Purple Revolver has posted a review of Avenged Sevenfold’s “The Stage World Tour” stop in Manchester, England.
There are a few things that are abundantly clear when you witness Avenged Sevenfold live.
Firstly their influences. They are worn proudly on their sleeves from the obvious nods to Metallica and Megadeth to M Shadows ‘Axl-isms’ when performing. This is by no means a bad thing, they’ve taken all the good stuff from some of the best bands that came before them, put their own unique spin on things and produced some amazing material – with last years concept album The Stage being the latest release in their sizeable arsenal.
Secondly you can’t help notice how big they’ve gotten. They have over the last 16-17 years produced 7 studio albums and become a staple festival headliner across the globe. They’ve really gone big this time with an undercard that gave us a great warm-up from Sweden’s In Flames and an absolute barnstormer of a set from Disturbed. That’s not all though, the stage production was immense. Huge screens displayed futuristic apocalypse, skulls and eyeballs on sticks, a walkway that took them deep into the crowd, where they keenly interacted with excited fans – M Shadows in particular leaning over for high fives throughout the set – and a giant hovering cube that on occasion follows members of the band down the walkway.
Their game has been upped. Big time.
So in summary we were given a stunning line-up, a headline band that are on fire at the moment – with a massive production and unbeatable musicianship right across the board. What more could you possibly want from a gig?