One more Avenged Sevenfold video! That Diamonds in the Rough re-release really has me on a roll.
This is one of the best videos I’ve ever done, and a must-watch for Avenged fans! After much deliberation (don’t worry, honorable mentions are included) I dig into my picks for the 10 best deep cuts in the A7x catalogue. From Sounding the Seventh Trumpet to Diamonds in the Rough to The Stage, this is a comprehensive trip through the band’s discography for their most devout fans to enjoy.
Watch the full video here:
What’s up, guys! Happy album release day to all of you.
As usual, most of the music I’m diving into today is brand spankin’ new (Green Day, Sepultura, Galantis, God Dethroned, etc.), but I can’t shake this strange feeling that I’m in some sort of time machine….
That’s because even though last I checked it’s February 2020, Avenged Sevenfold are releasing a b-sides album for their 2007 self-titled album. Nearly 13 years too late.
OK, that’s not entirely true. They’re repackaging and updating 2008’s Diamonds in the Rough for streaming services, and even including one brand new unreleased song for good measure.
Since there’s undoubtedly a lot of Gen Z A7x fans who didn’t even know these songs existed, I figured it’d be fun to take a trip down memory lane and dissect what I believe are the four essential tracks from this rarities collection. Because contrary to what the band clearly believe, some of the material on Diamonds in the Rough was completely worthy of inclusion on the self-titled album. But of course, that’s for us to debate!
You can find the full video here:
Ah, I missed talking about Avenged Sevenfold!
As we await the highly anticipated follow-up to 2016’s The Stage, A7x – likely aware that nearly three-and-a-half years is a long ass time without new music – have a new holdover scheme for us. They’re re-releasing the 2008 b-sides collection Diamonds in the Rough for streaming services.
Evidently, this “streaming version” includes at least one never-before-heard song: “Set Me Free”, originally recorded during 2013’s Hail to the King sessions.
In the video below, I give my take on this lost child of Hail to the King. Did they do the right thing leaving it on the cutting room floor? Is it a worthy track in its own right?
Check out my full thoughts in the video below, and be sure to look out for the streaming version of Diamonds in the Rough, which drops February 7th!