Welcome to a new miniseries on this blog! This miniseries will be taken a closer look at a selection of albums that have had a significant impact on my life, be it that they have guided me through a difficult time or the album just makes me profoundly happy. So kicking off we have Avenged Sevenfold’s self-titled album.
Avenged Sevenfold’s (A7X) album came out around the time I was getting into more heavy rock and in fairness I think Avenged are my limit to how heavy I like my rock (with the odd exception). This was the band’s fourth studio album but I was aware of their previous work mainly through the music channels such as Scuzz and Kerrang. My step sister/close friend Abie was one who got me into Avenged Sevenfold, I can’t remember when she got her hands on this album but whenever I stayed at my dad’s house she had it on constantly. We watched the webisodes from the making of the album and we watched the behind the scenes DVD that came with the album relentlessly, we could probably quote it word for word. It was far to say between the years of 2007 to 2009, this album was my holy grail.
Commercial the album received mixed to positive reviews, some critics slated the album for being too polished and not sounding that like Avenged. Yes, to be fair some of the songs on the self-titled are a lot more lighter than those on City of Evil. However, over the years and I think since the passing of Jimmy (The Rev, drummer of A7X) this album has become a legacy of its own. The album dips its toes into a vary of genre and I personally feel some of the song writing on this record is top notch. Recently the penultimate song on the album, A Little Piece of Heaven was voted by the fans as the champion of Avenged Sevenfold’s March Mania Song Tournament. While some thought that Unholy Confessions should have won, A Little Piece Of Heaven is only a fitting tribute to Jimmy’s true creativity and visionary genius.
Now I have talked a brief history about the album and what critics thought of it but here is where I tell you why this album will always have a place in my heart. I was fourteen when the album came out, there are many angst lyrics within the song on the album and as a teenager, I related a lot to some of the anger behind some of the songs, such as Critical Acclaim. But there are also songs on the album such as Dear God and Afterlife which focus on loved ones. In early 2008 I lost my granddad and I think in part this album helped me cope with the loss. The album became my soundtrack for the summer and then for the whole year. I may have listened to other albums yet when I think of 2007/2008 this music takes me right back there. Now my favourite song by far off this album (and maybe in all of Avenged’s back catalogue) is A Little Piece of Heaven. So much so most of my social media names give a nod to the title, my YouTube channel is alittlepieceofkim because for me this song will always be a favourite. ALPOH is a Broadway show tune, with twisted and explicit lyrics that detail such things as necrophilia and murder but the production in this song is outstanding. This was one of the last songs to go on the album and Matt (M Shadows, Jimmy created the original song but at some points did feel like they should let the song go) pushed for it so hard, he really knew he they were onto a gem. I think it is obvious from much of this blog post that Jimmy was my favourite member of Avenged Sevenfold (even though you shouldn’t have favourites) but this album couldn’t have been as successful without Matt, Bryan, Zacky and Johnny. You can tell this record was made with passion and as a fan I truly adore it.
Admittedly, after Jimmy’s death I struggled a lot with listening to Avenged Sevenfold’s new stuff and I still do but I am hoping with a new album in the pipeline I may fall back in love with the band. For me, Avenged Sevenfold was an album that I didn’t know I needed at the time but know I do. It opened the door for me into rock, not necessary heavy but rock none the less. I would suggest giving the album a whirl just to hear some of the talent on this record not just from the band but from some of the session musicians as well.
So there we have it, the first album of the miniseries. If you have listened to the album let me know what you think in the comments! Do you have an album that you hold close to your heart?