Avenged Sevenfold
Waking the Fallen


4.5
superb

Review

by Ben. K USER (8 Reviews)
August 14th, 2011 | 85 replies | 21,874 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Great album, defines the old A7X. The singing in spots is a bit iffy, but overall a very successful record.

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Avenged Sevenfold’s second studio album Waking the Fallen was released as the successor of a rather unavailing attempt to burst into the new wave of metal that was rocking the world. At times Sounding the Seventh Trumpet was painful to the eardrums, with the mixing and recording unable to hit the sweet spot that all bands aim to do when they venture into the studio. With Avenged Sevenfold’s new record label, Hopeless, and the recruitment of two studio producers A7X were quickly wound in with a tighter leash on their ‘creativity’ that sometimes made SStST painful. However, this did not halt the flow of innovative genius that is Waking the Fallen. Like a correctly baked Pavlova sprinkled with Toblerone and peppermint, this album had the right amount of variation to make it close to the LeBron James of new age metal.

As soon as the first track Waking the Fallen kicks in, the listener can easily feel the dark, deranged atmosphere that is spread throughout the entirety of the album. Matt Shadows singing is infectious and sung with obvious emotion and feeling, something he lacks to do in some of A7X’s recent albums. The voice is a lot less sloppy and clearly better managed than in Sounding the Seventh Trumpet and the backing vocals of Zacky Vengeance actually sound close to being in tune. Waking the Fallen is half sung, half screamed and Matt pulls of the frequent clean vocals with success.

The song I Won’t See You Tonight Pt 1 leaves a chill running down your spine after listening to it. Shadows pulls of the line No more breath inside. Essence left my heart tonight to near perfection with the lyrics bursting with pain and sentiment. His vocal range used in Waking the Fallen is extraordinary, as Matt hits the lows in Unholy Confessions along with those hard-to-reach highs in I Won’t See You Tonight. Shadows’ screaming leaves a lot to desire and is often as unsavoury as a broken garden gnome. His growled vocals didn’t add much to the drawing board and on some occasions withdrew from the original quality of the song.

Desecrate Through Reverance is a perfect example of his singing gone astray. When he bursts out with Learn from years gone by, no-one will care, what happens to me… Shadows is singing at his best. Besides the clean vocals that are used varyingly throughout the song, Matts singing has a lot in common with the noise a cat makes when it’s dying a slow and painful death. The one place where it all clicks is during the second half of And All Things Will End where the growling fits in perfectly with the rest of the song.

The Rev’s drumming throughout the album is exemplary as it adds an extra kick to some of the weaker songs. Remenissions, and the percussion used within that song is out of the ordinary as James Sullivan beats the living daylight of his kit. Unlike City of Evil there is less duelling guitars in random bridges that appear from out of nowhere. The songs are better measured and structured and the guitar is never really out of place. Waking the Fallen contains a lot of guitar harmonies, or melodic riffs. Chapter Four and Second Heartbeat hold two memorable guitar duets that really make the songs stand out. Although there is a lot less crazy, unexpected soloing, Synyster Gates still gets plenty of lead-way. He performs 2 minute solos on two occasions throughout the album. Second Heartbeat and And All Things Will End have absolutely crazy solos when the song completely breaks down. The bass of Johnny Christ is really a non-factor and needed to be used more to unleash the full potential of the album.

To put the icing on the cake A7X released an absolute monster of a song; Unholy Confessions. The second the song starts you know it’s going to be good. The ferociously strummed intro riff sets the tone for the rest of the song. The lyrics during the chorus of Unholy Confessions are phenomenal, with Avenged Sevenfold laying down lines like: When time soaked with blood turns it back and confided in me was your heart.

Waking the Fallen should be the sound Avenged Sevenfold aim to recreate on all of their other albums. It is full of emotion and love for their music, which would be hard to say for the rest of their albums. The singing is similar to in Sounding the Seventh Trumpet yet it has been refined to create a crisp voice that never leaves the listeners mind. The atmosphere of the album is very dark, and the tone of the guitars add to the murky ambience. If the bass become more of a factor and the quality of the screaming bettered, Waking the Fallen could have become a revolution for all up and coming metal bands around the world.
4.5/5

Recommended Tracks
Unholy Confessions
I Won’t See You Tonight Part 1
Remenissions
Chapter Four
Second Heartbeat



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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
August 14th 2011



6993 Comments


The bolding looks choppy, detailed review, you must like this album. pos.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
August 14th 2011



31096 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Explain how the words "good record" appear in a summary for a review you label as superb

Digging: Banks - Goddess

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
August 14th 2011



6993 Comments


Is that 3rd paragraph supposed to be formatted like that?

Tyrael
August 14th 2011



20828 Comments


It looks like it was supposed to be split up in 2 seperate paragraphs

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
August 14th 2011



6993 Comments


Thought so.

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
August 14th 2011



15893 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, try to make your rating reflect what you write. It doesn't have to be an exact science, but it just seems weird to read something that says "4.5-superb" and then read in the summary/review "yeah this is pretty good."

With that said, this review is pretty good though. I'd give it a 4.5/5.

Digging: Maybeshewill - Fair Youth

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
August 14th 2011



6993 Comments


Props from Sowing, good job

newjunkaesthetic93
August 14th 2011



1871 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This was the album that got me into Avenged Sevenfold when I was a kid. I can't stand them anymore, but this is their best work for sure.

WashboardSuds
August 14th 2011



4993 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

there's nothing choppy about the bolding

review's pretty decent

Digging: Gas - Nah und Fern

Josh D.
August 14th 2011



13967 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Review reads like a 13 year old kid discovering music. The hyperbole and descriptions are eye-rolling.

Album/band are atrocious.

getdownonthemic
August 14th 2011



28 Comments


I think 4 people say otherwise

Josh D.
August 14th 2011



13967 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

OH SHIT, I DIDN'T NOTICE. ALBUM MUST BE GREAT THEN.

getdownonthemic
August 14th 2011



28 Comments


Oh no the album sucks chode

the review doesn't. A matter of opinion. This review is far from fanboyish.

Josh D.
August 14th 2011



13967 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

OH SHIT, I DIDN'T NOTICE. REVIEW MUST BE GREAT THEN.

coneren
August 14th 2011



11111 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

josh is wrong and probably flaccid

Josh D.
August 14th 2011



13967 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Always flaccid.

coneren
August 14th 2011



11111 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

now im stiff

Proworks31
August 14th 2011



334 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

im stiff 100% of the time.

renegadestrings
August 14th 2011



1440 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

album is good... but i've never quite gotten into A7X. i kinda skipped them and went straight for BTBAM and Isis. honestly, the singer is grating sometimes

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
August 14th 2011



6993 Comments


Album Rating: 3.5

album is good... but i've never quite gotten into A7X. i kinda skipped them and went straight for BTBAM and Isis. honestly, the singer is grating sometimes

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