Waking the Fallen
|Waking the Fallen|
|Studio album by Avenged Sevenfold|
|Released||August 26, 2003|
|Recorded||2003 at NRG Recordings in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California|
|Avenged Sevenfold chronology|
|Singles from Waking the Fallen|
Waking the Fallen is the second studio album by American heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold, released on August 26, 2003, by Hopeless Records. More clean vocals are featured on the album than their debut album, Sounding the Seventh Trumpet. It is also the first album to feature Johnny Christ on bass, thus completing the band's primary lineup (until The Rev's death in 2009).
The album was released as 2x12", LP, Repress, 33 ⅓ RPM, Grey Marble on 2008 in US. The album was certified gold on July 15, 2009, even though it only sold 3,000 copies on its first week of release. Neilsen Soundscan reports that 552,869 copies have been sold as of November 2010. The song "Eternal Rest" appears on Kerrang's "666 Songs You Must Own".
The only song on the record that does not contain screaming is "I Won't See You Tonight (Part 1)". It is noteworthy that the band's first album, Sounding the Seventh Trumpet had three songs that were all clean vocals, "To End the Rapture", "Streets" and "Warmness on the Soul".
As with Sounding the Seventh Trumpet, most of the songs from this album are not usually performed live, although, "Unholy Confessions" has always been a staple to their set since the release of Waking the Fallen. The song "Eternal Rest" was featured on the Soundtrack to the movie Saw IV.
The record continues the metalcore sound the band had used on their previous album, Sounding the Seventh Trumpet, but features noticeably more clean vocals. Being the first release by the band to feature lead guitarist Synyster Gates, the record also features some guitar solos. The record is notable among fans due to M. Shadows' slightly higher pitch in his voice and high notes he sings on songs like "I Won't See You Tonight" (both parts). The album also leans more towards heavy metal rather than punk rock.
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Waking the Fallen was highly acclaimed. It received a positive profile in Billboard, with the magazine comparing Avenged Sevenfold to bands like NOFX, Iron Maiden, and Metallica. In other profiles, the album also received comparisons to the Misfits and further comparisons to Iron Maiden. "Chapter Four" was featured in video games such as NASCAR Thunder 2004, Madden NFL 04, and NHL 04, which helped the band get recognized and sign a contract with Warner Bros. Records. Overall reviews on Ultimate Guitar were very positive and it holds the highest overall rating of any Avenged Sevenfold studio album on Ultimate Guitar.
A live performance video was shot at Warped Tour 2003 for the first single from Waking the Fallen, "Second Heartbeat". A video was made for the second single "Unholy Confessions" on March 6, 2004, using live footage set to the studio track. It featured the fans before and during an Avenged Sevenfold concert. According to vocalist M. Shadows, it was requested by their new label, Warner Bros. Records, in order to publicize the band before their 2005 album City of Evil.
This video was the second attempt at a video for the track. The previous attempt was a concept video created the previous fall (2003). The band was not happy with the final product, however, and opted to re-shoot the video, this time as a live performance. The new video went into rotation on MTV2's Headbangers Ball.
|All songs credited to Avenged Sevenfold. Actual songwriters listed below.|
|1.||"Waking the Fallen"||Scott Gilman||1:42|
|2.||"Unholy Confessions"||M. Shadows||4:43|
|5.||"Desecrate Through Reverence"||Rev||5:38|
|9.||"I Won't See You Tonight (Part 1)"||Gates||9:00|
|10.||"I Won't See You Tonight (Part 2)"||Gates/Vengance/Shadows||4:44|
|12.||"And All Things Will End"||Shadows/Rev||7:40|
|iTunes deluxe version bonus tracks|
|13.||"Eternal Rest (Live from Ventura Theater - January 2004)"||5:28|
|14.||"Second Heartbeat (Demo Version)"||6:20|
|15.||"Unholy Confessions" (music video)||4:54|
|16.||"We Come Out at Night" (live video at Warped Tour)||4:46|
- "Waking the Fallen LP".
- Allmusic review
- "Avenged Sevenfold "Waking the Fallen" Album Review". Paul's Awesome World. January 27, 2012.
- "Avenged Sevenfold". Chad Bowar. Retrieved 2012-12-28.
- Blender review[dead link]
- "Artists to Watch: AVENGED SEVENFOLD". Billboard. "Orange County, Calif.'s Avenged Sevenfold stands at a crossroads. In one direction is the present and future: the current punk/metal hybrid known as 'screamo.' In the other, the past: influences of such punk bands as NOFX and Bad Religion; the '80s-metal dynamic of Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and Metallica; and a touch of goth."
- "Avenged Sevenfold members carve a new niche with old sound", The Bradenton Herald, accessed via LexisNexis. September 18, 2003. "Their long bangs and black eye makeup draw comparisons to the Misfits. Their cryptic lyrics are similar to Iron Maiden. The guttural vocals and machine-gun percussion sound like early Metallica. And the guitar riffs are reminiscent of Crimson Glory."
- "Headbanger's Ball spawns second compilation". BPI Entertainment News Wire. "Here is the 'MTV2 Headbanger's Ball, Volume 2' track list... Disc one... 'Unholy Confessions,' Avenged Sevenfold." August 2, 2004.