liked, but we were smart enough to want to be listenable to more people. We knew the metalcore thing had a cap on it. There’s only so far you can go doing that.”
Often, bands shifting from one musical style to another lose a percentage of their fan base and Avenged Sevenfold circa 2005 is no exception. But what they lost from the diehard metalcore crowd they more than made up for from mainstream metal fans who wanted music that was more complex and sonically flamboyant than the songs that were being played on rock radio at the time. Before writing City of Evil, Gates and Vengeance practiced religiously to hone their chops, and when it came time to let loose they played solos that were equally melodic and virtuosic.