Edmonton Sun Uproar Review, "It Was A Spectacle." - Avenged Sevenfold

Edmonton Sun Uproar Review, "It Was A Spectacle."

The Edmonton Sun have put up their review of the Edmonton stop on the Rockstar Uproar tour. Check out the full thing here.

Avenged Sevenfold was never specific who shall be the target of their revenge seven times over. It seems like overkill — and that sums this band up perfectly. The set started with a mock hanging (be wary of “roadies wanted” ads from these guys) and descended into pure bombastic glory from there. In a peculiar fusion of punk rock, speed metal and melodic pop music, the subject matter was suitably macabre — songs like Buried Alive, Nightmare and City of Evil setting the tone. The performances were dramatic in the extreme, rich in gothic chord progressions, wild double lead guitar solos and topped by singer M. Shadows’ plaintive wailing. The special effects only added to the over-the-top magic. It was a spectacle. In a switch from the norm for such multi-band cluster-bangs, production was lavish. While Disturbed had a bunch of those new-fangled transparent video screens, Avenged Sevenfold’s stage looked like the outside of haunted mansion, one that catches on fire regularly. The band roared and screamed and pounded out sinister nothings through it all, plus the odd, out-of-place power ballad. They already have the cool names — M. Shadow’s bandmates are Zacky Vengeance, Synyster Gates, Johnny Christ and Mike Portnoy (new drummer hasn’t been awarded a nickname yet). All that’s missing are the scary costumes.