Awakening is the third full-length studio album by Blessthefall. It was released on October 4, 2011, through Fearless Records. It is the band's second album with singer Beau Bokan and first album with rhythm guitarist Elliott Gruenberg after the departure of Mike Frisby. The album was produced by Michael "Elvis" Baskette, producer of the second album, Witness. On September 12, the song "40 Days..." was released on the IGN site. It debuted at No. 32 on the Billboard 200, selling over 11,290 copies in its first week. In Canada, the album debuted at No. 88 on the Canadian Albums Chart. The album also features a few songs withoutharsh screaming or death growls.
Revolver magazine briefly reviewed the album, though pointing out the "same-sounding guitar and drum patterns and dynamic shifts that showcase the group’s tight, precision playing but scream for variety."