Avenged Sevenfold’s “Avenged Sevenfold” took over Room Thirteen’s Albums Of The Decade list with their 2007 release. Check out what staff member Jenni Wallace had to say about the band and that album:
2007 – As the decade started to close there was still time for a few more classic moments, from 2007 Jenni Wallace goes with
Avenged Sevenfold had been known in the metalcore scene for a while before their self-titled album. However it was the 2007 release that made the real mark. A mainstream success, it charted well and produced four solid singles, and with it the five highly stylised, heavily tattooed Southern Californian’s brought catchy, well written and accessible heavy music into the mainstream.
For many fans who discovered metal in the late 2000’s, ‘Avenged Sevenfold’ features highly on their list. This was an album that introduced a whole new set of people to the joys of deep, heavy sounds. Hit single ‘Afterlife’ with its sing along chorus, heavy beats and a string orchestra sits neatly next to songs such ‘Critical Acclaim’ which is pure rock and riff heavy. Even lighter songs like ‘Dear God’ do their part in bringing people into the Avenged Sevenfold world and putting them on the path to enjoying metal. With their extreme styles and crazy names many underestimated their seriousness, but put on any track of this album and you instantly discover well crafted songs created by highly talented and passionate musicians.
‘Avenged Sevenfold’ is an album that is a gateway to a world of heavier, deeper music.