I realized something the other day. If anyone asked me who my favorite band is, I'd probably say Iron Maiden, with Metallica or Judas Priest a close second. But, my favorite band today is really Avenged Sevenfold. And I realized it happened the same way it happened with those bands.
I bought Number of the Beast, I bought Ride the Lightning and at the time I thought those bands were really good. But then a release came along (for me with Maiden it was Live After Death, for Metallica it was Master of Puppets) that, when I heard it, I loved it so much that I went back and listened to the old albums again and released they were much better than I'd first thought.
Nightmare by Avenged Sevenfold has been in constant rotation in my CD player since it came out. Having seen them live, I've gone back and fallen in love with the self-titled CD all over again and realized that, while I liked it at the time, it's even better than I originally thought. I know some people have no interest in even the bands of the 80s releasing new material, but it makes me feel great to know that there's new metal bands that are doing what the old bands did: releasing CDs, touring, building a fan base and making music every bit as exciting and relevant as the songs I grew up with. Of course, I still love Metallica and Iron Maiden, and I do buy and enjoy their new CDs, but, pound for pound, I like the new A7X better. They combine showmanship, song writing and killer chops: all the things I've always loved in a band.