This DVD, which was taken from a headlining show during the 2008 Taste of Chaos tour, shows Avenged Sevenfold at their peak. They’ve truly hit their stride as musicians and performers with this DVD. All the songs sound great. M. Shadows voice held up remarkably well. The only downside is that you will want to hear more songs. Songs like “Chapter Four” and “I Won’t See You Tonight”, which sound amazing live, are not on this DVD. I would’ve liked to have seen “Beast & the Harlot” removed and have one of the other songs mentioned beforehand replace it.
As far as the “Diamonds in the Rough” CD is concerned, don’t think that it’s an amateur attempt to boost DVD sales by throwing in a couple of songs that didn’t make any other “official” A7X release. Any of these songs could have easily been on their last self titled album. For me, the high points on the album were tracks 5 and 6: “Until the End” and “Tension.” It’s a good album overall and combined with the DVD makes it worth the buy for old and new fans alike.