AZ Central Review: Avenged Sevenfold Dominate At Uproar Festival. - Avenged Sevenfold

AZ Central Review: Avenged Sevenfold Dominate At Uproar Festival.

AZ Central have posted their review of Avenged Sevenfold’s performance on the Rockstar Uproar in Phoenix, AZ.

As the energy of the crowd grew and the lights went out, a giant black curtain dropped and headliners Avenged Sevenfold wasted no time showcasing their dominance blasting into “Nightmare.”

A giant death-bat with glowing eyes and flames shooting out of its wings was the best band mascot since Iron Maiden’s Eddie.

New drummer Arin Ilejay was a beast behind the drum kit and a breath of fresh air from fill-in drummer Mike Portnoy. Singer M. Shadows was all smiles as he roamed the stage is his usual aviator shades and, ironically, a sleeveless Dream Theater shirt.

They’re allowing fans to pick the set list each night by voting online and there was a perfect contrast of new and older material with tracks like “Beast and the Harlot” from “City of Evil” and “Second Heartbeat” from “Waking the Fallen.” They really hit their stride during the bridge of the groove-heavy “Buried Alive” when Shadows had the entire crowd pumping their fists in the air.

The singer also informed the crowd that they might hear another voice coming out of the speakers that didn’t belong to anyone on stage but was the voice of Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan, their drummer who died in late 2009. They played a very fitting tribute to Sullivan during “So Far Away” as the massive crowd held up cell phones and lighters. The highlight of their set was the zany track, “A Little Piece of Heaven,” which featured many of The Rev’s background vocal tracks and showed the bands versatility. “Bat Country” whipped the crowd into a frenzy and guitar wizard Synyster Gates was in top form shredding the solo. Closing number “Unholy Confessions” had fans in the lawn section running in a circle pit as big as the venue has ever seen. Avenged Sevenfold have come leaps and bounds in a live setting from their days of looking lazy and bored onstage which is the final piece they’ve needed to be the best band in mainstream rock.