Avenged Sevenfold
Warmness on the Soul


3.0
good

Review

by TurnTheOtherWay USER (8 Reviews)
May 14th, 2006 | 34 replies | 15,794 views


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist


4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Warmness on the Soul was the first release by Avenged Sevenfold. This EP contained 4 songs, all of which would be released later on their first full-length album, Sounding The Seventh Trumpet. It also included a video for the song Warmness on the Soul.

Avenged Sevenfold is:

Matt Shadows – vocals
Synyster Gates – guitar
Zacky Vengeance – guitar
Justin Sane – bass
The Reverend – drums

The first song on this EP is the title track Warmness on the Soul. This song is mainly pianos and Shadows singing cleanly. This may seem like a “pansy" song to some, but it’s well put together. After the verse and first chorus, a guitar solo kicks in. While it’s not overly flashy (since it was written by Zacky, who isn’t as technically accomplished as Synyster), it gets the job done. At this point, the rest of the instruments kick in. The song still has a calming feeling, with acoustic guitars and a mellow bassline and drumbeat. There is also a piano interlude after the second chorus. This song doesn’t seem to work as well on here as it did on STST. On STST, it was a break of sorts from the chaos that was early A7X. Overall, it’s a good song, but it doesn’t really represent the sound of A7X at all.

Darkness Surrounding follows. It is much more characteristic of A7X’s style. It is also our first taste of Shadow’s scream. The intro is an interesting mix of screaming and choir-like background singing. The opening shriek of “Darkness coats us" is a quite a jolt from the peacefulness of the previous track. The song then progresses into a more brutal metalcore song. The song’s ending is very well done. Matt sings over a somewhat softly strummed-out chord progression. Afterwards, he screams the same lyrics over a much heavier riff. Then the two mesh together and it sounds amazing. Darkness Surrounding features many more characteristics of early A7X than Warmness on the Soul did. It has screaming, no apparent structure, and musical schizophrenia.

The next song on this EP is We Come Out at Night. This is one of the weaker songs on the release. It doesn’t stand out as much as the other tracks. It starts with noises from a thunderstorm and guitar feedback. The whole song retains the feeling of pandemonium that goes along with storms. This disarray continues throughout the song until the end when the screams give way to singing. Matt then repeats himself as the piano and more sounds of thunder kick in.

To End the Rapture closes this EP. This is the opening track on STST, but it shows it can be used also as a closer. It is mainly a mind-blowing solo from Synyster Gates. The backing rhythm is also very fitting to the solo. Gates shows us that he can shred amazingly, something that would be reinforced on later albums. After the solo ends, Shadows sings of the imminent end of the world, and how nothing can change it. To End the Rapture works better as an opener, but it is still effective as a closer.

The songs on this short release are excellent. However, they are the exact same versions of the songs that can be found on Sounding The Seventh Trumpet, although some of them are advertised as "Heavy Metal Version" and stuff like that. This seemed to be more of a sampler than anything, to get A7X’s name out before their first actual album. It isn’t practical to buy anymore, as STST can be purchased for a couple dollars more, and you get 9 more songs.

If you can find it cheap enough, I recommend WotS for anyone who wants a taste of A7X’s early sound without buying a full album. But chances are, you will have to pay almost as much for this as you will for STST.



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Bfhurricane
May 14th 2006



6197 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

For such a short EP, this was a great review. I agree with most of your points, good work.

Mikesn
Emeritus
May 14th 2006



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

To End the Rapture is much better here than on STST, imo.

I found this once, but it cost more than WtF and STST, so I didn't buy it. I guess I'm glad I didn't.

TurnTheOtherWay
May 14th 2006



459 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

To End the Rapture is much better here than on STST, imo.

It sounded exactly the same to me, except without 10 seconds of storms at the beginning.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
May 14th 2006



16083 Comments


Makes all the difference dude.

masada
May 14th 2006



2733 Comments


Storms are gifts to music.

Mikesn
Emeritus
May 14th 2006



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

True that.






Doesn't the album version have piano?

TurnTheOtherWay
May 14th 2006



459 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

No, there's no piano on either version of To End the Rapture. The only difference I can see is that on STST it begins with roughly 10 seconds of storms and at the end it somewhat segues into Turn the Other Way. On this it just starts immediately and there's a couple seconds of silence at the end. It's not even two different recordings either, which dissappointed me.
But I agree that storms own.

Mikesn
Emeritus
May 15th 2006



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

What the hell. I don't actually own STST, but To End the Rapture was one of the songs I downloaded as a sample and it has piano...

That's some weird shit.

TurnTheOtherWay
May 15th 2006



459 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hm.. where did you get it? I'm curious about this alternate To End the Rapture. Was it on a P2P or a website or something?

Mikesn
Emeritus
May 15th 2006



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It might have been, I don't remember. I think I still have it on my computer somewhere, I could email it to you.

SCREAM!
May 15th 2006



10038 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Turntheotherway is right, theres no piano on To End The Rapture.

Great review by the way. Got my vote

Digging: Old Witch - Come Mourning Come

TurnTheOtherWay
May 15th 2006



459 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It might have been, I don't remember. I think I still have it on my computer somewhere, I could email it to you.

CityOfEvil17@yahoo.com (never liked the album, but I like the name of it)
Thanks in advance.


cbmartinez
May 15th 2006



2525 Comments


Ah, I've always wanted to get this just to complete my collection.

Benighted
May 15th 2006



8 Comments


Should it not be "warmth" on the soul? Just a rambling...
But anywho, I don't much care for these guys, particularly their later stuff. Their earlier stuff wasn't the cream of the crop, but at least it was listenable.

TurnTheOtherWay
May 15th 2006



459 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Ah, I've always wanted to get this just to complete my collection.

Yeah, that's why I bought it. Just don't expect anything you've never heard.

acethedisturbed
May 21st 2006



3 Comments


my version has piano too

Lunarfall
May 26th 2006



3179 Comments


This thing was $15 at best buy. For 4 songs, this is so not worth it.

SCREAM!
May 26th 2006



10038 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

My thoughts exactly. And i also have STST wich has all these songs and more.

espbassist
June 13th 2006



66 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

mmmmmmmmm yes. To end the rapture does have piano, the non-heavy metal version.

TurnTheOtherWay
June 13th 2006



459 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Do I have a fucked up version of STST or something? My copy has no piano whatsoever on To End The Rapture...



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