Two words – Bat country. 12 years ago as of June 7, every early 2000’s “emo” kid’s first favorite metal band, Avenged Sevenfold, released their stellar album “City of Evil.”

“City of Evil” was the band’s third studio album released via Warner Brothers. The album seperated itself from its predecessors by taking a more “traditional heavy metal” route regarding their sound. M. Shadows – The band’s lead vocalist – reportedly worked for months before the album’s release with vocal coach Ron Anderson. Anderson served clients such as Axl Rose and Chris Cornell (rest in utter peace). Shadows wanted to achieve a sound which he described as consisting of “grit while still having the tone.” Mission accomplished, I’d say!

So as a small form of celebration, it seemed fitting to list the three best songs from “City of Evil.” At least according to me!

 

Three Best Songs of “City of Evil”

1. Bat Country

As if I could leave out “Bat Country,” right? From Rock Band to nearly every popular Alternative Rock radio station, this is one of the most recognizable songs from the album!

 

2. Blinded in Chains

Now, that intro is what I call “heavy!” This track is special in the sense that it accurately captures that “Avenged Sevenfold” vibe that has so long allowed the band to remain prominently distinct against their musical peers. The band is certainly “something else” (in the best way) and “Blinded in Chains” is a great example of what earns them that title. Just a band of tremendously talented and hardcore musicians!

 

5. Beast and The Harlot

Right from the get-go, this track – quite literally – screams “I’ve got something to say” and pulls you into a whirlwind of excitement and intrigue! The combination of the subtle yet rigid vocal harmonies alongside the dangerously honest and colorful lyrics tell a story that certainly stands on its own.

 

So, that being said – what’re you going to do to celebrate 12 years of hardcore musical excellence?

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