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Avenged Sevenfold, ‘Avenged Sevenfold’ (Warner Bros.)

Aaron Burgess // January 18, 2008

A Godzilla-size pileup of whiplash metalcore and Sunset Strip swagger, Avenged Sevenfold’s 2005 major-label debut, City of Evil, won unexpected platinum status (aided by MTV’s embrace of the stripper-friendly video for “Bat Country”), despite sounding like a social experiment gone haywire. With this self-produced fourth album, the California band still straddles conflicting genres (singer M. Shadows even adds Toby Keith-style politics to the mix on “Critical Acclaim”). But with tighter, mercifully shorter songs, like the Slayer-meets-Slash thrasher “Almost Easy,” they’re now defiling America’s youth with more substance than style.

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