ARTISTdirect have given Avenged Sevenfold’s “Carry On” for Call Of Duty: Black Ops II 4.5 out of 5 stars.
For Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Avenged Sevenfold unleash “Carry On” their catchiest anthem since “Bat Country”.
Coupling the impressive airtight riff mastery of Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance, it’s a veritable shredfest that’ll get fans of both Iron Maiden and Dream Theater to drop their jaws. These two axeman only get more precise and powerful with every successive outing, and “Carry On” upholds that tradition of six-string evolution. Johnny Christ’s bass also rumbles with visceral heft.
Meanwhile, oscillating from his unbreakable croon to a theatrical growl, M. Shadows remains one of 21st century’s most powerful and pummeling voices. He elevates the song to heights commensurate with the best fare from City of Evil.
Avenged Sevenfold emerge from Nightmare with all guns blazing for Call of Duty: Black Ops II and one of their best songs yet.
Music Feeds AU have posted a short review of Avenged Sevenfold’s “Carry On” for Call Of Duty: Black Ops II.
Almost as if to say ‘it feels good to be back’, Carry On sees all band members come out swinging. Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance kick it into gear with some solid riffage and some out-of-control shredding before M.Shadows’ bluesy, sexy vocals take control, belting huge notes and bad-ass melodies over the song that builds and builds to one hectic solo. This is something you’d expect off City of Evil.
It’s the perfect tune to absolutely annihilate the enemy too, and if you fell off the wagon with their latest album Nightmare, I strongly suggest you check out Carry On. They’re back.
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Music Tour Reviews have put up a lengthy review and large photo gallery filled with many compliments and great shots from Avenged Sevenfold’s performance at the Orion Music + More Festival.
M.Shadows was all over the stage and under his bandana and cap, you could see his hair growing long from the time off; his voice was on point and sounded great. Zacky Vengeance & Synyster Gates joined several times to play to the crowd. Gates, as always, in his playful mood as he made faces as he looked down to the photographers. Johnny Christ and Arin IIejay provided the tight drumming and bass playing A7X is known for. Seeing them all so close got the crowd into it, as mosh pits tried to form in the packed grounds.
Going past their set time, they came out for an encore of Unholy Confessions. By this time, I was waiting by the stage Metallica was going to be on and noticed not many people had left the side stage, leaving the main stage sparse with people. Once more fireworks went off as A7X finished up, leaving the crowd wanting more and making their mark at the Orion Festival that only one other band could match and beat Metallica.
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Guitar World have posted a a small write-up and photos from Avenged Sevenfold’s set at Orion Music + More Festival.
On Sunday night, Avenged Sevenfold capped off the action of the festival’s Fuel stage with a fiery set of hit after hit. While drawing a slot right before Metallica wasn’t exactly ideal this past weekend (Just ask Arctic Monkeys), Avenged managed to draw perhaps the second-largest crowds behind the festival’s hosts, thanks in part to their trademark, energetic stage show — not to mention enough fireworks for a small 4th of July celebration
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Rolling Stone have published a small review of Avenged Sevenfold’s set on Sunday at Orion Music + More Festival where they show nothing but admiration for the band.
Avenged Sevenfold stand out among supporting acts.
Avenged Sevenfold took the opposite stage an hour earlier and was seemingly granted what no other band was – permission to go all-out with staging, pyrotechnics and fireworks. Opening with “Nightmare,” the title track of the band’s 2010 album, Avenged Sevenfold featured more pyro in its first two songs than Metallica used on both nights combined. It was less than 10 years ago that the band was playing to 20 people a night and dressing like the Misfits, but on Sunday they drew a crowd that was second only to Metallica’s for the entire festival. They now divide their visual aesthetic among a Tim Burton hallucination, Marlon Brando in The Wild One and what Hollywood thought computer hackers looked like in the Nineties.
Their story parallels Metallica’s in a number of ways: coming from humble beginnings in southern California, rising through the underground, cultivating a sound that radio wouldn’t have considered playing until it became impossible to avoid, an original member dying at a young age and persevering to take their respective fifth albums to Number One. If Avenged Sevenfold felt they still needed a “congratulations, you’ve made it” party, it was held on Sunday.
CBS Philly have posted a small review of Avenged Sevenfold’s performance at Orion Music + More Festival noting that they may have drawn the largest crowd of the festival next to Metallica themselves. Rolling Stone agrees.
Avenged Sevenfold was one of the last bands to play before Metallica, and they might have gotten the largest crowd of the festival, next to the headliners themselves. There were more Avenged Sevenfold shirts in the crowd throughout the weekend than any other non-headliners. After they were introduced by Lars Ulrich (saying “We’re proud to call them good friends of Metallica”), they hit the stage with “Nightmare,” and the audience went ballistic. The loud and proud metal band pummeled the enthusiastic fans, and very few of them left until the set ended with “Unholy Confessions” followed by a brief fireworks display. They probably would have done well on the main stage, but the fact that the “Fuel” stage is smaller than their usual environment definitely gave their performance a sense of occasion.
Karissa Vassallo at Read Between The Grooves has posted reviews from Avenged Sevenfold’s shows in Uncasville, CT and at Orion Music + More Festival. You can also find a few photos from both shows here.
Starting their set with the title track from their 2010 disc ‘Nightmare,’ Avenged Sevenfold unleashed a 12 song, 90-minute assault on the audience who clearly couldn’t be any more ready and willing to soak it all up. It might be cliché to say but an Avenged Sevenfold show exemplifies everything a rock show should be from pyro to gratuitous guitar solos, to circle pits, crowd participation and yes, even fireworks. The energy was not only permeating but downright transforming, it was hard to be under that roof and not be a convert to the church of Avenged Sevenfold.
Brad Carroll of Brad Carroll’s GameDay has published his review of Avenged Sevenfold’s show at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT. He had nothing but high praise for the band so make sure you check out the entire review.
If there is one band that has taken the lead in the hard-rock movement, it just might be Avenged Sevenfold. The band’s show at Mohegan Sun Arena Friday night made it clear that, at the very least, they’re definitely one of the few in the conversation.
Avenged Sevenfold played to a near-capacity crowd, putting forth a high-energy performance that was matched by a crowd’s enthusiasm, with mosh pits erupting seconds into the opening song and continuing until the final performance in the band’s 90-minute set. Overall, it was the rock performance that any fan should expect when going to a show, although this one easily was above the curve.
A lot of bands could learn something from watching Avenged Sevenfold play live, everything from the crowd interaction, which there was a lot of, to putting forth the effort to create something special, which is exactly what they did. It all added up to one of the best overall live performances I’ve seen. Avenged Sevenfold continued their ascent to the top of the hard rock world with a performance to remember Friday night.