Live in the LBC & Diamonds in the Rough

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Live in the LBC & Diamonds in the Rough
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Live album / Studio by Avenged Sevenfold
Released September 16, 2008
Recorded April 10, 2008 (DVD)
2006 - 2008 (CD)
Genre Heavy metal, hard rock
Length 53:44 minutes (CD)
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Avenged Sevenfold
Avenged Sevenfold chronology
Avenged Sevenfold
(2007)Avenged Sevenfold2007
Live in the LBC & Diamonds in the Rough
(2008)
Nightmare
(2010)Nightmare2010
Singles from Diamonds in the Rough
  1. "Walk"
    Released: July 17, 2007
  2. "Crossroads"
    Released: February 19, 2008
Live in the LBC & Diamonds in the Rough
Video by Avenged Sevenfold
Released 2008
Genre Heavy metal, hard rock, metalcore
Length 76:49 (DVD)
Label Warner Bros.
Director Rafa Alcantara
Avenged Sevenfold chronology
All Excess
(2007)All Excess2007
Live in the LBC & Diamonds in the Rough
(2008)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
IGN 8.0/10[2]
World of Music 3.5/5 stars[3]

Live in the LBC & Diamonds in the Rough is the first live DVD, and compilation album by heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold released on September 16, 2008 by Warner Bros. Records. The live DVD features the band's April 10, 2008 show at Long Beach Arena headlining the Rockstar Taste of Chaos tour, while the CD contains previously unreleased B-sides that were recorded during the making of Avenged Sevenfold, plus covers, and other never-before-heard material.

Production and release[edit]

The DVD was directed by Core Entertainment's Rafa Alcantara, who also worked on the band's critically acclaimed 2007 road documentary All Excess.[4][5]

On August 15, 2008, a trailer was released by Avenged Sevenfold on their YouTube channel. On September 5, 2008, Avenged Sevenfold released the live version of "Seize the Day" from the DVD through their imeem account. "Unholy Confessions" and "Scream" were later streamed before the release as well.

There are two alternate mixes of songs on their self-titled album:

The Rev performs vocals on the tracks Crossroads, Flash of the Blade, Almost Easy and Afterlife.

Live in the LBC & Diamonds in the Rough has been certified Platinum by the RIAA. On November 5, 2008, the CD/DVD combo was certified Gold, but has now reached Platinum by selling over 100,000 (Video Longform platinum) copies.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

The album received mixed to positive reviews upon release in 2008. Jim Kaz from IGN wrote "Avenged Sevenfold have proven that there is a way to successfully crossover and bend genres without alienating or insulting the base. With top-notch musicianship and a knack for pinching the best bits from different styles and eras, this is one band to keep pace with." And Ultimate Guitar wrote: The CD feels very much like another fresh studio release if you haven't been exposed to the B-sides, while the DVD features a sound mix that is just as strong as if it was also recorded in the studio.

Track listing[edit]

Live in the LBC (DVD)
No. Title Length
1. "Intro" 0:56
2. "Critical Acclaim" 6:06
3. "Second Heartbeat (abridged)" 5:07
4. "Afterlife" 7:33
5. "Beast and the Harlot" 6:00
6. "Scream" 6:24
7. "Seize the Day" 7:55
8. "Walk (abridged and member from the audience on vocals)" (Pantera cover) 2:12
9. "Bat Country" 6:01
10. "Almost Easy" 5:38
11. "Gunslinger" 4:30
12. "Unholy Confessions" 7:25
13. "A Little Piece of Heaven" 10:56
Total length: 76:49
Diamonds in the Rough (CD)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Demons" The Rev 6:11
2. "Girl I Know" The Rev 4:23
3. "Crossroads" The Rev 4:30
4. "Flash of the Blade" (Iron Maiden cover) Bruce Dickinson 4:01
5. "Until the End" The Rev 4:44
6. "Tension" The Rev 4:50
7. "Walk" (Pantera cover) Pantera 5:21
8. "The Fight" The Rev 4:07
9. "Dancing Dead" The Rev 5:49
10. "Almost Easy" (CLA Mix) The Rev 3:53
11. "Afterlife" (Alternate version) The Rev 5:55
12. "Almost Easy" (Live in Seattle)    
13. "Bat Country" (Live in Fresno)    
Total length: 64:07

Personnel[edit]

Diamonds in the Rough[edit]

Avenged Sevenfold
Additional personnel

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Live in the LBC and Diamonds in the Rough - Avenged Sevenfold". Allmusic. 
  2. ^ Kaz, Jim (2008-09-25). "Avenged Sevenfold – Live In The LBC & Diamonds In The Rough". IGN. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  3. ^ "musik gesehen". WOM magazin (in German). World of Music (September 08): 31. 
  4. ^ [1] Archived July 28, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "News tagged a7x live dvd cd set be released". Avenged Sevenfold. Retrieved 2012-02-28. 
  6. ^ [2] Archived December 13, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.