Almost Easy

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"Almost Easy"
Single by Avenged Sevenfold
from the album Avenged Sevenfold
Released September 18, 2007
Format Promo CD, CD single
Recorded 2007 at Sunset Sound Recorders in Los Angeles, California, Eldorado Recording Studios, and Burbank & Capitol Studios in Hollywood, California
Genre Heavy metal
Length 3:54
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) The Rev
Producer(s) Avenged Sevenfold
Avenged Sevenfold singles chronology
"Critical Acclaim"
(2007)
"Almost Easy"
(2007)
"Afterlife"
(2008)
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen – The Album track listing

"Almost Easy" is a song by Avenged Sevenfold. It is the second song as well as second single from their self-titled album.

Background[edit]

The song first premiered at a concert in Indonesia during Avenged Sevenfold's 2007 Southeast Asian Tour.[citation needed] The song was officially released on September 18, 2007 through online music stores such as iTunes, URGE.[citation needed]

The song was written by the band's drummer, Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan. In the second chorus the whole band sang simultaneously - all 5 members combined their voices for more of a choir sound, which was shown in the MVI that came along with their self-titled album.

The song was included on Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen soundtrack. It was originally planned to be on the 2007 Transformers soundtrack; however, it was not finished in time.

The song is available as downloadable content for Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock as of March 6, 2008 and featured again as part of the Avenged Sevenfold track pack for Guitar Hero 5. The song is also featured in Rock Band 2 and Need for Speed: ProStreet.

In December 2008 it was announced that the USC Trojan Marching Band would perform the song at the Rose Bowl halftime show on January 1, 2009.[1][2]

Tracklist[edit]

UK Promo Single
  1. "Almost Easy" – 3:55
UK Single
  1. "Almost Easy" - 3:56
  2. "Almost Easy (Live)" - 3:53

Note: Both Version have exactly the same "Album Version" of "Almost Easy" (At exception of course of the Live Version). Simply, in the UK Single Version, the track has one more second of silence at the end.

Music video[edit]

The band released a video for "Almost Easy" with director P.R. Brown (Mötley Crüe, Marilyn Manson). The video debuted on Fuse's The Sauce on September 24, 2007 and MTV2's Unleashed on October 1, 2007.

The video shows the band playing on a barren wasteland whilst they appear to be aflame. Over a ridge, a huge crowd of hundreds of people appear, walking in a zombie-like fashion towards the band, only to stop at a large gaping hole and jump downwards, into what appears to be Hell. Special effects show some parts where the people have skulls for faces.

At the end of the video, when the last person jumps down the cavern, the camera zooms out from the band, showing that the hole the people were jumping into was actually the eye of the bands recognizable logo from the Avenged Sevenfold album cover, the "Deathbat". The band stated in an interview with Fuse host Steven Smith on Steven's Untitled Rock Show that the inspiration for the video came from a Wendy's commercial they saw in Asia in which a large crowd is running toward the same hamburger.

M. Shadows then said "wouldn't it be cool if we (Avenged Sevenfold) were playing in a fiery blaze and a bunch of people were running towards us" an idea that eventually became the video. As of April 2013, it has 14,418,964 views on YouTube.

Personnel[edit]

Avenged Sevenfold

CLA Mix[edit]

On the Diamonds in the Rough album an alternate mix of "Almost Easy" is included. This version, mixed by Chris Lord-Alge (hence the name), included triggered drums, louder guitars and pianos.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart[3] 67
UK Rock Chart[3] 1
Mainstream Rock Tracks 3
Modern Rock Tracks 6
U.S. Bubbling Under Hot 100 6

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