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Albums Of The Week: Avenged Sevenfold | Life Is But A Dream…

The California metal vets keep you on your toes with their weird, shape-shifting set.


THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Avenged Sevenfold’s new album Life Is But A Dream… is best served as a whole and consumed en masse to truly appreciate its musical breadth and sonic depth. Written and recorded over four years, the album is a journey through an existential crisis; a very personal exploration into the meaning, purpose and value of human existence with the anxiety of death always looming. Life Is But a Dream… was inspired by the writing and philosophy of Albert Camus. Accordingly, the lyrics are rooted in existentialism and absurdism.

Nobody, the band’s first official music release since their 2016 album The Stage, delivers nearly six minutes of tension, groove and dynamics. The song twists and turns beyond conventional songwriting and leans in on discomfort before letting go. The beautifully crafted stop-motion music video, which unfolds like a short film, is a stunning and powerful journey exploring the dichotomy between life and death, love and war, and follows the main character through an existential crisis.

“More power, more pace, more money, more taste,” M. Shadows sings, delivering lyrics portraying the tune inside our heads that keep us pushing and being the motivators and destroyers of our self and reality. The song depicts the forced feeling our society pushes us to consume, push, stretch and empty everything we can, resulting in possibly our own downfall if not halted. Avenged Sevenfold are masters at dynamic transitions over the course of one song, and this is no exception.

The music video for We Love You is no less ambitious. Artist Ryan McKinnon crafted an enveloping, innovative visual experience. The visualizer begins in peaceful nature before the pressure of society takes over and the world starts building at a crazy pace.”


Photo by Brian Catelle.
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