Get To The Front have put up their review of Avenged Sevenfold’s set in London on Halloween. Check the full thing out here.
I walked in to the Apollo with both a sense of excitement and slight sadness as Avenged Sevenfold (from now on A7X) are most definitely a band still in mourning having lost their drummer, Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan, in December last year to which their newest album “Nightmare” is dedicated to.
A7X were first to take to the stage with an incredible stage set of a haunted mansion complete with gates that caught fire through-out the set. Dressed in Halloween masks they opened their 80 minute set with the title track from their newest album “Nightmare” as the crowd screamed. Although they played tracks mainly from their new album, A7X did play a few old crowd pleasers including the ever popular “Beast and the Harlot” and “Critical Acclaim”. A7X are currently touring with ex-Dream Theatres drummer Mike Portnoy, whom they hinted may become their permanent drummer just before playing “Welcome to the Family”.
In the middle of their ten song set M Shadows dedicated the song “So Far Away” to The Rev, as well as sharing a few childhood Halloween memories of him. Despite clearly missing The Rev, they did manage a few jokes during the set particularly when one of their guitars broke during “God Hates Us”, with M Shadows saying God was mad at them for writing the song and they were going to go to Hell and would take us with them for a rocking party.
Closing their set with “Almost Easy” the band thanked the crowd before proceeding to throw out a crazy amount of candy as a Halloween gift.