A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
- Parents say
- Kids say
What's the story?
Playfully acrobatic guitar work contrasts with troubling lyrics on Avenged Sevenfold's CITY OF EVIL. Instrumentally bold and imaginative, the album falls apart lyrically with tired clichés and hit-you-over-the-head shock value for its own sake, along with equally tired, yet disturbing CD insert artwork. Combining elements of punk, metal, and Spanish-style guitar picking, the band draws unapologetically from a variety of influences. You'll recognize guys who've listened to a lot of Metallica, Iron Maiden, and Guns 'N Roses, yet are trying really hard to create something new. Songs like \"Bat Country\" and \"Burn it Down\" express suicidal fantasies and uncontrollable anger. \"Trashed and Scattered\" gleefully repeats the F-word over and over again. Depressed teenagers may relate, but they deserve more eloquence, at least.
Is it any good?
Angry, stunningly predictable lyrics are generously laced with four-letter words and violent imagery, and do nothing to complement the originality of this group's musicianship. Sung in a tedious full-throttle nasal whine, there is no medium switch on the vocal posturing. Complex arrangements and incredible twin-guitar assaults are the album's greatest strengths, and all but the most die-hard fans will find themselves wishing for more instrumental solos.