Coming from Huntington Beach, the largest seaside town in Orange County, California, Avenged Sevenfold were aired by Santa Ana’s winds and the surf that they knew would translate into a grand party at Campo Pequeno, in Lisbon.
Known for their originality and virtuoso performance, they play a diverse metal and don’t only play things that remind their influences. Guns N’ Roses, Pantera, Megadeath, Metallica and Iron Maiden, mixed with a classic touch of the irony of the macabre and the fever of a Walt Disney’s or Scooby Doo’s Halloween movie. That’s right… A mouth full of things, but they are all this and more. Ask the people present in the show that never shut up.
Avenged Sevenfold perfectly struck and shook, pleased with the young crowd that was unstoppable throughout the event, a fact that the singer M. Shadows realised from the beginning, with the launch of ‘Nightmare’ from the new album – curiously, the battery was recorded by the virtuoso Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theatre). Followed by the input theme ‘Critical Acclaim’ from the album ‘Avenged Sevenfold’ from 2007. From the same momentum, there was ‘Welcome To The Family’, the fantastic ‘Almost Easy’ and ‘Buried Alive’, always with a really good light show and pyrotechnics, accompanied by a sound in good conditions.
They blew up the first solidarity notes of ‘So Far Away’, dedicated to the memory of the excellent drummer and composer James ‘The Rev’ Sullivan that died on December 28, 2009 due to intoxication from the combined effects of several drugs with alcohol.
Among others, ‘Afterlife’ and the thrash of ‘God Hates Us’ sounded entitled to moshes and the now traditional wheel of death, before the big ‘A Little Piece Of Heaven’ carnival-flavoured, romantic but moribund and slick, with a marriage between Mr. Bungle and a terror fable from Walt Disney.
They closed with ‘Bat Country’ and ‘Unholy Confessions’ that of course, tasted little. But it was another night of metal in the company of a new metal head generation, through a phenomenal and memorable concert.
Thanks Rachel for sending this in.