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Avenged Sevenfold, or as their fans call them, A7X is a band that says they want to save Metal. World domination is what they strive for, and with an album like City of Evil, they are sure to start blowing up all over the air waves. Their last album Waking The Fallen was nothing short of genius. Then they bring us the much awaited…

This is HIM’s (His Infernal Majesty) first domestic release, after a successful run in Scandinavia that began with 1997’s Greatest Lovesongs, Vol. 666. This album is, in a word, garbage. Or, as the French would say, ‘garbage’. Now, that’s not to say it’s a terrible album – it could be that the sugary hooks and cookie-cutter ‘goth-ish’ lyrics are masterfully crafted to be just so. It’s just sort of pulpy and very simple. Certainly, a ton of people out there are totally going to be down with this album. But in giving it the requisite few spins on my iPod, I found myself deciding to mercifully stop listening to it so that I wouldn’t be too harsh in the review (I was starting to hate it). I just can’t stomach it, but there probably are many who can and I suppose it’s worth checking out, if you’re into very self-indulgent, miserable music, albeit with fun melodies and dramatic power chords.