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Avenged Sevenfold - Live In The LBC & Diamonds In The Rough

Avenged Sevenfold, Live In The LBC & Diamonds In The Rough

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 3 out of 5

KERRANG readers can’t get enough of Avenged Sevenfold and the metal act do seem to be on a roll of late. Having been on the receiving end of some of the greatest reviews of their career, they now release a CD/DVD package designed to please the die-hard fans.

Needless to say, non-metal listeners should steer clear. But if Kerrang compilations and Download festivals get you excited, then this collection of live and unreleased material should tick all the right boxes.

Live In The LBC & Diamonds In The Rough combines a live DVD recorded earlier this year at the band’s hometown show at Long Beach Arena during their headline stint on the Rockstar Taste of Chaos tour, while the CD comprises rare and previously unheard material.

The DVD is directed by Rafa Alcantara who also previously worked on Avenged Sevenfold’s All Excess tour rockumentary, and it captures the intensity of the band’s live show with hits and fan favourites Afterlife, Beast And The Harlot, Almost Easy, Bat Country and A Little Piece of Heaven all included.

The CD features seven previously unreleased B-sides, with a remix of Almost Easy, an alternative version of Afterlife and Avenged Sevenfold’s covers of Iron Maiden’s Flash Of The Blade and Pantera’s Walk.

Now, here comes my admission. I can do heavy rock, but in limited doses, and my own personal favourites are Linkin Park. Avenged Sevenfold very seldom do it for me. They’re too loud, too excessive and more on the Metallica/Iron Maiden side of things.

That said, there are songs to savour on the CD part of this release. Their cover of Iron Maiden’s Flash Of The Blade is one that expertly showcases their guitar ability, as well as their showmanship; while the alternative version of Afterlife that brings things to a close is a cracking rock record. It’s my own personal favourite.

Tension, meanwhile, brings some thunderous riffs to a spot-on description of the pressures of modern life, complete with the standout lyric “I need a moment cos I spread myself too thin”. Don’t we all! It’s also the one moment where Avenged Sevenfold come over all Guns N Roses.

Elsewhere, songs batter and crash and, occasionally, sound the same. Opener Demons kicks off with the rather telling lyric “I’ve been thinking lots about my nightmare” and – somewhat cheekily – nightmarish is a useful way of describing some of the material that followed it.

That said, Avenged Sevenfold fans will be in seventh heaven and there’s plenty to make this DVD/CD combo worth owning. It’s sure to be gratefully received by those its aimed at… while the possibility of hearing more from the band certainly doesn’t fill me with as much dread as I thought it would!

Download picks: Demons, Tension, Flash Of The Blade, Afterlife

Track listing:
Disc 1

  1. Demons
  2. Girl I Know
  3. Crossroads
  4. Flash Of The Blade
  5. Until The End
  6. Tension
  7. Walk
  8. Fight
  9. Dancing Dead
  10. Almost Easy [remix]
  11. Afterlife [alt. version]

Disc 2

  1. Critical Acclaim [live/DVD]
  2. Second Heartbeat [live/DVD]
  3. Afterlife [live/DVD]
  4. Beast And The Harlot [live/DVD]
  5. Scream [live/DVD]
  6. Seize The Day [live/DVD]
  7. Walk [live/DVD]
  8. Bat Country [live/DVD]
  9. Almost Easy [live/DVD]
  10. Gunslinger [live/DVD]
  11. Unholy Confessions [live/DVD]
  12. Little Piece Of Heaven [live/DVD]