An open letter to Avenged Sevenfold:
Hello, this is one of your loyal fans. I've been listening to Avenged Sevenfold for about 7 years now. I’ve listened to every album you guys have put out, starting with Nightmare, and till this day Nightmare is one of my favorite albums of all times right before City of Evil. I love the vivid guitar riffs of Synyster Gates, the thundering drums of the Rev.
However, this letter isn't about that. This is a letter distressing my concerns on the lack of impact of your latest album. At first “The Stage (song)” seemed promising as the eargasmic guitar riffs of both Zack and Gates and the excellent drums of Brook Wackerman. But when the full album was released I found that the vivid guitar riffs present in previous album in City of Evil, yourself titled album, and in Nightmare are not present in the rest of the album.
On top of that the song Exist was probably the worst song of the album, even though I see what you guys were trying to do, trying to make another song similar to Save Me and M.I.A. This wasn't the case for this song. For one, the intro is too damn long, and I thought Nightmare’s intro was long. Just for comparison Nightmare’s intro was smooth and went along with the tone of the album and the song, on top of that it was only 32 seconds long, meanwhile Exists intro, even though it went with the theme of the album seemed connection with the song, even worse it is 1 minute and 31 seconds long. However the album overall isn't terrible it just needs more work, for example God Damn and Higher are pretty good songs. God Damn has incredible guitar riffs and the drums are excellent on tone with the guitar riffs. Higher has a very melo guitar has is very similar to Seize The Day.
So this change in song style has divided the fanbase, where some are liking the new song style while other are hate the new song style. This very similar to Linkin Park were recently there new song style hasn't been received well by the fans. So how can you guys fix this? well first go back to days of City of Evil where the riffs blew people out of their seats, on top of that Statistically speaking City of Evil is your best selling album of all times out selling your self titled album and Nightmare. Not only that, Bat Country reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks. On top of that “The Stage” sold less than half than Hail to the king. Even though this may be hard considered the work that the Rev did for those albums. This is the way you will win back fans who don't support your new sound but in the end it is all up to you.