Examiner NY Holmdel Review, "Fans Of A7X Outnumbered Every Other Band On The Tour 10 To 1." - Avenged Sevenfold

Examiner NY Holmdel Review, "Fans Of A7X Outnumbered Every Other Band On The Tour 10 To 1."

The Examiner New York has reviewed the Holmdel, NJ stop of the Rockstar Uproar tour. Check out what they have to say about Avenged Sevenfold and more right here.

T-shirts are a staple of rock concerts, and while the day saw no lack of shirts from Metallica, Pantera, and all the usual metal favorites, the most popular shirt by far was Avenged Sevenfold’s tour shirt, reading “It’s your f*cking nightmare” on the back, the chorus of incredibly popular and catchy single “Nightmare.” Even though Disturbed was the top-billed act, judging strictly by apparel, fans of Avenged Sevenfold outnumbered every other band on the tour ten to one, and as darkness fell, the excitement throughout the venue reached a new peak for the night.

Avenged Sevenfold’s set was a mock cemetery, with intricate details put into the backdrop and iron gates. As the crowd waited for the band to appear on stage, a body on a noose suddenly dropped from the rigging, where it would dangle and sway for the entire first song, the much-heralded Nightmare. Pyro blasted from every conceivable nook and cranny as the five man band tore through the track, vocalist M. Shadows bellowing through his lyrics and echoed by the crowd on each final “nightmare” line. Watch fan video of the intro and Nightmare at the bottom of this page.

While the more melodic Avenged Sevenfold is rarely mentioned in the company of traditional contemporary thrash and hardcore metal bands such as Lamb of God and Shadows Fall, the California act threw down the gauntlet last night when it came to heavy metal showmanship and performance. The heavily tattooed band ran through shrieking solos, crushing breakdowns, and viciously sung vocals against a highly polished stage show which proved that there’s no such thing as too much fire and explosions. Security forces had to aim their high-powered flashlights at the roiling mosh pits in the back to prevent injuries, as fanatical fans jumped about almost blindly on the dark and sloped lawn.

Halfway through their set, the band stopped to dedicate So Far Away to their recently deceased drummer, the Rev, who was found dead of an overdose back in December. Lighters and cell phones lit up the night as fans paid tribute during the slow, moving song, easily the most touching moment of the night. Taking the Rev’s place is legendary Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, who recorded already-written portions of the band’s latest record, and agreed to tour with the group as well. Referencing New Jersey as Portnoy’s home, which the Long Island native shrugged off as close enough, Shadows ended the night by demanding massive pits for Portnoy for the final song, spawning no less than four massive, dusty circles across the open ground.

After Avenged Sevenfold’s monstrous performance, any band would be hard-pressed to even match, let alone top it, but Chicago veterans Disturbed surely did their best. The venue noticeably emptied during soundcheck, with many of the Avenged fans calling it a night after a very satisfying performance, but that only served to whittle the crowd down to true Disturbed fanatics.