|Single by Avenged Sevenfold|
|from the album Avenged Sevenfold|
|Released||August 28, 2007|
|Format||Digital download, 7" vinyl|
|Recorded||2007 at Sunset Sound Recorders in Los Angeles, California, Eldorado Recording Studios, and Burbank & Capitol Studios in Hollywood, California|
|Genre||Hard rock, symphonic rock, heavy metal|
|Writer(s)||Synyster Gates, The Rev, M. Shadows|
|Avenged Sevenfold singles chronology|
"Critical Acclaim" is a song by Avenged Sevenfold. It is the first single from Avenged Sevenfold’s self-titled album. A 2-minute and 15-seconds teaser was posted on the band’s MySpace to tide fans over until the iTunes release date, but on August 20, 2007, Avenged Sevenfold uploaded the full version on their MySpace. The full song was released on iTunes August 28, 2007.
Introduced by a twenty-two second long organ melody followed by a majestic, harmonized guitar solo, Critical Acclaim is based around two aggressive guitar riffs—one which is repeated during the verses, the second one after every chorus and before and during the third guitar solo—which pushes back the band’s musical direction much more to the one during their earlier career, still without staying close to their original metalcore sound, but instead showing signs of a more matured rock sound.
The song’s lyrical meaning is a criticizing attack on people who, according to the band, are in their turn criticizing the soldiers of the United States of America for engaging in the Iraq War conflict, without trying to find a solution to end the ongoing war. Avenged Sevenfold lead singer M. Shadows has close friends who have experienced military service in Iraq.
The Rev provides the vocals for the chorus of the song, as well as some background vocals and screams. After The Rev's passing in 2009, all live performances of this song still feature his vocals. (The studio recording of said vocals is played through the speakers). This is the band's way of honoring him.
The song is available as downloadable content for the music video game Rock Band.
- Avenged Sevenfold
- M. Shadows – lead vocals
- Zacky Vengeance – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
- The Rev – drums, co-lead vocals
- Synyster Gates – lead guitar, backing vocals
- Johnny Christ – bass
- Additional musicians
- Full lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics