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Avenged Sevenfold turns Cleveland into “Bat Country”


The Southern California quintet Avenged Sevenfold appeared on the metal scene shortly after the turn of the century when the death growls and drop-tuned sound of metalcore rose to prominence. But across the band’s 25-year and eight studio album history, they have expanded well beyond the sonic tenets of that subgenre.


The band performed a nearly two-hour set drawing from all but their 2001 debut album for a dynamic mix of metal styles incorporating classic thrash, with metalcore, industrial, progressive metal, and splashes of avant-garde melodic metal weirdness.


The staging was simple, with large screens showing thematically appropriate or just visually interesting images, and the band members made sure to use all the space available. After the thrashy two-fer of the seldom-played “Blinded” and “Bat Country,” someone threw some lingerie on the stage.


Wow, we got people throwing bras like it was 2005!,” Shadows said.


In retrospect, the "Life Is But a Dream" tour continues to leave a lasting impact on both the band and their fans. It served as a testament to Avenged Sevenfold's enduring influence in the rock music scene and their unwavering commitment to delivering unforgettable live experiences. The tour not only solidified the band's reputation as a powerhouse performer but also introduced their music to new audiences around the world, expanding their reach and influence. The tour's success underscored the timeless appeal of Avenged Sevenfold's music and the enduring relevance of their artistic vision.


In conclusion, Avenged Sevenfold's "Life Is But a Dream" tour was a resounding triumph that showcased the band's artistry, showmanship, and enduring impact on the rock music landscape. From the carefully crafted setlist to the awe-inspiring stage production and the unwavering support of their fans, the tour exemplified the unbridled passion and dedication that define Avenged Sevenfold as a musical force to be reckoned with. As the echoes of the "Life Is But a Dream" tour continue to resonate, one thing remains abundantly clear – Avenged Sevenfold's legacy as a powerhouse live act endures, leaving an indelible mark on all who were fortunate enough to be part of this unforgettable experience.





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