Kerrang (Magazine) - p.46
"[LBC] is Avenged Sevenfold flexing their considerable muscle, bellowing out the hits, shredding like a holy war. It's shock and awe made musical, and completely bloody exceptional."
Recording information: Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA (04/10/2008).
Avenged Sevenfold's 2008 offering is a CD & DVD package designed as a thank-you to the band's diehard fans. DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH is an 11-track collection of unreleased tracks and alternate versions of songs from 2007's AVENGED SEVENFOLD recording sessions, as well as two cover songs. "Flash of the Blade" is a cover of an obscure Iron Maiden song that was originally recorded for the Summer 2008 KERRANG! MAGAZINE compilation, MAIDEN HEAVEN. Similarly, "Walk" is a cover of Pantera's signature anthem, and was originally recorded for the 2006 KERRANG! MAGAZINE compilation, HIGH VOLTAGE.
The disc LIVE IN THE LBC is the band's first official live concert DVD. This complete live set was filmed during Avenged Sevenfold's impressive, April 10, 2008, hometown headlining performance at the Long Beach Arena in California along the Rockstar Taste of Chaos tour trail. The DVD is presented in HD and 5.1 Surround Sound.