City of Evil

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Amazing guitar, troubling lyrics. For mature teens.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 53 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

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

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bythetrueparentreview January 30, 2017

Come on

Sorry but listening to this is better than listening to mainstream music. Mainstream music is one of the most degrading and rotting types of music ever. Mainstr... Continue reading
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 swe... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byHolben2005 October 4, 2018

16+ is a little too high for A7X

Music shouldn’t be rated. If it says it’s EXPLICIT then just be careful. This album is one of my favourites of all time, and it’s not that bad. Only 3/11 songs... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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.

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