My Top 5 Avenged Sevenfold songs:
Considering my status as a self-titled A7X enthusiast, this was actually quite a difficult task to pick just 5 songs as my favorites. But I narrowed it down after careful consideration due to the songs and their significance in my own life. After first discovering these guys in 2004 back in the Waking the Fallen days, their music has had a meaningful role in some of the biggest ups and downs in my life. With 12 years worth of tunes to choose from, here’s what I came up with. It would have been too hard to choose in order of favorite to least favorite, so this is a list from oldest to newest.
1. “Unholy Confessions”
As the most successful single off the Waking the Fallen album released in 2003, and played at nearly every live show still to this day, this song had to be on the list. Coming in slightly less heavy and with a bit more of a melodic chorus than tracks off of the bands prior album, Sounding the Seventh Trumpet, this gave way to a whole new crowd of Avenged fans. It is, in fact, what started my love for them. All it takes for a circle pit at a live show are the first two notes of this one.
2. “Bat Country”
A knock at Hunter S. Thompson’s novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, this song has high energy and crazy antics. It showcases the signature sound of lead guitarist Synyster Gates in a whole new way. As the first single off of City Of Evil, it really catapulted Avenged Sevenfold into the mainstream. A direct quote from Thompson’s book can be heard twice throughout the song. “He who makes a beast of himself, gets rid of the pain of being a man” leads into a heavy first verse and can be heard again before the last chorus. The music video should be noted as well with familiarities to the Fear and Loathing movie starring Johnny Depp.
Released in 2007 off the bands self titled album, “Scream” has been a favorite of mine for a while now. With lyrics making one feel their own animal instinct and piercing guitars and drums to match, it’s hard to not enjoy this one. “Scream till there’s silence, scream while there’s life left” can be interpreted in different ways. I see it as a way to be heard while you have the chance. And shouldn’t we all live life like that?
4. “A Little Piece of Heaven”
If there is one song that could be considered my absolute favorite, it would be this one. Also off the 2007 self titled album, it was the bands most creative and different effort up until this point. It shows the level of genius that was Jimmy ‘The Rev’ Sullivan who wrote the song. Coming in at a full 8 minutes long, this song packs a serious punch. It almost feels like multiple songs all in one. The lyrics elude to necrophilia as does the music video, and it gave the guys some criticism. However, if you take away the criticism and the lyrics completely, it is musically quite the masterpiece.
5. “So Far Away”
This song was written by Synyster Gates and is the third single off of Nightmare. It became an extremely emotional song for Avenged fans after the tragic passing of The Rev in December of 2009. It became a staple in the first wave of Nightmare live shows in the spring and summer of 2010, showing a large photo on a screen of The Rev hugging Syn. It became a memorial of sorts for all A7X fans and a way to help grieve in our own losses in our personal lives. With lyrics including “How do I live without the ones I love?” and “I have so much to say, but you’re so far away.” It is relatable to everyone who has suffered a loss.
There I will leave you with my 5 songs. I could go on and on about these guys because they are just that good. Count yourself lucky if you’ve seen them in the US this year as they are only playing a handful of dates. UK and Europe friends – get your tickets to see them rock out with Disturbed and Chevelle after the New Year! Best bet for now, grab yourself a ticket to see them headline the Louder Than Life festival in Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday, October 1.