Natalie Sugarman from the Detroit Examiner has put up her review of Avenged Sevenfold’s show in Detroit, MI. Check out the entire thing as well as some photos head here.
Avenged Sevenfold alighted on stage with a fiery presence of guitars, drums and Matt Shadows ever-intense in your face vocals. It’s been just over a year now since Jimmy Sullivan “The Rev” passed on and Avenged lost one of their family members and the world lost an extremely talented individual. By the support of each other, the love shown by their fans and their love for Jimmy they continue on. This is a band that has incredible passion and strength in their music, it truly touches the fans and makes a connection that is quite electric. They opened their set with “Nightmare” which is the title track off of their newest album Nightmare. The stage set up was quite elaborate with big iron gates that stood as the entry way to a graveyard. With blazing pyrotechnics, indoor fireworks and the boys on stage they brought the crowd into a fiery euphoric rock frenzy. With Shadows on vocals, Synyster Gates on lead guitar, Zacky Vengeance on rhythm guitar, Johnny Christ on bass and their new drummer Arin Ilejay they put on one hell of a show. They had several different backdrops throughout their set that they used. One in particular that sparked an emotional presence, shows a picture of “The Rev” where it has him and his bandmates in a huddle group hug. When they played the song “Fiction” you could feel the emotional current emanating from onstage and throughout the crowd. Hearing “The Rev’s” voice on that track and the fact that he wrote that song briefly before moving on from this world, listening to the words is truly quite haunting.