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City of Evil

Amazing guitar, troubling lyrics. For mature teens.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Songs express suicidal fantasies and uncontrollable anger.


Lots of violent imagery.


Some innuendo.


Four-letter words, gleefully shouted.


CD insert advertises T-shirts.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that an album with this title is unlikely to be wholesome family fun. Expect lots of profanity and violent imagery (including suicide), as well as sexual innuendo.

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the focus and hours of practice that go into the guitar work, and whether or not the lyrics would lose their punch if toned down.

Music details

Artist:Avenged Sevenfold
Release date:June 7, 2005
Label:Warner Brothers
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 17 years old Written byTylerTheWolfxc December 30, 2015

Music shouldn't be rated

Words are a sword that can be used for good or evil. Music shouldn't have a rating on it because people listen to music to be inspired and to enjoy and swearing are just words after all and really shouldn't be considered offensive Same thing with Sexually enuedos it's like hey let's not let are kid find out what made them in tell they are 13 no that is BS a 5 year old isn't gonna hear this music and think I wanna go murder rape and burn down cities there gonna think I like the sound of this or I don't like the sound of it and I am only adding a age because Common sense media is making me
Teen, 14 years old Written byfilm geek March 29, 2015

Too many doses and I'm starting to get an attraction

Personally, I love Avenged Sevenfold, I love their music, I love this album. Each song is anywhere between 5 mins and 8 mins long, and cover various different topics. Just putting it out there that the lyrics are full of profanity, violence (including suicide), and sexual innuendos. To be honest, it's not like you're going to listen to this album and suddenly want to jump off a bridge; you will probably just think about the lyrics and listen to some more Avenge Sevenfold (because they are awesome) and maybe have a slightly different outlook on life- but not negatively necessarily. Also, this band is very heavy and if you like quiet peaceful music, this may not be for you. In my opinion, just blast this album out of your speakers as loud as you can and enjoy it. Music saves lives.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 15 years old Written byNathanB685 June 20, 2016


The first time I listened to this album in its entirety was just about a year ago. I was very intrigued with the lyrics, and as a guitarist of five years at that time, the guitar was very pleasing. The content of the lyrics are meaningful and full of emotion. Please ignore the part of the Common Sense's review that mentions lyrical content. Many of the lyrics have Biblical content. Some examples of songs are Beast and the Harlot, whos lyrics are inspired by chapter 7 of Revelations, and The Wicked End, which talks about the Bibles prediction for the end of the world. Matt Shadows is an amazing vocalist who possesses a wide vocal range. Brian Haner Jr. and Zacky Vengeance are two examples of outstanding guitarists. The reason I put 12 as the age limit is because there are sexual references (which also happen to be Biblical references) and drugs are mentioned in Bat Country, but that is quoting a book, "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas." Overall, as the title says, don't listen to Common Sense. They put little research in their music reviews and I feel some of the authors are biased. Listen to a true fan who knows this band better than most people.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models