"Except Life Is But A Dream… is good. Damn good. Crazily so. In the process of shedding any lingering preconceptions about genre, consistency and the basic rules of songwriting, the Huntington Beach boys haven’t just made an album that’s more out-there than any they’ve put their name to before – they’ve delivered a set of songs that are simply far more fun."
If there’s a criticism to be levelled it’s that the closing title-track wrong-foots you ione last time, offering up understated, instrumental piano when it seemed like the album was heading for some gloriously over-the-top burnout. But the joy here is, ultimately, in the unexpected. And listeners can always just head back to the start to peel back the countless layers they didn’t even realise were there. A trip worth taking, over and over again."
Kerrang! have shared their review of Avenged Sevenfold's "Life Is But A Dream..." giving it a 4 out of 5.