Gigwise have put up their review of Avenged Sevenfold’s show in London on October 31st, 2010. You can read the entire thing here.
Since co-headliners Avenged Sevenfold topped the bill last night, tonight they’re on second. The tattoo-clad, OC rockers take to the stage to thunderous chants of “SEVENFOLD!” all wearing ghoulish fancy-dress masks, and launch into the self-titled, opening track from their latest and most accomplished album ‘Nightmare.’ Backed by a completely over-the-top stage production featuring giant, graveyard gates and mounted flame-throwers, A7X deliver fan-favourites ‘Critical Acclaim,’ ‘Afterlife,’ and ‘Beast and the Harlot’ with ferocity and technical precision.
Since original drummer and founding member – the beloved Jimmy ‘The Rev’ Sullivan – passed away just before the turn of the year, Avenged enlisted Sullivan’s favourite drummer Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater and literally the best drummer alive) to finish recording The Rev’s drum parts for ‘Nightmare’ and to allow fans to hear the new music live. Mid-set a huge backdrop featuring a picture of The Rev appears to a roaring reception and frontman M. Shadows describes a heart-rending child-hood story about Halloween with his best friend Jimmy, dedicating a moving rendition of ‘So Far Away’ to his memory.
The band end with the monumental coupling of ‘Unholy Confessions’ and ‘Almost Easy,’ before dishing out an unprecedented amount of “candy” to the mosh-pit. Whether Avenged will continue a recording career without their comrade and song-writing partner is still unknown, but with their latest and greatest album going in at number one in The States, and with a live show this skilled, it’ll be a big loss to the metal world if they decide to disband. Fingers crossed that Portnoy joins on a permanent basis.