Well I managed to get a copy of this album early and it is special. It is the true follow up to 2005 album City of Evil taking a more serious focused and dark tone then the experimental self-titled album.
The highlights so far are opening track Nightmare. Welcome to the Family- which has all the makings for the next single and Fiction which is a truly eerie song with duel vocals between Jimmy and Matt over the strangest of piano keys, basically the A Little Piece of heaven of this album- in true Jimmy fashion. Throughout the entire album there is a recurring theme of darkness and the bands pain and bleak outlook is apparent throughout- especially on the song So far Away where it feels like Shadows could burst into tears at any second and at times has a somewhat numb feeling to it. Arguing fans can also put to rest the over-debated issue of whether or not Shadowz can scream as there heaviest song to date God Hates Us is the angriest song from the album and the bands longest song to date Save me would not sound out of place on Waking the Fallen.
Every Avenged Sevenfold fan has a duty to get this album as it marks the end of an era and should be encouraged to share this with new and old fans alike.