I hate to admit it, but I must confess that I was one of those people who judged AVENGED SEVENFOLD (A7X) before giving a chance at hearing what they have to offer. At first I was like a lot of other people claiming that I hated AVENGED SEVENFOLD for being ‘Emo’. Well, it turns out I was completely wrong and so is every other person who makes judgments about this band before giving them a chance. I purchased this album and I have been listening to it over and over again since I got it; all the while digging deeper into the psyche that is AVENGED SEVENFOLD. Okay first thing’s first. These guys are not Emo. Actually, they’re far from it. A7X got their name from the bible and many of their songs have a religious image and message.
The music contained on “Waking The Fallen” is extremely melodic and at times very heavy. Vocalist M. Shadows’ voice ranges from a Metalcore-ish scream to melodic and clean singing. The notes he hits are incredible. The best example being on the ballad “I Won’t See You Tonight” and of course other songs like “Unholy Confessions” and “Chapter 4” where he sings cleanly and screamingly simultaneously. As for instruments, they’re pretty solid throughout the album’s playtime. I must complain about the drums though as they have a very dry sound and the bass drums can barely be heard throughout the CD due to poor volume on them. There are a total of 12 songs on “Waking the Fallen” and for the most part each songs stays pretty original and never grow stale.
I must highly recommend “Waking The Fallen” to everybody who has yet to give AVENGED SEVENFOLD a chance. What have you got to lose? Nothing! That’s what! I promise you will be quite pleased with the end result. Take my word from it. They are not Emo! Far from it my friend… Far, far away…
P.S. Another reason why you should check out this CD is because this was the milestone for A7X and is considered among their fans as their best album before they changed drastically for 2005’s “City Of Evil” where they cleaned up the screaming an introduced more improved instrumentality talent and a different approach to their songwriting. But hey, that’s another review. So as for “Waking The Fallen” my final words are: get it! (Online May 2, 2006)