COVID-19 has admittedly put a damper on things; with rock n’ roll being amongst the most heavily impacted (ya know, besides literally everything else). While some groups have taken the last 6 months as an opportunity for some perhaps well deserved time off, rock duo Silent Redemption (comprised of singer & guitarist James Robinson and multi instrumentalist William Fish) has been keeping busy perfecting their brand of catchy alternative rock.
While it took Avenged Sevenfold a few years to get off the ground, the release of their 2003 sophomore album Waking The Fallen showcased a metalcore band that was fast developing. The leap from their debut album Sounding The Seventh Trumpet was a quantum leap as far as sound and musicianship were concerned, and were both equally impressive as well. If you listen to songs like “Chapter Four” and “Unholy Confessions”, it’s clear to see (and hear) why the band landed Warped Tour slots early on in their career – their brand of metalcore was easily palatable and marketable.
It’s with that being said that the band’s 2005 follow-up, City Of Evil, was the most successful Avenged Sevenfold record to date. Prior to its recording, the band triggered a pretty sizable bidding war from major labels, and A7X eventually went with Warner Bros. for the record’s release. Sporting a polished, streamlined sound that was closer to classic hard rock and metal, it signaled the band’s foray into a more commercial sound that was a departure from their previous work. It’s not hard to see why the Platinum-selling record made the band into stars, though.
In hindsight, almost any Bring Me The Horizon fan should have seen it coming. The seismic stylistic shift between 2013’s Sempiternal and 2015’s That’s The Spirit, though only 2.5 years apart, was signaled by the single release of “Drown”. A track that contained none of Oliver Sykes’ screaming, instead opting for a more pop-oriented side of the band, was the catalyst for an album that eventually went Gold in the USA.
The list of bands who have managed to sell a million albums in one week is extraordinarily short. Only 20 albums have done this in the Soundscan era since 1991 – and most of them are pop’s biggest stars. Multiple Taylor Swift albums, boy bands like Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC, Britney Spears, and…Limp Bizkit. Seriously, the band’s 2000 album Chocolate Starfish, released at the height of nu-metal’s commercial popularity (and one week before Linkin Park’s Hybrid Theory), did indeed sell a million copies in its first week of release, and it was at that point that Limp Bizkit was on top of the music world. Seriously, this was a time where rock and metal bands routinely shared airtime on MTV’s Total Request Live with the world’s biggest music stars, and it wasn’t considered all that crazy.