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Artist: Avenged Sevenfold
Album: City of Evil
Genre: New Wave of American Heavy Metal
Release Date: June 6, 2005

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This past Saturday marked the tenth anniversary of City of Evil, the third album from California modern metal favorites Avenged Sevenfold. City of Evil has a very special place in my heart for containing the first metal song I ever purchased, “Blinded In Chains,” even though the honor of first full metal album purchased goes to Diturbed’s Ten Thousand Fists.

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I discovered both albums thanks to the amazing soundtrack of the game Need for Speed: Most Wanted. City of Evil and Ten Thousand Fists, along with Mastodon’s Leviathan, Static-X’s Start a War, and Bullet for My Valentine’s Hand of Blood EP were my first introductions to metal thanks to that game and started me down the path to become the metalhead I am today.

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City of Evil marked a big change for Avenged Sevenfold as the moved away from the metalcore sound they had on their first two albums Sounding the Seventh Trumpet and Waking the Fallen for a more melodic metal style. There is so much going on with this album so its hard to pin down a genre further than the broad New Wave of American Heavy Metal umbrella term. City of Evil put Avenged Sevenfold on the map and truly kick-started their rise to become one of the most popular heavy bands on the planet.

There are just so many great songs on this album! Opener “Beast and the Harlot,” which was featured in Guitar Hero II, super melodic “Burn it Down,” “Blinded in Chains,” which was featured in Need for Speed: Most Wanted as I mentioned earlier, live staple “Bat Country,” ballad “Seize the Day,” groovy “Sidewinder,” ~9 minute long epics “Strength of the World” and “M.I.A.,” and many more!

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While Waking the Fallen will forever be my favorite Avenged Sevenfold album, City of Evil is a close second. The following albums were all good but they never really grabbed me the same way City of Evil did all those years ago until 2013’s Hail to the King which is their next best album in my opinion.

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Take a listen to City of Evil below and let me know what you think. You can also check out my review of the album posted just below it!

Album of the Week brings you an album to listen to every week. Maybe a new release, maybe an old favorite. My tastes range from alt-rock to technical death metal and everything in between, but if there’s something else you want to hear, be sure to leave your suggestions! Check out last week’s album!

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