You'd think most of the people who enjoyed Waking the Fallen would pick this one up. But anyway,
I love Avenged Sevenfold. This being the second CD i bought (WtF the first obviously), i initially was put off by it. Maybe it was the lack of actual sung vocals, or maybe...well, i don't know. But give this one more than a few tries you WILL be hooked. The CD reeks of metalcore, mixed with old school maiden (for a lack of a better comparision) and some punk thrown in too. Odd mix, but they make it work wonders. Some songs are very epic (Warmness of the Soul, Shattered by Broken Dreams, We Come Out at Night) and others rip your face off (Turn the Other Way, An Epic of Time Wasted, The Art of Subconcious Illusion). It's pretty balanced, except for Streets. Despite the fact that i really do enjoy the song, it feels very out of place here. What it all comes down to is that by the end of a few listens, you will know this CD rocks. It's original, melodic and grinding at the same time.
Hell, this CD even converted a good friend of mine who is most likely usually listening to terrible radio rap and trapt. Thank god i can listen to something decent when with him now.
In conclusion, ask yourself these questions: Do you like original metalcore? Can you stand large amounts of growls and screams? If yes, buy this immediately. It will defintely be a prize in your collection.