The Leader-Telegram has posted a short review of Avenged Sevenfold’s set at Rock Fest 2015.
If this truly was the final-ever Sunday night Rock Fest show, Avenged Sevenfold closed it down in an epic fashion, with flames rising from the stage, fireworks shooting into the clear night sky, and a heavy, metal show that pleased the thousands in attendance.
The California-based rockers, who last played Rock Fest in 2011, opened with “Shepherd of Fire,” with lead singer M. Shadows taking the stage in sunglasses and cap, leading the crowd in a massive sing-along. Shadows is energetic and barks out songs much like a drill sergeant handing out instructions.
The song “Buried Alive” perfectly summarized the band’s popularity and their stage show. A video montage showed a computer-generated graveyard filled with bones, as flames alternated back and forth, creating a sinister vibe. “This is now… your life!” Shadows shouted, “Die… buried alive!” The chorus got the crowd moving and fists pumping.
The band has enough radio hits that the live show felt like a greatest hits mix, as t hey moved through tracks like “Nightmare,” which also has a big sing-along chorus, then into the somber “So Far Away,” before bringing the show right back up with the energetic “Afterlife.”
The 16-song set ended with “A Little Piece of Heaven,” sending Rock-Fest fans home happy.