"Almost Easy"
Single by Avenged Sevenfold
from the album Avenged Sevenfold
ReleasedSeptember 18, 2007
Recorded2007
Venue
GenreHeavy metal
Length3:54
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)The Rev
Producer(s)Avenged Sevenfold
Avenged Sevenfold singles chronology
"Critical Acclaim"
(2007)
"Almost Easy"
(2007)
"Afterlife"
(2008)
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen – The Album track listing
13 tracks
  1. "New Divide"
  2. "21 Guns"
  3. "Let It Go"
  4. "Capital M-E"
  5. "Never Say Never"
  6. "Burn It to the Ground"
  7. "Burning Down the House"
  8. "Not Meant To Be"
  9. "Real World"
  10. "I Don't Think I Love You"
  11. "This is It"
  12. "Almost Easy"
  13. "Transformers (The Fallen Remix)"

"Almost Easy" is a song by American heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold. It is the second song as well as second single from their self-titled fourth album.

Background

The song first premiered at a concert in Indonesia during Avenged Sevenfold's 2007 Southeast Asian Tour.[citation needed] The song was officially released on September 18, 2007 through online music stores such as iTunes and URGE.[citation needed]

The song was written by the band's drummer, James "The Rev" Sullivan. In the second chorus the whole band sang simultaneously - all 5 members combined their voices for more of a choir sound, which was shown in the MVI that came along with their self-titled album.

The song was included on Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen soundtrack. Originally, it was planned to be on the 2007 Transformers soundtrack; however, it was not finished in time.

The song is available as downloadable content for Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock as of March 6, 2008, and featured again as part of the Avenged Sevenfold track pack for Guitar Hero 5. The song is also featured in Rock Band 2 and Need for Speed: ProStreet.

In December 2008 it was announced that the USC Trojan Marching Band would perform the song at the Rose Bowl halftime show on January 1, 2009.[1][2]

Track listing

UK promo single
  1. "Almost Easy" – 3:55
UK single
  1. "Almost Easy" – 3:56
  2. "Almost Easy (live)" – 3:53

Note: Both versions have exactly the same album version of "Almost Easy" (except for the live version). Simply, in the UK single version, the track has one more second of silence at the end.

Music video

The band released a video for "Almost Easy" with director P.R. Brown (Mötley Crüe, Marilyn Manson). The video debuted on Fuse's The Sauce on September 24, 2007 and MTV2's Unleashed on October 1, 2007.

The video shows the band playing on a barren wasteland whilst they appear to be aflame. Over a ridge, a huge crowd of hundreds of people appear, walking in a zombie-like fashion towards the band, only to stop at a large gaping hole and jump downwards, into what appears to be Hell. Special effects show some parts where the people have skulls for faces.

At the end of the video, when the last person jumps down the cavern, the camera zooms out from the band, showing that the hole the people were jumping into was actually the eye of the bands recognizable logo from the Avenged Sevenfold album cover, the "Deathbat". The band stated in an interview with Fuse host Steven Smith on Steven's Untitled Rock Show that the inspiration for the video came from a Wendy's commercial they saw in Asia in which a large crowd is running toward the same hamburger.

M. Shadows then said "wouldn't it be cool if we (Avenged Sevenfold) were playing in a fiery blaze and a bunch of people were running towards us," an idea that would eventually become the video. As of April 2020, it has over 40 million views on YouTube.

Personnel

Avenged Sevenfold
Additional musicians

CLA mix

On the Diamonds in the Rough EP album an alternate mix of "Almost Easy" is included. This version, mixed by Chris Lord-Alge (hence the name), included triggered drums, louder guitars and pianos.

Charts

Chart (2007) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart[3] 67
UK Rock Chart[3] 1
Mainstream Rock Tracks 3
Modern Rock Tracks 6
U.S. Bubbling Under Hot 100 6

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[4] Platinum 1,000,000double-dagger

double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

References

  1. ^ ""USC Trojan Marching Band to Perform Avenged Sevenfold's "Almost Easy" During Rose Bowl Halftime Show"".
  2. ^ "USC Band | Rose Bowl 2009 | Almost Easy | Avenged Sevenfold". YouTube. January 4, 2009. Retrieved January 13, 2012.
  3. ^ a b UK Music Charts | The Official UK Top 75 Singles: Week of Mon 11 Feb - Yahoo! Music UK
  4. ^ "American single certifications – Avenged Sevenfold – Almost Easy". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved May 4, 2021.