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Album Review

Avenged Sevenfold has crafted a tremendous variation of metalcore, inflecting the traditional metal sound with outrageous bursts of hardcore fury and mesmerizing wails more likely found in the European vein of death metal. These elements together create an amazing but lethal crush on the listener, leaving one breathless after such feats. Sounding the Seventh Trumpet is an exceptional album that finds the group perfecting its own distinct style, and although the bandmembers remain fairly unknown on the metal scene, one could only imagine that this will change rather quickly. Frontman M. Shadows is a force to be reckoned with, as his screams are capable of making blood flow from one's ears, while his singing voice has the ability to feel those vicious wounds. Songs such as "Darkness Surrounding" and "We Come Out at Night" are excellent metalcore masterpieces, as the vocal harmonies add to these cuts to evolve the songs into fully atmospheric sonic blasts. As the album unfolds, Shadows' singing voice becomes the more dominant style and that is slightly unfortunate; the melodies are given much more intensity when his voice is used to a lesser extent amidst the grating bellows — yet there is no bad song included on this collection. Musically, the band has seamlessly woven hardcore crunch with heavy metal flair, and never once bogs itself down with too much intricacy. "Streets" may surprise some for its punk feel, yet it all makes sense since it's a cover of the Successful Failure song, proving that Avenged Sevenfold could easily outdo many of the gritty punk groups in existence in the 21st century. Sounding the Seventh Trumpet is a magnificent album that is suitable for any fan of metal music, as Avenged Sevenfold has a firm grasp on all that is extreme. ~ Jason D. Taylor, Rovi

Customer Reviews

God Music

I was listening to this album, and when Lips of Deceit came on, Jesus Christ himself rode through my window on a golden narwhal that farted Ed Hardy cologne and spit liquid silver coins, and looked me in the eye, gave me immortality, and said, "You sir, will have a personal key to heaven.", then high-fived me, and the narwhal spit out fifty dollars in silver, and flew back out the window with Jesus on its back. Best. Music. Ever. Maybe if you're lucky Jesus will bring his golden narwhal to greet you.

Still better than Bieber

It's nice to see that A7X's worst album has a higher rating than any Justin Bieber album. That's saying something isn't it.

Track by track

1. To End the Rapture- (4/5) this is a fairly short song with a fairly cool guitar solo. Apparently Synyster Gates has admitted that it's terrible, but it's really not.

2. Turn the Other Way- (5/5) This is one of my favorite songs. It's basically 5 minutes of thrashing death metal. Fantastic song.

3. Darkness Surrounding- (4/5) Pretty good, but it's not quite as memorable as some of the other songs on the record. This has some of the best lyrics on the album, but it sounds very similar to a lot of other songs on the album.

4. The Art of Subconscious Illusion- (5/5) This is the song that will define A7X's screamo style. It's one of the few songs on this or Waking the Falling that will be well-liked by Nightmare fanboys/girls. Very good lyrics and guitar (and drums).

5. We Come Out at Night- (5/5) This song has the most variance on the album. It includes piano, clean vocals, screaming, and that thrashing style that the standout tracks all have. Delisciously different.

6. Lips of Deciept- (4/5) This song will be liked most by City of Evil fans. Unfortunately, it also suffers from the Darkness Surrounding syndrome. THe standout tracks completely overshadow it, thus I myself barely remember how it goes.

7. Warmness on the Soul- (6/5) This is hands-down the best track on the album. It's all piano from start to finish, and it's all clean vocals. The song is beautiful and rather simple. I suppose that's what makes it so good. Absolutely amazing in every way imagineable.

8. An Epic of Time Wasted- (5.5/5) This is just as good as Warmness on the Soul, but with that heavy tone. It's one of the only songs on the album that has a definite sound to it. All of the other songs have multiple melodies and few repeats. This song sounds more like music and less like neck-breaking epicness.

9. Breaking their Hold- (3/5) I really don't like this song. It kind of sounds like a train wreck on drugs. Not too good.

10. Forgotten Faces- (4/5) This, as well as the next track, suffers from the DS syndrome. I don't even remember how it goes.

11. Thick and Thin- (4/5) ^^

12. Streets- (5/5) Like an Epic of Time Wasted, this song has a definite pattern to it. It's more melodic than screamo, and is actually one of the two songs on the album that has no screamo lyrics. Pretty good. Very Self-Titleish.

13. Shattered by Broken Dreams- (4/5) This is a rather strange song. It's got two main melodies, one melodic, and one screamo, that are separated by a few seconds of silence. It could have been two songs if A7X wanted to make it that.


Formed: 1999 in Huntington Beach, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the more successful and accessible metalcore outfits to come out of the early 2000s, Avenged Sevenfold endured changes both stylistic and internal during their rise from teenage troublemakers to mainstream success story. The members of Avenged Sevenfold (or A7X) were still attending high school in Huntington Beach, California when they formed their band in 1999. Nevertheless, it didn't take long for M. Shadows (vocals), Zacky Vengeance (guitar), Synyster Gates (guitar), the Reverend (drums),...
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