Dammit! There are two opening acts before Maiden go on at Lerkendal on the 22nd of July - there's Lauren Harris - Steve Harris' daughter - and there's Avenged Sevenfold, a much-hyped band often touted as being composed of virtuoso musicians. I massively disagree. I present the People's Evidence Item 1; an instructional video on how Synyster Gates - the supposed shredder of A7F - does his sweep-picking licks. That's his own freakin' sweep-picking licks:
He couldn't do the licks even close to clean and properly under the best of circumstances, and those are some pretty damn basic things to master if you're gonna call yourself a shredder. Amateur hour at best. As luck would have it, this substandard playing is at least matched by the rest of A7F, both with respect to musical abilities and songwriting.
Holy packaged rebellion, Batman