Avenged Sevenfold have been nominated along with Atreyu, Death By Stereo, Pistolero and Throwdown in the 9th annual 2010 OC Music Awards “Best Metal” category. All winners will be revealed on March 6th at The Grove in Anaheim. Thank you to Dawn for sending this in!
The band’s “City Of Evil” also came in at #3 on the O.C. Oughties: 10 Best Albums Of The 00’s list.
3. Avenged Sevenfold, City of Evil (2005)
I so disliked their Hopeless Records efforts, including the cultishly admired roar of Waking the Fallen from 2003, that I almost took this Warner Bros. breakthrough as a joke. M. Shadows had gratifyingly stopped shouting and learned to sing instead, but were they really serious about these almost operatic torrents of GNR-gone-speed-metal? Were we not supposed to chuckle at the Iron Maiden-ish cover of a sword-wielding skeleton charging through what I’ve always figured is the title town atop a horse from hell? But then “Bat Country” inexplicably took over the MTV airwaves, and it all became clear –- not only was this move away from the guttural and toward heavy gloss designed for maximum stereo impact, it was a calculated move to make these remodeled hard-partyin’ bad boys mega-stars. And it worked: apart from anything associated with Gwen Stefani, this is the only album from an Orange County act to go platinum all decade (even Sugar Ray only made it to gold). It deserved a Grammy nod at the time; five years on it’s still one of the best hard-rock albums of the era, as is the self-titled follow-up from 2007. At least once, play it loud for the Rev.