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Avenged Sevenfold @ Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam

CONCERT REVIEW: Avenged Sevenfold Take New Album ‘Life Is But A Dream…’ To Amsterdam

When a seasoned rock legend returns to a beloved stage after years of absence, expectations run high—and Avenged Sevenfold did not disappoint, for the die-hard fans at least. On a memorable evening at Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome, the band reminded their Dutch fans why they’ve been eagerly awaited. This time, the spotlight was firmly on their latest release, Life Is But A Dream…, a 2023 album that has already been stirring excitement among rock enthusiasts worldwide. With numerous performances at this iconic venue in their history, Avenged Sevenfold brought an evening of hard rock music and memorable moments, but most of all demonstrated their musical evolution and prowess throughout the evening.

Avenged Sevenfold delivered an interesting performance at the Ziggo Dome, showcasing a plethora of tracks from their latest album Life Is But A Dream…. Of the 16 songs played, 6 were from the latest material. This could be considered interesting, as overall, Avenged Sevenfold’s popularity namely comes from their older material. The band’s energetic stage presence and intricate musical prowess entranced the audience, leaving little doubt about their enduring talent. However, from a production standpoint, the concert fell a bit short of expectations. The lighting was minimalistic and there were no special effects to elevate the visual experience, aside from the screens positioned at the back and sides of the stage.

These screens did manage to display some impressive visuals that complemented the music well but were not enough to make up for the otherwise static production. Despite this, the fans seemed more than satisfied, focusing primarily on the quality of the new material and the band’s dynamic delivery. Overall, while the concert succeeded on a musical level, a more ambitious production could have enhanced its impact even further, especially because we have seen extraordinary productions at Avenged Sevenfold shows before!

In addition to the fresh tracks from their newest release, Avenged Sevenfold ensured that fan favourites were not overlooked in tonight’s performance. The band energized the crowd with a powerful rendition of Hail To The King, a song that has long been a staple in their setlist and enjoys immense popularity among fans. The audience’s enthusiasm peaked once more with Nightmare, another iconic track that drew enthusiastic cheers, spontaneous dancing, and loud sing-alongs from the attendees. These well-loved songs provided a harmonious blend of the familiar and the new, creating an unforgettable experience that resonated with both long-time fans and new listeners alike.

In conclusion, Avenged Sevenfold‘s concert at the Ziggo Dome was a poignant reminder of their talent and adaptability, their discography is of iconic proportions. The band’s commitment to delivering high-quality music shines through, leaving their fans eagerly anticipating what comes next. Whether through the intricate compositions of their new album or the nostalgic appeal of their timeless hits, Avenged Sevenfold continues to solidify their iconic status in the rock world, but in all honestly, the show itself felt a bit lacklustre.

Check out some photos of the performance in the gallery below!

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Glenn van den Bosch