Alternative Press has made a list of their 10 Most Anticipated Albums (For The Rest) Of 2016. Avenged Sevenfold are included.
Avenged Sevenfold – TBA
Avenged Sevenfold’s unrelenting determination has given us consistently monstrous albums for well over a decade, even as so many bands, sub-genres and trends come and go in their wake. A7X’s early bravado proved prescient, with a staying power and consistent quality of output that long ago demonstrated their appeal extends beyond the model good looks each of them grew into and the spider-fingered shred of dueling axemen Zacky Vengeance and Synyster Gates. M. Shadows is among the best vocalists around when it comes to the type of mixture of hard rock, metal and hardcore that’s capable of building a bridge from Orange County across Warped Tour, Ozzfest, Active Rock Radio and truthfully, everywhere in the world that responds to a sick riff and a pounding kick drum. Speaking of which, the addition of Brooks Wackerman (Bad Religion, the Vandals, Bad4Good) is nothing but awesome. In many ways, each A7X record has been better than the last (even if the 2007 self-titled record remains my personal favorite). Admittedly, 2013’s Hail To The King was perhaps a tad too indulgent of the band’s influences, but truth be told, when those influences are metal monoliths like Metallica and Megadeth, and it takes that sound to the top of the charts, why complain? —Ryan J. Downey