Phoenix New Times Review, "Avenged Sevenfold Did A Lot Of Things I Love/Like Least About Heavy Metal." - Avenged Sevenfold

Phoenix New Times Review, "Avenged Sevenfold Did A Lot Of Things I Love/Like Least About Heavy Metal."

Not all reviews can be as good as what’s been coming in since the start of the tour. The Phoenix New Times have put up their review of the Tempe, AZ stop on the Rockstar Uproar tour. Read the entire thing here and check out what the reviewer had to say about Avenged Sevenfold below:

Avenged Sevenfold did lots of the things I love about heavy metal. There was no shortage of dual Iron Maiden-inspired guitar solos from Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance, and cocksure front-man M. Shadows proved adept at that West Coast cocktail of punk attitude and hair metal sleaze.

The drums were ridiculously over the top, too, with former Dream Theater stick-man Mike Portnoy taking over for Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan, who passed away last year. Portnoy didn’t get as outrageous as he did in his former band, but he certainly didn’t slack.

Of course, the band also did a bunch of things I like least about modern metal. They leaned heavily on constant chugg-a-chug breakdowns on loan from their metalcore past (seriously, I first heard the band on a Plea for Peace comp alongside Poison the Well, Snapcase and Curl Up and Die), and during the requite power ballad in memory of “the Rev,” the acoustic guitar sounded like gnarled tin foil.

Then there’s the theatrics. The show opened with a mock hanging, and continued with pyrotechnics, splashy video, and constant one-liners from Shadows: “It’s a little toasty out here. But who gives a fuck. It’s time to rock n’ roll!”

It’s tough toeing the line between fun and annoying, and if you’re going to error, best error on the side of dumb exuberance. Avenged Sevenfold may have been a touch too professionally obnoxious for my taste, but they weren’t boring for a second.

Well, except during that power ballad.

The Crowd: If you had a shirt on, it was black. But you didn’t have a shirt on, did you? Lots of tribal tats, and soooo many Avenged Sevenfold shirts.