Gill & Beez took to the Metal Hammer Podcast to talk Download 2011 and review the acts that they caught and of course Avenged Sevenfold (42:55-44:52) were included. The duo had this to say about the band:
Beez: “Avenged Sevenfold was the next band I went to see, they’re the real deal, they’re ready for it. They pulled, for what my money is, from where I was stood, the biggest crowd of the whole weekend. Every band included. The biggest crowd that I saw was for Avenged and it was massive. They gave out these flags, they were waving them from the start. With “Nightmare” straight hit the ground running, just they’re ready. They’re fucking ready. They got all their rockstar moves, like it was, it was brilliant. They’ve got an hour and ten worth of songs. They had their moments as well. They dedicated “Afterlife” to The Rev and the place went mad. And they played, they were gonna play “So Far Away” for him which is the ballad, they did a nice touch though they did “A Little Piece Of Heaven” which is the track on the self titled, the mental nine minute one that Jimmy wrote. They played that and like, the crowd went for it. Every second of it. Five big circle pits erupted during “Unholy Confessions.” Of all of the big boys Avenged showed everyone how it’s done that weekend.
Gill: “I only saw probably about ten minutes or so and I think, um, I took away from that that it was quite good and someone said it started, uh the first half wasn’t as warm as the second. That it did, I feel like I wasn’t there so I can’t say.. not that it took time to build up but that the second half really gathered a pace.
Beez: “I think I didn’t feel that. Cause though cause the first couple of songs was like, it was “Nightmare,” “Critical Acclaim” and “Welcome To The Family” was the first first three songs, it was just like “We’ve arrived.” I didn’t get that but then I’m a big Sevenfold fan.”