If you think Avenged Sevenfold suck, you are wrong.
If you think Avenged Sevenfold are devoid of songwriting talent, you are wrong.
If you think Avenged Sevenfold put on a boring live show, you are wrong.
I saw Taste of Chaos 2007, so it is pretty cool to own a professionally shot DVD of the show. All the famous A7X songs are here including "Afterlife," "Beast and the Harlot," "Critical Acclaim," "Gunslinger" and my favorite "Unholy Confessions."
A word about "Unholy Confessions:" I think this may be the most perfect Metal song of the entire decade. Of course we've got a couple years left - but it's going to take a lot to beat "Unholy Confessions" in my mind. If you're not familiar with the song, it's on the studio recording Waking the Fallen.
Live in the LBC has great sound and beautiful cinematography. I love the camera pans and all the different stage angles. The band looks beautiful in every light! Even more impressive is just how tight their live presence is on this DVD. I remember being impressed while at Taste of Chaos - but seeing the show again makes me even more appreciative of the band's skill - especially when it comes to intricate guitar work.
When I saw the Taste of Chaos tour, there was an honest to Glam blizzard in Ohio. I remember the band mentioning all the snow on the video that rolled right before they took the stage. Sure enough, all those pre-show videos are included in the DVD as "extra features." Pretty cool to hear Avenged Sevenfold talk about little old Dayton, Ohio on their DVD!
Diamonds in the Rough has some good cuts. It seems like everyone and his Glam brother has covered Pantera's walk... and Avenged Sevenfold are now on that list too. Thing is, their version is just darn good. The band also does more than justice to Iron Maiden's "Flash of the Blade." Other songs include "Girl I Know," "Crossroads," and "Tension."
Buy Live in the LBC/Diamonds in the Rough here.
Here's "Afterlife" live from Long Beach