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Album Review

Mudrock's dry production focuses almost all of Waking the Fallen on Avenged Sevenfold's greatest strength. That, of course, would be performance, and the band delivers with unflagging aggression and precision. Never mind the lyrical ennui or throat-scrape yowling; there's more to this music than generic cliché. When he wants to, M. Shadows can passionately project in a way that turns even the grim "Desecrate Through Reverance" into an almost bouncy little melody. (Incidentally, Reverance? Remenissions? Reverand? Maybe doomsday is around the corner, but isn't there still time to run song titles and soubriquets through a spell check?) And whether attacking a riff in unison or in harmonized parts, the double-threat guitars of Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance do their duty like search-and-destroy commandos — in and out fast, leaving devastation in their wake. Especially noteworthy — and note-heavy — is the guitar solo that blazes through the last moments of "Second Heartbeat" and the head-spinning single-stroke virtuosity of the Reverand throughout the album. ~ Robert L. Doerschuk, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Don't Feed that Justin Bieber!

You just wait a second. If you thought you were just going to check this out, and go back to Justin Bieber afterwards, don't. Don't you DARE even think about it. You buy this album. Trust me, good things will happen. I was listening to this, and Jesus Christ himself rode through my window on a golden narwhal that farted Ed Hardy cologne that spits gold, looked me in the eye, gave me immortality, and said to me, "You sir, shall have a personal key to heaven.", gave me a high five, and rode off into the night on his majestic narwhal. Trust me, I used to be a pop lover like you, until I took an Avenged Sevenfold to the life.

Idk why they Took this Off and back on again buuuttt

This has to be tied for 1st of Avenged Sevenfold's Albums the reason I have such a hard time choosing is because this Album so Just Soo Nice and Heavy with these deep and well sung lyrics. While City of Evil my other favorite album is High Fast pased on everything Really "Pump me up" Album, that is why I can't really choose it All depends on my mood. Although if I'm Looking for deep insainly EPIC Music with a TON of Passion I always turn to this album because that what you get from this.

PS Don't hate on the screaming, reason being this was where avenged Started and without this you wouldn't have any of your other albums
to be honest I would have prefered they Kept up the screaming, but i respect their choice either way. Glad they made GOD HATES US though I missed Matt's Screaming I was glad to have it back

Just Amazing...

By far, this is one of my favorite metal albums ever written and my favorite Avenged Sevenfold album (tying with City of Evil, which I consider hard rock). Waking the Fallen: an awesome intro that has an eerie and almost cavernous feel caused by the echoes. It perfectly eases into the next track. 8/10 Unholy Confessions: A great song with a great opening riff and perfectly vocally harmonized chorus; although, I do think that it is a bit overrated when people call it A7X's best old song. 8/10 Chapter Four: One of my favorites on the album for its duet between M. Shadows and the Rev, not to mention the bells at the chorus and the guitar and vocal parts at the second bridge. Avenged Sevenfold actually got their name from the meaning of this song, which is a biblical reference to the book of Genesis, Chapter Four, during which God tells people after a man named Cain killed his brother, "Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold" after cursing him with the earth. 9/10 Remessions: another completely awesome song on the album for it's drum work and amazing growling. The mandelin and lyrics during the chorus are other highlights. 9/10 Desecrate Through Reverence: Favorite song on the album and the song that got me into metalcore and metal in general. The opening bass riff is just legendary and the guitar work is different from most of A7X's other songs. The vocals from M. Shadows and the Rev are amazing and lyrics are beast. Favorite lyrics on the album: "Darkened eyes you'll see/ There is no hope, no savior in me." 10/10 Eternal Rest: The opening guitar riffs are fast paced and awesomely crazy, much like their new style, and the pre-chorus riffs remind me greatly of Pantera, which is great. The pipe organ is also very experimental for this band at this point and a successful experiment at that. 8/10 Second Heartbeat: Great guitar and vocal harmonizing. I'm psyched that they still play this in concert occasionally! :) 7/10 Radiant Eclipse: The opening is beastly creepy and foreboding, while leading into a headbang worthy opening due to the bass and drums. The major/minor switch is very unique to this album and very well done. Can't get enough of the story told in this song. 8/10 I Won't See You Tonight Pt. 1: The ballad of the album and a well done ballad in general. The guitars leading into the first verse give a very digital and out of this world feeling that I relish in while listening. You will either favor this song or find it too long depending on your amount (or lack) of appreciation for the orchestral arrangement. I for one find it a great build-up to the exquisite mood at the end that creates the picture of drifting into death. 9/10 I Won't See You Tonight Pt. 2: My least favorite on the album because it seems, to me, at least, that the only notable part of this song that stands out from the others is the impossibly high guitar parts in the beginning. However, I am very glad that they did end up adding this song because of how it complements the previous song by continuing the story and repeating the chorus. 6/10 Clairvoyant Disease: This is definitely the darkest song on the album for its whispers, vocal harmonies, and lyrics, while the insanity of the darkness is brought out by the fast paced guitars during the chorus. The ending further brought out the feeling of hopelessness expressed. 8/10 And All Things Will End: This song ended this album perfectly with the title and the contrast between the slow parts (especially the melodic interlude in which the brief strings and choral parts blend perfectly with M. Shadows's voice). And so, with the instruments all consecutively failing during the two minute instrumental, the album dies. 7/10 Overall, this is a great album that lead to other great albums by A7X, filled with great guitar riffs, solos, and harmonies; dark vocal lyricism and great vocal harmonies; well done drum work; occasionably notable bass riffs; and frequently successful instrumental experimentations. And yeah: this album review is way too extensive... long story short: beast album!!! \m/


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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