Over a decade after its initial physical release, Avenged Sevenfold have finally listened to the pleas of their fans to finally make their rarities collection ‘Diamonds In The Rough’ available digitally.
The record was originally only available to anyone who had purchased the band’s live DVD, ‘Live In The LBC’, as it’s more or less just a compilation of b-sides the band had dismissed during the recording of their self-titled record back in 2007.
In addition to remastering it all and to make this reissue more attractive, especially to the part of their fanbase that already owns the original physical copy, they’ve added a few hard-to-find gems, such as fan favourite and ‘Nightmare’ deluxe version bonus track ‘St. James’, as well as one completely unreleased song ‘Set Me Free’, which they rediscovered from their sessions for 2013’s ‘Hail To The King’.
The whole of it is, simply put, bangers front-to-back. It always has been, but with the remastered versions of the songs, it’s clearer than ever. Literally. When listening back to it, you can easily depict that the band was in the process of recording and producing their own album for the first time, and experimenting on how to establish their own sound without anyone else’s control over them. Every track, from intro ‘Demons’ all the way down to ‘Dancing Dead’, could fit perfectly anywhere onto either their self-titled or 2005’s ‘City Of Evil’.
Their latest album, ‘The Stage’ was a quite polarising piece and split their fanbase apart in more than one way as they explored new and more progressive sounds. This re-issue truly works as a strong reminder of the outrageous amount of talent that’s spread across the band, and showcases Avenged Sevenfold at their very best, including what they can do with their favourite bands’ songs, such as Pantera‘s ‘Walk’ and Black Sabbath‘s ‘Paranoid’.
‘Diamonds In The Rough’ should be your number one recommendation to anyone for their first dive into the world of Avenged Sevenfold.