Credit where credit’s due. Of all the bands to capitalise on the metalcore explosion of the 2000s, Avenged Sevenfold are arguably the only band to have truly risen to global superstars, headlining arenas and festivals across the world.
While mainstream interest in the metalcore peaked aeons ago, Avenged Sevenfold continue to fill arenas having broken free of the genre’s shackles and infused their early sound with hard and classic rock influences, radio station friendly melodies and heavy use of their now trademark winged-skull and macabre imagery. Fans of their early work may bemoan the band they’ve become, but guess what – evolving and widening your appeal is how you fill stadiums and play to tens of thousands of people each night.
Avenged Sevenfold may have their detractors, but their headline set at the Genting provided why after almost two decades in the business, they’re at the top of their game.