AVENGED SEVENFOLD; CARRY ON
Slightly disappointing and uninspired radio-friendly metal.
An original song produced for the new Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2 game, Carry On is very much an under-par Avenged Sevenfold. It's not a terrible song, it's simply not the same high-quality, riff-laden distinctive metal A7X can and do produce on their best days.
So many aspects of the song are just very average. The central riff is a pretty simple and tame one, and the music throughout follows an almost predictable chord progression - it lends it that slightly more radio-friendly/commercial edge, because you almost know when everything is going to happen, and how it will go. The chorus, the solo; quite predictable - focussing on the solo, you feel like it's a practice one that (lead guitar) Synyster Gates might use to warm up before a gig. Additionally, the vocals are almost plain annoying - while vocal chord damage limits M. Shadows' capacity for harsher growling/screams, they're a bit...whiny. Case and point in the chorus.
Far from their former brilliance, this is quite uninspired. It lacks that distinctive edge that has always set them apart from other metal bands. They proved with previous album Nightmare that, despite the tragic loss of drummer and the creative genius Jimmy Sullivan, they could create an excellent album.They're yet to re-attain the heights of the City Of Evil album, but here's hoping that Carry On is just a commercial blip, and that the Avenged Sevenfold bring out what they are truly capable of when they next produce music for themselves, not a game.