It’s a shame that Avenged Sevenfold’s Carry On is gaining a lot of popularity simply because it’s featured on the popular videogame Call of Dury: Black Ops II’s soundtrack, because the song stands on its own and is arguably one of the band’s best songs to date yet.
The first thing you’ll notice when you start listening to Carry On is that Avenged Sevenfold has abandoned the Nu Metal trappings that have plagued some of their more popular songs. For one thing, it opens with a leaner-sounding, yet airtight shredfest from Zacky Vengeance and Synyster Gates, featuring a blistering guitar solo that is sadly few and far between these days.
The shredfest is supported by Johnny Christ’s rumbling bassline, which does its level best to provide a solid bottom end without completely disappearing under the sonic rubble. On top of it all, M. Shadows has fully emancipated himself from the limited vocal stylings associated with modern alt rockers, and shows that he’s got enough control of his range to alternate between a rock croon to a modern theatrical growl without missing a single beat, and without sounding out of place. Of course, there’s the pounding outro that brings to mind rock anthems from the likes of DragonForce. Not bad for a band that was once compared to Linkin Park (blame it on the Chester Bennington-like bridge on Afterlife)
At the end of the day, let’s hope that being featured on a popular First Person Shooter’s soundtrack brings Avenged Sevenfold to a wider audience, and convinces them to do more songs that are on the same level as Carry On.