Melodica Mente have put up a small review of Avenged Sevenfold’s performance at Rock In Roma 2011.
The promotional tour of “Nightmare” leads the California band to Rome, Italy at the Capannelle Hippodrome, the location of Rock In Roma 2011.
In perfect time the show starts and only takes a few seconds to realize that the link between Avenged Sevenfold and their audience is loud. The band suddenly appears in the shadows. The feedback between the band and audience is emotionally intense and vibrant for the duration of the concert. The tracklist that they present is a well-mixed blend of old and new compositions with an obvious predominance of the songs that are the last work of Shadows and his associates.
It starts with “Nightmare,” the boys giving us inside an excellent performance for a song that contains well-mixed ingredients of the Avenged Sevenfold sound: classic mid-tempo riffing and the most tight, hardcore vocals alternated with more melodic and epic metal, guitar interludes for two voices (real trademark of the group) while solo parts are very fast and technical.
In short order, executions of “Critical Acclaim” and “Welcome To The Family,” the audience participation is maintained throughout the concert. At this point the music stops, the vocalist M Shadows gives those present a moving commemoration of the late Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan. His index finger repeatedly pointing to the sky during the show will be present throughout the evening. But there’s no time to linger in melancholy, the band launches into a savage interpretation of “Almost Easy” followed by the more thoughtful “Buried Alive” and “So Far Away.” The concert proceeds with “A Little Piece Of Heaven” and the pull of “Bat Country” which stands out for good work with the guitar duo Zacky Vengeance and Synyster Gates. The performance comes to a small halt before they return to the stage, with loud voices from the audience for their final farewell complete with ritual distribution of guitar picks and drumsticks, entrusted to the excellent “Unholy Confessions.”