Examiner St Louis Review, "[A7X] Blew The Roof Off The Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.." - Avenged Sevenfold

Examiner St Louis Review, "[A7X] Blew The Roof Off The Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.."

The St Louis Examiner have put up a review and photos from the St. Louis stop on the Rockstar Uproar tour including Avenged Sevenfold’s set.

The era of big production metal concerts is not dead, it’s just that Avenged Sevenfold has taken a monopoly on the pyrotechnics.

Headlining the annual Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival in St. Louis this past Sunday, A7X had more pyro, flames and explosions in one night than most bands have on their entire tour. This is nothing new, however, for the California metal band that has a rabid following built around virtually no airplay. A7X gave their fans something they have come to expect from the band: a killer live show.

The band blew the roof off the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater from the start with a series of explosions and pyro and sirens to start off “Nightmare”, followed by “Critical Acclaim” and “Beast and the Harlot” to a raucous receptive crowd. Vocalist M. Shadows even proclaimed St. Louis as “The best city in rock!”, something he says he does not throw around lightly.

With the dual guitar attack of Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance, the solid bass lines of Johnny Christ, and newcomer Arin Ilejay on drums (taking over after Mike Portnoy temporarily filled in last year after the tragic death of original drummer The Rev), A7X gave St. Louis fans a bombastic attack of sight and sound. It was so ferocious that anyone who happened to have passed out (hard to do, given all the Rockstar Energy Drinks that were given out) would surely have been awakened. Just to be sure the band played an eleven song set that was set at a feverish pace, but normal for their shows.

It was the kind of set that is a metalheads dream to cap a bill that featured other top acts of today. This was surely no cheap get together of yesterday’s stars.