Avenged Sevenfold
Sounding the Seventh Trumpet


4.0
excellent

Review

by TurnTheOtherWay USER (8 Reviews)
April 1st, 2006 | 80 replies | 30,322 views


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist


5 of 5 thought this review was well written

You know the Avenged Sevenfold of today. With singles such as Bat Country tearing up the radio and TRL, it’s hard not to notice them nowadays. Now, just put what you know about that A7X on the backburner for a little bit and we’ll revisit their debut album, Sounding The Seventh Trumpet. This is a very, very different A7X.

Avenged Sevenfold is (on this album):

M. Shadows – vocals
Zacky Vengeance – guitar
The Reverend Tholomew Plague – drums
Justin Sane – bass
Synyster Gates – guitar on “To End The Rapture"

There’s no Axl Rose-like singing from M. Shadows, no Synyster Gates (for most of the album, at least), and for the most part, songs that wouldn’t work in the mainstream. Instead, Shadows uses a raw, violent, and sometimes incomprehensible (I’ll get into that later) scream with some clean vocals mixed here and there. The songs are much more riff-based due to the absence of Gates and there are almost no solos.

However, the first track would give you no indication of that. To End The Rapture begins the album with the sounds of a thunderstorm. Then, Gates makes his only appearance on the album, playing a technical solo that leads into Shadows singing about the apocalypse. A powerful opener, but that is all it is, an album opener, and not an actual song.

Another thing you may notice is that most of the songs don’t follow any sort of song structure. A good example of this is Turn The Other Way. If you haven’t figured this out yet, this is one of my favorite songs. This track clocks in at 5:36, and almost never repeats a riff from an earlier part of the song. Shadows uses both his clean and screaming voice and they both sound great. Also, there is some nice drumming involved.

Some parts of this album are heavily punk-influenced. The song Thick and Thin starts with a punk feel. Having the trademark 1 2 punk drumbeat and a fairly simple chord progression, this song feels like it could fit into any punk album and not stick out. Until Shadows shriek transforms the song into a much more conventional A7X song. Then a couple minutes later, the song changes back into a punk style. This shows the versatility of A7X. Other songs also have parts that feel rather punkish, for example the intro of The Art of Subconscious Illusion has clean vocals and some punk-like palm muting, but the influence isn’t nearly as strong.

An issue I have with this album is that sometimes Shadows tends to slur the lyrics when screaming. On some songs, like the frantic Breaking Their Hold, I can’t understand a word Shadows screams without the lyrics booklet handy. There are some parts, like the outros of Darkness Surrounding and The Art of Subconscious Illusion in which Shadows will first sing the lyrics cleanly, then repeat himself with a scream. It didn’t hit me the first couple of listens that the lyrics of those two parts were the same (but more so on The Art of Subconscious Illusion).

Most of the songs on Sounding the Seventh Trumpet have the same feel to them. But not all of them. A7X sprinkled in a few songs that sound very different to the rest of the album.

The most obvious one is Warmness on the Soul. This piano-driven number is a nice break from the chaos that is STST. I think that Shadows plays the piano in this song, but I could be wrong. This song is Shadows completely professing his love to his special someone. Warmness on the Soul also features one of the few guitar solos on the album. An overall beautiful song.

I mentioned the punk influence in this album earlier in the review, and it shines through the most on Streets. I remember hearing that this song is a cover, but I can’t remember the name of the band. Anyway, this is a straight-up punk song. If this was the only song you heard by A7X and knew nothing of their background, you would never guess that they are (or were, at the time of this recording) a metalcore band.

Shattered by Broken Dreams is the closer. The first two minutes of the song feel like they would fit perfectly on City of Evil. It starts as one of the softest songs on the album, with an acoustic riff and clean vocals. Slowly over the two-minute long intro, it builds, until it just explodes into a more typical A7X song. The album ends just as it begins, the sounds of a storm.

This is a solid debut album. However, it will not be enjoyed by all. Although I like Shadows’ scream, it may irritate others. If you hate screaming, I highly recommend you stay away, except for maybe songs like Warmness on the Soul. Also, solos are nearly non-existent due to Gates’ absence from the album. All and all, I feel it gets a 4/5.

Recommended Tracks:

To End the Rapture (for the solo)
Turn the Other Way
Darkness Surrounding
Warmness on the Soul
Thick and Thin

I’m still somewhat new to the reviewing thing, so any constructive criticism will be accepted. Thank you for reading.



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DFelon204409
Emeritus
April 1st 2006



3995 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hmm the "punk" influence here I think comes from a lot of Iron Maidenesque and also thrash based drumming. There is something metal in their faster "punk" beats.

Drunken Viking
April 1st 2006



1023 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nice review, I loved Shadows scream on this album, it's so raw and entergetic.

Fire Away
April 1st 2006



293 Comments


Isn't Justin Sane the guy from Anti-Flag?

Mikesn
Emeritus
April 1st 2006



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3

This one doesn't do it for me. I'm not a fan of Metalcore anymore, but I can tolerate it a little. Darkness Surrounding is okay (especially the breakdown & outro), and To End the Rapture isn't bad, but other than that I can't really stand this album anymore.

Each to his own, I guess.

davybum69
April 1st 2006



161 Comments


Yeah Justin Sane is from Anti-flag, I think he just filled in on the recording of this album.

TurnTheOtherWay
April 1st 2006



459 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, in the booklet it said that the bassist was Dameon Ash, but it also said that Justin Sane played all the bass on the album. So I didn't even bother mentioning Dameon in the review.
I didn't recognize the name, but now that you mention it, I remember that Justin is the guy from Anti-Flag.

cbmartinez
April 1st 2006



2525 Comments


No, it's not the same Justin Sane from Anti-Flag. This album rules. Their best album.

cbmartinez
April 1st 2006



2525 Comments


Plus, Dameon Ash played bass on this album.

Plus, I don't know where you got that Zacky only played on the first track. Their are two guitar tracks throughout the whole album, he's on the whole thing.

Bfhurricane
April 1st 2006



6197 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Did synyster gates really only play that single solo the ENTIRE album? I mean, Ive never listened to this at all but I just assumed that synyster gates was always part of the band.

TurnTheOtherWay
April 1st 2006



459 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It says this in the booklet:
[quote="STST Booklet"]Synyster Gates appears on "To End the Rapture"[/quote]
I took that as that was the song he played on in the album.
And right below that it says:
[quote="STST Booklet"]Dameon Ash does not appear on "Sounding the Seventh Trumpet"
Bass playing c/o Justin Sane[/quote]
So that's where I got that info from.

cbmartinez
April 1st 2006



2525 Comments


As far as the bass player thing, my mistake, I switched them up. I thought Dameon Ash was the one who died and got replaced right after the album was released.

But I think it's safe to say that Synyster played on the rest. He's included in the page before as one of the band members and like I said, there's way to much guitar doubling.

TurnTheOtherWay
April 1st 2006



459 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I still don't think Synyster played on the full album. I don't think they would have pointed out that he played on To End the Rapture had he also played on every other song. I think that he was always part of the band, it's just that for whatever reason he was only availible to record To End the Rapture.

I think that Zacky recorded both guitar parts on the other songs knowing that Synyster could play the leads live or something. I don't know. It's weird though.

And being on the page with the rest of the band members doesn't really mean a whole lot to me, as Dameon was also mentioned on that page and he wasn't on the album whatsoever.

Edit: Also, what do you guys think of the review? Was it good? Bad?This Message Edited On 04.01.06

Drunken Viking
April 1st 2006



1023 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Taken from a Zacky Vengeance quote on their new Q&A thing on their website.

"As for the band..Me , Shads and The Rev are all the original members..not long after we did STST gates joined "

notuem aeturnus
April 1st 2006



16 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

ya this is avenged more metalcore record i believe i love this album and all the others b ut this might be my favorite it is just really good in everyway to me and i think the most "punk" song on here is probbly streets no screaming a good song but no screaming and its kinda goes really fast and i cant help but sense an afi influenjce in that song i dunno maybe its just me

great review great album like all the others

Bfhurricane
April 6th 2006



6197 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I just got this, and i think its great. Im very impressed with the way Zacky Vengeance carried this band on his back with the riffs here without Synyster, im used to listening to them both.

synyster713
April 6th 2006



25 Comments


this along with wtf is pure a7x

TurnTheOtherWay
April 26th 2006



459 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Does the genre really matter?

Drunken Viking
April 26th 2006



1023 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

What an idiot, this is clearly a metalcore album.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, I like genres, they help me label bands on my computer and they help me if say I like Arch Enemy, instead of someone recomending me some random heavy metal band they could say oh try some other Gothenburg Metal bands like In Flames and such.

rockandmetaljunkie
October 1st 2011



3302 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Jesus Christ this is HORRIBLE!!!
I knew it will be bad sth like 2 or 2.5
But it's even worse.
The screaming vocals are pathetic, the guitar parts are boring and generic the clean vocals are annoying.
As for the lyrics. I couldn't understand a fuckin' thing.

TrantaLocked
October 8th 2011



1511 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

At first it may sound horrible but it's better than every thing they have done except Waking the Fallen once you let it sink in.





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