Metal Hammer & Rhythm Mag Agree: Saturday Was A7X's Day At Download 2011. - Avenged Sevenfold

Metal Hammer & Rhythm Mag Agree: Saturday Was A7X's Day At Download 2011.

Metal Hammer and Rhythm Magainze have put up their reviews of Avenged Sevenefold’s set at Download 2011 and if there’s one thing they agree on it’s that Avenged Sevenfold made Saturday their day .

Metal Hammer:
Arriving to a) one of the biggest crowds of the weekend and b) a heroes reception that would make the biggest names in the game blush, Avenged Sevenfold hit the ground at 120 mph with ‘Nightmare’ and don’t let up for a single second. Unleashing more fire than Guy Fawkes chilling with The Human Torch, the members of A7X have always had the rock star moves down to a tee, so a stage and setting such as this is nigh on perfect for the boys.

Dedicating a soaring ‘Afterlife’ to Jimmy (and the inclusion of the tragically departed drummer’s ‘A Little Piece Of Heaven’ was a total masterstroke), Download may have been shorter on those moments that stay with you for years than usual in 2011 but Avenged had them in spades. At least 5 circle pits kicking shit in brutal fashion during a show-stealing ‘Unholy Confessions’, this was Avenged’s day. Quite frankly, you won’t see them playing lower than headline sets at festivals for the next couple of years and by god, do they deserve it on this evidence.

Rhythm Magazine:
Avenged Sevenfold take to the stage and immediately claim the day as their own with at atmospheric and utterly breathtaking performance. They bring the rock with ‘Beast and The Harlot’, ‘Nightmare’ and more, before dedicating two tracks (including ‘Afterlife’) to the late Jimmy ‘The Rev’ Sullivan, just about bringing the place down in the process. Arin Ilejay does an impeccable job matching The Rev and Mike Portnoy’s work beat for beat throughout. Future Download headliners? On this showing, most definitely.