The Guardian’s Glasgow Review: Avenged Sevenfold Discharge Booming Songs & Growling Riffs To Bring Joy.

The Guardian has given Avenged Sevenfold’s “The Stage World Tour” stop in Glasgow, Scotland 4 out of 5 stars. Check out the Glasgow photo round-up here.

Underneath retina-scorching screens and a giant cosmic cube broadcasting spiralling starfields, the five-piece methodically discharge booming, arena-filling songs that are as hefty as they are heavy, with few clocking in at under five minutes. These industrial assemblages of growling riffs and fret-melting solos have a default minor-key menace, yet the overall atmosphere is surprisingly joyous even before beefsteak singer M Shadows presides over a nervy fan’s on-stage marriage proposal (she said yes).

The cumulative effect is one of shock and roar, a two-hour dreadnought of burnished metal leavened by the sinewy interlocking melodies of guitarists Zacky Vengeance and Synyster Gates. Of all the leftfield touches, though, perhaps the most appealing is the parping brass breakdown of new song Sunny Disposition, a very different kind of devil horns.